Geek Chic: Study Up on Our 5 Nerdiest Fashion Essentials

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The look was labeled “folk-inspired” by Glamour Magazine and “nouveau punk” by 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

From Jean Paul Gaultier to Alexander Wang, designers showed Dr. Martens-inspired footwear with feminine dresses and skirts. We’d also rock the chunky kicks with skinny jeans and layered knits.

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

Lastly, both Chanel and Matthew Williamson indulged in some Fair Isle fun in fall collections through folksy knits. Boost the look’s luxe factor with slim leather pants and python accents.

Pick: Burnout Fair Isle Pullover by Alexander Wang, Nordstrom ($550)









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