The rise and fall of the Hipster movement

It’s been a minute since we’ve all laid the hipster craze to rest. So what’s happened to such hipster staples as artisanal food, second-hand clothes, and even irony now that the intentionally underrated hype has died down?

Ahhhh, the elusive hipster. If you make your way down to your local vegan coffee shop or flea market and stay really really quiet, you may actually be able to spot one hidden behind the rails, camouflaged with their checkered shirts and their bush-like beards. If you really, really want to see one, you might even need to whip out an avocado and entice them with the smell of avocado on toast and a topic of conversation that asks what it really means to be here – because these guys are gonna be gone pretty soon. In fact, some experts suggest that the hipster reign ended in 2014. So, now that the hipster hype has died down, what’s happened to such staples as artisanal food, second-hand clothes, and even irony?

The joy of a flat-white

As the hipster movement reached its peak in the early 2010s, hipsters from around the globe were shunning chain cafes such as Starbucks and saying a big heck-no to the corporate world. Instead, they were helping out their friends and startups in artisanal coffee shops and restaurants that were powered by plants, real produce, and real workers. They would take a trip to the coffee shop every single day to buy their flat-white and their gluten-free muffin and would be happy with both the quality and the service. Although those in the food industry expected this to change after the hipsters became non-hipsters, it seemed that the idea of buying local produce and eating artisanal food became mainstream. In fact, many people now choose local businesses over smaller companies as they bring money back into the community, and take money away from top business executives who only want to make a profit. Thank you for your service, hipsters!

The smell of pre-loved clothes

There are two kinds of people in this world; those that hate the thought of wearing clothes someone else has worn, and those who absolutely love it. The latter category includes the good ol’ hipster, who refused to wear brands and labels and instead opted to wear checkered shirts galore, retro Dr. Marten boots that were made in the ‘20s, and Levi jeans that had fourteen previous owners. It was all about keeping it cheap and wearing something a little conventional. They didn’t follow the rules, see. So, has this changed now that the hipster is no longer in fashion? Well, it seems once again, these hipsters have started a brand new movement and made their totally non-mainstream-ideals completely mainstream! Nowadays, buying second-hand clothing is an experience that many love to engage in. In fact, many people have since made businesses from these second-hand clothes. Just think of Sophia Amoruso (AKA the ‘Girl Boss’). She made a few million from selling pre-loved clothes and created the hugely successful clothing brand, Nasty Gal. Anything is possible now that the hipsters have moved out of the picture.

Of course, we do miss having the hipsters around – but in a weird and wonderful way, the whole world seems to have become hipsters. Although they tried so hard to keep their little quirks away from the mainstream, that’s exactly what’s happened, and now we’re reaping the benefits.