This year at Dunbar I have found myself thinking something that I never thought I would; I miss scene kids.
Who knew that the kids who dressed up in skin tight, checkered leggings, animal ears and tails and raccoon-esque eyeliner would seem like innovators in a sea of Bill Cosby sweaters? I sure didn’t.
It seems as though lately everyone has developed an obsessive fixation with looking indie and obscure, despite the fact that true originality does not derive itself from following the trends set by the media.
My question though, is why. Why is becoming a hipster such a desirable feat?
Conformity itself is inevitable to an extent. We’re teenagers. We shop at stores with manufacturers who spring their clothing ideas from other manufacturers.
Everything is just a copy of a copy of a copy, with mild twists and turns in order to grab the buyer’s attention.
But, the blame of the rise for hipsterdom cannot solely be place on the brands and stores we shop at.
Some of it comes back to the buyers themselves who shop with one idea in mind: successfully blending in with the masses.
Sock buns. As quick as they sprung up (quite literally), sock buns are rapidly making their way down to the bottom of the originality spectrum.
Although they are still very popular, such that socks are as common in a girl’s hair as they are on her feet, they have lost their retro-vibe, which was what made them fashionable and stand out in the first place.
Cats. Now seen as the icon of hipsters, this furry friend has become more commonly seen on sweaters and t-shirts than in homes. Let’s be real here, back before 2010 most people were dog people. Let’s keep it that way.
Thick Ray-Ban Wayfarers. Remember the good old days when needing glasses left you wearing your lunch and sporting the nickname ‘four-eyes’? Now, this embarrassing harassment is no longer the case.
It seems as though everyone and their brother is sporting chunky glasses. But unless you’re Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, Woody Allen or truly have horrible vision, leave your glasses at home.
These are not the only hipster clichés that exist, but they are some of the ones are prevalent among the students at Dunbar. What is on one student one week is in every student’s closet the next.
Students, teenagers specifically, are in the process of finding themselves and often draw inspiration from their peers. And yet the ones who are the trendsetters tend to pull ideas from the real world.
So what can we do? Let’s make originality a top priority again, but not just for the sake of being original. What that means is that you should appreciate who you are and your own personal tastes above everything else.