Outfit: Beatnik

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Unintentionally, this outfit ended up seeming quite inspired by the Beat Generation – Breton stripes, beret, turtleneck, loafers, whole lotta black – a term coined by Kerouac in the late 40s to describe his group of non-conforming literary peers. To be honest, there was no real uniform for this subculture of “beaten down” youth (read: hipsters) of the 50s-mid 60s. The outfits likeness to this subculture is only really inspired by a caricature (read: stereotype) version of a beatnik. But it’s kind of a fun and interesting style trope none the less. Fun because it looks so damn cool, and interesting because it’s so universally understood; even if you know absolutely nothing about beatnik culture, it’s “style” still influences many outfits and trends today.

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Aside from any perceived influence this outfit may have, I mostly wanted to showcase my knapsack, which I have been carrying around with me everyday since I got it. It’s pretty wonderful to have full use of both arms while out and about, a feeling I didn’t realize I was missing all these years being a religious purse carrier. Now I’m hoping I can find a wee bit smaller one, of similar style, in black…so if you spot any on the wide web (or in store), please let this gal know!

– WHAT I WORE-
Shirt & Shoes: H&M | Pinafore: c/o Mod Dolly | Coat: thrifted | Backpack: F21 | Beret: vintage | necklace: giftLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: BeatnikLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: BeatnikLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: BeatnikLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: BeatnikLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: BeatnikLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Beatnik

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10 thoughts on “Outfit: Beatnik

  1. vintage51 says:

    The beatnik outfit is awesome. Love the contrast of the brown beret and backpack, the colour really pops. Cheers, Michele

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