How to Wear Beatnik Inspired Fashion







Perhaps it’s because I’m nose deep in Just Kids by Patti Smith, or perhaps it’s my love the ’60s–whatever the case, I’ve been channeling Beatnik inspired fashion as of late. I keep finding myself looking into Jack Kerouac, pinning ’50s and ’60s women with long hair and black leos, and most importantly, channeling their no rules, care-free attitude. 

In order to nail a Beatnik-inspired fashion look, you’ve got to start with all black. So, in true Beatnik fashion, the base of this look is all black–including a dress from Reformation, a beret from Amazon, and these OTK boots from Aldo. However, I did make it a bit more exciting with this gorgeous plaid neutral coat from H&M. 


In Aftermath: The Philosophy of the Beat Generation, Kerouac criticized what he saw as a distortion of his visionary, spiritual ideas:

The Beat Generation, that was a vision that we had, John Clellon Holmes and I, and Allen Ginsberg in an even wilder way, in the late Forties, of a generation of crazy, illuminated hipsters suddenly rising and roaming America, serious, bumming and hitchhiking everywhere, ragged, beatific, beautiful in an ugly graceful new way—a vision gleaned from the way we had heard the word “beat” spoken on street corners on Times Square and in the Village, in other cities in the downtown city night of postwar America—beat, meaning down and out but full of intense conviction. We’d even heard old 1910 Daddy Hipsters of the streets speak the word that way, with a melancholy sneer. It never meant juvenile delinquents, it meant characters of a special spirituality who didn’t gang up but were solitary Bartlebies staring out the dead wall window of our civilization.

The Beatnik generation brought us great creative visionaries, and a few of my favorite writers. Pay homage to their Beatnik inspired fashion by shopping my gallery below!

Dress | Reformation    Boots | Aldo   Beret | Amazon    Glasses | Ray Ban   Coat | H&M   Photos | Elaine Torres 

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