The Fashion of Being Nerdy
Author: Claire Hastings
Yes, you have read that correctly. It’s a privilege and a bliss to be called and considered a nerd in this day and age, since it roughly translates into a dude or dudette that makes awesome literature choices, rocks at cosplay parties, knows their difference between Marvel’s and DC comics characters and prides themselves on their vast gaming knowledge. And that, my geeky ladies and gents, often means success, with, plenty of travel and connections all over the globe and great taste in fashion.
We have transformed the meaning of “nerd” into a lucrative, coveted label that includes only the best of the geek squad, including names such as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Michael Dell, who certainly ring a bell to anyone who hasn’t been hiding under a rock for the past few decades.
You’re part of the coolest crew on Earth
Time to drop some more names that will remind you why you’re actually not “too school for cool” (yup, just quoted Pink on ya), because these celebrities bring nerdy to a whole new dimension of awesome. Ever considered James Bond (aka Daniel Craig) as a gaming geek? Well, try to beat him at Halo, and then revisit the topic.
Up for a game of Dungeons and Dragons? A shout-out to none other than Vin Diesel. Still embarrassed of your Star Wars geek outs in front of your friends? Remind them that the revenant star Leo di Caprio is actually a huge fan. Life is too short to keep listing, so do your own research and nerd out, damn it!
Making a difference
We, the fans of all shapes, forms and expressions of creativity are the people who find ways to change the world for the better. We take an idea and bring it to life. And precisely people from our insanely geeky ranks are the ones who make a difference and reshape the world as we know it.
Once again, I invoke my nerdy love for knowledge spreading to let you know that you can thank Michael Hart for the e-book revolution, as well as his Project Gutenberg, Ray Tomlinson for your ability to email your friends and family all over the world, and of course, Sir Tim Berners-Lee for his conception of the world wide web. Without these folks, you wouldn’t be here, admiring the nerd-world.
You ARE social
The fact that we may or may not socialize differently is first of all, not a sign of being anti-social altogether, and secondly, now under scrutiny because, just turn around. You’ll see people sitting with their friends in cafes casually texting and scrolling their Facebook feeds. Are we really that different?
The fact that some of us enjoy spending a few hours discussing Harry Potter fan theories (is Dumbledore Death from the Tale of Three Brothers?!) doesn’t mean that we are anti-social. We just find various, sometimes unconventional means of communicating and spending time together, even when alone. Plus, what’s so awful about wanting to be alone on occasion?
You’ve got the smarts
The Hermione Grangers of the world, unite! Smart is not just the new sexy, because intelligence has always been one of the key characteristics that would seal the deal, not just in the bedroom, but in the conference room, at school and when you get that job interview. So, if you’re the go-to for homework assignments, essay writing, doctoral thesis editing and similar complex tasks, congratulations, and welcome to the nerd ranks!
Imagination through the roof
From G. R. R. Tolkien to G. R. R. Martin (what’s up with that, btw?), from Grace Hopper to Nikola Tesla, and all the layers of geekiness in between, the imagination of these individuals surpasses the notion of anything you’d call average. Their genius and creativity are unparalleled.
When the world needs changing and we’re in desperate need of a storyteller that will inspire some good ol’ shock and awe, they’re the ones to step up to the challenge and ace it. Every time. Now that we live in an over-stimulated world, kids need more space to dream up a better one instead of just accepting everything as it is. Fantasy is at the core of every invention, don’t forget that.
The awesome dress code
It’s cute, sexy, versatile and undeniably unique. And no, that doesn’t refer to the cosplay aspect of being nerdy and the ultimate know-how of crafting perfect Cat Woman costumes, but it’s actually a matter of love for nerdy fashion!
The Clarke Kent signature glasses, the April O’Neil crop-tops and jeans, the Velma Dinkley schoolgirl outfit (AND her glasses!), you name it, if you wear it right, it’s far beyond regular “stylish”. When you’re in this geeky gang, you can pull off a gorgeous pair of cotton over-the-knee socks, a massive pullover and a school girl skirt. Rock on, smarty-pants!
There you go, ladies and gents. You’ve just been geeked.
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