Hipster fashion is characterized by baggy clothes, mismatched patterns, and the overall appearance of not trying too hard. (Though it is quite possible you spent the better part of two hours putting the look together.) Now, don’t get us wrong, this works for some people, however, not everyone can pull it off, and the result is often that it makes the wearer look like a mess.
That, mixed with the hipster affinity for vintage, results in a grandma aesthetic that just does not work. If you want to make your wardrobe less mainstream, maybe start by incorporating just one hipster element rather than going full-force.
Kimonos as Outerwear
Kimonos and robes can make you look relaxed, fancy, and rich when worn correctly. However, they often end up looking like pajamas. Kimonos need to be paired with a figure-hugging outfit underneath to balance out the flowyness of the garment.
If your whole outfit is too loose-fitting, throwing a kimono on top will just make you look like you're in the middle of a stroll in your nursing home. That being said, if you ARE about to take a stroll in your nursing home, a kimono will be just the right thing to do it in. Get yourself a whole collection!
Platform sandals have been making a comeback recently — and, on paper, they sound like a good idea. They're comfy, give you some added height, and, depending on who you ask, are quite stylish. The problem is, they have a certain juvenile look about them, which can make the wearer look older.
They were also big in the early 2000s, and, like with any past trend, it's tough to try out something retro without looking twice your age for it. If you are looking to add yourself a few centimeters, we would recommend high heels, heel wedges, or wearing a pair of form-fitting pants.
Chunky Knit Sweaters
Chunky knit sweaters fall into the category of "cozy bordering on homeless." Which sucks because they're great! Who doesn't love a chunky knit sweater? The thing is, there has been an uptick in vintage-style chunky knits with people thinking they look cute and quirky.
And while this may be true, they also make you look older by virtue of the fact that they are designed to replicate the clothes that old people wear. There are plenty of nice and stylish sweaters and coats you can opt for if you're starting to feel the cold and looking for something comforting to wrap yourself in.
Okay, this one is a little tricky, because some designs, depending on the frame and the shape of your face, can actually work. Color-tinted glasses are tough because you think you look like Robert Downey Jr., but you actually usually look like Elton John.
And that's no shade (no pun intended) to Elton John, but RDJ has looked cool and suave for decades, and Elton John... hasn't. These glasses are very flower-power chic, but they are primarily worn by older men, so it's tough to break that association and pull them off as a fashion statement in their own right.