WHAT I WORE | Like a Beatnik

'60s style fashion blogging

Vintage fashion and I have been intimate since my obsession with Jan Brady in 4th grade. I remember saving up to buy floral embroidered bell bottom jeans to go with my chartreuse green polo bodysuit that zipped up the front. I’m pretty sure I even spiral curled pieces of my long bangs to frame my face just like Jan did. And though my brother made sure to tell me how silly it looked (I think I embarrassed him, poor dear.), I definitely thought I was the bomb. And that was before the internet, or I for sure would’ve thought I was the bomb.com.

Even though I’ve enjoyed dressing like a weirdo for quite some time now, I’ve never reeeally felt validated in doing so until my friend Josh and I were standing outside a local coffee shop smoking cigarettes (Sorry, Mom!) and a grumpy middle aged man passed by and muttered “F****ing beatniks!” And even through his puzzling anger towards us, I smiled and knew that I had finally made it. Someone thought I looked like a beatnik. And I couldn’t have been happier.

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19 Responses

  1. Bianca says:

    Such a gorgeous outfit! I love the cropped sweater.
    I totally relate tot the being called a beatnik story – we had an election in Australia a few weeks ago and a man handing out pamphlets said something similar to me and made a comment about who he assumed I was going to vote for (and he was wrong). But I was kind of happy I had him tricked!

  2. You look great!
    I was in the 6th grade when I started becoming interested in fashion. I too took my inspiration from the Brady bunch show! I had white patent go go boots and I was so proud! The other kids teased me horribly but I kept wearing whatever I wanted with pride because I knew they just didnt get it. Haha

  3. You know what is so funny?? I’ve been watching all the seasons of the Brady Bunch for the past 3 months with my sons and have been explaining to my husband how I always loved Jan Brady and that she is the reason why I wanted to have super long hair! haha. Yey Jan. I always dressed like I was from the wrong time so I was “the weird girl” starting in 3rd grade because of it. I am glad of it now but it was painful back then. Yey for you being weird. This is a lovely outfit! That is interesting that a man called you a beatnik!

  4. jeny says:

    Love your top knot! Your looking so wonderful!

  5. allie says:

    Yay! So glad you found that top. :) You’re so pretty, Mandi.

  6. Becca says:

    Oh my gosh. This outfit is the cutest! I love the combinations of colors and textures.

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

  7. charity says:

    totally feel you on your beatnik story, haha. great outfit, great sense of humor!

  8. kiara says:

    You look so great and THIN!!
    I have faithfully followed your blog for the past few years and have never commented but thought you look too great not to tell you!

  9. You look amazing Mandi. I really wish I could pull off yellow but sadly I cannot. It works so well with the black and white really bold and striking.

    It is funny and interesting to hear other peoples experiences of dressing in vintage/differently. I get a real buzz now out of hearing peoples opinions that they have formed about me because of how I have chosen to dress. When I was a teen they would destroy me. Maybe you just become more comfortable in your own skin as you get older and less upset by others and more intrigued by their thought processes.

    Take Care
    Nicolette xo

  10. sophie says:

    love the pictures – you look amazing!!

  11. Marlen says:

    hahah grumpy old man- i strangely always kind of feel good too after a scoff from someone un-vintage-related. It means I’m doing it right ;) And I LOVE your outfit here, it’s so cute and cheery. Btw I’m your newest follower- can’t wait for all the inspiration :D

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  12. Mandi. I am dying over how wonderful you look! And these colors just suit you so well!

  13. Devin says:

    Girl, you look GREAT! and super toned!!

    Good for you! get it lady ;)

  14. candace says:

    Haha, yes! I love that story. Dressing like a weirdo is really the only way to go!
    You’ve got excellent style girl! Great photos too :)

  15. Robin says:

    A grumpy old man calling you a f-ing beatnik is THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD. That is street cred forever. I am so jealous.

    You look radiant, as always.

  16. lisa says:

    I love the colors in these photos! You picked the perfect backdrop for this outfit- love it. It’s funny how stuff like that man’s comment can totally stick with us. The Brady Bunch has been my style icon forever, I still always dream of living in their house ;)

  17. Jessica says:

    You look beautiful. This dress flatters your body in all the right ways and your hair looks perfect.

  18. Devon says:

    You look awesome! I’ve followed your blog for a few years and just had to tell you how vibrant, happy, and healthy you look!