Not all people of the Beat Generation took on a beret. One could discover the chasmic difference between imagination involving Beatniks and those of real situations. In the 1940s, 50s and 60s, beatniks lived the Beat philosophy – beating bongos and wearing berets. As anticipating the event “On the Road” in November, I tend to list a collection of various looks, including looks for both men and women. In addition, adding many bohemian sensibilities to such looks is conductive to getting rid of stereotyped looks.
The Beatnik. When it comes to “beatnik”, the images of bored-looking girls in berets and youths with weird little goatees occurred to most of people for deeply rooted images in the hearts of average persons. The term “beatnik” is not a representative symbol of the “Beat Generation” nor persons inspired by counterculture concepts. Actually, almost all iconoclasts like intellectuals, anti-bourgeois and artists dressed similar to everyone else. One intended to deride at common perceptions of the counterculture. In other words, the group was probable to left political leanings.
Nevertheless, the mainstay of the Beat Generation Jack Kerouac was depressed when hearing the words. He said the perception puts them down and leave them like idiots. Certainly, Herouac himself agree more with Libertarian rather than left. The core of the movement is pursuing intellectual independence, spiritual purity and keeping away from materialist concerns. So, it is not possible for them approach something like fashion and a movement regarding aesthetic. Artist Josh Agle illustrated the separation between style and substance in his work.
The grace beatniks there have appropriated the ornaments of the bohemian stereotype while Beat ideals toil unglamorously in the vicinity of his typewriter. The des
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ers two directions, ironic imitation, the real condition or a mixture of both. The identity, as the Beat writer, is related to the lifestyle and activities of the active Beat write. Some living and working scenes of Jack Kerouac were captured by photographers, including many images like Pendleton-style shirts and khakis or corduroy slacks to jeans and t-shirts. Jack, together with literary compatriots, wore bomber jackets, twill work jackets, Irish knit sweaters and pea coat.
On the women side, the Beat poet in a crisp blouse and strappy sandals. The look is exhibited in the stereotypes. The boxy cropped jacket seams incongruous and turtlenecks or fluffy mohair cardigans are repeats of the theme. Bind the pencil skirts in dark colors work well, too. The key is avoiding fuss – keep things sleek and simple. It would be better matching with somewhat messy, short and flat hair. The Hipser is regarded as the original Beatnik or its director ancestor. Weird facial hairs, jive-inspired dialects and bebop-y speech of the Beatnik stereotype were borrowed from jazz scene and the gritty street culture.
In the context of jazz, a double-breast suit might feel like a bit much. Persons involving the Beat Generation took on suits from time to time. De facto, write William S. Burroughs always wore three-piece suits all the time. In case unwilling to follow the stereotyped suit route, a fedora or a beret hat is enough to jump out of the cliché.