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No Better Time to Be a Black Hipster

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There are so many fashion eras for “Black to be Beautiful.” But it seems like today, young African Americans are combining all the best parts of the last five decades to create a liberating new style that I like to call “The Black Hipster.”

The eclectic mix of 80’s Ray-bans, carefully shaped afros, Sophia Loren glasses, kente cloth neckties and suspenders, gold chains, skinny jeans for girls, slightly tighter jeans for boys, Victory Rolls, doc martens, flannel, denim jackets, broad shouldered pastel colored blazers, Poetic Justice braids. . .


But again, it’s all very liberating. At this moment in time, it feels like there’s no wrong way to dress. If I can start wearing the clothes that were popular during the sixth season of The Cosby Show and not get laughed at, I’m set! Thrift-shopping is back in style, which is great for those on a budget. You can find wonderful “new” pieces and work them into any outfit, making it customized to your style.

If there are any anthropologist with an emphasis on fashion out there that read our blog (god I hope), please write in and let us know what’s going on. Tell us how long this trend of trends will last. How long can I wear plaid flannel shirts tied around my waist? How long can I wear saddle shoes? Should I go ahead and spring for that black felt bowler on

Or is that what it means to be a hipster in a America? You can do whatever the heck you want? If that’s the case, I want to be a Black Hipster. My husband will tell you that I already am. He concerned with my thrifting obsession. But in all honesty, he really wants to get back to his plaid flannel days too. The grungy 1990’s were the highlight of his fashion awareness.

Author: charishreid

Writer and Educator.

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