'On The Road' and 1950s beatnik fashion

I know we're coming into summer and colours are everywhere, but 'On The Road' is out at cinemas now so I just want to take a look at 1950s New York beatnik fashion. The film is based on the beat classic by Jack Kerouac and is about a young writer and his travels across the American continent with a free-spirited friend. Definitely recommended reading.

'Beatnik' was a term created to describe a literary movement of the 50s and 60s - Kerouac originally used the phrase 'beat generation' to describe his social circle of anti-conformist young writers from New York. In films and cartoons now their style is epitomised by black turtle neck sweaters, berets and dark glasses, but I think these images will give you a better idea of what it was really like.

Think smokey eyes, dark and neutral colours, androgynous styles and lots of attitude. I haven't seen 'On The Road' yet, but would love to hear what other people think of it.



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