_Guest blogger time! Gosh, how time flies. I was really excited for our newest guest blogger because:
a. she’s awesome
b. she’s awesome
c. she wears a bowler hat like nobody’s business
that’s why she was our September Style Icon, duh.
But Snowshoe isn’t just about bowler hats. She is also a master of Geek Chic. Her outfits are most often at the top of Chictopia’s Favorite of the week. And might I add – the originator of the mustard and ketchup color palette, ahem.
Anyways, it was only fitting for her to do an entry for EIU on what else…
HOW TO DRESS GEEK CHIC! Enjoy.
Do you know what the stripes on Han Solo’s pants are called? Does the phrase “Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, B, A” mean anything to you? Does your idea of a good time involve warlocks, primary numbers, categorical imperatives, or super string theory? Do you find Steve Buscemi oddly attractive? Yes? You’re a geek! No? That’s okay, because you can still dress like one!
While “geek chic” is very in right now (for instance Luella’s amazing spring Ghost World inspired collection), it certainly isn’t new, and in my opinion, done correctly it never goes out of style. Ultimately geek chic is about taking unexpected “geeky” elements and mixing them in with your own style in a way that, while perhaps conspicuous, ends up looking organic. I think a good way to accomplish this is to use contrasting elements to create balance.
1. The most obvious way to achieve this look: geek glasses (Lulu recently did a great post on these so I will be brief), otherwise known as fugly glasses. The classic wayfarer’s frames are fool proof, but you can experiment with different colors and shapes as well. An easy way to do this is to buy cheap sunglasses and pop out the lenses to see what they would look like as glasses and to raid thrift stores for old lady glasses. You can have prescription lenses put in anything. But because I’m not a player hater, if you have perfect 20/20 vision and want to wear fakies. Rock it. I won’t tell anyone. I recommend wearing feminine make-up when wearing geek glasses in order to counter act the fugliness. I go for smoky eyes with lots of liner, so that the fames won’t dwarf my eyes, along with bright red lips.
2. High waisted pants, skirts, and shorts are also all good ways to channel your inner nerd. I especially like high waisted mini skirts because they are simultaneously sexy and nerdy and because they are more forgiving for those of us with hips. For the curvier among us, high waisted skinny jeans may seem a bit daunting, but I find that, as Ester put it, it’s nothing that a pair of five-inch heels can’t fix.
3. Menswear inspired accessories are another favorite way to invoke your inner nerd. My personal favorite man accessory would have to be the man hat, especially fedoras and bowlers. They give and eccentric, nerdy edge to outfits that might otherwise be too feminine, too sexy, or too bland without them. It’s all about adding layers of complexity… because geeks are very complex! Oversized blazers, grandpa cardigans, and menswear inspired shoes such as the oxford and the loafer are also excellent ways to incorporate this look into your wardrobe.
4. Anachronistic and/or counter intuitive pieces. Especially from the 80’s and 90’s. A jumpsuit that looks like something your kindergarten teacher would have worn can become the perfect geek chic outfit when paired with some formidable heels and vampy make up.
So grab a pair of fugly glasses, raid your mom/dad’s closet, and pair your finds with some high heels and red lipstick for insta-geek chic!