Thrift stores are your best friend
There is no larger treasure trove of possible hipster clothing than a thrift shop such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Here you can find the full spectrum and variety needed to assemble a personal, yet convincing, hipster look at minimal cost.
A general rule of thumb for hipster fashion: The kookier and more retro, the better. Don't shy away from cheap denim cut-off jeans or vests, or ill-fitting jeans that can be cut at the legs to make a fashionable pair of "jorts" (i.e., jean shorts). Seek out anything nostalgic, such as old cartoon t-shirts and vintage backpacks, which are also staple items. You can find your local Salvation Army here
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Head to your local vintage store or antique shop
Vintage shops offer excellent values as long as they remain local secrets. Some may even stock clothing that's more in the hipster vein than the Salvation Army. And there's always the chance you'll stumble upon a particularly unique piece or two. Notable items to look out for include funky eyeglass frames, blazers, newsboy caps, vintage sweaters, and tight and/or unusually colored pants.
Some antique shops also sell secondhand clothing that can fit into a hipster wardrobe. Keep an eye out for suspenders and sweaters, to be precise.
Never underestimate your own closet. A potential goldmine for anyone looking to be a hipster is your own, or your parents', closet. Clothes from back in the day (that would be the '80s or '90s) that fell out of style are now back in vogue. Old sweaters, colored pants, flannels, and skinny jeans are hipster mainstays.
Never be afraid to doctor old clothes, either, into something more hip. A JanSport backpack from high school, for example, could become an immediate hipster item with the addition of some flair -- fabric Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle badges, perhaps, that you sew on. The best part about rooting through storage closets is that everything you find is completely free and is convincingly, authentically, hipster.
Rock the hipster attitude
Just as important as finding the right clothing is nailing the hipster attitude. Similar to grunge, hipster style relies on the notion of being alternative to give clothing some pizzazz. Beyond that, you need to feel comfortable rocking retro items while embracing the nerdier side of things, such as Pokemon or old Nickelodeon cartoons. Getting into alternative and indie music is also part of the act.
Mainly, though, the central tenet of the hipster style is being laid back and blasé. And the best part about this aspect of nailing hipsterism -- it's totally free.
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