As the year winds down and now that I've finally given myself permission to slow down (to avoid another bout of burn out) you may start to notice I'm posting less frequently. It's not unusual for me to experience periods where I am obsessively writing fashion reviews, and conversely, periods of quiescence. Other than deep diving into my PhD, and writing a 40+ page research document I've also been reflecting a lot on my handle, Secret Hipster and whether or not I still identify with it.
Recently, the words racism and hipster have been conflated, which was obviously a hard pill for me to swallow and has dredged up insecurities about my blog, what I've tried to establish over the last five years, and what I've achieved. Scrolling through my Intstagram feed, I can easily feel very insecure about my position in the world, what others have that I don't and what I could be doing better. The catalyst for all this self-reflection came from a request from a reader for an interview in requirement for their Fashion Journalism undergraduate degree, and they had some excellent questions for me.
Why you consider yourself being hipster?
When I started my blog in 2011, I identified with being a hipster as I didn't particularly fit in and after failing to fit in during the early years of high school it felt much more authentic to pursue fashion trends, popular culture, music and literature outside that within the mainstream culture. Writing a blog at the time provided a welcome distraction and avenue for my self-exploration and creativity, but I rarely shared it with anyone in fear that they would find my musings trivial. So, the blog Secret Hipster, became a place where I could write about that which interested me, without fear of judgement from my peers.
How would you describe your style?
My style isn't particularly normal, or season appropriate but it includes a lot of colour and texture. Often it's described by others as 'cute', which I wouldn't necessarily disagree with but the outfits I wear certainly wouldn't appeal to many men. I dress for myself, and don't conform to trends other that appeal to other women my age. Nor do I participate in self-objectification. There's a freedom in wearing an outfit with lots of colour and pattern, I feel comfortable knowing when I leave the house I won't run into someone who looks exactly the same as I do.
What inspires you the most on hipster style?
Lately I've really been into craft and the interface between DIY and high fashion. There's a Brisbane based designer called Rachel Burke who makes amazing tinsel jackets which I've been obsessing over for months.
What kind of music do you listen?
I listen to music less and less these days- with the peace and quiet of living in the country. My music taste is very eclectic though, I can happily listen to punk, alternative, folk and love listening to Triple J. If I'm out doing something though, normally I prefer listening to a podcast. Having my head filled with words and absorbing them subconsciously like a sponge helps my writing process.
What fashion designer is the most important for you?
Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales of Romance Was Born are the fashion designers I find the most important. Like me, they're Australian and have produced some amazing collections which have collaborated with Australian artists like Del Kathryn Barton, as well as the children's book author May Gibbs. Their creativity knows no bounds, and they are by far my favourite designer to present at fashion week in Australia. It's a wonder we haven't lost them overseas yet.