Funky. Â Unfortunate word, but I understand what you are saying. Personally, I feel confident in saying that I have a refined, very particular sense of style and it is very funky, but it hasn't run astray. Â Most people, men or women, who try to dress funky end up looking like morons. Â That's because most people are morons, weather they try to dress conservative or hip. If one is going to dress in an "alternative" way, that is, with a strong influence from rock music and "underground" styles (none of which really exist, but that's a whole other post), one HAS to be 100% confident in their choices and wear only carefully chosen clothes. Â It's not for beginners. Â One also has to be thin. Â Very thin. Â Skinny, preferrably. Â It's impossible to be hip if you are fat. Â Sorry, but it's true. Flame me back if you want, but when you see a model on the runway wearing a size 38 waist, there will be ice in hell. If you don't have an image in your head of whose look you like (i.e. - David Bowie, David Beckham on a good day, possibly L. Kravitz and even Brad Pitt), you need to get one. Have an image of the look you are going for so before you buy that hip vintage leather/vinyl jacket you know what you will wear it with (NOT Dockers, obviously). Role models are key if trying to fashion a hipster look. As Bowie himself said "It's not who does it first, but who does it second, that makes a trend." And the look you are going for has to be fully realized, not half assed. Don't mix a funky jacket with a pair of chinos and Rockport shoes. DO mix that same jacket with a pair well fitting, stylish jeans (i.e. - Mavi) and shoes that work WITH the look, not against it (Prada, Steve Madden, etc.). The key is to have a look you are aiming for - and to not just "wing it". Never, ever let the salesperson sell you on "the latest thing". Do you own research and find what's in. Surf like mad on hip sites (www.papermag.com
and even www.topman.co.uk
) and be a sponge. Buy the European fashion mags like FHM and Homme. Mixing designer labels with vintage finds to maintain the right edge is not easy if you don't know what look you are going for. Â It's all confidence in attitude and attitude through confidence. Â Obnoxious to some, but if you can pull it off, you have it made in the world of the hipsters. The Alan Flusser's of the world will cringe if they saw you, but what the hell. There's enough Brooks Bros to go around. Have some fun, loosen up and play. Just do it right, and don't try it if you are fat - it won't work no matter how hard you try.