>> What's black and white and striped all over? You might say the obvious answer is a zebra, but think again. Because, really, why would I be writing about zebras?
You see, lately I have been under the influence...of the beatnik culture, of course (you bad kid, what were you thinking?). And these beatniks, they are most def black, white and striped all over. In fact, if I was to write a recipe for a beatnik wardrobe, it would include:
1 pair black tights
1 pair black flats
1 pair big black sunnies (are we noticing a trend here?)
1 floppy hat
1 pair skinny jeans
1 white hairband
1 leopard-print fur jacket
1 black and white striped top
2 shift dresses, one black, one white
1 pair black leather knee-high boots
1 cropped jacket with big buttons
Mix them all up for different outfits, and you have it made in the shade. Just don't forget to snap when someone reads their poem out loud. Bongoes are your favorite instrument. Oh, and smoke a lot. Jack Kerouac is your God, and On the Road is your Bible. Okay, maybe if you're doing all this, you've taken it a bit too far -- it's not like you need to do method acting or anything. Just a little pinch of black tights and black flats here, a little dallop of a leopard-print fur jacket there, and you are looking snazzy.
I've put a nice little slideshow of inspirational looks together for you here. And Asos and Topshop each have their own little collection of beatnik-y stuff to peruse to your little heart's content.