Five key pieces for a 50s Beatnik look The Beatniks of the late Fifties that populated cafes in New York, the bars in Paris and roamed the streets of Soho were a hipper version of Jack Kerouac’s anti-conformist, unwashed, post-war Beat generation. Their look of turtleneck jumpers, capri pants, ballet flats and long, wild hair has long become a stereotype but at the same times remains a striking style that continues to influence contemporary fashion. Here are five key pieces for creating a Beatnik-inspired look. Beatnik Top – Freddies Of Pinewood, £30 London repro brand Freddies has designed this crew neck batwing top made from 100% cotton jersey. The collar has a zip in the back for extra comfort. The top was copied from an original design, inspired by those worn in the Fifties Soho Coffee bars “Heaven and Hell” and “Le Macabre”. Striped eco-cotton top – Gudrun Sjoden, $75 Skandi brand Gudrun Sjoden is brilliant for colourful basics. This blue and white top is perfect for a beatnik or Sixties inspired look. Check out the gorgeous Jeni who writes blog Yesterday Girl for her take on how to style this top in a beatnik way. Rounded sunglasses – Polaroid, £50 These retro sunglasses look the part with their half tortoiseshell, half amber frames. With 100% UV400 protection, they also do a good job of shielding your eyes. Pedal pushers – Vivien of Holloway, £36 With their high-waist, a rivet button and side zip, and with a delicate side slit at the ankle, these slimline pants are wonderfully flattering and very Fifties. Penelope Ballet Flats – French Sole, £64 French Sole is one of the best brands for ballet flats, and their Penelope model, which has a very Fifties pointed- toe, comes in a whole range of colours. In black they are perfect for a Beatnik look. 4 Responses Alice July 18th, 2013 Oh good god, those sunglasses are divine! Reply Penny Dreadful Vintage July 18th, 2013 Damn you, I want all of these. Reply Lena July 20th, 2013 Me too. I need to stop ‘researching’ things I want for myself! Reply kSto July 22nd, 2013 Most vintage-loving gals should be able to put this look together from closet staples: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIYSZv2x3X8 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.