So, anyway, let's assume you don't know what a hipster might look like. Here's a partial list of typical attributes:
- wearing a plaid shirt
- wearing jeans - typically skinny jeans, overly styled jeans, or slightly ratty-looking jeans
- wearing some kind of work boots that will never been worn for work or tennis shoes that will never be used for sports
- wearing sunglasses that are big enough that they could shade a small African village
You probably also know that I work in a really casual office. For the most part, a "uniformed" hipster would be overdressed in my office. But, at the same time, I've got some plaid-ish shirts that I really like, and I usually wear tennis shoes to work.
This time of year, I would normally be wearing shorts, but the Editing office has been frigid ever since I got back into town. So I've been wearing jeans. (You know where this is heading.)
On Monday, I broke out one of my favorite plaid shirts, pulled on some of my most broken-in jeans, and put on some tennis shoes I got before the trip (not the hiking shoes, but a pair of grey Puma tennis shoes). I don't think I ever looked in the mirror after getting dressed, I just walked the dog and headed for work.
When I got out of my car in the parking garage, I noticed a 20-something guy getting out of his car - huge sunglasses, beard, plaid, skinny jeans tucked into his work boots. I didn't pay much attention.
Then I got to street level and, as I was crossing the street I noticed another guy - this one blond - with a scruffy beard, sunglasses, plaid shirt, overly-styled jeans, pink boat shoes.
As I stood in front of the elevator to go to my office I looked at my reflection: beard, plaid, faded jeans, tennis shoes - no sunglasses, because mine are prescription so I always leave them in the car - and realized that I had accidentally hipstered myself before leaving home.
Basically, I was wearing what I would have worn any other time - but now I looked like I was trying to fit in.
The worst part? I looked pretty good, but now I'm unsure whether or not I can ever wear that again.