The world has had a fascination with nerdy fashion for the past few years. The librarian has come out from behind her books wearing broad rim glasses, high waisted “Urkel trousers” and a button-up cardi – AND SHE’s COOL! Her geek chic cardigan outfits are making fashion headlines.
We’ve seen this trend lurking around for a while. Nerds rule the world after all. The uber-cool, designer suit-wearing investment bankers of the past decade, have been replaced by geeks (like Jobs, Gates and Zuckerberg).
Geek-chic is now street style, and one of my favourite style icons, Alexa Chung, agrees. She’s regularly seen wearing buttoned-up blouses, cropped trousers with turnups, bow ties and cardigans. Alexa also love brogues and other lace-up shoes.
GEEK CHIC OUTFITS AREN’T THE SAME WITHOUT A CARDIGAN
In these outfits, we’ve teamed two versions of the Romaria Classic Cardigan, which has an adorable (and nerdy) houndstooth design, with high waisted trousers from Asha Eleven, a puff sleeve top from JMVB, an ostrich leather bag from Lodewijk and shoes from House of Cinnamon.
We kept the base outfit a simple neutral, namely black, to show off the cardigan and interesting accessories.
SHOP THE LOOK
House of Cinnamon Suna Leather Ankle Boots, RedR2,325
House of Cinnamon Claudia Brogues, Navy & BlackR1,800
Romaria Classic Cardigan, CreamR2,500
Romaria Classic Cardigan, OliveR2,500
Asha Eleven Tembea Pants, Black Hemp BlendR1,490
JMVB Puff Sleeve Stretch Top, BlackR629
Lodewijk Ostrich Leather Flap Bag, Iris BlueR9,850
WILL THESE OUTFITS SUIT ME?
Some body types look better with a shorter length cardigan (particularly petite women) and some look better in a longer length. This Romaria cardigan fits just over the bum. If you’re very curvy you may decide to wear it unbuttoned. Straight body types could wear it buttoned or unbuttoned.
The JMVB puff sleeve top is made from stretchy Cotton Lycra. The top is not skin tight but is cut for a close fit on the body and looks best tucked in. It’s a versatile piece that can be worn with anything. A top like this looks good on most body types unless one has a round tummy, then a looser cut is better.
The Asha Eleven pants are high waisted and with pleats at the front. The waistband is elasticated at the back for a good fit in the waist. This style suits hourglass figures best because it accentuates the waist.
ACCESSORIES WITH YOUR CARDIGAN OUTFITS
We love how House of Cinnamon has brought some colour into their boots collection with this bright red option. It looks so great with the cream cardigan! Although not strictly part of the geeky chic look, we think some red lips will tie together the red trim from the cardigan and the boots nicely.
House of Cinnamon’s navy with black brogues are simply divine with both trousers and jeans. Although they are not an identical colour to the cobalt blue trim on the olive cardigan the outfit still works fantastically. As a finishing touch, we’ve added the navy luxury ostrich leather handbag by Lodewijk. It’s a great size for your wallet, phone and keys and has a beautiful silver chain strap. Be sure to wear it cross-bodied to tie in with the geeky chic look.
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