Sunday, July 19, 2009

Revenge of the Nerds

Nerd: An intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit: A computer nerd.
A stupid, irritating, ineffectual, or unattractive person.

Mes chéris, it’s very true. We spend all of our adolescent years doing what we can to avoid being labeled as a nerd or a geek. We go out of our way to fit in with the cool kids. To keep our peculiar hobbies, interests, and infatuations to ourselves. To put all embarrassing moments that have happened in public out of our minds, and hope that our friends – and faux – have done so, as well. All that aside, geek glasses are the new object of my affection, and unmistakably a sign that those rumpled, adorable nerds who have surrounded us for so long? They’re exacting their revenge on the fashion world.

Nasty Gal "Nerd Alert Glasses" Face it, had you worn these Nerd Alert Glasses back in grade school, your moments on the playground would have been shrouded with mean, tear-induced mocking. Now, however, the lightweight, oversized black carbon frames simply add a sense of intelligence to your style. Wear them with a floral-coated sundress, bright accessories, and sky high heels, and you’re destined to be the geeky belle of the ball. Clark Kent, eat your heart out.

Forever 21 "Tort Readers" Don’t be ridiculous. No one ever said that frames had to be swathed in noir to be considered true geek glasses. In all honesty, a little color only makes the style look even more chic. Case in point Forever 21’s Tort Readers. The brown and black colors mingle alongside one another to create a tortoise, almost leopard print effect that is undoubtedly animalistic, fashionable, and scholarly with a sensual flair. A high pony; a slinky, form-fitting bandage skirt; sparkly bangles; cage heels. Sounds like the ideal ensemble to accommodate such come-hither eyewear.

Oliver Peoples "Tycoon" Perhaps the most divine part of Oliver Peoples’ Tycoon is the very name itself; a title that is so very synonymous with nerd-dom, as we know quite well that nine out of ten times nerds grow up to be big shot moguls with the world at their fingertips. But even without such a title these aristocratic specs manage to add an iconic, classic beauty to your face. I think I need to locate a poetry reading; I’ll wear these pretties perched upon the slope of my nose with a black turtleneck, black ballet flats, and black cigarette pants a la Audrey Hepburn.

Urban Outfitters "Neon Readers" No color collection is complete without a few neon pieces tossed in for good measure. Imaginably, one of the most humble of ways to embrace such bright shades is not in the form of a vibrant tee, or body-hugging skinnies, but, rather, via eye-framing glasses like these Neon Readers. The translucent punchy colors – hot pink or neon green – pay tribute to the glow-in-the-dark like hues that so perfectly outfitted the 80s; while the oversized frames keep the style completely modern and up-to-date. Coal-colored frocks come forth; these are bound to add a pretty pizzazz to an otherwise harsh, serious tone.

Lulu's "Nerdz Rule Clear Glasses!" While many laughed and made fun of nerds when in school, I’ll be honest, I harbored secret crushes on them. In fact, to this day, I still find myself drawn to the bookwormy smart guys who often sport cowlicks in their hair, and ink on their cheeks. Which is why the Nerdz Rule Clear Glasses! are a piece of chic perfection that make me feel right at home; because underneath my fashion loving persona, I too am a nerd at heart, and quite proud of it. I can see the ensemble now...a black top hat, a slouchy fit v-neck sweatshirt in a deep shade of red wine, a lone long necklace, ballet flats, a cocktail ring, and a mini. Oui, it would be a sublime get-up to celebrate nerds!

Are you ready to unleash your inner nerd?

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to Nasty Gal, Forever 21, Oliver Peoples, Urban Outfitters, and Lulu's for the pictures.

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