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Geek chic for spring

16 January 2009 by Lisa

A pair of glassses and a scarf

Geek chic: my new glasses and scarf.

As David Bowie would say; “fa-fa-fa-fa-fashion” – it’s a funny old thing. For spring/summer 2009 newspapers and magazines are saying ‘there are no trends this season, anything goes.’ Isn’t that just called individuality?! Anyway, while Yves Saint Laurent goes about trying to convince us that his new ‘cage boot’ is somehow beautiful (it’s not) and wearable (I doubt it) I had a couple of thoughts of my own about new items which I reckon are pretty cool right now.

Firstly, and perhaps most controversially, are ‘geek specs’. I’ve gone for a fetching pair of tortoiseshell Ray-Ban style ones from ebay. Admittedly, I am waiting to wear them on a night out where I won’t meet anyone I know, in case they exclaim; “I didn’t know you wore glasses!” and I have to sheepishly admit that I don’t and it’s just a so-called fashion thing. Maybe I’ll try them at a club-night in Bolton?

Secondly, following on from the end of 2008, I like knotted scarves. Avoiding looking like Dot Cotton is of course a consideration, but I think rolling a small one up and tying it with a knot sitting on top of your head kind of works. You feel a bit like a 1940s land girl. Sort of.

Lastly, my most recent addition is a slouchy longer-length blazer with an embroidered emblem on the pocket. Elle magazine seem to be mentioning this kind of thing as a good item to get your hands on – though I bet the version they featured is much more expensive than mine, which I got for a fiver from an ace vintage shop.

Also on the subject of fashion, check back here soon for regular blogs about the upcoming ‘Fashion V Sport’ exhibition that will open on Friday 13 February at the Walker Art Gallery. Expect a sequinned Chanel ‘wetsuit’, Stella McCartney sportswear and lots of trainers!

Now, if I could just fit some ‘party feet’ gel pads into those YSL cage boots, I’m sure they’d be really comfy?

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