Hipster: A label for some students, a lifestyle for others

The hipster scene may be somewhat stereotypical to some students, but it doesn't mean they don't fit the label they are given by their peers.

Among those Central Michigan University students sporting the hipster scene is Kentwood senior Angela Bergsma with her tan, old-fashioned shoes she got at a thrift store.

“My mom said they are grandma shoes, but I like them,” she said.

Her “grandma shoes” were accompanied by her tan loose dress she got for $10 and her vintage necklace she got from a Native American flea market in Arizona.

“I love earthy tones, big sweaters and cardigans,” she said.

Along with a unique fashion sense, Bergsma said her artistic, creative side brings out the hipster in her. She loves to paint and enjoys photography. Although she doesn't own any Apple products some think go along with the hipster stereotype, she begrudgingly thinks some could consider her in the group.

“I’m in denial,” she said. “I guess I can be considered a hipster."

Grand Blanc junior Chelsea Hohn said friends joke and call her a “hipster,” but she doesn’t see it as a positive thing.

“The hipster craze is overrun,” she said. “People bought into it way too fast.”

Hohn said although hipster is hard to define, she said it’s someone that has opinions that he or she doesn’t stand behind.

“Initially, it’s an appearance thing to match a certain stereotype,” she said. “It’s more of an issue on people trying to fit in.”

For Au Gres senior Ben Lutz, a hipster is not a label, but more of a style.

The music major likes to listen to jazz, indie rock and classical music. He said he hangs out at coffee shops and browses the latest technology literature.

Lutz shops at thrift stores for most of his clothes but will make an expensive purchase on his shoes, which are usually Converse.

“My friends definitely make hipster remarks,” he said. “Hipster to me is an interesting dynamic.”