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Speak Out With Your Geek Out – Stripey Socks & Geek Attire

September 15, 2011

I’ve always dressed a little different from other folks. Half is that I have no sense of fashion and the other is that I really like to wear things which make me happy. I’ve only been half aware that I might be dressing oddly, and have continued to simply ZOMG SHINY through my wardrobe through the years. My family has always kinda followed their own weird piper, so to speak.

Ahoy, matey!

I’ve had freaky hair, freaky clothes and have never been embarrassed or felt odd about it.

Oh yes, the 80s

I word the oddest things and was happy with it. Very happy. Most of the times I had my picture taken in my oddest close, I have the happiest smile.

Working on the San Antonio Riverwalk

I never quite wore appropriate clothing for my activities. Seriously. Just doing my own thing.


I had been attending renfaires since 1982, but didn’t dress up until the late 90s. My attire was pretty crappy at first, but after hanging out on Usenet (Yah, I’m old), I kinda hit my niche with hot pink attire. And eventually added neon green, as more people started getting wacky in their renfaire get ups. I’m the furthest you can be from being girly; the hot pink thing was a huge inside joke. My mom thought it was humorous; I think she was happy just to see color in my wardrobe after the YEARS of nothing but black clothing.

Who needs coffee when you can look at THIS?

I had a bit of a change happen to my wardrobe, once online shopping hit. I was happily buying from ThinkGeek shortly after I moved out to Virginia in 1999. Since they were local to VA, I was familiar with them as I worked with Fraize at Dell and had met Regan through renfaire. My shopping really kicked in somewhere in 2003. Tshirts & toys for myself. Tshirts for friends & boyfriends. I still do so. Hah! I have a couple of photos up there on the site. I always forget to send them in. I still owe them the lightsaber chopsticks picture.

I was tweeting this while wearing "i'm tweeting this" tshirt.

Fast Forward. So, I had joined a social network site which has some blogging in it. I found that when I used the blog, I met more people. I met a TON of great people in Seattle from the site; some who are close friends today and even attended my wedding! I’m used to people slagging on me for being weird, fat, having a big bumpy Italian nose and whatnot. But a gal named “Computer Barbie” posted the following:

I know a group of women who commiserate for hours that men will not commit, but they will not spend 13 minutes putting on make up. They wear nerd clothes too. One of them wears a boys student coat, androgenous moccasins, androgenous pants. She looks like she has long grey side burns. She pushes her hair behind her ears. 1 lock falls in front of each ear. That is the only part that is grey. Another wears Circus Socks [multicolored socks]. These women are Fashion Casualties. These women are middle aged but successful. These women claim to have boyfriends. JMO

As someone who LOVES awesome socks, I was kinda butthurt in a humorous way. So I blogged about it. Turns out a bunch of other women, from their 20s – 50s (and younger/older) also love their nerd clothes, their stripey socks. So a silly sock club was born. Many of us started buying MORE socks, because we wanted to day, You know, we dress for OURSELVES, not for you. Just because you think we’re too old to dress for happiness, doesn’t mean it is wrong.”. We all started posting pictures of our socks as we bought them, and the term “Sock Prawn” was born. You know. Wait. This is the internet. I don’t have to tell you.

I discovered Sock Dreams and Sock It To Me Socks, both in Portland, Oregon. I started shopping from SITMS because Holly, proprietor of Monster Art & Clothing sold her socks.

Sock wall at Monster Art & Clothing

We started having Stripey Sock Meetups. We bought each other socks. Friends & family started buying us socks; it became the thing to do.

Mine are the pink & turquoise

Not all socks we love are stripey. They can have all kinds of textures and patterns.

We love our socks. We love our geekiness of all kinds. Not everyone who’s a sock person is a gamer. Not every sock person is into fandom. However, we are all pretty geeky about a good many things. We’re made up of food geeks, history geeks, tech geeks, gamer geeks, glitter geeks, renfaire geeks, music geeks. No matter what your geeky stripes (hah!), when you run into a sock geek, you have an instant bond; something to talk about and share.



Gen Con Socks!

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  1. September 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I bought a new outfit just last night …. because I didn’t have anything the right color to match my new argyle tights.

    • September 15, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      I absolutely approve of this. YAY!

  2. September 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Wow I hope Computer Barbie got a slap in the face. “These women claim to have boyfriends.” Seriously? She thinks women who don’t wear make up and wear nerd clothes can’t get boyfriends? Does she not realize that a lot of guys LOVE gamer girls, and DISLIKE girls who hide their face under makeup?
    Also, socks rule, I have tons of striped and patterned and artsy thigh highs from Sock Dreams. And I always get compliments (except from family members who think I’m just weird).
    If I want to wear shorts with wool tights and striped thigh highs in the winter, I will. If I want to wear nerdy earrings and necklaces, or taxidermy jewelry to show off my interests, I will.
    Awesome post, love your socks 🙂

  3. September 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    What a great post! Today, I was just happy that it was cool enough out to wear my new Sock It To Me Starry Nights socks. 🙂

    • September 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      I adore those socks and also the koi! 🙂

  4. September 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I am so, so happy I read this post. I love my fun socks & working in a coporate enviroment it is the one part of my outfit that is not regulated by a dress code. My socks make me happy each and every day. I love Sock it To Me & Sock Dreams. It’s fun to get up in the morning and decide what kind of socks the day call for!

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