Karen Koren: To become hip, first get a beard

Hipster look, with beard. Pic: Comp
Hipster look, with beard. Pic: Comp
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I HAVE been hearing a lot about hipsters recently. I have also noticed a style-change around younger men. They have taken to wearing checked shirts, very skinny trousers, with the ankle showing and have shortish hair and big bushy beards. They are into craft beer, indie and alternative music. It’s all very trendy and has come out of the London hip and happening areas that are Shoreditch and Hoxton.

I understand the phenomenon has spread from New York and they are known as ‘young creatives’.

The name came out of the 1940s jazz scene in the States - the music was ‘hip’ and if you were into it you were a hipster.

Then the fashion became the zoot suit – big baggy double breasted pinstripe suits, which were considered dapper then.

Now the hipster is a growing sub-culture, which is not to my taste, as far as the fashion goes at least.

The boyfriend I dated in the 70s had long hair and a massive bushy beard and all sorts of food would get caught in it – not very hygienic nor attractive, in my opinion. Men love the fashion, as they don’t have to shave. Even the unshaven look or goatee is preferable to a bushy beard.

Luckily these new strange, trendy men and women like stand-up comedy and I have been observing quite a lot of them at our regular comedy nights at Glasgow’s Drygate Brewery, which is part-owned by Darren Blackburn and Richard McLelland who run The Vintage Bar and Restaurant in Leith. The food is fantastic and the experience is unique.

Richard is definitely a hipster I would say, he has a bushy beard and the rest of ‘the look.’

In fact, all the male staff are adorned with beards, I think it must be the law if involved with craft beer.

Bizarrely, on Friday we have Romesh Ranganathan at the Drygate... and yes he has a beard too.