How to be a hipster: 10 easy steps


Claire Davis, Editor

The latest development amongst young people consists of high-waisted shorts, over edited Instagram pictures, agnosticism, and Tumblr urls. See the trend? If it is obvious to you, congratulations, you’re hip! If it wasn’t so obvious, here are ten steps to send you on your way to being an emotionally stunted, beanie wearing, dubstep listening hipster!

 1. Dress like a hobo. If you own sweaters with moth holes or faded v-necks, these are your staple clothing items! Throw on some Toms and Ray-Bans (whether you need them or not), and you’re ready to hit the coffee shop! Also, “if your shorts aren’t high-waisted, what are they?”

2. Talk slowly and use words that no one knows. To be a convincing hipster, speak in long, broken up sentences and use old sayings or words that make no sense. If you haven’t mastered the hipster vocabulary yet, just make up your own! It’s basically the same thing.

3. Disagree with everyone. Agreeing is not original.

4. Pics or it didn’t happen. Social media is essential to living the hipster lifestyle, it’s more important than your actual social life! Blogspot, Tumblr, and WordPress are a few ideas to get you started. Make sure to post lots pictures on Instagram of bikes and brick walls. Oh, and don’t forget the filter!


6. Music is life. You must always be on the look out for new emerging artists, you can never listen to the radio, you should know how to play several instruments, and you must be a “lyrical genius”. (Vocabulary courtesy of Blake Langhofer, an original hipster)

7. Irony. ˈīrənē, ˈiərnē/ noun 1.the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect. So basically, make other people look stupid by making fun of how they do things! No one will think you’re mean or annoying, they will respect you for living up to your persona!

8. Not showering is cool. Bathing in too mainstream, and all natural is best! Leave your hair knotted, your makeup off, and your leg hair long. Ignore the comments about your improper hygiene. Conforming to cultural ideals of beauty is totally not copacetic.

9. Be smarter than everyone else. Or at least act like it.

10.  Hang around other hipsters. If your friends aren’t trendy, dump them. If they don’t make you look good, you don’t need them! If you can’t find new, hip friends—don’t fret! Anyways, life is a lot easier if you’re all socially awkward and inverted.

IMPORTANT: Perhaps the most vital thing to remember, the most crucial unspoken rule, the one thing that will make or break your hipster status—NEVER ADMIT YOU’RE A HIPSTER.


Now you’re on your way to embracing a lifestyle of independent music labels, vintage clothes, and artisanal coffee. As long as you follow these steps, you should have little trouble being trendy!