Meet this week’s Lady Geek of the Week: Kaitlin Stewart. Liz first introduced Stewart on Being Geek Chic a few weeks ago and announced that Stewart’s instagram account, PwnLove, “is the coolest instagram account out there.” Liz wasn’t exaggerating.
Stewart’s currently on day 125 of a “365 Days of Video Games Fashion” quest. So cool, right? Sometimes the geekiness is subtle, sometimes it’s loud, and sometimes, it’s a pair of socks. Whatever the occasion, whatever the day brings, Stewart pulls off these geeky fashions like nobody’s business.
Check out Stewart’s blog PwnLove.com for even more geeky garment goodness.
Stewart’s raking in the PR buzz, too. Check out her interviews with The Daily Dot and the Geeky Hostess. Being Geek Chic’s interview gets a little more personal. We dive into her passions and frustrations of being a geek – which include being forced into the role of Donatello when she actually had an affinity for Raphael…
Q: What has led you to your passion?
A: Since I was little, my parents always encouraged me to play video games. The first video game was a Sesame Street counting game on the computer quickly followed by beating Mario and Adventures in the Magic Kingdom on the NES.
I fell in love with fashion when I was a tween. I loved clothes, make up and accessories. I love to take fashion risks and try something new. I could spend hours flipping through catalogs and magazines, exploring different style websites, watching runway shows and shopping for clothes. My bedroom in my childhood home is covered in magazine clippings of my favorite outfits, ads, pictures and inspiration. It wasn’t an instant connection to combine my two passions of video games and fashion but when I look back now, it seems like a natural fit.
When I began writing my blog back in 2010, I was immediately drawn to video games fashion and noticed no one was really writing about it besides it being mentioned haphazardly on popular gaming news sites. I decided I couldn’t be the only one interested in video games fashion and who wanted regular updates on it. I decided to take it on and write about video games inspired apparel and accessories. Luckily, I was right. I wasn’t the only one interested in video games fashion.
After writing more than a year about just video games fashion, I decided to step it up and challenge myself to prove how serious I am about the topic by going an entire year wearing it. Starting on January 1, I started wearing a new piece of video games fashion each day with no repeats. I wanted to be able to show video games fashion is more than just t-shirts and hoodies. I want to prove how easy to integrate video games fashion into your wardrobe for all occasions.
Q: If you could have the closet of any fictional character, whom would you choose and why?
A: Cher Horowitz from Clueless because she’s a total Betty. Even more than ten years later, her closet is still epic with the moving racks you only see at the dry cleaners plus a tricked out computer system that lets you avoid fashion faux paus, provides accessory suggestions and generates outfit simulations on your body.
Honorable mentions go out to Cassie Ainsworth and Effy Stonem from Skins, Buffy Summers from Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Spencer Hastings and Aria Montgomery from Pretty Little Lairs, Carrie Bradshaw from Sex & The City, Bianca Stratford from 10 Things I Hate About You (movie), Jess from New Girl, Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls and Clarissa Darling from Clarissa Explains It All.
Q: When did you first realize you were “geeky?”
A: To be perfectly honest, I didn’t realize I was a “geek” until I was in high school. I really didn’t care what people thought about my geeky passions and enthusiasm for Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Neopets, super heroes, website design, RPGs and video games. Some snarky comments from the mean girls made me realize I wasn’t the “normal, stereotypical California teenager” but that was okay. Haters gonna hate and I’m not going to let anyone rain down on my parade.
Around this time, I also realized every single person has “geeky” elements in their personality and it’s just a matter how they show it. The fact I was honest about who I was and showed my geeky side, made others in high school comfortable to share theirs too.
Q: First geeky fashion item you ever bought?
A: Hm, I didn’t buy it but the first geeky fashion item I remember owing was a pair of costume Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pajamas. As a child, I loved Raphael even though the boys that I played with always made me be Donatello because “girls like purple.” These Raphael pajamas were my favorite thing to wear for all occasions. I think I was four or five years old and I remember we had to go to a formal event. I refused to wear anything but these pajamas. Luckily, my parents were cool and let me wear them. All the other kids at the event were stuck in dresses and suits but I was comfortable and proud to be a ninja turtle. I ran around the reception explaining why I was dressed as a Raphael while explaining the superiority of ninja turtles compared to all other television shows. Needless to say, I’ve never been afraid to take a fashion risk or do something outside the norm.
Q: What would you tell your 13-year-old self?
A: Stop trying to grow up so fast.
Emma Bauer is a Being Geek Chic Contributor. Clearly, she’s got great taste. She is a PR enthusiast, history scholar, tea drinker, fashion devotee, and of course, aspires to Be Geek Chic.
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