Street Chic

 joshua glenn green – photo: john fulton photography


Street Chic

It's a cliche, but we'll say it anyway – we were into hipster fashion before it was cool, as evidenced by this 2010 fashion photoshoot where a picture says a thousand words.​ Featured in Faces of the South: The Trilogy Edition now on newsstands. Click here to order your copy of Faces today. 

While the term hipster was first coined in the jazz world of the 1940s, it referred to the (usually) affluent white fans of this primarily black music scene. Before long, the insular, neologized slang used by these fans helped create the basis for what later became known as the Beat Generation of poets, authors and artists. However, by the late '60s it had already become a passe description. Eventually, in the mid-to-late '90s, it resurfaced-but with a more snide and derisive connotation, as a winking handle for disaffected, middle-class (and upper-middle-class) teens and college kids whose tastes revolve largely around obscure or outdated pop-culture touchstones, the embracing of social awkwardness and a fixation on the appearance of not being bothered with societal norms or expectations. Ingrained hipster totems include fixed-gear bikes, skintight denim jeans, carefully "unkempt" hairdos, provocatively mismatched thrift-store clothing, Dadaesque T-shirt slogans, flamboyant or unflattering facial hairstyles and oversized or flashy fashion accessories. Metrosexuality and androgyny are also not uncommon in hipster circles, along with an affinity for retro ephemera and no-frills, working-class libations such as PBR or Miller beer.

Ashley Christine Austin


Edward Randolf McDaniel


Jessica Lynn Matz


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