Beatnik was a media stereotype prevalent throughout the 1950s to mid-1960s that displayed the more superficial aspects of the Beat Generation literary movement of the 1950s. Elements of the beatnik trope included pseudo-intellectualism, drug use, and a cartoonish depiction of real-life people along with the spiritual quest of Jack Kerouac's autobiographical fiction.


  • Berets.
  • Baker boy caps.
  • Bullet-bras. (or lack of bra).
  • Monochrome black outfits.
  • Cropped sweaters.
  • Black and white striped shirts.
  • Black leggings.
  • Cigarette pants.
  • Turtle necks.
  • Leather jacket.
  • Dark (often oversized) sunglasses.
  • Loafer shoes.
  • Pointed-toe shoes.
  • Dark opaque tights.
  • Heavy eyeliner.


Beatnik Political Party, 1960.

Women Painting in Seine, Paris, 1949.

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