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September 16, 2010 / natihell

Geek chic, WHY?!

I really want to know who was the asshole who started this trend. I want to know who was the first idiot to ever say “you know what I need? Some big framed glasses with no lenses. And maybe a cute little bow tie… that would totally kill it”.

Let me tell you this: if I walked out of my house with my pretty blazer and my cute ankle boots and a cervical collar, I would look stupid, right? If I was walking down the street with a pair of crutches and high heels, I would look really really stupid, right?

So, why is that different from wearing glasses you don’t actually need?!?!

Glamourai wearing glamourglasses

DEEEERP DERP DERP DERP DERP DERP DERP DERP DERP

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Ugh… stupid bloggers, wearing stupid glasses, looking like fucking rapists… I think that short-sighted people all over the world should be mad at those who wear glasses just to look “cool”.

The only thing that I hate more than seeing people attempting to do the “geek chic look”, is seeing people attempting to do it now. Come on! This stupid trend started like in 2008… shit, this should have died 2 months after it started… I blame hipsters all around the world for not letting it go away.

A long ago Gala Darling blogged about this geek-chic trend, this is what she had to say:

You can’t do geek chic if you’re not wearing a pair of glasses! I’m sorry, but it’s true. You don’t actually need to be short- or long-sighted however, which is good news.

… It’s easy to wear a t-shirt that says ‘Nintendo’, but it’s much cooler to wear something that only die-hard fans will recognise.”

HAHAHA Oh my god… Look: wearing glasses that you don’t need is like drinking medicine when you’re not sick. And what’s the deal with telling people to wear stuff that only die-hard fans will recognize?? How’s this cool? It’s totally stupid! How fucking wannabe can you be?

This is the reason I never read this Gala Darling person’s blog… I have the strong feeling that she’s absolutely stupid. Judging by this entry, I think I’m right.

The next big trend, believe me.

By the way: Jane looks like a kid with Down Syndrome in that picture. There, I said it.

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  1. Aggie / Sep 16 2010 9:50 am

    Ugh, bridesmaids were them to WEDDINGS now! The horror!

    http://www.thecherryblossomgirl.com/oui/11522/
    http://www.thecherryblossomgirl.com/boudoir/11498/
    Have to scroll to the bottom though.

    Beautiful wedding, ugly glasses.

    No, I’m NOT trying to get The Cherry Blossom Girl listed here!

    • natihell / Sep 17 2010 4:39 am

      awww, so sad to look like the only dumbass in such a beautiful wedding!

      • M / Oct 18 2010 7:22 am

        i can attest her glasses are actually prescription glasses. she doesnt wear contacts.
        louise gets a free pass from me!

    • A / Nov 3 2010 12:21 am

      hi i’m not writting this to annoy you, the girl who is wearing the glasses is a fashion blogger miss pandora but she really needs glasses, in a interview it was said that she is myopic . ok she has chosen wayfarer instead of classic glasses but she really needs them so it’s a bad example.
      Whatever i write i love this website, it’s so funny and natihell you’re so frank!! this is refreshing.

      (sorry if my english isn’t correct, i’m still learning this language)

      • J / Feb 21 2011 3:47 am

        aggie I bet you feel like a bitch dont you?

  2. Catherine / Sep 16 2010 11:27 pm

    Glad to see you’re back!

  3. The Raisin Girl / Sep 17 2010 5:14 am

    Hooray for Nati Hell! Aside from the preposterous assumption that you can be a geek just by dressing like one, your comment about Jane made me laugh. However, if I had Down’s Syndrome I would be really insulted.

    • Anna / Sep 18 2010 9:55 am

      By my book, you can’t be a geek until you’ve had people deliberately trip you up in middle school, make fun of your ( perfectly normal, in your own eyes- no Tavi-style getups here) clothes, toss your books out the window (along with your glasses, if they’ve got those) and generally make your life miserable for existing, at any age between 11-17.
      I guess those are stiff qualifying criteria, but I wonder how ‘chic’ they’d be considered by these idiots.

      • Eliza / Sep 19 2010 9:41 pm

        I disagree, plenty of geeks were tormented for their self-expression.

    • Anna / Sep 20 2010 11:45 am

      @ Eliza- my point is, you have no right to call yourself a geek unless you’ve been tormented for being one (for whatever reason, whether it’s your existence or your self-expression). These days, I’m glad the word has a positive spin but it doesn’t change the fact that this lot would still run a thousand miles from a fan convention or an actual, non-cool nerdy activity.

  4. Mrs W / Sep 17 2010 6:20 am

    God help us all if we have to wear hideous effing spectacle frames that do jack shit for our eyesight to be “in”. Screw you Jane!

  5. Anna / Sep 18 2010 9:41 am

    OH GOD MAKE IT STOP. I’ve worn thick dark frames since 2001 because

    a) I actually have severe myopia
    b) I can’t do contact lenses, they irritate my eyes
    c) fat dark frames don’t break, or cause the glass inside to break, when dropped/squeezed.
    d) (biggest factor apart from the actual myopia) they were the cheapest frames around, no one wanted to wear fat glasses back then and I had to pay for my own- no trendy Ray-Bans for me.
    e) I love mine. DERP me if you want, guys, but when I look at my dark cat-eye frames, I don’t see ‘geek girl’, I see Marilyn Monroe in How To Marry A Millionaire and I’d like to see anyone argue that SHE looked geeky.

    I can understand Cherryblossomgirl’s bridesmaid wearing them, she actually is shortsighted or so she says and wears hers all the time for the last 3 years, but the other idiots- WHY? The idea of “geek chic” is, frankly speaking, insulting to former (and actual) geeks, the girls prancing around in lensless/unnecessary glasses and “granny” clothes now would probably avoid true geeks (you know, ones who aren’t conventionally pretty/don’t dress all fashionlike) like filthy bacteria. Maybe the cervical collar/crutches analogy isn’t quite apt, but I do wonder- if braces suddenly became the new symbol of ‘geek’ chic, would these girls get some fake wires slapped over their teeth?

    I guess what I’m trying to say is, they can stop trying to co-opt my personality traits, they are the ones who are lame for doing so and anyone who thinks ‘geeks’ are a “trend” is probably not one- no matter how many issues of National Geographic they’ve read (they’re also probably complete idiots for making the assumption in the first place).

  6. devil / Sep 18 2010 3:59 pm

    Whoever started geek chic can’t be old enough to remember music videos from the 1980’s. Back then, it was the geeks who got beaten up in those videos and most of those geeks looked like Jane does in this picture.

    I’m also old enough to remember when some people tried to get fake crutches in style. Fortunately for all, that didn’t work. Those people looked really stupid using crutches while WALKING around school.

  7. Sister Wolf / Sep 22 2010 10:17 am

    So long as you don’t say “retard,” I think you’re all right.

  8. Kristiāna vasariņa / Sep 23 2010 4:52 pm

    You have a really good sense of humor and always make me laugh. Normally I agree with everything you write. However, not this time.
    First of all. You say you shouldn’t wear something you don’t NEED. Do we actually NEED stuff like necklaces, rings, bracelets, belts (just for the look), hair stuff and so on? Of course we don’t, but we use them to accessorize the look, to add a little extra, to make it more interesting. The same thing with geek glasses.
    Secondly, you wrote “This stupid trend started like in 2008… shit, this should have died 2 months after it started… I blame hipsters all around the world for not letting it go away.”
    It’s not all about trends, I think it’s kinda cool not to wear things that are bang on trend.

    There’s some people who look really good with geek glasses, for example Louise from http://www.misspandora.fr. I think the glasses look amazing on her.

    Of course, there are people who don’t know how to wear the glasses properly, and look kinda silly, but in my opinion it can add a little extra to a boring outfit :).

    I also know some people who have problems with their sight,so they use the Ray ban wayfarer geek glasses, for their sight.

    All in all, I think you exaggerated this time. At least, in my opinion 🙂

    • Anna / Sep 26 2010 8:23 pm

      Kristiana, glasses are not the same as makeup or jewellery- Nati was right to compare wearing fake glasses to carrying around a crutch when you don’t actually need one. I’d say it’s more like carrying a walking stick when you don’t need it- glasses, unlike jewellery etc, are actually used for a medical purpose (ie to correct defective eyesight) so wearing superfluous ones does make the wearer look stupid- if that is your ‘extra’, well then so be it.

      This is not to judge people who actually have defective eyesight and wear glasses to correct it, like misspandora, whose glasses I agree look lovely. But as an actual wearer of prescription glasses, it annoys me that some young idiots think it’s trendy to fake my condition for the sake of a fashion accessory.

      PS: I’m not the same Anna who talked about the 3D glasses.

  9. Anna / Sep 25 2010 12:00 pm

    You know how it can get worse then that? When they get the glasses from watching 3d movies and punch out the lens and wear them. It says 3D on the side, guys… plus you look even more so idiotic. At least when it has lens, I don’t know if you need it or not but without the lens? Come on! I’ve actually seen this a couple of times now.

    Although don’t laugh – once I accidentally chopped my fringe very badly and didn’t have time to go to a hairdresser to sort it out. So I bought a pair of these “geek chic” glasses on a rush because they are very cheap and I wore them to hide the unevenness of my stupid fringe. I’m very sorry for my fashion sin.

    Please please please do something about Bryan Boy. He is absolute vomit.

  10. Lee / Sep 27 2010 7:51 am

    Gala Darling is a fuckhead, that’s all there is to it.

  11. melloncamp / Sep 27 2010 9:09 pm
  12. SkekTek / Sep 29 2010 11:01 pm

    Hahahahahaha. Oh bless. I love this post. My friend is a hipster and actually NEEDS his black framed nerd glasses and I still feel like punching him.

  13. Denise (denisekatipunera) / Sep 30 2010 6:37 am

    Just discovered your blog today and AM IN LOVE.

    thank you!

  14. SUZY / Oct 14 2010 1:00 am

    This post doesn’t make sense to me. I’m with Kristiana. Medical purpose or not…glasses have become an accessory in the fashion world and I have trouble figuring out how someone can disagree? (Unless you are an angry hipster hating secret hipster of course…because those are the only ppl that waste their time talking about how much they hate cool kids)

    Your blog makes me sad…spending all of this time focusing on hate. If you were an actual fashion critic…this would make sense…but clearly if you are making fun of such things as Margiela fur coats or very famous and successful fashion bloggers then I have nothing to say: It is clear that you just don’t get it. (I mean really, do you even know who Margiela is?)

    Just saying…

    • M / Oct 18 2010 7:24 am

      margiela is so overrated. just because jane thinks the label is amazing doesnt mean it looks good.

  15. Retro / Oct 15 2010 9:35 pm

    So, Nati needs to be an actual “fashion critic” in order to have a blog criticizing fashion bloggers, but none of these fashion bloggers need to actually have any “fashion” credentials? And some of them are being paid to dress stupid and convince us all that that they are the new voice of fashion? Sounds like a case of The Emperor’s New Clothes. Post your face and all your ridiculousness over the web and be ready to face the consequences. Fashion bloggers are out of control..stop the insanity!! hahaha…love Nati and this blog…
    PS “famous” and “successful” fashion bloggers does not mean they are talented….

  16. Bob / Oct 18 2010 10:12 pm

    I think it would be more of a compliment to people with glasses. I like the look.

  17. Elisa / Nov 23 2010 4:02 pm

    As a near-sighted person, I find this totally idiotic. I waited YEARS to be able to wear contacts, and these morons are wearing fake glasses. Some with no lenses, which is just absurd. Wait, do they wear them to seem smarter? Because maybe they have a point. ’cause someone who wears fake glasses with no lenses is definitely not that smart. Make no mistake though, they won’t be looking any smarter, either.

  18. shilpi / Dec 10 2010 4:18 am

    your blog makes me giggle

  19. Pashupati / Dec 26 2010 8:11 pm

    I have myopia (dioptry or whatever it’s called in English of 8 and 8.5 on both eyes, I think, and scored 2/10 at the letter-reading with my glasses on last time), but I would wear glasses even if I didn’t.
    There is no way I’ll wear boring contacts.
    Sorry to the people who does, but I hate feeling forced to do such things, plus I can’t “move” my eyes correctly with these stuffs in. (as for the people who want to wear these, I’ve been told that the “can’t move” feeling goes away after a while)
    (I’m French, sorry for the “language approximations”)
    If I stopped wearing my glasses, it would be losing a battle agaisnt people who told me to get contacts, and would regularly insult me for wearing glasses (hint: they would insult me even if I didn’t, let’s bother them!)

    One can’t dress stupid, IMO.

  20. calm / Dec 31 2010 5:14 am

    I go back and forth with this trend. Due to my congenital contacts my glasses are about an inch thick and ridiculously magnifying. On one hand I dislike the trendy aspect of it (why are you trying to pretend you have less then perfect vision? You’re vision is perfect, you’re just pissing me off). On the other I like not sticking out like a sore thumb in my extremely geeky (albeit legitimate) glasses.

    • calm / Dec 31 2010 7:48 am

      *cataracts. See, clearly, glasses don’t make you that much smarter.

  21. MMM / Jan 14 2011 10:28 pm

    JEALOUS.. .. BITCH

  22. sara / Jan 24 2011 4:31 am

    I do not get why glasses can’t simply be a fashion accesory. They migh have started as a medical item, so what ( in fact, if the blogger just took her time to investigate about glasses, she would have noticed using glasses as a merely aesthetic accesory IS ABSOLUTELY NOT A “HIPSTER” TREND) . I think it’s quite lame to criticise such an epistemological change, it happens all the time in fashion ( oh! and in so many other human activities) . So you should by no means wear a hat if it isn’t freezing, wear boots if it isn’t rainning, have a nosejob done unless your nose is medically wrong…have long hair if you are not a woman, use pants if you’re not a man…and we could go on forever.

    As for the “geek-chic” term, well, it’s just a catch name invented by fashion editors. It has nothing to do with actually “geek” people, who certainly needn’t wear thick dark glasses for beeing pointed as geeks. IT’S ANOTHER SUPER STUPID CLICHE, most ppl here did not even stop to think about.
    It’s just an arbitrary association of terms and cliches; the discussion would be rather interesting if it wasn’t so blind sighted by this kind of “hatred” I sense in most comments.

    I do beleive it’s interesting to have a different space where to discuss about something as thouglessly swallowed as fashion nowdays, but not with this pretentious attitude.
    Or at least , if you are going to act smart and criticise fashion bloggers (and fashion bloggers’ followers) for being stupid, then you should put a little more effort in not saying similar stupid things.

    Moreover, “I think that short-sighted people all over the world should be mad at those who wear glasses just to look “cool”.”…. Isn’t this comment offensive for short-sighted people ( myself included) ?
    Doesn’t it suggest wearing glasses is inherently uncool? haha

    If I understand what the blogger meant when saying “dressing like this is socially acceptable” in an earlier post, well…. there’s not much more to discuss since the blogger is probably such a socially acceptable person he had to create a blog against the abominable people who dare to look different.

  23. Vasare / Jan 26 2011 11:03 am

    hahahahahahahahaha great post!

  24. Natalija / Feb 1 2011 11:03 am

    Very cute. Your blog rocks.

  25. Faith / Feb 2 2011 4:41 pm

    I’ve always hated glasses like that… and now I can’t help but think of the Lonely Island’s new song “Creep”… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLPZmPaHme0

    ~F

  26. the alannah jones show / Mar 26 2011 3:39 am

    I like your blog it’s so ironic for a being that you hate fashion but all you talk about is fashion and fashion bloggers.I think you’re a blogging genius.

  27. kundigroup / Jun 28 2011 3:00 pm

    I like the first girl, she doesn’t look geek to me 🙂

  28. twinkledammy / Aug 4 2011 11:30 am

    waaaahahaha!! rapist glasses!!!!! I was considering getting a pair!!!!!! Thank you! You erm saved my life!!!! 🙂 I think I will stick to my little bashed up frames which I’ve had for like 10 years!!! LOL

  29. junjae / Aug 19 2011 11:12 am

    You won’t believe me if a tell you that neck thing is alrealy trendy … Just take a look at this music video:

  30. adressforbreakfast / Sep 28 2011 10:17 pm

    I actually think it helps people who need prescription glasses. I am very short sighted (meaning without glasses I can barely get to the kitchen in my own apartment) and I wear contact lenses most of the time more for convenience purposes but sometimes (like after a long night out) it is just more comfortable wearing glasses. The whole nerd-glasses trend makes me feel much more comfortable walking around with glasses. Before this trend became so popular, people would sometimes look at me as if they felt sorry for me (you have to imagine that I needed very thick glasses), which isn’t a nice feeling. I don’t see a reason why nerd-glasses could be an insult for vision impaired people.
    I don’t think there is a way to rationalize fashion. There’s not even a completely rational argument why we don’t just all wear sweatpants and T-shirts at all times…..

  31. Pix / Oct 4 2011 12:59 pm

    I have to wear reading glasses (which annoys the shit out of me because I always sit on them or something and I don’t have the money for a pair with the right prescription which further annoys the shit out of me) on top of the contacts or glasses I must wear if I want to be able to see oncoming traffic or anything more than two metres away.

    BUT I DON’T CARE IF PEOPLE WEARING GLASSES AS A FASHION STATEMENT. I THINK IT LOOKS KINDA SILLY BUT NOT AS MUCH AS SHOES SO HIGH THAT YOU CAN’T WALK IN THEM or hipster jeans so tight your tummy spills over the top of them so you look bigger then actually you are or tracksuits even though you aren’t doing a workout and kinda look like you have never done one or the many ridiculous fashion statements my dull, conversative city presents me with whenever I leave my house.

  32. Kensie / Nov 13 2011 5:45 am

    I, myself, have glasses. Most of them have looked good (though the few times I’ve broken them between new prescriptions, I end up with embarrassing goggle-looking ones). I actually think I look better with glasses than without, so I’m sort of glad contacts didn’t work out! (I have myopia and astigmatism, so I’d have to get Torque contacts..bleh)
    I don’t mind people wearing glasses for fashion (though perhaps if I saw people at my school wearing them, I’d be kind of mad). But when I saw glasses, I mean, like, glasses that people would wear, with glass lenses. I hate seeing people with the plastic, square, no-lens glasses. I mean, it’s not like it totally annoys me as a glasses-wearer, but they don’t look good. I mean, they probably look good with some clothing, but when someone is wearing an Aeropostale shirt and jeans, these glasses stick out like a sore thumb, especially since they have no lenses. And that’s what makes me mad (talking about someone in middle school). xD
    I dunno. After I post this I’ll probably totally disagree with myself.

    • Pix / Nov 27 2011 1:06 pm

      Actually that’s a good point, the glasses with the plastic look hilarious.

      I think when it comes to fashion (ignoring issues like sweat shop labour or the waste caused by disposable fashion), it’s generally whenever or not a concept is well executed as opposed to there being flawed concepts. I think it is a part of what makes fashion so interesting.

  33. FUoff / Jan 10 2012 7:47 am

    hello – you are as much a vapid douche as ms sea of shoes – maybe more so… i’ve read her blog and never once have i read her making fun of someone with DOWN SYNDROME… you suck. jane may be a lot of things – spoiled rich vapid etc but i dont think she would make a cheap joke at someone born with something they cannot control… you at least know what you are saying about who you say it too – and yet you are still so stupid to open your uneducated mouth and offend. sorry i found your “funny” vapid blog… as a father of a child with DS i can only say FUCK OFF moron…

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