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G is for Geeky Attire – #AtoZChallenge

April 11, 2013

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 time, I had my picture taken in my oddest clothes. And 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 ThinkGeek site, but I always forget to send them in. I still owe them the lightsaber chopsticks picture, where I use them for hairsticks.

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!

  1. April 11, 2013 at 11:45 am

    My socks today are pink with skulls and hearts! ❤ And awesome socks makes sock folding/matching much easier! 😀

    • April 12, 2013 at 10:35 am

      It does! Where one sock is, the other isn’t far behind.

  2. April 12, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Alright, I’m passing your sock-store links to my daughter as I suspect she may be able to find some things she likes there.

    • April 12, 2013 at 10:36 am

      I love so many of their items such as the arm warmers, tights, and sock garters. They have a great selection of neat things.

  3. April 14, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Oooh, I feel underdressed and dull as I have come to your site wearing low cut athletic socks today. I assure you that this is not all we own here as my daughter is a Little Mismatched junkie! Fun photos. Visiting from a-z

    • April 18, 2013 at 11:48 am

      It’s adorable when little girls have the mismatched socks! Thanks for dropping by!

  4. April 18, 2013 at 7:48 am

    your socks are awesome! People like “Computer Barbie” drive me nuts.

    (btw, do you attend a lot of cons in seattle? I wonder if you know my friend and old college roommate, Kathy Bond.)

    • April 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Thanks! And yes, I do. I don’t recognize the name off the top of my head, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t met her. 🙂

  5. April 21, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Think Geek is my ultimate place for clothes shopping ^_^ my entire T-shirt wardrobe is from there lately.

    And socks…I love stripy socks, and wacky socks, and all sorts of socks. And mine rarely match. The other programmers I work with give me crap for it (always, regardless of the job), but they’re just jealous they can’t pull off stripey socks the way we can.
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  6. April 21, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Love your socks and love your blog. Thanks for the links.

  7. April 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I am liking the socks! Down with boring socks! I also look very freaky in all photos of me… it’s only recently aged about 50 that i have come into knowing what suits me and what i REALLY like. But it doesn’t really matter, does it, as long as you are comfortable.

    Good luck with the rest of the A-Z! I’m doing animal poems and facts and often a drawing as well, I like to make things hard for myself.

    Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

  8. April 30, 2013 at 3:02 am

    I loved your post. It was great reading. And yes the photos were fun..

    – Your fellow A to Zer
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