Saturday, 25 April 2009

Geek chic?

There has been a recent debate within my group of girlfriends about THOSE glasses. I’m talking about the eyewear that those overly trendy people wear who are neither short nor long-sighted and are basically in no way visually impaired. They usually have a thick rim, either black or tortoise shell but have a style about them that just screams eighties nerd, OR Deidre Barlow.

My original irritation and wrath towards all that wore them came from the fact I actually need glasses and never considered them a fashion item. It wasn’t cool at school when I wore mine!

But, we are now looking at this from a trend perspective. I didn’t even warm to the idea when fashion guru Chloe Sevigny wore a pair.

The debate all started when our eccentric friend Ailsa was adamant she had to have a pair (we had a similar debate when Holly wanted to buy leather leggings). So loan day came round and naturally she did what we all told her not to. Hardly surprising. What is more surprising is that they looked quite nice on everyone! I still think there are some shockers out there but Ailsa picked up a good pair. They are from Topman as well!

I’m not saying I would walk around wearing a pair, but at the same time, if I now see someone wearing a pair I don’t immediately think, ‘OOoo musn’t miss the Corrie omnibus.’ Either that, or, 'try-hard'.

Here is a selection of geek chic pics. (basically us trying to look cool in said eyewear)

Steph adds a farmer hat to give the look more dimension

As well as a drunken smirk

Holly is clearly thinking hard about her homework (what a geek, yeah?)

Me, going for the serious look...

Liz rocking out the thoughtful pose

Just be careful how you wear them or you could end up looking like THIS:

Graduate in Fashion

With graduation looming, dissertation in the midst of being bound, what is a girl to think about next? What do i do now? How will I get a job? How will I pay for my next Topshop fix now that my loan has run out? (Actual shock, actual horror) But as these conversations come to a close, the next one is, what on earth am I meant to wear under THAT monstrosity?

(I totally picked this pic for comedy value)

Lets be honest, the graduation gown is less glamour, more polyester blend, budget superhero get up. The cap is so-so. Yes we might get hat-hair to a certain extent but they create the look and have a certain charm about them. What doesn’t have charm is a static shock inducing sack.

So, to the outfit. I’m thinking definitely a dress, just because it creates that sense of occasion. But how far along the smartometer does a fashionista go? Perhaps not too far that all feeling of trend goes out the window and we are left with a straight laced look. Sadly my gown will have bright pink and purple in stripes down the side. Talk about feeling sorry for the boys. Bless them. But should you bother attempting to match your dress to these colours or do the sensible thing and imagine it’s not even there? I vote the latter. These issues aside; some possibilities:

BTW, I'm a teeny bit obsessed with

Just INCASE you didn't notice..

It's always going to be hard to get the balance right. You need a dress you can wear with some heels (sturdy ones at that, no one wants to fall over on stage!) which then means it can't be too short otherwise anyone would thing you're off down town to find some hotties (well, maybe later!) Confidence and comfort is key. Now i really think about it, this is going to be a full on mission. Several shopping trips are needed. OK, but only if we HAVE to.......

Now, if only we could wear a waist belt around the gown to sort out the unsightly shapelessness.........hmmmm