My recent television binges have exposed me to a plethora of pencil drawn women. There’s something about the simplicity of the animated character that is worth emulating. Most “trendy” fashion becomes passe because it throws in so many complex patterns, textures and cuts that don’t stand the test of time. When it comes to animated art, creators have to think about what’s achievable AND timeless. You’d never say Butters from South Park looks like he’s out of the 90s, because he doesn’t appear to represent any point in time.
The point is, there’s a lesson to be learned here. When it comes to 3D living, we should all consider a few lessons from these women:
Tina from Bob’s Burgers:
Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time:
Eileen from Regular Show:
Carrie from The Amazing World of Gumball:
Supergirl from Super Best Friends Forever:
These examples are just from recent television history. Think of all the women from decades past and the lessons they’ve imparted. The Powerpuff Girls. Dee Dee. Lucy. Which animated character do you take your style cues from?
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This is a heartfelt note from me to you: you MUST be kind to your feet. I should know. I’ve been seeing a podiatrist for a little over five years, because it turns out for a time in my life I was not only unkind to my feet, but I was slowly and methodically torturing my knees as a result.
I was once a lover of ridiculously high heels.
Let this not be an indictment of the sexy leg makers. Loosely flopping sandals and cheap flats can be just as bad on your body as those calf exercisers that go by the more common name: stilettos.
I love to travel. I love to walk. If given the choice between a cab, a train or a sidewalk and my two feet - I will likely pick the sidewalk. With SDCC coming up, the reality of wandering about a convention center in sexy shoes is laughable. And while in New York, my lovely wedges didn’t even leave the suitcase. Instead, I relied on a pair of Born flats that make my toes and knees and back happy and prevents the Tylenol from being busted out prematurely.
So what’s the point of this plea? Well, to tell you it’s OK to shun the sexy designer heels and go for something more practical. There are shoes out there which provide effective arch support and still have style from heel to toe. It’s about buying less until the perfect melding of style and arch support, breathable fabric and walk-ability are found.
Here’s four pairs of shoes I own (or own a previous iteration of) that embody attractiveness, practicality, comfort and aren’t straight from the orthopedist’s rack.
One thing my podiatrist said that I will never forget: put the shoe on and if it feels like the sole of your foot could just be resting on the floor - then that shoe is for you. If the shoe is trying to change the natural form of your foot, then don’t wear it.
If I see you on the floor of Comic Con, don’t be surprised if I check out your feet.
It’s that time of year. That lycra tight, body revealing, tan creating time of year. I’m not necessarily modest, but I’m definitely uncomfortable when more of my skin is showing than not. With swimwear, it’s nearly impossible to reach a happy medium of comfort, sex, style and practicality. And then add geek into the mix. Cripes. Why don’t I just go shopping for a jackalope printed purse with alligator leather accents?!
So I’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a collection of suits which perfectly combine geek, coverage and swim-ability. Because yes, swim suits are for SWIMMING.
Items Shown Above:
A Few Additional Noteworthy Suits:
Have a happy and safe Fourth of July Weekend, lovers! Don’t forget to pack the sunscreen and maybe actually swim a little if you’re going to bother with all this skin-bearing.
Editor’s Note: This awesome fashion post comes from GeekMom Blogger, Sophie Brown. If you have a Scully Chic recommendation, you can contact Sophie with the info after the jump.
When I was growing up, my role model in practically everything was Agent Dana Scully from The X-Files. Now I’m an adult and I still look to Scully as my role model in many areas, however one thing I don’t take her advice on is fashion. The outfits inflicted upon Gillian Anderson in the early seasons of the show are often just a few short steps away from human rights abuse, there’s even a blog dedicated to taking apart these wardrobe atrocities. However I started wondering if, with a few changes here and there, it would be possible to create stylish, functional outfits based on her originals; outfits that keep the feel of Scully but that you might actually consider wearing.
My rules were simple:
The outfits must keep to the spirit of the original outfit, sticking where possible to the colors, patterns and cuts used on the show
The outfits must be practical for the scene in which she wore it; most often that means office-wear which would also be suitable out in the field on investigations. My exception to this rule is shoes. What I consider practical footwear for an FBI agent and what was considered OK on the show are two wildly different ideas, for footwear I’ll be sticking with the show’s ideals so five inch stiletto heels are acceptable.
Editor’s Note: This is a RERUN from the Being Geek Chic archives. I’m taking a bit of a break this week, so please enjoy these classics from the BGC archives while I’m away.
Occasionally I wake up with a song stuck in my head for no reason at all. I didn’t hear it on the radio. I didn’t look it up on YouTube. I wasn’t mysteriously attending a concert in my dreams and that song was played in it. My brain just decides that this is the song of the day.
Today: She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby.
I took it as a sign that I should have worn a science themed outfit today and scrapped my intended post on neons. So, neon next week. This week… SCIENCE! And since I’m really into accessories at all possible times… SCIENCE ACCESSORIES!
Costume departments on the sets of movies and TV shows are always aiming to create a look for their characters that matches their narrative purpose. So often with female characters this translates to blatant sex appeal or totally drab, pant suits meant to strip older women of any excitement at all. But these five characters are different. These five characters embody a wide range of ages, mediums, body types and style, but each have an important lesson to impart.
Here’s five women whose style is worth taking a note from:
Amy Pond teaches us that layering works. Always.
There are many who claim Steven Moffat ruined Amy Pond’s character with misogyny and anti-feminist stories in the end, but I can’t stress enough how much I appreciated the wardrobe department during the Pond era. Sure, she may have wore short skirts and short shorts, but she always wore them with layers. Tights, leather jackets, cowboy boots. It always felt true to her and more importantly, shows the importance of giving a little sex appeal here while covering up there. The mix is what makes it manageable.