Just like life, fashion comes full circle too. Who would have ever thought that the word geek — a tag that once banished people to the far corner of the lunch table — would someday be synonymous with chic and cool.
The Oxford Dictionary considers geek chic as ‘the dress, appearance, and culture associated with computing and technology enthusiasts, regarded as stylish or fashionable’. Fashion insiders dictate that it’s time for backbenchers to embrace their nerdy alter ego and unleash the geek within.
Comic book nerd
Pull a Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, and flaunt your love for comic books, technology and sci-fi movies through your outfit.
Men should proudly wear their superhero tees with checked trousers to nail the trend. Throw in suspenders for added effect.
Women can team their outfit with a superhero or movie-referenced scarf and brogues to get the look right.
A geeky spectacle
This one is a no-brainer and the easiest way to jump on to the bandwagon.
Think thick-rimmed oversized spectacle frames. From Deepika Padukone Sonakshi Sinha to Ranveer Singh and Chitrangada Singh — Bollywood’s best-dressed pack has clearly given it their nod of approval.
While black is your safest bet, vivid colours promise to sprinkle a dose of pop to the look.
Take a page out of Sonam Kapoor, Esha Gupta and Kangana Ranaut’s books and turn to cat-eyed glasses to give your geeky look a ’60s spin.
Teaming them with Indian wear is not a no-no either.
Back to school
Take a trip down memory lane to get some inspiration from your school uniform. Try plaid skirts, tartan or checkered pants and crisp shirts layered with a light sweater or blazer.
For a winter-worthy geek-chic look girls can team a shirt, preferably white, with a button-down cardigan and trousers topped off with a satchel and headband. Remember Gossip Girl?
For men, throwing on a tie will do the trick. Opt for denims, a basic shirt and a funky tie or simply throw on a tie-print T-shirt.
If you think this style is just for the workplace, think again. Mix it up with trends like bohemian, goth and punk to get it right
Ladies can mix up a trendy dress with nerdy spectacles, bold lips, high heels and statement accessories to take on the party scape.
Men, on the other hand, can pair a quirky T-shirt with a blazer, denims, spectacles and Oxford shoes for the perfect score.