‘Hipster’ is a term I see thrown about in the Western pop-culture sources that I frequent. I’m yet to fully understand the meaning of this, especially in the Indian context so let’s just say my perceptions are evolving. From what I see, hipster isn’t a complimentary term. On the other hand, that’s probably just one viewpoint. Hippies were thought to be unsavory in the 70s but I’m pretty sure I’d have been a hippie had I been around then.
Hipster sounds to me, like a millennium-plus version of hippie and that’s not just because of the first three letters. Counter-culture? Rebellious? Intelligent but too cool to prove it? Ironic in a way that few people get? Fusion that clashes and complements all in one? Here’s my interpretation. The weather was cool enough to co-operate (read grey, skin-dulling and cold).
Going by this infographic, my look is probably closest to 2004 but the scarf seems to put me closer to 2007. What do you think?
- Blue and white tartan sweater: Athens flea market
- White workshirt: Allen Solly
- Black skinny trousers: Mango
- Ladybird print neckscarf: Linking Road, Bandra
- Zebra print canvas shoes: Lifestyle
- Abstract brooch/scarf pin: Alfa, Irla market
- Greek key earring: Athens flea market
- Postbox red lipstick: Maybelline
* Also spotted on Divadom. Photographs shot by Adnan.
So here’s the first look from my shopping spree last month. Mid-week, welcoming in my favorite season of the year and stepping out for a casual evening. It’s really simple and easy.
First, we start with the star of the outfit, the top I picked up on my spree. I fell in love with the inkblot print and chose this short, loose square-cut top from the plethora of options (kurta, dress, singlet). It’s a light cotton that was standing stiff on its first outing but will probably lose its starch over washes and be drapey instead (that sounds better than ‘fall limply’, doesn’t it? 🙂 ). It’s not sleek or sexy but it looked (and is!) so comfortable, I just had to own it!
These were paired with the new classic blue jeans I picked up early in the month (having decided to quit being in denial about my old jeans that have been 2 sizes too small for me all winter). It’s such a pleasure to be able to breathe. And never mind the itty-bitty-pretty and unreliable sandals, I was continuing my ‘comfort-0ver-chic’ attitude. These zebra-printed babies (seen before here) are kitcshy but so comfortable!
And that…pretty much…was it! Plenty of talcum powder, a dab of nude lipgloss, I ditched my handbag for a few notes stuffed into my mobilephone cover. And I was ready for a cool summer evening out in town!
- Black & white inkblot cotton top: Rs.699, Cotton World
- Blue jeans: Rs.1500, Pepe jeans
- Black & white zebra print sneakers: Rs.399, Lifestyle
* Cross-posted to Divadom.