Geek and nerd fashion are in
There exists a very real and distinct difference between nerd culture and geek culture. Nerds like data, mathematics, physics, and science. Geeks, on the other hand like science fiction, comic books, and movies. The two are far from mutually exclusive, though. One can easily have an affinity to any combination of these things and be both a nerd and a geek. By the same token, one can be a geek that loves science fiction and be terrible at math. The core of the confusion stems from this fact.
Pop culture and fashion trends have been friendly to the geeks and nerds in modern times. Starting with the Revenge of the Nerds film in 1984, the idea of brain over brawns sank its hooks into society. Judd Apatow’s cult series Freaks and Geeks further solidified the counter cultural appeal of nerds and geeks. Today, we have hit television shows like The Big Bang Theory and Community that celebrate geek culture. There have even been three separate reboots of the Sherlock Holmes character. According to Irene Adler of BBC’s Sherlock, “smart is the new sexy.”
With the massive success of the Marvel universe on the silver screen, the stigma of being a comic book geek has lifted. Hollywood has made it abundantly clear that geek stories make the best film series. There are countless reboots of super hero franchises, and the majority of films being made attribute their source material to classic science fiction novels. Even young adult novels for aspiring geeks are getting the star treatment!
It has become fashionable to wear a graphic tee supporting your favorite super hero or a pocket protector with your horn rimmed glasses. If your appearance leans toward that of the youthful hipster, you can up your style points with a leather pocket protector. Geek fashion is in, and there’s nobody who can say otherwise.
Written by Asher Briggs