What is Indie Clothing?

S. Gonzales

Indie clothing is a type of clothing that includes vintage, hipster and retro clothing. It is often worn by people who enjoy less mainstream activities and enjoy or make independent music. Indie clothing is usually thought to be highly affordable, because it can be purchased at thrift stores. Clothing purchased in specialty shops or made by individual fashion designers, however, might be more expensive than articles of clothing that can be purchased at department stores.

Independent fashion designers will likely charge more for their clothing than major retailers.
Independent fashion designers will likely charge more for their clothing than major retailers.

When people think of indie clothing, they usually think of apparel that can be purchased at secondhand stores. This type of clothing can be bought for exceptionally low prices. Many people who enjoy buying their clothing from secondhand shops like the process of finding potentially stylish and hip clothing amongst less-than-desirable articles of clothing. Searching through secondhand stores and locating a great piece of clothing can be referred to as a "find."

Thrift stores commonly offer indie clothing.
Thrift stores commonly offer indie clothing.

Although one source of indie clothing can be secondhand stores or thrift shops, those who wear indie clothing can also incorporate more expensive pieces into their wardrobe. They might find clothing that they'd like to wear at higher-end vintage shops. These shops can specialize in a particular style of dress or decade in fashion. For instance, hipster clothing might be able to be found in shops that cater to those who want to wear "mod" clothing.

Vintage clothing often involves one-of-a-kind pieces, so indie clothing has a reputation for valuing individuality and personal style. Like other modes of fashion, however, this style of dress can also follow trends. Certain accessories can become popular among people who like to wear independent fashion. Specific styles and colors belts, for example, can become trendy and might be adopted by those who wear indie clothes.

Even though independent fashion can rely heavily on vintage clothing, it also can be manufactured by independent fashion designers. These designers can work out of their homes designing and manufacturing fashions by hand, or they can run independently owned shops to sell their clothing to the public. Independent fashion designers can decide to charge a little more for an item than their commercially produced counterparts. This can be because of the amount of personal work that goes into the construction of a piece, but also because independent fashion designers can incorporate vintage fabrics into their pieces.

Indie clothing can be associated with music, as well. Musicians known for making independent music, or music that is not produced or released by major labels, can often adopt this style of dress. In that way, indie clothing can be considered to be part of a greater independent culture.

Indie clothing shops may specialize in a particular style of dress or decade of fashion.
Indie clothing shops may specialize in a particular style of dress or decade of fashion.

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I love vintage indie clothing but there are only two or maybe three stores that sell it anywhere close to where I live. There is a whole world filled with great vintage clothes out there but I have a very limited selection.

I have been able to completely revitalize my wardrobe by visiting indie clothing stores online. The selection is amazing and the prices are cheaper than you would expect. Just the other day was able to get this vintage t-shirt for the band The Police for just 10 bucks. It was an awesome find.


The best place to find retro indie clothing is to shop at thrift stores. You can find unusual fashions from older times and everything has the well worn look that is so prized by hipsters.

But even better than the selection is the price. I have been able to find some of my favorite clothes for 2,3, maybe 5 bucks. You can't beat these prices.


The think the defining feature of indie clothing is the skinny jean. We have all seen these before. They are very tight from the waist right down to the ankle and they are stretched across the legs of every hipster in the country.

I have been wondering if skinny jeans are actually a new fashion or if it is just common for young, cool feeling people to wear tight pants. If you watch video of people in the 60s or the 80s all the young people wore tight pants.

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