Last night whilst watching Napoleon Dynamite and laughing at him stuffing Tata-tots into the pocket of some snake print harem pants, I was strangely surprised by some of the other fantastic pieces from the cast’s wardrobe and how they reflect the trends right now. It was strange for me to think of a character that was a ‘Geek’ as someone who potentially is a trend setter.
Then I started to think about all the other films and sitcoms that have been made revolving around the life of a Geek. Take Ugly Betty for example, she is sold to us as an unfashionable girl from a working class family who comes to work at the biggest fashion magazine in New York, but take a closer look at her wardrobe and you begin to see next seasons Marc Jacobs and Chloe, miss matched prints, bright colours, big glasses and Peter Pan collars.
This realisation came to me unwelcome. My whole life I have tried my hardest to be ‘cool’ but did the Geeks have it right all along?
So I decided to dedicate this post to the emerging Geek Chic trend. The key items to have, how to wear them.
DSquared2 were one of the many designers to celebrate ‘geek chic’ with their ready to wear spring/summer 2011 collection. Sequins and preppy tomboy all rolled into one, which translated to jewelled, floral mini skirts with dowdy jumpers, blazers with handkerchiefs tucked into the front pockets paired with loafers and all accessorized with oversized round glasses. The makings of a cool geek!
You can get a similar look just by looking to the high street. If your going for a skirt pleats are a must in geek chic and for this season the busier the better. Big clashing floral patterns and colours lead the trend through this summer.
Other ‘geek chic’ favourite’s include:
1. Fitted sundresses.
Try something like this Blue & cream stripe belted dress £35 from Dorothy Perkins
Pair it with some espadrille wedges and a block colour knitted cardi.
2. High waisted/wide legged denim.
Why not go for these super wide legged jeans £50 from Topshop. Wear with a skinny belt, a chunky heel and a tucked in Peter Pan collar blouse.
3. Collars & Cuffs.
A blouse like this one from ASOS £45 is the ultimate in elegant geek. The small Peter Pan collar and fitted sleeve gives this boyish look a feminine vibe with its soft silhouette.
A blouse like this is very versatile and can be worn with any of the ‘geek chic’ staples. Pleated skirts, culottes, tucked into high waited trousers or even underneath a halter neck dress.
After models strutted down the Stella McCartney runway in tailored culottes they became a must have.
Go for a more casual, everyday look with these Hawaiian print culottes £14.99 from River Island. The bold floral print is very summer 2011 and I can just see Betty Suarez strutting into Mode wearing something just like these.