The Daily Ant One-Year Antiversary: In Review

It’s hard to believe it, but it’s true. What started out one year ago from yesterday as a podunk formicid-friendly online media project with an inaugural post on loving your house ants has grown into a podunk formicid-friendly online media project with 196 published articles. Whether you’re joining us now for the first time, or have traversed the long foraging trail of myrmecological justice since the very beginning, it’s time to consider what we’ve accomplished together.

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Style Saturday: AntEye

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two months since our last Style Saturdays installment. It’s also hard to believe that we have such a special contribution prepared for you today. Our newest Daily Ant Fashion Correspondant, Rose Langston, presents… AntEye, the hottest new trend this fall!

The products used in this video are from the vertebrate cosmetics company Younique, but the results are fully formicid fabulous. Enjoy!

Style Saturday: Casual Entomology Ensemble

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.

Casual Look for a Myrmecologist

H m
hm.com

Grey Ant gold glasses
$465 – neimanmarcus.com

7 For All Mankind mens slim fit jeans
$225 – harryrosen.com

Ants Baseball Jersey
cafepress.com

Style Saturday: Formicid Fashion — Fab & Frugal

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:

The Lauren with Yves Saint Laur(a)nt

Leather jewelry
alolojewellery.com

18k jewelry
alolojewellery.com

Fourmis
lesqueuesdesardines.myshopify.com

 

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 Lauren For Less

J Crew j crew dress
$93 – jcrew.com

BP. black shoes
nordstrom.com

Claires jewelry
claires.com

Style Saturday: Florals and Ants

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!

Florals and Ants

 


Oasis floral top
$45 – asos.com

MANGO ripped skinny jeans
$26 – mango.com

Tech accessory
society6.com

Bracelet
elle.com

Style Saturday: Fly Ant

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.

Fly ant

 


Tee shirt
zazzle.com

H m
hm.com

Topman mens leather jacket
$235 – topman.com

Onitsuka mens sneaker
saksfifthavenue.com

Style Saturday: Lazy Sa(n)turday

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.

Lazy S-ant-urday

 


Hooded pullover
teepublic.com

Zella clothing
nordstrom.com

Drinkware
zazzle.com

Style Saturday: Creepy, Crawly, and Golden

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.

Creepy, crawly, and golden

 


Gold handbag
society6.com

Dolce Gabbana tech accessory
$605 – harrods.com

Anu jewelry
alolojewellery.com

Marble jewelry
alolojewellery.com

Style Saturday: Ants on the Beach

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!).

Ants on the Beach

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