Trend Report: Give it to the Geeks

Listen up, kids, something needs to be addressed. When did geeks get all cute? I mean, I was raised watching them get punched in the face on t.v., and now I’m so into round glasses, plaid, and vibrant, mismatched patterns. It’s time we give a shout out to our four-eyed friends and expand on their discoveries.

 Tip #1: Mismatched Patterns 

Mismatching plaids, or mixing polka dots with stripes can be adorable. The key is to isolate the mismatching into a couple of places, and use the clash as an accessory in and of itself.

Tip #2: Odd Socks

If there was one thing geeks taught us all, it’s to wear odd socks. That means two different socks, people. I’m talking owls and dragons, red and blue, orange and turquoise. It’s one of the best ways to show off your nerdy little ankles, they need play too.

Tip #3: Bowties, bowties, and more bowties

Try an obnoxious one, that just barely goes with your    outfit. The brighter the better if you’re wearing a lot of neutrals, but dull it down a bit if you’re being loud with the rest of your outfit, it can tie everything together. (see what I did there?)

Tip#4:Ugly/Fantastic Sweaters

The line between tacky and innovative is so small in terms of crazy sweaters that you have to take a look and absolutely decide for yourself. A good tip for picking them out is to imagine wearing it with your other clothes. It can be anything from a knitting-machine-blew-up look to a Disney Princess or Kermit the Frog graphic. Up to you, nerd.

 Tip #5: Button Up the Top Goddamned Button

Buttoning the top button, even without a bowtie, works really well to make you look more put together, and solidify your outfit. I especially like to see a cute collar coming out of a dramatically color-combo challenged sweater. It makes me want to read books.


Image credit: The Man Repeller, Google Images

James Neiley (Fashion Editor) is a senior and enjoys lounge kimonos, vintage fur, and large bathtubs. He studies fashion history and french, but particularly revels in excellent cinema costume design.


  • Reply February 9, 2012

    Ari Jones

    Let’s hear it for the geeks! Love it.
    Know where I can get some bowties?

  • Reply February 10, 2012

    James Neiley

    Bowties can be found at most thrift stores, especially if their men’s section is well developed. If you’re in a bit of a time pinch you can often find basic bowties or clip-on’s at H&M, American Apparel (they have velvet right now I think), and Topman. Happy hunting! xo

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