I’m on the road this week, so today’s Style Saturday will be brief but (formicid) fabulous! Here at The Daily Ant we received a request to look at more myrmecologically-themed menswear. The truth is, while ants may have relatively strict gender roles, creativity, rule-breaking, and self-expression are part and parcel of true human style. To that extent, the looks featured here are not intended to be strictly gendered. That said, there’s nothing wrong with expressing yourself within the confines of some social norms either! So, up this week, some traditional, casual, and formicid-fabulous menswear. Grey Ant sunglasses play off a rainbow ant baseball tee to bring a splash of color to an otherwise neutral look. Classic hoodie, slim-cut jeans, and low-top sneakers balance out the quirkiness of an ant-print watch for a look that says apparel can be antsy and awesome.
My antrepid readers will have noticed that Style Saturdays took a brief summer hiatus; I took a break for my brother’s wedding and some summer travel. In the meantime, I’ve heard from some formicid fashion fans that becoming a fashion-ant-sa is surprisingly expensive. Taking your lab look from drab to fab is probably always going to involve some measure of investment. Fashion – like most art – is beautiful but expensive. However, the truth is, you don’t need to break the bank to get a colony-couture look. Some of the myrmecological pieces featured thus far in the Style Saturdays series are genuinely unique, but it’s often pretty easy to get the rest of a look for less as long as you’re willing to improvise.
Take this gorgeous ensemble pairing Yves Saint Laurent with beautiful jewelry from Alolo:
Here’s how to get a similar look for less. (With a little more surfing the web, or a willingness to thrift — you could get a similar look for even less!) These tights are expensive, but also amazing, and paired with less expensive clothes and jewelry, formicid fashion can be fab and frugal!
The Daily Ant hosts an intermittent ant film series, Theatre Thursdays. This is the second installment, by our Film Correspondant Derek Langston. Enjoy!
Six-legged Celluloid Presents…
A review of Ants on a Plane: “I’m tired of these mother formic ants on this mother formic plane!”
When I decided to watch and review this film, I chose the rental option on Amazon. I was immediately greeted by a message along the lines of “Ordered by mistake? Click here to cancel order”, and I thought to myself, “This must be a warning from the gods of cinema”. Well boy were they right to warn me! What was to follow was an hour and a half of my life I will never get back. But fear not – my job is to weed out the crap from the quality when it comes to formicly-centered films so you, our faithful readers, don’t have to!
Some time ago, Tube Correspondant Katerina Theodossiou let us know about a remarkable scene from Jane the Virgin, a show that Rotten Tomatoes justifiably rates as 100% fresh:
The inclusion of ants in the third season (and this is not the only occurrence!) virtually guarantees that this season, like the first two, will receive perfect marks from any rating site worth its salt.
Tube Correspondant Katerina Theodossiou shared with us a shocking scene from the vertebrate television show Friends With Better Lives:
Correspondant Theodossiou added:
It’s from a show called friends with better lives
I don’t know why I’m watching it
It’s not good in any way
Except that ants moment. That made me actually laugh out loud
We can’t blame Theodossiou for momentarily falling prey to sneaky vertebrate humor from this anti-ant show. Thankfully, there is some evidence that formicid progress is beginning to take hold in mainstream culture: Friends With Better Lives was cancelled after only five episodes.
Going from the lab to fab, looking as fly as a flying ant, is as simple as updating some of your wardrobe staples. Case in point, ugly sneakers (I prefer the term ‘funky sneakers’) started trending this year, and they haven’t stopped yet, but you don’t have to go full-on funk to get the look. Your basic athleisure sneak with some contemporary detailing gets the job done. Take off your lab coat, throw a moto-jacket over your favorite ant-print tee and you’ve got a look that takes you from the classroom to, well, pretty much anywhere. (And there’s fabulous vegan options here, too). A classic and comfy hoodie isn’t just a practical additional layer; it lends your aesthetic a casual cool vibe, especially when paired with denim in a modern, slim (but still not skinny), cut. So, update your basics and fly on in style.
If you’re looking for colony-quality cozy — the perfect ensemble for the comfort-loving myrmecologist, who does’t really want to dress like a comfort-loving myrmecologist — today’s post is for you. If you’re not out in the field, and you don’t need to be in the lab, what more could you want than to curl up in style on the couch with the latest from The Daily Ant and a hot cup of coffee? Maybe a cup of chai instead, if you’re our antrepid editor in chief, but pretty much nothing if you’re a Phildris nagasau. With that in mind, here’s how to look cool when you’re being lazy.
Zella leggings give you quality and comfort. They work hard (like ants, and unlike me today), so they don’t lose their shape and the color doesn’t easily fade — key to keeping lounge-wear colony-cool. These have a small pocket in the waistband, so if you decide to be a bit more antdustrious and, say, go for a run later, they’re also convenient (no one likes to hold on to their keys). But if leggings aren’t your thing, Uniqlo joggers are a laissez-fashion win (though in cooler weather, the more substantial classic sweats from American Giant are a lounging luxury). Whatever your preferred tranquility-time trouser, a Pym Technologies hoodie, ant-print socks, and a faux-fur throw come together to help you relax in colony-cozy couture. Pour a hot cup of Kona coffee in a myrmecological mug, and you’re ready for a laid-back, but stylish, Saturday.
Editor’s Note: The Daily Ant hosts a weekly ant fashion series, Style Saturdays. This eleventh installment is by our Fashion Correspondant Kathryn Pogin, who is also an Executive Producer of our popular Philosophy Phridays series. Ms. Pogin is now also an official staff member for this series, so these header attributions will henceforth cease. Enjoy!
When the Queen’s away, the alates will play! Our beloved Editor-in-Chief is travelling at the moment, so I’m going to take this opportunity to do a late-night post on formicid formal wear. This look marries myrmecological magic with a touch of apiarist awesomeness for a look that’s overall creepy, crawly, and golden.
If you want a dress that works for a conference presantation but doubles as formal wear, you can’t go wrong with a draped piece from Alexander Wang. Classic, subtle, yet interesting. Thrown on a pair of retro golden Charlotte Olympia sandals, ignore the two-legs-too-many reference on the sole, and focus instead on how beautifully they pair with the Anu bracelet from Alolo’s Genesis collection. Complement your wrist-wear with earrings from the same collection, which pull gold and black together in delicate ant metal-work on polished marble. Store your wallet and phone in an ant-print clutch, or better yet, grab Dolce & Gabbana’s entomologically-embellished phone cover in coordinating tones, too — and you’re ready for a night out with the colony.
The Daily Ant hosts a weekly ant fashion series, Style Saturdays. This tenth installment is by our Fashion Correspondant Kathryn Pogin, who is also an Executive Producer of our popular Philosophy Phridays series. Enjoy!
James Comey’s testimony this week has really forced my hand: here at Style Saturdays, there’s something we just can’t ignore any longer. There’s something funky about Marco Rubio’s suits. Now, I know. In the spirit of charity and understanding, there’s something there that you almost want to like, but the truth is you’d need to be an entirely different, perhaps robotic, kind of person to actually do it. Of course, he might benefit from the advice featured in our previous Ants on a Tie post (though what he needs the most help with is his collar and suit sizing), but since some of our dear Senators would do the world more good if they spent their time relaxing in the Florida sun, pondering the importance of science and our formicid friends than trying to justify obstruction of justice — we’re going to talk about how to take your myrmecological style from the lab to the beach, instead. Hopefully Rubio will join you.
A pair of Grey Ant sunglasses pair with formicid-themed flip-flops in a “come hither blue” to complement a trendy Triangl bikini or Vilbrequin trunks. Lay back and relax on a over-sized beach towel with an abstract-ant print, and keep your cool with a fashionable travel mug (even when things are melting, myrmecological progress marches on!).
The Daily Ant is establishing an intermittent ant film series, Theatre Thursdays. This inaugural installment is by our Film Correspondant Derek Langston. Enjoy!
Six-legged Celluloid Presents…
A review of Empire of the Ants: “Ant Misbehavin!”
Directed by Bert I. Gordon, Empire of the Ants is one of many films among Gordon’s giant/mutated/deformed abominations against humanity genre. It is based on a short story of the same name by H.G. Wells. Gordon has also filmed 2 other movies based on Wells’ works including Village of the Giants (starrring Beau Bridges and Ron Howard) and one of my childhood favorites, The Food of the Gods (starring literally no one you have ever heard of), both based on “The Food of the Gods and How it Came to Earth”. Interesting side note: The Food of the Gods was unfairly awarded the title of “Worst Rodent Movie of All Time” by the Golden Turkey Awards. Though in all fairness this was before the release of the highly overrated Pixar film Ratatouille (Yes I said it, Food of the Gods is better than Ratatouille). However, I digress.
The Daily Ant hosts a weekly ant fashion series, Style Saturdays. This ninth installment is by our Fashion Correspondant Kathryn Pogin, who is also an Executive Producer of our popular Philosophy Phridays series. Enjoy!
If you love matriarchal societies, taller-than-average Amazonians, or general badassery, you’re certainly already a fan of Dinoponera — but you might enjoy Wonder Woman, too. Strictly speaking, it doesn’t seem to contain any ants, but it’s a bit implausible there was no myremcological inspiration involved (like, really, DC?). Anyway, as long as we’re all geeking out and in the comic book mood, I thought this week would be a good time to take a look back to the wonderously-gripping Ant-Man for a bit of fashion-fancy (especially since here at The Daily Ant we have our own Ant-Man).
Pair your Marvel-ous ant wear with vintage denim, fantsy accessories, and flip-flops in a throw-back comic print. The DC folks might not love your Marvel wear, but we don’t love their failure to cite Dinoponera, so we’ll call it even!
The Daily Ant hosts a weekly ant fashion series, Style Saturdays. This eighth installment is by our Fashion Correspondant Kathryn Pogin, who is also an Executive Producer of our popular Philosophy Phridays series. Enjoy!
In these trying times, hosting a Memorial Day picnic when you could be planning a day of action is flirting with gaucheness (of course, just like wearing white after labor day, there are always exceptions) — but if you’re going to a celebration rather than a resistants meeting, you might as well show up in style. If you’re not sure how to look sophisticated eating your food while sitting on the ground, a little formicid fashion might be just the thing (and what could be better suited to the great outdoors?). This week, we’re looking at a picnic-ready ensemble with fabulous antcessories.
This gingham-top says, “I love picnics, but not so much that I want to look like I’m picnicking on my way to the Emerald City“. Balance your gingham out with a denim skirt in a streamlined pencil cut and distressed finish. A pair of wedges give you a little height but are practical for walking pretty much anywhere. And since no picnic is complete without ants, top this look off with a beautiful pair of earrings that are feminine and formicid-themed, creative rings that show ants hard at work, and a tote for carrying extra food (or protest signs, just in case).