beatnik style

One of my favorite fashion cultures of all time is the 50s / early 60s ‘beatnik‘ era.

Here is an exerpt from wikipedia explaining the Beatnik stereotype:

“Beat Generation” sold books, sold black turtleneck sweaters and bongos, berets and dark glasses, sold a way of life that seemed like dangerous fun—thus to be either condemned or imitated. Suburban couples could have beatnik parties on Saturday nights and drink too much and fondle each other’s wives.

Striped shirts, over sized sweaters, cowl neck tops, skinny jeans, clam diggers, pencil skirts, stirrup slacks, thick/dark glasses, berets, loafers and lots and lots of black were beatnik fashion staples. What’s not to love about that? There was so much more to the beatnik culture than just fashion. It was a literary movement. Poetry slams and espresso and photography and cigarettes and eastern religious views were all big parts of the beatnik lifestyle.

Here are some fashion icons that rocked the beatnik look and/or lifestyle.

Anthony Quinn & Anna Karina

Audrey Hepburn

James Dean

Marilyn Monroe

Allen Ginsberg

Twiggy

Peter Sellers

Edie Sedqwick

Andy Warhol

The Who

Patti Smith

Bob Dylan

I dig the beatnik style. You dig?

XO

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