Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Indie look is off the hook

Listening days and nights to Franz Ferdinand I really got obsessed with indie lifestyle. Moreover i'm falling in love with low indie people look like. They are really fashionable with all of those keds and skinny jeans. So here are some tips, if you are interested in indie fashion:

The Basics: By now you've probably heard that vintage t-shirts and tight jeans are the basis of most Indie wardrobes. But that's not always the case. It's not as much about what you have, but how you wear it. Sweater-vests are ideal for converting a plain outfit into a work of art. Remember to avoid Hollister, Abercrombie, and American Eagle, because those brands turn you into walking (preppy) billboards. 
Don't just get Ironic T-shirts. Invest in raglans, basic t-shirts in solid colors, striped shirts, V-necks and ringer tees. You can layer loads of different kinds of shirts to your own taste. 
Babydoll tank tops are adorable and look great with an indie outfit! If spaghetti straps aren't permitted at your school, try wearing a solid T-shirt underneath. It still looks great!
Flannel is in. Plaids in all colors are great to layer, or just wear alone. For both genders, layering a flannel plaid shirt (unbuttoned) with your favorite shirt looks awesome and is great for spring or fall!
During the winter months, jackets and coats are very important. There are many options to choose from that look very indie. 
For girls in cold weather, peacoats in any color are great, whether they're double-breasted or not. Don't go for long ones, though--a little bit below your hip is a good length. When it's just chilly, cardigans are your best friend! Striped, patterned and solids are all great and look fabulous with any T-shirts or tanks. But be careful about pairing patterns--sometimes it can look a little crazy!
For guys in cold weather, vintage leather or Members Only jackets are a great option. If you'd like, you can even deck them out with cool pins! In chilly weather, vests or sweater vests look awesome with anything. You can also try a track jacket; they come in lots of colors and are great year-round.
And don't forget the jeans! Black, dark denim, and grey/acid wash are great for both sexes, as are cords every once in a while. For girls, colored denim is fine to wear occasionally, but make sure they match whatever shirts you're wearing (to be safe, try greys and blacks).
You can't go barefoot! There are lots of cool shoe styles to choose from, from Converse, Vans, Nike, etc. If you want a more personal touch, get some awesome laces or doodle anything from designs to lyrics on them. 
Converse are a great choice because they come in oodles of colors (though which colors you choose don't matter!) and look good with just about anything. Whether you buy high-tops or oxfords are up to you!
Vans Authentics are really classy and cool. They even come in a wide variety of colors, as do Converse. Mono black (canvas and rubber both black), any shade of green, navy, or off white are great choices, but those aren't your only options. Girls can even go for the Lo Pro style, if they choose. If you like the convienence of the slip-on style, you can get them in any color of checkered, plaid or solid.
Moccasins are very important to a indie wardrobe. They add the unique and antique look to an everyday outfit. Moccasins look great on any sex, they can vary in design, color, and they go great with just about anything. Some great moccasin online sites are minnisota moccasin, the moccasin shop, or moccasin house. If all else fails, just try the local antique store - they're sure to have some.
Nike Dunks have become really popular recently because of the nostalgia it can bring, and the limited edition styles they come in. Plus, they look really good on just about everyone. Some may want to avoid these, because Nike Dunks could be looked at as mainstream. Nike SB dunks or Nike iD Dunks are more individual, if you have the money for them. Just be sure to keep them clean!
Girls can also go for some cute flats in whatever color, pattern or style they choose. Funky platforms and gladiator sandals are also really great choices if you're tired of boppin' around in sneakers.
Accessorize. Just because you have the flannel and the kicks doesn't mean you're done. There's a whole wide variety of accessories and jewelry that make your outfit individual. 
Scarves are great year round because you can get them in cotton, linen, silk and wool, and they're a classy touch to add no matter what you're wearing. Bright colors and neutrals both look great, as long as they go well with the outfit.
Headbands/headwraps are unisex and really in, no matter what hair style you have.
Messenger bags are really cool and come in loads of sizes and colors, and they're very convenient to put anything you might have to carry that day into. You can get leather ones and denim ones, whatever you please.
Girls, add some nice jewelry. Hemp bracelets, doorknocker earrings, and long necklaces are really cute and add a feminine touch to any outfit, but whatever interests you is great.
Sunglasses can add a touch of celebrity and mystery. Popular styles include Wayfarers, Shutter Shades and Aviators, but you can Be wary of jewels or other embellishments though.
Headphones are in right now. Get yourself a nice pair of retro or designer head phones, that'll add a touch of mystery for when you're walking about.

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