There are It girls and then there are anti-It girls. The second variety is arguably more interesting. They’re the cerebral, wry, quirky types, the Ellen Pages, Zooey Deschanels, Chloë Sevignys, and other indie heroines of the world who possess an enviable knack for mixed prints, bold color combos, and eccentric accessories. Here’s how to crib their geek-chic panache.
Ripped jeans and graphic tees are the foundation of this style. A well-rounded collection should consist of a few vintage concert T-shirts, an edgy sass & bide specimen, and something that expresses a subversive wit. Sauce clothing and Marc by Marc Jacobs have you covered when it comes to clever crew-necks: try Sauce’s Skeleton Tunic, Heart Eyes Tank, or Marc’s You Set Me on Fire Tee under a tattered cardigan.
Where would geeks be without their fabulous eyewear? This is a prime opportunity to play with unique color and a retro silhouette: a round, ivory pair of Chloé Sunglasses or a rad ’80s print on the underside of a classic pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers, for example.
While a geek-chic how-to article on Wikihow.com suggests “a Star Wars light saber clipped on your jeans” as a creative bling option, at Shopbop we feel you can do better than Yoda for your accessories designer. Jewelry designer Karen Walker cooks up delicious sci-fi whimsy with her line of robot necklaces, and Marc Jacobs embraces woodland creatures with his line of rings and watch necklaces. Finish the look with the pop of a strawberry-hued leopard clutch and ballet flats in electric blue suede.