How to Dress Like a Nerd


Whether you love nerds, or love to hate nerds, there’s always a reason to dress like one. Nerd was once a derogatory term, but now it’s a badge of honor. A nerd is usually someone with a deep, almost obsessive, love for something. Commonly, nerds were the book worms who craved knowledge and learning. Nowadays, the term nerd has expanded to three main types of obsessed people: classic nerds, sci-fi nerds, and computer nerds.

Classic nerds are the ones who you may instantly think of when you hear the word “nerd.” Classic nerds wear suspenders and pocket protectors. To get this look, make sure to invest in white, knee high socks. Classic nerds rarely wear jeans, but when they do, it’s acid or stone washed jeans. Usually, classic nerds wear khaki pants, combined with the knee high socks. Copy this by getting petite or straight leg Capri pants that stop above the ankle. If you can’t find these types of pants, raise up a pair of straight leg khakis with a set of suspenders. Make sure your socks are showing. Pair with this black loafers. It creates an awkward look that works.

Classic nerds also love to wear white shirts. Make sure to tuck in the shirt. The shirt should also have a front pocket, so that you can place in the pocket protector for your pens and calculator. Wear a bow tie. To round off the look, wear black rimmed glasses and a middle part down your hiar. Girls can wear a low pony tail.

The second type of nerds are in the sci-fi crowd. Sci-fi stands for science fiction. These are the types of nerds interested in Star Trek or Star Wars. You may find them at Star Trek conventions dressed up like Spock the Vulcan, and brushing up on the nuances of the Klingon language. Sci-fi nerds love to wear graphic t-shirts. Capture this look by getting shirts that say something witty or sassy. It’s even better if you can find a shirt that references a popular science fiction television show or movie. Sci-fi nerds usually wear shorts. They rarely wear jeans or regular length pants. Sci-fi nerds never wear closed-toe shoes. They prefer flip flops or sandals. In cold weather, they wear socks with their sandals. These type of guys like to wear spiky hair. The girls wear pony tails.

The third and final type of nerd is the computer nerd. Computer nerds are always found hunched over their computers, toiling away with some computer software into the night. Computer nerds are not exactly fashion forward. They prefer function over fashion. These nerds do have their own unique brand of style. Computer nerds usually wear nondescript, or non-graphic, t-shirts. Sometimes they wear sweat shirts, with an imprinted college logo. Computer nerds usually wear sweatpants, but on special occasions, they will wear jeans. Computer nerds wear socks, but rarely wear shoes, because they don’t go out much. When going out, computer nerds wear ordinary sneakers. This look is definitely the most comfortable of the three, but is also the least defined.

Pay homage to the nerd in you, or poke fun at the stereo-types by exaggerating them. Whatever option you choose, make sure to have fun with it.

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