How Do You Feel?

I went shopping with a friend from work this weekend, we were working on updating her wardrobe, just getting a couple of staples that she could mix into what she already has and elevate her style as a whole. Every time she would try on a new piece of clothing I would ask her how she felt, after the second or third outfit I realized we were speaking about two different kinds of feelings, she was telling me how the clothes felt in a physical sense, were they soft, tight, lose, anything like that. I was confused, that wasn’t telling me anything. I realized I was talking about emotions, was it making her feel confidents, happy, excited, did she feel sexy in what she was wearing. We recalibrated and met somewhere in the middle. She started telling me about how she was feeling, did it make her feel good about herself, and I listened to when she thought something wasn’t fitting the right way. We discussed what to look for in proper fit of a garnment, and we talked about how sometimes she was wearing the wrong size trying to hide her body. I am also not a tiny lady, and I know the allure of wearing an outfit too big to hid the parts of my body that I don’t like to look at in the mirror when I go to the bathroom or catch my reflection in a window. It can feel nice to pretend that things are different, but I am who I am, and there are some really nice parts of my body, just like my friend’s body.  Sure there are things I could make “better” but that would also mean giving up cheese, and craft service at work, and I don’t want to do that, if I did, I already would have.

 

However, I have ended up on a tangent about how wonderful cheese is, and even if that is true, it is not my point.  My point is that when I am wearing clothes, and even more, when I am cosplaying, I am looking to FEEL a certain way,  I want to embody the character that I’m playing, that’s why I spend a solid hour or more coming up with the right pose.  I want to know I have the whole package and that I love what it is that I’m wearing.

 

I hope when everyone gets dressed in the morning they don’t ask how this looks, but how do I feel, because that is the key, for me, to being happy all day and not bored by lunch.

Inspiration: Entrepreneurs

For the last couple of months I’ve been casting a show all about people following their dreams. It’s been really fun to get to talk to people who have such a passion for different things that I thought I could never imagine having. My boss and I were talking in a coffee shop in Atlanta about what would be our dream business that had nothing to do with working in TV. I knew mine right away. It was the idea of having classy women’s nerd clothing. I think there’s such a hole in the market right now. Don’t get me wrong, I own more graphic tees and nerdy skirts than one person really should. And I’ve seen plenty of Black Milk leggings, I own Her Universe clothes, but they’re still not sophisticated. I know that would be my concept, but I have no idea what that even means. A man can add a cool belt buckle or an awesome tie, but what do we woman have? I think an awesome nerdy pair of heels is a great start for that nerdy touch to an office. I do work in an office where I can (but technically am not allowed to) wear shorts to work when it’s hot, but I’m not really sure I could handle working anywhere that doesn’t let me let my geek flag fly. However, even in my non-traditional office there are so many things that are not ok.  My office is about 65% women, and it’s not a place where women wear teeshirts on a regular basis, but my boss doesn’t go more than 3 days without a Star Wars tee or sporting his favorite sports team.  I guess that says something more about attitudes than what specifically is going on in my office.  About 3 out of 5 day a week I wear my TeeShirt of the day hoodies to work, so I may just be saying crazy things.  Either way, I would like there to be more classic and classy nerd clothing that I could wear out.  Internet, please get on that.  Thanks.

Inspiration: Headbands

I love what headbands do.  They keep my hair out of my face.  And for that I will love them forever. When I think of headbands, I think of Gossip Girl and Blair Waldorf.  It was my guilty pleasure show, however I will admit the first few years, it was actually a pretty good show.  I just made a new one for myself from the hem of an old teeshirt that I was refashioning into an infinity scarf, which is surprisingly warm.

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No matter what the accessory that keeps my hair in check is the ultimate hair tool.

Fictional Tech guy Fashion

Has anyone notices that Agent Fitz on Marvel’s Agents of SHEILD is dressed an awful lot like the new Q from Skyfall?

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And these two a mashup of the scientists from Pacific Rim.

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I like the look, but Q’s sweater and Fitz’s Sweater are awfully similar.  This whole tie and jeans things really reminds me of my college professors.  I hope this is a trend that lasts, well dressed nerdy men on TV and in the movies.  It’s nice to see instead of the poorly dressed nerdy men like in The Big Bang Theory.

Inspiration: Lace

One of my favorite trends is lace over a dress.  One of my least favorite trends are those lace shorts I’ve been seeing women wear.  The difference between the two is what they do for a woman’s body.  The dress is cute and feminine.  It makes women look like they are women and adorable while doing so.   The shorts are always too baggy in the back or too short or too long or too something.  It’s a great idea.  It should breath and keep you cool but it never flatters a figure while being worn.  However I will take these shorts every day over a lace crop top.  Although a super cute idea they can go from fashion genius to fashion desister in less time than it takes for the top to be put on.  When worn with high wasted pants, they are great but many times in practical situations they are the first to break the rule of the belly button.  You can show mid-drift but either above or below the belly button.  It’s the easiest way to keep things classy.  So here are some of my favorite lace pieces.  I’m almost finished making my own high-waisted lace skirt.  I can’t wait to show you all when it’s finished.

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Earrings

I’m not much of an earrings girl. I just can never seem to keep two little pieces of jewelry together. I think they look awesome but the organizational skills that are required are missing from me. But here are some super awesome nerdtastic ones that inspire me to try again with earrings.

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There’s something so almost overly modern about wearing instagram earrings.

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Geek Chic Necklaces

Nerdy Jewelry is such a cool quiet way to wear your nerd pride without it being in your face to the world.  Most people will just ignore your Yoda earrings or your golden snitch necklace even if they do notice it that it’s office perfect for all but the most il_340x270.429476785_tsew

When I was about 3 the 2 halves of the same necklaces necklace was the coolest thing and at 3 that was my ultimate prize at Chuck E Cheese

When I was about 3 the 2 halves of the same necklaces necklace was the coolest thing and at 3 that was my ultimate prize at Chuck E Cheese

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One of my college roommates was so into typography that we ended up watching the Helvetica movie one night.  So this makes me think of her in the best way.

One of my college roommates was so into typography that we ended up watching the Helvetica movie one night. So this makes me think of her in the best way.

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Nerdy Leggings

So there are some great nerdy leggings.  I love this pair of TARDIS leggings.

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But this pair of Star Wars leggings

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makes me feel like they are trying to take advantage of the idea that as soon as you put something nerdy on a piece of clothing that we will buy it up.  I think the difference for me is that the first pair has been designed for a women’s legs where the second isn’t designed for women to look good in.  Most women have thighs and all I can envision is Luke’s face getting pulled and squished in all sorts of awkward ways.    The Australian company Black Milk is known for their nerdy leggings and dresses and shirts but they are not necessarily the most flattering to the women who have any kind of curve.  They look so cool and I totally want a pair.  But I don’t know if it will really work on someone like me.   Below are a bunch of nerdy leggings, some I love and some I don’t.

 

 

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Awesome Geek Sneeks

Canvas sneakers are a place that you can really add some nerdy flair to your wardrobe.

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Armor

Armor is so cool. The way it shines in the light and protects from swords and arrows. Chain mail disperses the blow, and is movable. We obviously don’t use them any more in battle in the literal sense. We use tanks and drones. But that doesn’t make middle ages fashion any less cool.

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Above is a more literal interpretation.  Below is a more modern every day wear version of armor.

 

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Then of course there are all of the superheroes that have armor, Iron Man, Thor, Death Stroke, Captain America, Batman, Aquaman.  The list goes on and on.   Armor is cool and definately super nerdy  in the best way.