Keep up your geek chic cred with these six trends hand selected by yours truly. Feel free to share your suggestions in the comments, below:
Arm bling and super tech watches
My faves of the moment? For both men and women, Shocking Goat and Pebble win in the watch category. They’re completely different ends of the tech spectrum, but both make a unique, geek statement.
Shocking Goat lets you put together any combination of watch bands and faces. In fact, they’re so affordable ($45-65) you can buy several to mix and match with all of your vintage T-shirts; all bands and faces are interchangeable. The watches are waterproof, with all stainless steel parts and the bands are silicone/rubber. I ordered this one for my husband (it was his Father’s Day gift). Use the coupon code mywatch to get $15 off.
If that’s not enough tech for you, there’s always the Kickstarter sensation, Pebble. It’s much more than a watch, it’s an an e-paper smartwatch that syncs with iPhones and Androids. Don’t have your phone readily available? Pebble provides vibrating notifications for things like:
- Incoming Caller ID
- Email (Gmail or any IMAP email account)
- Calendar Alerts
- Facebook Messages
- Weather Alerts
- Silent vibrating alarm and timer
Like the Shocking Goat, it’s also waterproof and is designed to fit most 22mm watch bands. Priced at $150, it’s value is in the technology and customizable face. The Pebble is available in three colors: white, black and red.
GEEK CHIC TIP: Pair your watch with a pair of complimentary plastic, oversized frames and a T-shirt from your fave startup.
Fashion dust covers for your audio jack
That open hole in your smartphone or tablet could be collecting dust if not in use. This trend is pretty simple and somewhat functional. To plug yours up in style, check out the growing trend of headphone jack covers. Here’s one of my faves:
If you enter the handmade world of Etsy there are more covers than I could hope to review. Here’s a link to the best, ready and waiting for you.
That said, I’m pretty boring and actually use a cover that doubles as a stylus.
GEEK CHIC TIP: Work a larger or real life version of your fave plug into your wardrobe or as a patch or sticker on a piece of tech equipment.
The statement piece
As one of my fashion icons Coco Chanel said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” I interpret that as meaning don’t OVERDO IT. Whether it’s a stunning pair of geek goggles or a lime green bow tie, pick something that people will remember and associate with you.
Here are three of my fave ideas:
Nike custom designed Google shoes
Geeky glasses USB drive
Superhero nail art