SXSW is a sea of beards, beanies and flannel. For those planning on attending the annual music, film and interactive conference and festival held in Austin, TX, you’ll want to make sure you are the ultimate hipster when you hit the scene. Check out the hipster guide below to help you survive SXSW.
- What to Wear:
o Bottoms: Skinny jeans are a part of every hipster’s wardrobe, so make sure you have a pair—if it doesn’t take a little effort to put them on, they’re probably not skinny enough. For girls, high waisted shorts and patterned tights are other solid options for maintaining a hipster look.
o Shirts: A deep V-Neck t-shirt is a hipster staple. For a more personalized style, adding some personal flare like studs or acid wash to a denim shirt will keep you looking unique, as a true hipster should. Adding a plaid shirt to whatever you’re wearing is another easy way to give your look an indie feel and you can’t wrong with a classic cardigan, as long it looks like something your grandparents would wear.
o Accessories: Hipsters love to accessorize with hats, so make sure to add a beanie, cycling cap or fedora to your outfit. Additionally, whether or not you actually need glasses, you’ll want to add them to your ensemble. Make sure they are thick and dark rimmed or for sunglasses, go with some classic Wayfarers.
o Shoes: Top off your hipster style with TOMS, high-top converse or oxfords.
- What to Bring: While looking like a hipster is important, there are several things you should bring with you in order to play the part of a true hipster. First, it is rare to find a hipster without coffee, so bring a portable French press along so you are never without it—and be sure drink if from a Mason jar. Hipsters love anything vintage, so take pictures of your time at SXSW with an old-fashioned Polaroid camera. They’re also connoisseurs of anything eco-friendly, so ditch the car and get around with a bicycle—the more vintage, the better. For guys, maintaining a mustache is crucial to keeping your hipster style, so it is a good idea to have a mustache trimmer handy. And finally, it is a hipster standard to know every song—especially at a music festival like SXSW—so having a music-recognizing app like Shazam is good way to make sure you stay in the know before anyone else.
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- So you think you’re a Hipster?: For a full guide on how to be the best hipster, check out the book “So You Think You’re a Hipster”, with 50 insightful entries about the urban elite.