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Your Retro Indie guide

You’ve likely seen the indie style on the streets. Possibly emerging dishevelled from a late night music venue, their facial hair telling tales of what went on the night before. Retro indie men’s fashion is sort of the original hipster – before it got cool. Guess what? These guys were hipster long before almond milk hit our shelves.

Much of the indie influence comes from vintage clothing hidden deep within the crevices of some of Australia’s most mysterious op shops. But, if the thought of delving deep into the past wardrobes of strangers gives you a shiver, you’ll probably be pleased to know that you can get the indie look without trawling through a single cigarette scented anorak. In the past few years, some of the best men’s fashion houses have channeled the retro indie look, and it’s all about dark colours, tight pants and carefully curated staples. It’s vintage inspired high fashion

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Go contemporary

While traditional indie fashion relies heavily on your thighs being slim enough to squeeze into jeans with a leg diameter smaller than your average drainpipe, over the past couple of years the look as taken a more contemporary direction. Great news for normal sized humans who may have more important things to focus on in life – like their career, perhaps fatherhood – to worry about fitting into jeans that belong on the bedroom floor of Hannah Montana.

The contemporary indie is all about monochromatic styles from head to toe, creating a sleek, put-together silhouette. Think leather, roll neck tops and fresh tshirts layered with jackets. Sure, skinny jeans are still on the menu, but your manhood will have some space to breathe this time around. Choose a pair with elastane, to give you a little room for movement, and stick to black.

Be the rockstar, not the groupie

Carefully select high quality, slick items. That’s the difference between modern gentleman’s indie retro, and the op shop indie you’ll see skateboarding through the alternative suburbs. Dress as though you’re the rockstar, not one of its die hard followers. Think round framed sunglasses, a real leather jacket – that actually fits you – and a lot of black-on-black.

Invest in staple pieces that can form part of your a capsule wardrobe. A leather jacket can work beyond your indie style, while simple breton stripe tops can take you from summer to winter with some smart layering. The breton tee has cemented its position as the must have indie base layer, and will work with just about anything, be it your leather biker, parka or denim jacket.

Try a printed shirt

The short sleeved, fitted shirt is your gamble should you choose to accept it, with indie style. Team your round lens sunglasses with a printed shirt buttoned to the top, and to really seal the deal, leave your hair looking a little rugged. These simple style hacks give you the freedom to get playful with the indie look, without going too out there and losing your confidence.

At Kent and Lime, we get to know you and what you’re looking for in your clothing choices. We then carefully select some key pieces for you to integrate into your wardrobe, and anything you don’t love, you just pop straight back to us in the post. Kent and Lime is the ideal way to try new styles like indie retro. We’ll curate the looks, you decide whether you can rock it. Simple.

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