The look was labeled “folk-inspired” by Glamour Magazine and “nouveau punk” by Style.com. No matter how you define this fall’s Ivy League-meets-indie rock ensembles, however, the unanimous style statement is clear: nerds rule!
We gleefully agree, and with temps dropping as fast the leaves, now’s the time to try this season’s too-cool-for-school aesthetic. Join us in letting your geek flag fly with our top five picks.
1. The Dr. Is In
Pick: Welt Oxfords by MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, Barneys New York ($495)
2. Pretty In Pink
Bashful at its best, pale pink was this season’s unexpected color smash. Take it from wallflower to wild child with the addition of a motorcycle jacket.
Pick: Drop-Waist Twill Dress by RED Valentino, Net-A-Porter ($595)
3. Mad For Plaid
Inspired (perhaps) by Cher, Dionne, and Tai, Moschino and Junya Watanabe showed Clueless-style plaids on fall runways. Pair the print with laid-back basics like a featherweight sweater and a boyfriend blazer.
Pick: Check Flare Skirt by Steve J & Yoni P, Opening Ceremony ($470)
4. Tie One On
Don a boys’ club staple to lend sartorial style to super-feminine separates. Balance your bow tie with statement-making stilettos and a sleek clutch.
Pick: Zebra Bow Tie, Lanvin Paris ($135)
5. Witty Knits
Pick: Burnout Fair Isle Pullover by Alexander Wang, Nordstrom ($550)
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