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Fashion Friday – Sheldon Wears it Well

Posted in Fashion Friday with tags , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2009 by thegeekwearsprada


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If there’s any message to my work, it is ultimately that it’s OK to be different, that it’s good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgment on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different color.–Johnny Depp

Being a geek isn’t what it used to be. Light years away from the stereotypical social outcast, today’s geeks are making your favourite technological toy and influencing fashion, world-wide.

Geeks are traditionally thought of as anti-fashion, one, two, ten giant steps behind the current fashion trends, but now we need to take a step back and reconsider. The guys that gave the world pocket protectors and eyeglasses repaired with masking tape are all of a sudden back in vogue.

Before you carp at what I am suggesting, please consider for a moment Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. Granted, he is brainy beyond belief and his naiveté when it comes to most social conventions is quite comical, but what you can say about Sheldon is that his fashion sense shows that attitude is everything—attitude trumps image. He wears his fashion well and makes no apologies for it and is never intimidated or concerned about this appearance.

Remember when it wasn’t hip to be a geek? The movement has always been the direct opposite of the norm, anti-establishment. Now it appears as if the pendulum is swinging in the other direction—the new standard for cool is smart and smart is the new sexy. Now nonconformity is the standard.

Sheldon’s classic geek uniform consists of a graphic short-sleeve tee with a long sleeve shirt under it, either collared or collarless. This look can be achieve with items from well-known vendors and exact components can found at Urban Outfitters, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and even, the ultimate in hip clothing, Abercrombie and Fitch.

There are specific components that any uber-geek should have and here are a list of the essentials.

  1. A tee shirt is a must have! Try one with a nostalgic picture, classic character from comic books, or witty sayings. You might even want to try argyle for a special event.

  2. You must be comfortable and you cannot do without a classic trouser. They don’t necessarily have to be solid. Sometimes the occasion calls for plaid or maybe even a nice moleskin plaid.

  3. A great messenger bag is necessary to hold all the great toys that we call love and claim not to be able to live without. To get the full effect it will be necessary to sling the bag across your chest.

  4. Glasses add to the look by giving you the appearance of someone with a 140+ IQ even if that is a stretch for you and the jig is up when you open your mouth.

  5. The most important thing that you can add to the above items is the right attitude.

Don’t be ashamed that you are different, embrace it, and just remember that according to Charles Caleb Colton, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Imitate your favourite geek, today!

I, Geek?

Posted in Introduction with tags , , , , , on January 21, 2009 by hergeek

When you think of a geek, what is the first thing that pops into your mind?  Pocket protectors?  Horn-rimmed glasses?  40 year old virgins living in their parents basements?  Incessant quoting of Star Wars, Star Trek and Monty Python movies?  Well, I beg to differ.

Despite what shows like “Beauty and the Geek” would like you to believe, not all geeks are mouth-breathing anti-social Brainiacs.

Me?  I hold down a steady job.  I moved out of my parent’s house when I was 18.  I am married, and have children.  I bathe regularly.  I have never owned a Dr. Who scarf.  I can go to parties and mingle with people and not have to rely on quoting lines from Star Wars to start conversations.  I am, on the outside, for all intents and purposes, a “normal” person.

Am I ashamed of the geek moniker?  I will admit, grudgingly, that I am.  Somewhat.  At times, I can wear my geek badge with pride.  My geek pedigree is long and prestigious.  I could, if I felt inclined, take part in all of the above activities I listed without batting an eye.  And yet, I do decline to act like a true “geek” in public.  I am ashamed to see the antics of some of my brethren, cavorting in public dressed as Stormtroopers or whacking each other with foam swords, throwing packets of sand at each other yelling “Lightning Bolt!  Lightning Bolt” over and over.  I find myself embarrassed by their actions in public, by their reinforcement of the stereotype.  So I always hide my geekery deep within myself, and never mention my comic book collection in mixed company.

But do I mind being called a geek?  Paradoxically, no.  Especially amongst friends.  They know who I am, and what I do, and they don’t begrudge me my occasional yearly visit to WizardWorld.  But still, I hide my inner geek until I truly know the person.

And this is why I hid my geek under a bushel basket, so to speak, when GWP and I first started to interact.  Until one day…


GWP NOTE: …and then one day the geek I have grown to love emerged 🙂