How to dress indie, look indie, be indie

How To Be Indie

First of all, if you need to read a guide on the internet to become indie, then you have a long way to go. But luckily for you, you were smart enough to come to me, lumberjack. Throughout my years of clear cutting virgin forests and other unsustainable logging, I have come to be somewhat of an expert on indie culture. And I'm going to pass it on to you!  My indie fashion advice is topknotch if I do say so myself.

How to Dress Indie

Indie Fashion:

You don't have to "Suffer for Fashion" like of Montreal to be indie. Rather, indie clothing is some of the best clothing available today!

The basics of dressing indie:

Tops:
Cardigans, ironic indie tees, flannel shirts, plain fitted t-shirts, vintage hoodies

Bottoms:
Skinny jeans, corduroys, skirts, fitted jeans, etc.

Shoes:

Converse, Vans, Nike Dunks, Moccasins, Boat/Deck shoes, "Vintage" Adidas and Puma

Outerwear:
Corduroy jackets, Members jackets, vintage leather, peacoats

Accessories:

Bracelets, necklaces, pins, headphones, interesting bags



Alright, now that we have the basics down I will delve deeper into indie fashion.

Indie Tops

I would stay away from cardigans if you're a guy. Though they are considered indie, they also make you look like a grandma. Girls will say they look good on you, but what they are really implying is that you remind them of granny back home. You can be indie without being stripped of your sexuality, so guys just say not to cardigans. Cardigans are fine on girls, however.

Flannel is the epitome of indie in my humble (ya right lol) opinion. To truly be indie you need to stock up on whatever flannel/plaid you can find. It's great buttoned up, or unbuttoned over your favorite ironic indie shirt.

Fitted solid-color t-shirts and vintage t-shirts/hoodies are indie as well. Target has some great solid-tees, so you don't have to spend much. For the vintage, check out your local vintage retailers and thriftshops.

Indie Bottoms

You don't have to wear skinny jeans to be indie if you're a guy, but if you're a girl and they are flattering then skinny jeans are practically a must. Guys can go for anything that is fitted well, just stay away from baggy carpenter's and unflattering styles. Levi's 511 are good.

Corduroy is great, and will keep you warm in the cold winter months. Stores like H&M or Urban Outfitters typically have a good selection of cords. Again, thriftshops may have some gems as well.

Girls, for skirts anything that looks good on you is A OK!!

Indie Shoes

Okay, shoes are where it is at!! I'll start with Converse. Though hipsters might complain that Converse has sold out since they are owned by Nike, they are still very fashionable and look good on everyone! Converse Allstars that is. Stay clear of that Converse Onestar bull that Target tries to push on you, and stick to the classic Chuck Taylors. Emos might have hijacked Converse, but your indie self can pull them off.

Vans, quite frankly, are the espresso. Vans Authentics and Vans Off The Walls are both completely viables candidates for indie shoewear. You can get slipons in almost any colors, as well as plaid and checkered! Check out the Zapatos del Barco, those are some of my favorite.

Moccasins and boat shoes add a touch of class to your indie wardrobe. Moccasins can be purchased online, just Google them. Zappos has some nice ones in stock. As for boat shoes, Sperry Topsiders are wonderful. It's rumored that Moses, the indiest guy who ever lived, owned a pair. Aside from lumberjacking, sailing is one of the most manliest professions and boat shoes just scream "Hey I'm indie, I'm a man, and I'm proud!" That's not to say that girls can't where boat shoes, they look cute on y'all too!!

Lastly, both Puma and Adidas have "Vintage" lines with lots of colors. Green retro kicks are quite indie.

Indie Outerwear

Basically, just wear something fairly noncommercial. Peacots, Member's Only jackets, vintage leather jackets... it's all pretty self explanatory. Plus, if you're feeling adventurous, you could even rock a poncho - just like the man with no name (most bad indie who ever indied).

Indie Accessories

Accessories can make or break your indie wardrobe, so listen carefully. Girls, you're on your own as far as bracelets and necklaces go. I'm a dude, I have no idea. Try Etsy.com for some handcrafted jewelry.

Messenger bags are preferable to backpacks. You can get them in all sorts of materials and styles, my favorite being the ones Timbuk2 produces. Decorate these bags with all manner of pins and schwag you accumulate from attending indie shows!

Headphones! Nothing screams "I love music!" more than a nice pair of hipster headphones. Try to avoid SkullCandy, as it has become a bit too mainstream. Lesser known electronics manufacturers like Denon or high-tech fancy ones like Bose are both fine, however. If you can find them, a stylish pair of vintage headphones will work wonders. They'd probably raise your indie cred over 9000.

Indie Fashion Don'ts

Whatever you do, don't shop at retailers like Abercrombie, American Eagle, Hollister, or Aeropostale. These stores represent everything the indie culture opposes. Even if American Eagle tries to lure you in with some Foals tunes, you must resist!

Indie Music

Hissing Fauna Are You the Destroyer
Hissing Fauna Are You the Destroyer

Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? by of Montreal is indie rock in its prime.

 
OK Computer
OK Computer

Radiohead at its finest.

 
Chutes Too Narrow
Chutes Too Narrow

One of the Shins' greatest CD's. Classic indie rock.

 

Indie Music

The most important part of being indie is becoming a fan of the music. If you dislike indie music then stop reading, because I'm trying my hardest not to turn you into an indie poser. While technically indie music can be any independently produced music, I am going to focus more on indie pop (twee) and indie rock.

Some bands to get you started are of Montreal, The Shins, Neutral Milk Hotel, MGMT, and Architecture in Helsinki.

Finding local and lesser known bands is a must. Luckily we have the internet! Make use of websites such as thesixtyone, the pretentious pitchforkmedia, StumbleUpon, and even Last.fm.

Offline, you have other options. Watch MTV U for some ideas (though most of the music is garbage like Eminem) and listen to college radio stations. If you live in any decent urban area you will probably have some indie radio stations as well.

Become a part of the local music scene! Even if it's not indie music, it's a start. If there is no scene to become a part of, then I'm sorry, but you need to get the hell out of that podunk town. Move to a college town or large urban city like New York. You can't live in a better indie locale.

Indie Personality

Next you need to work on the indie attitude. First and foremost, never refer to yourself as indie. Doing so will cost you major indie cred. Don't mention that you read an online guide on how to become indie either. That's just lame to talk about.

The indie attitude is all about having a cool demeanor. Be random, be fun! BE YOURSELF, but cooler. If you are quiet and introverted, don't just be the shy kid in the corner. Be the mysterious badass, like Clint Eastwood! If you're extraverted and outgoing, then just talk to other people! If the conversation turns to music, then use this as an opportunity to drop names of indie bands to establish some indie cred.

Learning an instrument helps, especially if you're quiet. You can just bring your guitar places and strum a few chords. The chicks or studs will be all over you, I guarantee it. :-)

Parting Message

Hopefully now you have some idea of what being indie is about. Just remember, never refer to yourself as indie, let your new indie threads do the talking. Head to some indie shows and make a lot of indie friends!  Always look indie in the process!

¡Vaya con Dios!

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135 comments

Janetta 7 years ago

Great hub! I chuckled all the way through it. You did a great job. I love MGMT btw, does that give me indie cred? Oh crap, did I just cancel out my indie cred by discussing being indie? damn....


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charanjeet kaur 7 years ago from Delhi

Impressive hub for a start, welcome to the community. Keep them coming.


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lumberjack 7 years ago Author

Lol, the indie cred thing is more about not going around and bragging about being indie. It's like that with pretty much any scene. Don't worry about being a fan of MGMT XD


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J. Kumm 7 years ago from Washington

What kind of underwear should indies wear?


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lumberjack 7 years ago Author

A burlap sack.

Nah, just your usual underwear.


shay 7 years ago

ahhh, this was sweet! good job man, good job ha.


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lumberjack 7 years ago Author

thankssss shay!!!!!!!! keep fightin the good fight


rozim 7 years ago

I love indi music, certainly from syahrukh khan and many others like hrytic rosan, so does with the energic dance


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Will James 7 years ago from New York, NY

Haha. Good job. You managed to not be too condescending. You, my friend, are today's truest indie person I have seen yet today. Keepin' it real and evolving your self into truth -- that's what it's all about.

Good job, again.

And one more time, I just want to tell you... Good job.

Finally, good job, my friend.

And... a oney and a twoey... Good job.

Nice job, and by the way: Good job on this.

Good job all the way!


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lumberjack 7 years ago Author

i'm not indie bro


meeh 7 years ago

Wicked c:


hannahrose 7 years ago

This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever read. 'How to be indie?'


hannahrose 7 years ago

You don't just learn how to be indie, it's a personality thing. Oh, and thanks for slumming all those who refuse to be part of mainstream culture but likewise loathe the 'emo'/'scene' kids etc into the category of 'indie'. For christsake, this is ridiculous. Just be your fucking self.


Lauren 7 years ago

This is stupid.


Cassius 7 years ago

This is actually a really good guide.

I generally dress like an indie anyways, and found that these fell exactly inline with what i do.

Liked the comment about the Foals by the way. They are amazing, along with the Shins, and if you like Architechture in Helsinki, as I do, you might like Beirut.

others I'd reckomend are - The Libertines, The Young Knives and Florence and the Machine.

Checks and checked shirts are definitely in by the way.


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lumberjack 7 years ago Author

At the angry comments, LOL.

At the nice comments, ty.


STAUSH 7 years ago

NO INDIE NO LOVER


STAUSH 7 years ago

Lumberjack..What your love about indie?


Christian 7 years ago

If someone asks you what your style is, what do you say if you don't say indie/alternative?

THANKS!


Gefilte Fish 7 years ago

I LOL'd at the comment about Moses


racheal 7 years ago

im goin to an indie night club with some of my indie friends n im so not indie n there like ya gonna stick out so i need some pointersss lol hahaha


melissa 7 years ago

this is really stupid basically brainwashing people

be you own self people would like you better than following the crowd


Nick 7 years ago

If you need a How To Be article to be indie, you aren't indie. And Indie is way less about the fashion as it is about the music. Indie is about not conforming to the mainstream and dressing how you like rather than how people want you to.


dennishobson 7 years ago

hahah

I'v LOL'd at the comment about Moses

good post !

http://www.bbnautica.com.br


Austin 7 years ago

I don't really put a label to what I am. My motto is "If I like it, I wear it. If "The Crowd" doesn't like it, screw em"


Jenna. 6 years ago

All, the "how to's" are getting fairly ridiculous...

But there still pretty amusing.

&& I quite like AE,

even if it does tarnish my "indie cred"


deep throat 6 years ago

wow... im glad i read this, to know that people search for a way to dress makes me feel all warm inside


Rose 6 years ago

@ Christian:

You say it's YOUR style!!!

But - and I have been in this situation before, as have my friends, so it is likely it will happen to you - if they reply with 'So what kind of style is that then??' either smile and walk away, or just keep replying 'My style.' Depends how much of your life you want to waste :P

Much love :)


chloe 6 years ago

i looked at this cos i have no idea wtf i am

n i realised i actually fit into a lot of this

like actually all of it except i'm in a

no musci scene in Australia so fuckmedead

but i lost it all at abercrombie

gotta admit i love it but oh well

you can't be completely 1 thing and still me

also indie music originally started from college bands trying to make a brake through btw


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Jim Strutzin 6 years ago

This is an awesome hub. Especially the part about not referring to yourself as indie. This is a MUST. ;)


Sophie 6 years ago

hahahah this is so great.

I adore the music you put, shins and radiohead

CHYEAH


Roddz 6 years ago

Cool Advice ;)


Kieran Boyle 6 years ago

Bombay bicycle club........ That's all I'm saying


ruby 6 years ago

haha people actually do this! lolz

ahh interesting :P


ruby 6 years ago

wow people actually follow this lolz.

interesting :P


6 years ago

Most of the bands people are bringing up in these comments are major not indie, lol.

Indie isn't a genre, it means independent (as in indie record label), indie can be any genre of music!

Doh!


Lou 6 years ago

Look i understand what your doing here i think :S but being an indie is about being individual, if you want to go out and by a hot top from ambercrombie&fitch go ahead its your choice no one elses. its about creating ur own style because you like it and you want to, this is abit silly to be frank.


Sarah 6 years ago

This is wicked, if you're looking for music.

I'd also recommend Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear if you want some new music.


Awesome 6 years ago

shanalogic.com is an awesome site for jewellery and clothes.


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Neil Ashworth 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Cool hub!!!


LauSmiths 6 years ago

HAHA

Haven't you hobbies?! :D

NERD


takemeaway 6 years ago

tshorts can be patterned,yea? I think stiped ,potted... ? And what about summer,the bermuda jeans and the swimsuit?


AJ 6 years ago

I am from India and by the description of indie clothing you have given here all i can say is that most of the youngsters here dress up in the indie way even though they don't have the slightest clue about indie music.


AJ 6 years ago

I am from India and by the description of indie clothing you have given here all i can say is that most of the youngsters here dress up in the indie way even though they don't have the slightest clue about indie music.


cleo 6 years ago

cool hub but also to everyone who said that it is ridiculous ,that isn't true because people are just trying to find themselves so stuf you for critisizing them

peace


ann 6 years ago

I was amused. I have no idea if this is true (I'm more interested in cool indie jewellery adn this page came up) but doesn't the term indie mean individual so how can you have a website telling you how to dressed. I'm confused but happy.


Zack 6 years ago

Jesus, y'all have got to be kidding me. This is the most lame guide to life i have ever seen. I recently read an article in "Bay Life" magazine and in it was a mini-indie guide, very similar to the one above, but just as lame. It is good to be different, but to dedicate your life to make sure you are in raggedy ass clothes, listening to some band that you think is cool only because the person standing next to you on the subway has never heard of them before is insane. Y'all keep up the indie way of life and i will continue to make sure you are brought back down to earth with knowledge regarding your pathetic life. LoNg LiVe EaRtH dAy, fags.


Fitz 6 years ago

Also if any musicians want to be part of the indie style as guitars go id say Archtops are the way to go eg Epiphone Dot NA or Sheraton. Maybe pushin it on the Strat not too sure about telecasters


Nita San 6 years ago

lmao yah i guess ive pretty much got the indie thing down ^_^ lemmie see, cardigans (check!), skinny jeans (check!) moccassins (check!) headphones (check!) and i absolutely love mgmt, the shins and architecture in helsinki!!! i guess i didn't need any advice in the first place =]

btw, u forgot vampire weekend =D


That guy...over there! 6 years ago

Haha this is funny! I especially like the music section. Although you should also check out Aberdeen City, Silversun Pickups and Cage the Elephant for some awesome Indie Rock.

I still go to American Eagle 'cause they have clothes I like periodically, they have some really good flannel there in the winter too. Along with some nice coats and jackets. I don't think it matters if the clothing has a tiny little sewing of an eagle on it. I just don't like it when it's splattered all over the front (but that's not my Indie self talking, that's just personal preference =]


Connell 6 years ago

I LAUGHED.


violet 6 years ago

BLOODY HELL. Now see here, seriously, you don't need to keep spewing up bands to make yourselves look so indie. Just be true to your personality, and don't have inhibitions about what you like. A lot of the people I've met who others consider indie, are just regular people with honest personalities and some different likes.

Oh, the people who keep saying stuff about India, are thinking of the wrong kind of indie :D


meh 6 years ago

i found this guide very useful, but you know, just because you wear some clothes doesn't mean you're selling out or whatever. btw, best indie band ever: My Bloody Valentine, hands down


meh 6 years ago

do you have to wear skinny jeans? i mean, that's pretty much an emo thing now


Mia 6 years ago

So, this is pretty spot on except for the whole cardigans thing. A big part of being an indie guy is at least pretending to be a feminist (which is a good way to attract indie women). If you feel that certain clothing compromises your sexuality, then you are probably not indie. Trust me. A lot of girls really do like the cardigans.


Adam 6 years ago

This article defies everything that defines being indie


kasie 6 years ago

I love the people who say this is stupid, and how it is brainwashing people into the general perspective of indie culture.

Clearly, you are one of those mindless indie wannabe's who need pointers, or you would have never came upon this site. Gawww! Dummies!


a nonny moose 6 years ago

Funny how a lot of people here ignore the very first sentence and miss the satire behind the whole damn thing.


charlotte 6 years ago

hey, well i was scene, but i got bored of wearing skinnies, converse, eyeliner, band tops. and family didn't like me like it. so ive decided to try a new me. indie. i love vampire weekend and nevershoutnever, so that's a start i guess?


Jules 6 years ago

Haha my friend showed me this because she thinks I'm 'indie' Indie is all about being yourself, there's no guide to becoming indie, you can't teach yourself. You just have to go with whatever you feel like.


Joe 6 years ago

great hub, yea i listen to a lot of tht kinda music. Me and my friend know all of these band and musicians and we learn about them from eachother. One of the better ones that i listen to is beirut. Well in my opinion


roxanne 6 years ago

Hi wow this was so helpful I never really considered myself a style or anything but this describes me entirely I love the music and I wear what I feel even when acute minded ppl dnt like it but I'm me and I express myself freely so now I know I am an indie girl at heart and thanks for giving me a name for my style;j


liushis 6 years ago

This guide is just supposed to be a joke laughing at people who take it seriously. Real cool.


joe_1 6 years ago

WTF? i am sorry but this "how to be indie" guide is retarded, you cannot just turn indie by reading this bull, indie isn't a trend people should try to be its.... ahhhhh its hard to explain but W/E i wear abercrombie because there clothing is great quality and i can still pull it off, this guide is really just a joke. JUSt express yourself and dress how you want to dress and that will certainly make you "indie"


Maroe 6 years ago

Nice one.. Even though i think indie is something coming from inside(;

.. Have you guys checked the danish band Mew?

If you haven't, DO IT!:D


:) 6 years ago

Calm down angry peeps he is only trying to help and people getting pissy at this WHY SEARCH HOW TO BE INDIE UP IF YOUR AGAINST IT you obviously have nothing better to do with your lives GOSH XD hehe x


simon 6 years ago

I'm sorry right, i came across this webpage by accident, and personally think it is pathetic, mgmt are a main stream band and its a joke to think other wise, also what indie means is independent, so technically there is no such thing as indie fashion. the concept of indie is each person doing and wearing and listening to whatever they want, its INDEPENDENT!


Pete H 6 years ago

This guide totally goes against the whole concept of being 'indie'. This is more a guide on how to look what mainstream fashion stylists have put in a little box and named 'indie'. The whole point of being 'indie' is to be indie-vidual, not following mainstream fashion and music.


Withoutone 6 years ago

I'm from India and I never noticed any young hipsters dress this way. JK! Are you serious? A fuckin guide to dress to be part of a "style". If u dress bcuz it's the style, ur fake. Testicles...… that is all. Btw u wanna be kewl ppl come off as "fool of yourselfs", and like fellow musicians would agree, picking up an instrument for a style is the wrong reason. I play guise piano and drums. I don't do it for chicks, I do it bcuz I love it.


Mark 6 years ago

I think you do not really have to follow a certain rule of being indie! Firstly, everyone here who landed on this site possibly already is kind of indie cause he's interested in indie. And Indie is not a style, it's an attitude.

I suppose the best way to look indie is if you find clothes that remind you of a certain look, maybe of a member of an indie band. If you like Indie that goes back to the 80s then you surely have a certain impression of how bands like R.E.M., the Stone Roses or The Smiths would dress up. And then you go out and search for them. For example I find American Apparel is a remarkable shop cause it catches a certain "indie" vibe from the past.

But if you instead rather prefer a more contemporary look, just go on youtube and see what guys wear in their interviews. Check out The Foals, Vampire Weekend for example. Bright flashy colours, not very vintage, bright red jumpers, bright blue trousers, green head phones. That's indie too! Most important is that you feel well in what you wear. The Indie spirit is inside all of us and can be expressed even further by what inspires us to wear.


edmmy 6 years ago

seriously i didn't kno wat the hell i was at school everyone is kinda of label and i always considered myself geeky because i wear glaases and play an instrument and do some wat good in school but i always dressed differently then most geeks in my school and disliked all their stupid heavy metal music instead im really into nevershoutnever and bands like that not really like grrr im going to kill u type of music and im really chill could careless wat people think because im outspoken and i love to dress just as this "guide" says but its true u don't called ur selve indie u just are and don't need a guide the only reason why i came up with this is because i google everything that i have no idea wat it means and i have heard the term indie and googled and this popped out soo wat the heck :)


ohhaiimhannah 6 years ago

i think that it's the best just to be yourself, but i also think that it is really important to push away modern society and step back and look at where modern society has brought us today. we're in a shit hole we're killing the enviroment and i think that a lot of 'indie' stuff leads in the direction of becoming globally consious so make sure you guys check out some earth friendly 'indie' shit like toms shoes at toms.com


Marlene 6 years ago

This is a great article! Good job, I didn't really know it myself until I read this, ha. Wait...is Coldplay indie?


Mbb 5 years ago

Is it ok to wear a flannel shirt unbottoned over say, a floyd tshirt?


holyshit. 5 years ago

alexisonfire and lamb of god is indie.


vespertine 5 years ago

Calling someone Indie is labeling. Calling yourself or even thinking of yourself as Indie is labeling yourself. This is the equivalent of what is know as a POSER! There is no such thing as Indie people. The only INDIE I know of is the music genre. Lets just call it BEING YOURSELF and liking indie music.THE END.


Hania 5 years ago

I think that it's ridiculous how many people cant go through the text carefully . The first sentence says that if you have to read an internet guide of how to be indie YOU'RE NOT INDIE . " Indie " means simply INDEPENDET or INDIVIDUAL . So if you behave and dress like author of this text tells you you are not your self and you're NOT INDIVIDUAL . Unless you like the clothes that he wrote about .Then you can say that you're being yourself . But if you don't know how to express yourself in a different way from the "labled " way of this text and you're following this stereotype image you are a poser . In my opinion , if you want to be " INDIE", but still be yourself you should :

1. Don't be afriad of changes . As long as you dress the way you like and feel good in it , just don't care about what people will think about you. If they really like you they will respect it and if not they're simply jelous becouse they're not brave enough to have their own style .

2. If you want to start dress in a different way it's not as easy as it seems . First you should think of what do YOU like and don't think of other people's thoughts .Then start to look for some cool clothes online . You can get much of really awsome stuff in online stores ! Then try to find t-shirts of your favourite bands . You can buy them ,or if you don't have money or you cant find their store you can make one by yourself.

3. Accessories , accessories , accessories , accessories and one more time accessories . They can completley change your look . You can go crazy with them and don't be afraid of checking what looks cool and mix them in different ways !

4.Try to find an artsy hobby and "play " with it as much as you can .

5. Last but most important ! BE YOURSELF AND EXPRESS YOUR SELF AT EVERYTHING WHAT YOU'RE DOING . No matter what you're dealing with try to add to it your piece . Do not follow mainstream just becouse you're afraid of being outsider . If you'll be your self you'll see that people respect you becouse of being different and not freaking out .

Good luck !!!


Blob 5 years ago

LOL this is a cracker! i was trying to tell my mum (and figure out myself) what indie was and read her this. after laughing a bit we were like: that must mean we're indie..but now we're not coz we just said we were!

indie is so mainstream now that there is almost no such thing as being "indie".


Azure 5 years ago

Oh the IRONY!


Christy Luu 5 years ago

LOL @ saying, "I'm an indie." That's a def no, no.

Just gotta be yourself.


cuchiebrethe 5 years ago

u guys are all gay and wannabes .

be fresh lik meh !!


cuchiebrethe 5 years ago

u guys are all gay and wannabes .

be fresh lik meh !!


Nate 5 years ago

You guys are making this the new mainstream. go back to your normal basketball shorts.


Nathaniel 5 years ago

INDIE MEANS INDEPENDENT. IF YOU ARE USING THIS PAGE AS THE CORNERSTONE TO YOUR FASHION, THEN YOU AREN'T CONSIDERED "INDIE". Don't ask for opinions.


Decca  5 years ago

Ha someone mention Beirut. LOVE BEIRUT! That's all the name dropping i can do, but didn't think indie because if listening. I'm just too kewl ;) or not.


Listentothebeat 5 years ago

Yea, this is pretty hard to understand for some people, but indie, whatever you call it, is not something you are of or whatever, it's you. It's better when it is you before it becomes a "style", rather than becoming you after it is found out about. But honestly, whatever introduces people into their fitted personality, and helps them develop into a better, and more creative person, I encourage articles like this. But personality varies with each person, and I know we can maintain (lol maintain) ... yea so anyway, introvert, extrovert, whatever, don't think about it so much or don't put yourself in a box, just feel for it the same way you feel for a beat when you're playing music. The idea of a fashion is to, listen carefully, "express your personality by giving your 'person' an 'identity' that matches who you are inside." This is pretty hard for some people to understand though, but hey, it's something that I believe all people have the potential of discovering, whether they are indie, emo, or punk, whatever, it doesn't matter!


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HiNavya 5 years ago from India

Come to know about Indie, how to be Indie through this post and its really interesting, but you can't throw away Cardigan Lumberjack..


it's me.  5 years ago

Indie is also about respecting others.

So, i really don't understand why some indie guy

can talk bad about Eminem?


yaman 5 years ago

Man this is crazy. Who cares what other people wear. Just be yourself its all about the way you want to live your life. Music is for everyone that's what makes it fucking great. Telling people and sharing music is always the best way to express yourself. Clothing is away to express yourself. Labeling yourself and saying your this type of person is stupid. This world has enough labeling as it is. Have your own mind.


Joccoaa 5 years ago

Can girls wear chinos? Because like a previous comment has already stated.. Emos have hijacked skinny jeans along with converse.. And I think all the "indie" people I know get offended when they are called emo because they wear chuck taylors and skinnies.

As a side note, although I think this article is quite good, and quite accurate on the main part.. People shouldn't be afraid to deviate from the steps a little, I mean, being indie is supposed to be all about being yourself.. So put a few things of your own taste in there, otherwise you will lose who you are amongst the chaos of trying to be who you're not. :)


Dweeb 5 years ago

Indie (independent)

Reading a how to, , kinda defeats the purpose.


nyya 5 years ago

this is so stupid... i'm sorry if I hurt anyone's feelings, but labeling yourself as "indie" gets pathetic when you pass the age of 16. Isn't the whole point of "indie" is being unique? and having a list of bands you're supposed to like is silly. i personally think the bands you listed are way overrated. it's all about personal taste and nothing more! if you wanted to write a true article about how to be indie, you should have just written "don't be afraid to try new things and be true to your personal taste"


mirko9 5 years ago

Indie is all about being independent and not wearing the same garments or brands as everyone else.

I bought a t-shirt from urbancove.com, site is www.urbancove.com

They have indie clothing you might like


Roxy 5 years ago

I think Kickers have cool indie footwear too!


Dbug 5 years ago

I'd just like to point out I think it's funny how some of these people are saying this is stupid and that this article is pointless and how If you are really indie then you wouldn't look this up because most likely half the people that said that actually looked it up. And if you thought it was so stupid, why bother reading it? Don't you get enough info from the title of the damn post? Lmfao.


Tommyboy 5 years ago

The Horrors!!! That's where music is going next, weird psychedelic shoegaze stuff, just to contrast the new rave scene. Listen to them if you have some sense!


HannahRenae 5 years ago

Indie is a piece of shit. Nobody does it to be individual. You all look like orange faced clowns with you high waisted pants so far up you ass that they cone out of your mouth again. That is all


love for him 5 years ago

i'm tring to secretly be indie after my emo phase to attract the guy who just netted me....8E


Soddaya 5 years ago

I love when "indie" guys wear cardigans :D I love it! guys, wear them :) I don't compromise anyone's sexuality (though the whole indie thing seems a bit homosexual to other guys than indies themselves, I think) actually, I like the guy more for wearing cardigans :) It's like .... wow, that guy's wearing a cardigan! he must have a good taste in clothes :) I see a remotely indie guy >> instantly attracted .... although I don't see indies very often in the small town I live.... no guys have the guts here :/ gotta move to Prague. or London. Or Kobenhagen. Has anyone been to Denmark? OMG, Danish guys are smokin :)


ThomasW 5 years ago

TOPMAN is a really good indie store with affordable prices. I'm from Scotland and I'm into The View, Babyshambles, The Libertines. Bands like that. Chinos are quite indie as well.


Jack 5 years ago

I found your article through Google but I'm having a tuff time finding indie clothes for guys. Grr. (And I hate to call it "indie fashion" or "indie clothes" ya know?) I mean there's lots of stuff for women like at http://www.modernclothes.com/ and http://www.etsy.com/shop/IndieLookKnitwear But where would you recommend stuff that's as original and looks as cool as that for us gents? Thanks!


Anna 5 years ago

"Indie" stands for "independent". If you truly want to be "indie", ignore everything you have just read on this page. Find out who you are, or want to be. And wear what you want, buy what you want, say what you want, act how you want. That's true Independence. Following the rules on this page will just make you like everybody else. If you follow those rules, you DO care what people think. Don't let others opinions control your choices. That is pathetic. Be who you are, and people will admire and respect you much more for doing so.

You will get no where pretending to be someone or something you are not.


Beth Milliken 5 years ago

I guess I am indie. I don't put myself as that tag but reading this i probably am!!!!


rowan 5 years ago

what about sunnies?


haya 5 years ago

this is really cool


Tammie 5 years ago

Are Doc Martens indie? :3


AnalBandit 5 years ago

if you live in australia, you can't call yourself indie if you don't listen to triple J, the best and indiest radio station in the world, 90% of the bands people are mentioning are played on there. It's an indie radio station run by the biggest hipsters/ indie peeps in aus, plus they are so casual!


Dmike 5 years ago

Hey cool little guide you've got here, but by following the guide you yourself are not indie. Indie just means independent, trying to be someone who isn't trying to be like everyone else, in music indie means that that particular artist was self produced and didn't do it for the fame but to make a difference with the words they have to say in their songs. Don't get me wrong I'm not baggin


Paris 5 years ago

This makes me laugh so fucking hard.

Let's face it, if you actually needed to look at this, you will never be indie. Don't even think about it.

Meanwhile, I've been doing this thing since I was a child. I just wear what I like. I actually hate how being indie has become so mainstream in itself. It's so ironic. Which again, is ironic, seeing as that ironic clothing is where it's at for indies.

I actually think that this whole indie cred bullshit is below anyone who is truly indie. Just be yourself.

I would consider Doc Martens to be 'indie', yes. Even if they are reminiscent of skinheads. And for eyewear, Raybans and the like are considered to be part of that style. Don't wear them unless you actually like them though. Homemade stuff is cool. And get an interesting hobby.

As for music, I agree that un-signed bands are the best. But just because something becomes popular doesn't mean it loses it's spark, its thing that makes it special. I mean, Mumford & Sons is now kind of mainstream, but that doesn't mean that it isn't good music. Again, just be yourself. If you like something, listen to it. Unless it's modern R&B or mainstream pop, that stuff is lamer than a dead horse. I like Triple J, but that doesn't mean anything. I just like how they have the whole 'Unearthed" thing.

I actually think you can be emo/scene and be 'indie' at the same time, as long as you do something to make yourself unique.

Just a side note, has anyone had the problem of not knowing whether someone is genuinely hipster or just really daggy?


awesomeness 5 years ago

... well..... i always thought being indie meant being yourself.... just like the music you are into, not the music that is indie or that other people listen to... unless you like it. secondly..... wear stuff that is comfortable... yeahhhh................


fuckensmart! 5 years ago

Wow seems like my whole school read your fucking hub cus its full of POSERS! Seriously to those saying this is great you must be some sad desperate for attention type ppl! You don't have to try and be an indie person to fit in to a group you already have one you are LOSERS or LASERS as lupe calls em :b fucking idiots!


Dennis Teel 5 years ago

i like indie music as well as mainstream.to only listen to one and avoid the other,merely because it's mainsteam,then obviously belonging to a certain social status or "club" is appealing or cool to you.it also means a closed mind regarding music./i grew up listening to skinny puppy and husker du among many others,but i also listen to the current "indie" bands as well as a lot of the mainstream stuff./i also dress the way i want to dress,not merely to appear a certain "way" to others./btw, i'm also a mainstream metal head but i wear flannel,tight fitting jeans and solid colored t-shirts..and converse sometimes.so..what am i??(yeah i know it's a loaded question)


squirell 5 years ago

Soooooo funny... and quite helpful :D

haha


Kylene 5 years ago

Wow people. He said "First of all, if you need to read a guide on the internet to become indie, then you have a long way to go." this is true. and I don't think its actually a how to. You don't all wear the exact same thing! You wear what you like. That's what makes you Independent. :)Indie kids are indie when they wear what they like and it doesn't really fit in any other category i guess. XD and reading this I noticed it sounds very poser. as in Hipster. Indie kids are like that. Hipsters try to be like that. Hipsters are normal kids that decided indie was cool.


will96 5 years ago

what are good indie hairstyles?


Kylene 5 years ago

Again. Indie is about being indipendant. wear your hair in a way that you like. wheather its cool to others or not. :p


Sophie 5 years ago

If you used to be 'Indie' it meant you were independent, and to be truly independent you have to dress and be the way you want AND NOT HAVE TO BE TOLD BY OTHERS. Indie is a stereotype but it isn't true to it's name anymore and those who label themselves Indie nowdays are kidding themselves that they are actually being independent from the rest of society. I have nothing against what is said here, nothing against people who come here for this advice, I am merely just letting people know what real Indie is and that your real Indie is deep down inside your heart somewhere, you just have to let it flourish. :D (By the way, girls say cardigans look good on guys cos there are actually REALLLLLLY hot)


Kylene 5 years ago

Haha agreed Sophie!


Petra 5 years ago

This hub is messed. If you really want to be indie, you wear whatever syle you want, rock it, and don't give a damn about what everyone else thinks. If you are indie and find a cute hollister top, then wear it proudly, with your pair of thrift store moccasins and distressed jeans!!!


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Nustylze 5 years ago

Paris, and Petra have it right. Just be your self and wear what you want it's about confidence more than anything else.


Anonymous 5 years ago

this is huh, wow.


poo 5 years ago

indie is about being independent, you say boys cant wear cardigans. helooo? INDEPENDENT. meeeh. no offence but u have to be pretty sad to sit & write this stuff. XP lol


AnTony 5 years ago

I tried to find the style that matches me..., i always was an artistic guy, who loves photography and music, i listen a lot to Bat for Lashes, great indie band...


bptr 4 years ago

Why are so many young people so comletely insecure that they have to dress in uniforms to feel accepted???

(yes, if you all wear the same thing, it is a UNIFORM)

Here's an idea: just buy the clothes you like and wear them.

I can't stand cliché conformists. "Indies" are no better than all the people who have to have a The North Face jacket then make sure they don't take it off when they are inside because they want everyone to know that they got theirs. They know they aren't original - they actually fear that. They just want to have the thing that says they are "in the club" with everyone else - even though the club is anything but exclusive.

This all says just one thing: EXTREME INSECURITY


Izzie 4 years ago

Good job bro :D


roys 4 years ago

top job dude people r still reading this xD


wannabeindieguy 4 years ago

What kind of hair? Or hats :p


Brod 4 years ago

Check this:

Cute furry lumberjack phone case: http://www.etsy.com/listing/92846600/alpine-lumber...


BarnesLARA22 4 years ago

I took 1 st loans when I was 32 and it supported me very much. Nevertheless, I require the short term loan also.


The girl with no name 4 years ago

This made me realise something.... My bizzare taste in shoes, music, movies, and t-shirts actualy means something!!!!!!!!!!


Si 4 years ago

Why you on here reading it if you don't want to use it??


Sociologist 4 years ago

It's kinda funny to see people being upset about the existence of such an elaborate guide. It might be because I'm from indie-heavy Montreal but hell, the indie movement has become a ''trend'' followed by absolutely clueless douche, stuff like that is inevitable. You guys should thank the author since he's helping us neophytes avoid some ridiculous hipster traps (say, lime green skinny chinos for instance).

Sorry to break it down to you like that


4 years ago

I tried this michael jackson thriller jacket and i felt very cool and comfortable with this jacket.I would suggest you to buy this jacket from www.leathergap.com


martellawintek 4 years ago

yous ok nev i got it from a friend so here is there site

and some info ,ring them for help & advice ,just say I told you to ring him


Smokeandmirrors 8 weeks ago

Indie is just being yourself. Also, Prince Ivan and Boxen. Need I say more?

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