How to Be a Hipster: the 10 Essential Products

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How to Be a Hipster: the 10 Essential Products

It’s easy to identify a hipster on the street. The beard, the glasses (real, or often not), the beanie. Everyone has an idea of the complete hipster look.

While we may question some hipster antics, there’s something fun and nostalgic about this culture - listening to good music, wearing a comfy flannel, and rocking a nice fitting pair of flattering skinny jeans are just a few of the things that make hipster life what it is.

Interested in the hipster lifestyle yourself? We came up with a list of the 10 essential products you need to become an instant hipster.

You don’t have to commit to the entire package right away. Pick and choose a few of the products that peak your interest, or just starting with the clothing. If you do want to go all in, though, we’ve got the complete guide to becoming an instant hipster.

Instant Polaroid Camera

The cool thing to do at parties now is to have an instant camera. You can choose any brand, but Polaroid is the most true blue hipster brand when it comes to photography.

The most basic Polaroid camera you can buy is the OneStep 2 which looks exactly like the classic Polaroid instant camera, just bumped up a notch. Very hipster!

It comes with a rechargeable battery, a great lens, and a strong flash for darkness.

Scan and post your instant photos on your Instagram and you’ll be a certified hipster!

Hipster Glasses

These translucent-style glasses for men and women are the ultimate hipster glasses of the moment.

In the past, you’d buy a Mad Men-esque pair of horn-rimmed glasses to don a good hipster look. Now, you’ll see these glasses worn in every hipster neighborhood.

These glasses are so charming, you could honestly just get the glasses without a prescription and just rock the look (your secret is safe with us!).

A pair of these go with everything. Wear them with a casual outfit, or on a romantic night out on the town.

Plenty of brands sell this style, but Warby Parker is the best bang for your buck. They use impact-resistant material and offer 100% UV protection. 

They have brick and mortar locations, but you can also order a set of glasses to try and then send them back at absolutely no cost to you.

Hipster Beanie

In order to compete the hipster look, a good beanie is a solid way to go. The most hipster color would be black or orange.

An orange beanie from Urban Outfitters is peak hipster.

A nice knitted cotton beanie throws the outfit together. It also saves you from a bad hair day!

This particular option is inexpensive (only $12, and even less with an Urban Outfitters promo code) and up close, you can see the knit detail. 

Hipster orange is not quite bright orange, but a little more faded just like this beanie.

Vintage Style Turntable

Any turntable will do, but vintage style is the ultimate hipster choice.

JCPenney sells a beautiful Crosley Bermuda Turntable using mid century charm and a lovely red.

The legs of the turntable are the final touch that makes this a hipster must. It looks old, but it comes with bluetooth technology.

Play the greats from Pink Floyd to The Doors. Buy some newer hipster music on vinyl and impress your friends with that “warm” sound that only comes from playing vinyl records.

Old School Typewriter

Another great hipster product is the old school typewriter. Only this time, it comes with a twist!

This typewriter kit from Etsy converts a regular typewriter into a USB computer keyboard. This way, you can use your Mac or PC but type with an old typewriter.

It also looks way cool on your desk at home.

Just buy an old typewriter from an antique shop or online, and sync it up with your Mac, PC, or tablets like an iPad.

Though it’s a pretty easy set up, this product is definitely for the more crafty hipster.

If you’re not into the work that goes into this, simply buying an old school typewriter and typing on paper is equally (if not, more) hipster.

Flannel Shirt

Patagonia is super popular right now, known especially for their flannels. Grab a flannel from Patagonia and you’ll be further on your way to your hipster outfit.

This is a more lightweight version of their heavy flannel, so it will work in warmer climates. You can also roll up the sleeve for a good casual style and summer day relief.

This is just one of the examples of flannels you can wear. Almost any plaid-style flannel works for a hipster outfit, as long as it has that Pacific Northwest flannel-like texture. 

Made with 100% cotton, it’s easily washable and built to last. 

Bow Tie

A bow tie of any pattern is considered pretty hipster these days. Especially a floral bow tie.


A good bow tie will spice up an outfit and signal that you know about style. Grab one in a couple different colors and wear them depending on the color scheme you’re working with for your outfit of the day.


It adds a dashing element to any outfit. The timeless bow tie may have turned hipster, but it always looks handsome.

These ties from Nordstrom are 100% silk - but don't let that turn you off. There are plenty of frequently-offered Nordstrom deals, so you'll be able to buy a bowtie guilt free, with quality that will last through outfit after outfit. 

Converse Chuck Taylors

For a real hipster look, one must purchase traditional Converse Chuck Taylors.

They come in a variety of colors, but the basic black ones are the most hipster. Extra points if they’re dirty!

It might be hard to do, but if you buy a pair of Converse and dirty them up a bit, you’ll be even more hipster than if they were clean. But keep one thing in mind: they have to be the hi-tops!

These shoes are unisex, so they’re recommended for everyone.

Skinny Jeans

Male or female, skinny jeans are necessary for a complete hipster outfit.

Hollister has great skinny jeans, including “extreme” skinny jeans that go above and beyond your normal tighter wear jeans.

Make sure they’re stretchy so you have room to move while wearing the slimmer fit. Dressed up or down, these are essential for your hipster outfit.

Beard Oil

Many male hipsters have curly mustaches and big, thick beards. If that's the look you're going for, you'll need a good oil that’ll take care of your manly facial hair.

Beard Serum from the Beard Guyz offers help to thicken and grow facial hair and make sure it’s as thick as possible.

Made with natural and organic ingredients, Beard Serum helps you make No-Shave November last forever. It also keeps skin moisturized, so no dry flakes.


You’ve made it. Now you have all the tools in order to become an instant hipster.

Savor a glass of fancy whiskey, twirl your mustache curls, and listen to some Tame Impala on vinyl. You’re full-fledged hipster!

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This guide was published on January 30, 2018, and last modified on January 30, 2018.

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