It’s nearly May. You know what that means. Daisy and Tom and Gatsby and flappers and hip hip, who isn’t excited?
If you want to feel like Zelda, who by the way isn’t a loon, like much of history has painted her to be. In fact, some historians now believe she was not an insane person, but rather, just a woman who loved her love and her drink and her glitter and lived a little more loudly than the average folks. That’s not a crime. Anyway, if you want to channel Z, then perhaps one of these looks is bound to hit a hanger near your closet. I hope so. I got my flapper dress this weekend and I’m already scheming on how I can wear it to work.
There’s something about pairing a long dress with a blazer that makes a woman look wicked powerful. It harkens to eighties lengths, no doubt, but it keeps the legs under wraps and minds PG.
Another look and links to the goods after the jump.
Usually I reserve Wednesdays for discussing the glorious intersection of full time employment and accessible (and acceptable) fashion for the nerdy careerist. But today, welp, I’m craving sweats. Why not embrace it?
Don’t get me started on these people who apparently wear high heels with their favorite lounge wear. Where are the slippers? Or Doctor Who socks? (My boyfriend got me those, they are amazing!)
I think the moral of the story here is that we all deserve to sit back. Get comfy. And relax.
Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” has long been one of my favorite books. It’s a story of two friends who hit the open road in search of meaning and experience. I love the way the story embodies the underground, dusty, restless and raw Post-War America. The coolness of the era.
When Liz and I started talking about incorporating “On the Road” into a Geeky at Work outfit, we racked our brains for styles inspired by the “beat generation” of the 1950s. Plaids, jeans, collared shirts, faded prints, windblown, carefree hair, etc. Here’s what we came up with:
But this Geeky at Work doesn’t have to begin and end at style. Perhaps we can take some larger ideas from “On the Road” and find inspiration. “On the Road” is a wild novel full of freedom and hope. It’s carefree and tenaciously eager.
I think many of us can fall into a comfortable rhythm of the 9-5. But maybe we shouldn’t let ourselves. Maybe we should be brave and take a risk here and there. So fly to Chicago to see your favorite band perform, take a long weekend to visit your mom, hop on the train to a place you’ve never been, “burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”
P.S. Have you seen the film adaptation of “On the Road”? If you have, let me know what you thought of it in the comments. If you haven’t, you must see it for the music and the costumes and the sets. I give it a “barely 3” out of 4 stars for those reasons. It loses a star because it seemed to lack the quick and erratic writing style of Kerouac that’s so intoxicating to the mind. But ultimately, you know what they say: “The book was better.”
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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Every once in awhile, life imitates spectacles. The brown and black spottings of a classic tortoise appears as a classic print on dresses and clutches, while the iconic circular shape of Harry Potter’s frames could be credited for polka dots current fame.
But here’s a new one to behold: the ombre effect.
It’s a subtle detail you don’t want to miss. The gentle fade from one bold color to the next. The genius pairing of light and dark. It’s a trend I’ve loved on spectacles and have even been known to sport from time to time, but now it’s popping up on scarves, totes and maxis.
I say, embrace the ombre.
Here’s my favorite frames from glasses.com that feature the ombre effect:
Here’s some great spring items that feature the ombre effect:
Life is too short to be subtle. Why not pair the ombre frames with the ombre dress? I think I will.
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I’ve confessed on BGC before that I’m new to Doctor Who. So when Liz asked me to don a work appropriate outfit inspired by a Scottish redhead who traveled through space and time, I was a little hesitant. Especially since Liz’s first step was to straighten my hair. (It’s usually very curly – see here.)
Liz then asked me to sit atop a suitcase as though I was patiently waiting for someone. I didn’t exactly know what I was doing, but it was a ton of fun. Later that week, I started watching Dr. Who, beginning with “Blink,” and then skipping ahead to the first episode with the Eleventh Doctor. When the Doctor left the little redheaded girl, promising to return in just a few moments, she went up to pack her suitcase – and it all became clear.
Every year, I get myself a new pair of specs. And it’s always a quest. I will likely never experience a Tolkien-like journey in my lifetime, so why not make the day to day responsibility of vision impairment improvement more exciting by over-complicating it? Right?
A poem and links to these lovelies below the jump!