I’ve recently realized nearly all my fashion icons are actually fictional women. That doesn’t mean I don’t admire the style sense of Lily Allen or Ginnifer Goodwin or any number of other famous women - but the truth is when I’m feeling uninspired about my look, it’s characters I look to most. These 8-bit women come to mind:
There is really no 8-bit lady more impressive, more tough or more important than Samus Aran. She should have been the Doctor. Ok, Ok, she’s not British so maybe not, but that’s how much I look up to her. Here’s a few reasons why:
Samus Aran teaches me:
Of course, I have to give Princess Peach props for:
But the real pioneer is Ms. Pac Man, because:
Who is your 8-bit fashion icon? Is it Luigi? He gets a lot of props from me for his green overalls. Green is my favorite color after all.
When I was in my formative pre-teen years, I found a box in my mother’s home full of cross-stitched designs. I was fascinated by the delicate squares that made up a larger image. Oh, the patience it must have required! I asked my mom to teach me how to do this and it turns out, I wasn’t the best at it. Despite the fact that the technique basically requires you to create a bunch of simple squares - I wasn’t quite precise enough to create perfect work. Maybe it was my stubby fingers or my dwarf thumb. (Yes, there is a medical term and then the term that the doctor’s use so you’ll actually remember it. And it’s dwarfed fingers. Except in my case, it’s only my thumbs.) I know, weird.) I got slightly better over time, but by my teenage years, I lost interest.
Soon after, I started noticing that all the delicate little patterns on napkins and pillows in my Grandma Giorgi’s house were utilizing this same crafty technique. And in a moment of true geek “aha-ery” I made the connection between these lovely combination of square threads and the square dudes I manipulated on my television screen through my Nintendo. They were cousins! One in the tactile world and the other in the digital.
Life moves on and you forget these things. Crafty techniques like cross stitching go in and out of style and certain generations will never pick up on the skill at all. That’s kind of a shame. Especially for the geeky youngins’, because cross-stitching is basically 8-bit art via a needle and thread.
I’ve never been more aware of this then when my friend Ranja took an 8-bit portrait of me and made a version of it with cross stitch. My brother was supremely jealous. And I’m serious about that.
If you’ve never done it before, I promise it’s not THAT hard. It takes some time to perfect your technique, but if you can pull thread through holes, you can do it. And let me tell you, it’s the perfect couch craft. Turn on your favorite show, marathon and cross stitch. It’s crafting bliss.
Want to give it a try? I’ll turn your attention to some online 8 bit/cross stitch geekery available on the interwebs.
You can always find things on Etsy. Case in point? Pixel Power Design offers an IT Crowd pattern for $5 and the Game of Thrones characters for $8. I should also note that they are currently offering 3 patterns for $10 as part of some kind of awesome sale.
Don’t want to spend money until you’ve given it a try? Well, Pixel Power offers free patterns every week on their Facebook page. Here’s the offerings for this week:
Friends, lest you think I’m full of crap, I’ve decided to try this craft again myself. I’m searching for something in the vein of 221B for a pillow that will inhabit my redesigned bedroom. (which is still underway…) Off to Google.
I’ve been posting Geeky at Work outfits for nearly three months and I thought I’d diverge from the usual today and talk about the key things you need to do to integrate geek into your wardrobe. In other words: “A Guide to Getting Geeky at Work.”
So what separates a successful integration of geek into an outfit from a failure? The most important thing is confidence. Every part of fashion and pulling off any look is all about having the confidence to believe that you really look good in it. If you believe it, others will too and that’s what matters.
In more tangible terms, there are some small trends I’ve noticed to help guide you on your way.
First, accessories are ALWAYS the easiest thing to integrate, but can often verge into the world of camp. To avoid this, pick items that have the same traits as other accessories you also like. For example, no cheap plastic beads or adjustable ring bands. Necklaces like this Edgar Allen Poe piece are made of high quality materials with delicate cutouts that create a sophisticated silhouette.
Second, if you’re going to choose a clothing item, then try to choose things that have a simple color scheme. One or two colors at most seem to make for the most successful choices. That’s why I love this Harry Potter themed 9 and 3/4 tee so very much. It’s a subtle nod to the films and books with a simple design and one very basic color on a fitted black tee. I can’t imagine a more perfect item.
And last, don’t try to hide your geek pride! There’s no point in sporting this huge 8-bit Barret if you aren’t going to let it shine. This goes back to the confidence piece, but sometimes subtlety is the enemy. Let your inner geek come through and have some fun.
If you’ve got a geeky item that you’d like us to style for work, please send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.