Can someone tell me....

Annie Deighnaugh

...what is a hipster? I hear the word all the time and have no idea what it actually refers to...is it someone old/retro who thinks he's cool, but isn't? Like bachelors in their 50s in polyester leisure suits trying to pick up middle aged women?

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caflowerluver

I know one when I see one, but can't really explain. Your definition is as good as any other.

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Zalco/bring back Sophie!

It's the guy with the well groomed beard making artisanal bread in Brooklyn. It's a millennial, not an oldster.

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Rusty

Copied from dictionary.com:

noun Slang.

a usually young person who is trendy, stylish, or progressive in an unconventional way;someone who is hip.

a person, especially during the 1950s and 1960s, characterized by a particularly strong sense of alienation from most established social activities and relationships; a beatnik or hippie.

a performer or admirer of jazz, especially swing; a hepcat.

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Annie Deighnaugh

No wonder I'm confused...it is both an older person and a younger one.

So it's a younger guy with a purse and a manbun or an older guy in a polyester leisure suit.

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Zalco/bring back Sophie!

I guess its context dependent.

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Annie Deighnaugh

But when I hear it used, it seems to be sarcastically. So is it someone who *thinks* he's cool but he's not? Or is it someone who actually is *cool*...or someone so far ahead, that his style is not yet cool?

I'm still confused.

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Zalco/bring back Sophie!

I don't think anyone refers to himself/herself as a hipster.

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sushipup1

The old guy in a leisure suit now is not a hipster. If he was wearing the same thing 50 years, then maybe at that time. The two do not co-exist in today's world.

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socks

Hipsters are young adults without 2 kids and a van, they dress cool and habituate the trendy coffee places.

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adellabedella_usa

I loosely define it as someone who is a poser. It's usually someone who has gone retro because they think it makes them cool or hip, but they don't fully embrace the ideology so they are hypocrites in a way.

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Annette Holbrook(z7a)

Dark-rimmed glasses. American Apparel skinny jeans. A superfluous scarf. A continuous penchant for disliking anything that is not obscure. That's just the "starter kit" for becoming a true hipster.


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maifleur01

It can also be an oldster some of which have a man bun. When I think of a older hipster I think of someone who acts like they are on display at all times. Adjusts their clothing so it is just right. Are often an aging lothario. Sadly you sometimes see them in some over 55 living complexes.

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colleenoz

I think you usually hear the term used sarcastically because people who aren’t self-involved hipsters don’t much like them. Kind of like back in the day when people were disparaging about yuppies.

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Andie

polyester leisure suits


Do those still exist?

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Raye Smith

Yes, because they will never ever decompose....

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littlebug zone 5 Missouri

Hipsters are the style of underpants I like. More coverage than bikini underpants, less coverage than granny panties. ;)

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Andie

I love Jockey's hipsters.

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ritaweeda

The word "hipster" reminds me of when I was in my early 20's and the people who dressed and acted mainstream during the normal working hours would don their headbands and peace symbols when they went out. Many of the guys had mustaches but never beards and their hair never went past their shirt collar. Really dressing up for them was a polyester leisure suit. The women donned miniskirts and heavy eye makeup and everyone used Patchouli or musk cologne.

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graywings123

HipsterContemporary subculture

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The hipster subculture is stereotypically composed of young adults who reside primarily in gentrified neighborhoods. It is broadly associated with indie and alternative music and genres such as chill-out, folk, modern rock, pop rock, and post-Britpop. Wikipedia

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