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Marie Claire – Geek Chic

It’s a little while since I have done one of these magazine posts as I had become bit bored with the repetitive nature of their fashion features. It was the same old stuff every time! Now, I’m not saying that this one is hugely different, but it does take a slightly different slant at fashion.

As we have all had to return to work in the new year, it feels like the right time to spice up your corporate wardrobe, or at the very least, give it a little shake up. Whether you want to inject more colour, smarten up, or simply give your old stuff a new twist, charity shops are a great place to start.

The current fascination with Geek Chic doesn’t appear to be going away, and can be a great alternative for work to that grey shift dress you always fall back on. I predict that oversized, black, round rimmed glasses will stay with us until at least summer. My advice is that if you’ve been taken in by these, try and avoid as many photographs as possible, especially if you want to have children. I can foresee that your future spawn will not approve of your eye-wear choice when looking back through old photographs on their 3D hologram computers. They will also laugh at your outmoded iPad.

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I have spotted a couple of great ‘geek chic’ items in the charity shops of late. It is a trend that I fancy dabbling in, but I can imagine that I’ll fall out of love with it pretty quickly. I do this. Go through fazes where I think I look great in a certain trend, and then one morning, I’ll wake up, put on exactly the same outfit that I wore four weeks ago and feel thoroughly dowdy/tarty/bland. That is why it’s quite important for me to indulge these trends by only spending £10 here and there in charity shops.

Topshop loafers, size 4, £4.99, PDSA, Holburn Street, Aberdeen

Topshop loafers, size 4, £4.99, PDSA, Holburn Street, Aberdeen

These were cute, and will work as much for the geeky look as they will for that nautical inspired theme that comes around every spring. Bretton stripes in red, blue and white. Is there anything more predictable!

Tartan style cape, size small, £4, PDSA, Holburn Street, Aberdeen

Tartan style cape, size small, £4, PDSA, Holburn Street, Aberdeen

This cute little collared cape is perfect for this trend. Prim enough but bright and cheerful enough, I loved how quirky it was! It has a Sherlock Holmes on acid type vibe to it, and for some reason that really appealed to me.

Next Dogtooth cout shoes with bow, size 5, £6.99, British Heart Foundation, Inverness.

Next Dogtooth cout shoes with bow, size 5, £6.99, British Heart Foundation, Inverness.

A low heeled court shoe like this works well for this trend, it’s cute without being overtly sexy. For some reason they seem to prefer tweed, dogtooth and plaid for this trend, often in garish colours.

Escada Jacket, size 12, £29.99, The British Heart Foundation, Union Street, Aberdeen

Escada Jacket, size 12, £29.99, The British Heart Foundation, Union Street, Aberdeen

Suzelle jackets, size 12, £9.99 The British Heart Foundation, Union Street, Aberdeen

Suzelle jackets, size 12, £9.99 The British Heart Foundation, Union Street, Aberdeen

So there you have it. My pick of cheap Geek Chic, allowing you to dabble in a trend without committing a month’s wages to the look. And once you’re done with looking like a deranged librarian, you can just donate it all straight back to charity! What’s not to love!

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