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I’ve noticed recently that it’s become trendy to embrace things that were considered childish, old fashioned or niche by the mainstream, not so long ago. Basically geek is chic! Topics that used to be gleefully ridiculed are now in everyday conversation. I’m glad we are openly celebrating our inner geek!

TV Series
Sci-fi & fantasy series like The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, Dr Who are now wildly popular.

Films
Sci-fi

like Elysium, Oblivion and Star Treck. Films adapted from fairy tails and tall tales like Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Oz, The Hobbit and Harry Potter. Comics and graphic novel adaptations: Thaw, Iron Man and Avengers Assemble. Not forgetting all of the merchandise – Wolverine figurine any one? Actually, yes please!

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Music
Bands that originally would have had had a niche following are now everywhere. Mumford and Sons: A blend of folk and indie, Of Monsters and Men: Indie, Pop and folk, She and Him: Folk, pop and indie, Haim: A blend of folk and rock. Then there’s Macclemoore with the song Thriftshop and LMFAO enthusiastically turning geek into street.

Fashion
Socks with sandals a la 5 year old, onesies (shudder), peter pan collars, thick glasses frames like the NHS prescription ones from the 70’s and 80’s (yup, I’m wearing them), man cardigans, bobble hats, beanies with animal ears, headbands with animal ears, young men with big beards and women embracing a long wild untamed haim, I mean mane.

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Style and decor we are searching for
Spending weekends wandering around antique shops and retro/vintage stores for quaint pieces for our homes. Learning from vintage chic TV like Sarah Beanies Victorian Christmas and Kirsty Allsop making and mending. Browsing Pinterest for Steampunk inspiration, even bars are getting an aesthetically mechanical make over.

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Patiently sitting in front of a plate full of amazing food which is getting cold while we get the right angle for our instagram #foodporn snaps (guilty), buying lettering and inserts online for scrap booking (Paperchase thank you!) and even using scrap-apps like Coolibar. Searching for and photographic interesting architectural features and hard to find street art. Not forgetting urban exploring of places we shouldn’t. Comping and couponing, things that would have only interested our Mum have become popular with people of all ages since the recession kicked in. Pubs holding social nights where people play board games, crochet and craft. Even colouring books for adults are making an appearance where you can colour Ryan Gosling, shoe illustrations and Cara Delvine who’s available from Selfridges.

Finally, on a slightly different note, I think it’s great more people are blogging about their embarrassing experiences and almost being proud of the fact that they are indeed #awkward!


15 responses to “Geeks Are Chic and Hipsters Are Hot”

  1. January Post Swap & Round UP | Manchester Flick Chick Avatar

    […] Suddenly Geek Is Chic I loved writing this post about the irony of how things that would have been considered seriously dorky a few years ago have suddenly become main stream, trendy even. Hipsters. There, I couldn’t really avoid saying the H word now could I? I’m a proud geek and can identify with everything in here, almost – socks with sandals anyone? No, thought not – but also because I really enjoy making random list, like I said, geeky! […]

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  2. Ohsogawjess Avatar

    So true! Love the nerds picture!

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  3. lisa prince Avatar

    omg socks with sandles ,, soo wrong on soo many levels lol thanks for the post

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    1. manchesterflickchick Avatar

      Haha, I know! I didn’t even wear that as a little kid, it was cool pink Hi-Tech trainers instead :0D Do you do anything that might be described as geeky?

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  4. Kajsa Josephine Avatar

    The Big Bang Theory is such a great show! I feel a bit excited those few occasions when I actually understand Sheldon Cooper! 🙂

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    1. manchesterflickchick Avatar

      Haha I know what you mean!

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  5. gbrad1981 Avatar

    I love Big Bang theory, love Sheldon x

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    1. manchesterflickchick Avatar

      He drives me nutts!!! I love the little dude that looks like a sexy hobbit.

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  6. Andrea Avatar

    Love the picture if the Boys round the table, brilliant!

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    1. manchesterflickchick Avatar

      It’s great isn’t it. It’s not my creation, it’s been floating around facebook for a little while.

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  7. Nayna Kanabar (@SIMPLYF00D) Avatar

    I definitely agree wit patiently waiting to eat as we need to click before we eat.:)

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    1. manchesterflickchick Avatar

      Oh, you do it as well :0) Even my boyfriend has starting taking pictures of his food in restaurants.

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  8. Mumaleary Avatar

    I want to go to a pub doing the social thing!

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    1. manchesterflickchick Avatar

      Sand Bar just off Oxford Rd (across from the Scream/The Footage) used to do a game night. The Northern Quarter has the kind of tea rooms/bars which do that.

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