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.

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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.

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.

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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Geek Chic Home Decor

Nerd Fashion doesn’t have to end with what you put on your body.  So many people have nerded up their houses. It seems that the most popular room to do it in is a kid’s room or in a nursery.  It makes sense in a lot of ways because then as an adult you have it but you don’t have to see it all the time.  Or if someone comes to visit they don’t think, Wow this is intense.  I’m  a big fan of the TARDIS wall sticker and probably would put that somewhere in my apartment for people to see.  Or a Blue door to the outside would be a nice subtle way for a geek reference.

 

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SteamPunk Duct Tape

Yesterday I was playing on stumbleupon and came across this picture

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and then it occurred to me, duct tape corsets for Steampunk Star Trek.  My brother is going as a Klingon starfleet engeneer, a bit of a cross between Nog and  Worf, where I made his warrior’s sash out of soda top chain mail.  So now the plan is upcycled steampunk Star Trek.  Although I like the idea of getting real corsets I just can’t imagine spending so much money on a costume that I can’t really add into my everyday wardrobe.    Well, there’s a Star Trek Convention in the next town over from me this weekend celebrating Deep Space 9, let’s see if I can get it all ready in time.  

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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Style Icons

My personal style icons are Tina Fey and the character of Bernadette on Big Bang Theory.

The first part of all of this is starts with the glasses.  Tina Fey’s glasses are iconic now but Bernadette  has a great pair too.  Similar but different.

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Both are attention grabbers that really will get noticed.  I wear a pair that are black wire frames with blue on the inside.  They really channel Tina’s.  I’ve been wearing one like both of theirs since about 2006.  I’ve had glasses since 1st grade so there has to be something to make them interesting or else, I guess I could switch to contacts but I hate the idea of touching my eyes every morning and night.

Sweaters.  Bernadette is a master of the cardigan, Ms. Fey is more commonly seen in the pull over variety, but as Liz Lemon rocked the TGS zip up hoodie.  I realize that it seems silly to mention but how often do you see women in the media wearing clothes that are meant to keep them warm and comfy without it trying to emphasize that they are slobs?  Liz wore what she was comfortable in because she had about a hundred people on any day to organize and make sure they all got their work done.  I think it’s awesome when a character is real.  In every production house I have ever been in no one wears anything other than jeans and hoodies during the colder months.  Maybe a blazer if the clients, advertizers, or executives are coming around but anything else isn’t practical in a work place where even the bosses have to do heavy lifting.

Bernadette’s big, full, floral printed dresses and skirts are a staple of my wardrobe.  Something that gets you noticed but isn’t too loud.  Something you can wear for a walk or to the office, or out to lunch.  Perfection has been achieved.