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!
In case you’ve been living in an abandoned ant colony and missed it — floral patterned fabrics are on trend for 2017. Everyone, from Dries Van Noten to the ants in your garden, has their own take on the look. Unsurprisingly, here at The Daily Ant, our take puts a formicid-friendly spin on the trend, for ultra-cool, funky, feminine style. Florals and ants? That’s a match so perfect, it might as well have been made in a lab.
A floral print tank functions as the base of this look — the blues and purples coordinate with turquoise sandals and a peony (and ant!) print phone case. Note: coordinating is not the same as matching, and that’s okay. You want the different elements of your look to blend, but they don’t need to come together like a bunch of drones to work. Myrmecologically-themed jewelry lets you wear something that sparkles without feeling like a pupa. Without that balance, jewelry on top of florals can be overwhelming. Formicid fashion is in bloom!
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 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).
The Daily Ant hosts a weekly ant fashion series, Style Saturdays. This seventh installment is by our Fashion Correspondant Kathryn Pogin, who is also an Executive Producer of our popular Philosophy Phridays series. Enjoy!
If you want a look that’s classic and casual without going so far as blending in with the drapery, today’s Style Saturday is just the thing. The foundation of any good wardrobe is a set of fantastic basics — the pieces that last you from season to season, can be paired in a variety of ways, and work with accoutremants or stand on their own. After all, there’s no need to resort to accessorizing with (er, sorry, among) shrubbery when you can wear a look with its own integrity. So, set your antennae to colony-cool, and look for fashion (formicid or otherwise) that’s got the kind of character that will stand the test of time.
Case in point, an over-sized sweatshirt in quality fabric with clean lines has been in style at least since Flashdance. Relaxed fit jeans (here, in an updated cut) are a well-tested stand-by (it’s the kind of thing that lives in your closet as long as a queen can rule her colony). Pull the whole look together with classic shades, a fun phone cover, and comfortable shoes, keeping you light on your feet in case you need to a dodge a dreaded hug, while still communicating your love of all things myrmecology. If you’re so inclined, a red lip to top it off is always in style, too.
The Daily Ant hosts a weekly ant fashion series, Style Saturdays. This sixth installment is a special Mother’s Day edition! It was contributed by Pat Myers, Empress of The Washington Post Style Invitational. Enjoy!
The Amazing Nthilla
The Style Invitational, The Washington Post’s weekly humor/wordplay contest, draws witty, funny entrants from all over the English-speaking world, including the mother of The Daily Ant editor-in-chief. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard much lately from Judy Blanchard, but for a few years she was an Invitational phenom, “getting ink” 107 times.
And one of those times was for one of the “Invite’s” many neologism contests, in which you coin a new word. The 2011 contest asked entrants to take a real word, then move its first letter to the end – and define the result.
Could it have been her son’s passion for ants that prompted her to come up with “Nthilla: A grain of sand”? What a nifty joke in that short definition, evoking “nth,” for ultra-, as “to the nth degree”; “scintilla,” the tiniest amount; and the grains of sand that often form anthills.
Like the ant itself, it packs so much into a wondrous little package.
By the way, The Style Invitational still comes out every week; even if you don’t do contests, the results are always fun to read. See them here, and to get a weekly email with a link to each new contest and results, contact me at email@example.com and I’ll happily add you to the list. And join the Style Invitational Devotees group on Facebook, and they’ll anagram your name.
Pat Myers has worked at The Washington Post since 1982 and reigned as Empress of the Style
Invitational for more than 13 years. While she confesses that she is not in love with ants, she does have a Formica countertop in her kitchen.
The Daily Ant hosts a weekly ant fashion series, Style Saturdays. This fifth installment is by our Fashion Correspondant Kathryn Pogin, who is also an Executive Producer of our popular Philosophy Phridays series. Enjoy!
There’s been a bit of insantsitive fashion in the news this week — not more Kushner couture-controversy but a bit of an instagram blow-up. This week we’ll talk about how to stand out for the right reasons instead, with a cool color palette and some brilliant details. To be sure, there’s only so far myrmecological magic can take you — ant-themed accessories aren’t like fashion honey to be paired with just anything for a sweeter look (what am I, an apiologist?). Rather, it’s generally better to avoid wearable slurs all around. Be ostantatious, not offensive!
With that in mind, this week’s looks emphasizes complimentary coordination — greens, blues, and gold come together for a look that’s funky, formicid cool. Platform t-strap sandals take you to (not quite giraffe, but) new heights, while distressed jeans, and modern Grey Ant sunglasses keep the look dressed down. An arboreal ant clutch stands ready to hold any of your essantials you might need to keep close at hand.