"Any of you that have ever felt stepped on, left out, picked on, put down, whether you think you're a nerd or not, why don't you just come down here and join us."
When Lewis Skolnick and his buddy Gilbert Lowell made their famous plea for the end of nerd persecution in "Revenge of the Nerds" back in 1984, they probably couldn't have guessed that more than 25 years later, being a geek would be chic.
But now, in 2010, many geek accessories have become bona fide fashion favorites, with celebrities and trend-setters alike sporting thick black glasses (sorry, Spaz, they're leaving the tape at home), modernized fanny packs (hello, Gucci), a fresh spin on the calculator watch (in a rainbow of colors), bow ties (for guys and gals) and bedazzled gadgets (oh, so shiny!).
We fancy ourselves style geeks, ourselves, so we pulled our pens out of our pocket protector and came up with our list of the top five most stylish geek accessories.
Now, repeat after us: "Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!"
1. Thick black glasses. Lisa Loeb rocked 'em in the early '90s, and, of course, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) sports 'em on "30 Rock" today, but ever since Buddy Holly gave them a fashion boost in the '50s, geeks and non-geeks alike have been improving their vision -- and their fashion quotients -- with big and bulky glasses. Today, you'll see you stars including Leona Lewis, Katy Perry, Taylor Momsen, Mandy Moore, Scarlett Johansson, Chloe Sevigny, Hayden Panettiere, Hilary Duff, Lily Allen and Zooey Deschanel doing their best Holly impersonations. This this geek trend is going anywhere soon? That'll be the day.
2. Fashion-forward fanny pack: Once the sure sign of a dorky tourist, the fanny pack was pushed to the fashion-forefront a few years back when high-end labels including Gucci, Prada and Marc Jacobs started making bags on a belt trendy. And when Rihanna traded her purse for a Louis Vuitton fanny pack last year? Geeks everywhere cried, "We told you so."
3. Calculator watch. Back in the '80s, when Casio and other companies really started to capitalize on the watch with a built-in calculators, geeks totally geeked out at the new design. Sting kinda made them cool when he sported one on the cover of the "Wrapped Around Your Finger" single, and Dwight Schrute brought them to prime time this decade on "The Office." Yes, Dwight is the definition of geek, but fashion has found favor with the calculator watch, and new styles, like Timex's bright pink version, $85, now come in a rainbow of colors.
4. Bow ties. Pee-Wee Herman, Barney Fife. Sen. Paul Simon. True, bow ties were a symbol of dork-dom in years past, but trend-setters have made them cool. Chuck Bass on "Gossip Girl," LeBron James, David Beckham and Joe Jonas all work the bow tie. But it's not just for the guys. Menswear for women is all the rage and designers from Carolina Herrera to Karl Lagerfeld have shown bow ties on their runways. Whether the style is Playboy bunny sexy or Marlene Dietrich cool, celebs are fans of the masculine style. Just ask Rihanna, Diane Kruger or Janelle Monae. Or even Carrie Bradshaw in "Sex and the City 2." Gender-bending geek never looked so chic.
5. Bedazzled gadgets: If you're not loaded down with the latest gadgets, you're just not a geek. But geeks love shiny things, so it's only natural that they'd want to add some sparkle to their phones, laptops and other tech items. Take the iPhone -- covers come with crystals, rhinestones and other embellishments. And your computer case? Gucci, Coach, Juicy Couture and Louis Vuitton are happy to protect your files.
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