“Geek chic” is a phrase that’s been floating around the style sphere for a while now, thanks to the visibility of major fashion players such as Jenna Lyons, Tavi Gevinson and Brad Goreski. The main ingredients in this look often include a crisp button-up, a long cardigan and a smart pair of oxfords. Of course, these are only suggestions, not requirements; feel free to call on a quaint collared dress in place of the blouse or try the socks-with-sandals combination when the weather gets warmer.
But, prescription notwithstanding, the one accessory that is always necessary for this look is a quirky pair of thick-framed oversized glasses. They are easily the most recognizable element of the fashionable nerd trend, with brands such as Warby Parker bringing Buddy Holly’s iconic look to the forefront of fashion. The addition of these glasses easily elevates any look to scholar status, from the standard jeans and T-shirt go-to to a corporate setting that calls for a professional look. This week’s bespectacled Fashionista uses the trend to travel back in time; with her brightly-patterned shift dress, bold tights and boyfriend blazer, she evokes the image of the classic collegiate, perhaps of the late 1960s or early ’70s, wandering between the ivy-blanketed buildings crowding a stately university campus.
Spotted: Ashish’s spring 2013 collection offered a slouchy take on the geek trend, replete with loose-fitting sweaters, blouses and trousers accented with sequins, polka-dots or a quirky print of bold black numbers. In true nerd fashion, many of the models marched down the runway in clear, thick-framed spectacles.