Published on September 23rd, 2014 | by Teresa Simmons0
A true geek, underneath it all?
How you dress tells the world a lot about who you are without having to say anything. Your clothes do the speaking for you—this is why style and fashion is so important. Like it or not, people make judgments about you that are purely based on what you decide to wear in the morning. As with every other style, dressing geek chic comes with its own assumptions that other people can’t help but make. But it’s up to you to prove them wrong by telling them who you really are and what interests you.
Geeks like to read comic books and graphic novels. If you prefer geek chic style, people might make this assumption about you. But this statement may or may not be true. You might be a fanatical collector of comic books who prowls eBay and garage sales looking for that “special edition,” or you might only read high fashion magazines. You might not even like reading at all. It doesn’t mean you can’t rock the style.
Anime conventions are every geek’s idea of a dream vacation. Believe it or not, some people may think this as you’re walking down the street in your bowtie and large glasses. You may enjoy going to anime and comic conventions in your spare time and counting down the days until the next one, but your idea of a dream vacation may be lounging on the beach sipping beer on a beach in Jamaica. They really haven’t got you figured out, now, do they? There’s much more to you than meets the eye.
They’re wearing suspenders, so they must be really, really good at mathematics and science. What would they think if you told them that you failed math in high school, but got the highest marks in your English class? And what if you told them that you don’t like science or anything molecular? The Big Bang Theory is one of your favourite shows on television, but you don’t have the same interests as the characters in the show. Go figure!
The point of reassessing your style amidst a world that loves to make assumptions is that there is really no such thing as being a “true geek.” You don’t have to dress like one to be a “geek” and just because you may like certain style elements that fall under the geek chic category, it doesn’t mean that you like all of the things that people assume to be nerd culture. You simply just like the style…and there’s nothing wrong with that. If people want to know the real truth about you, all it takes is a bit of time, some coffee and a little conversation.
CC cover photo credit: fora.mtv.ca/2012/05/geek-chic.