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Poll: What's your 'geek look?'

Does your geek fashion sense involve all black clothing or humorous t-shirts that only your peers understand or trade show attire or something else altogether? Let us know by taking this quick poll.

Over the years, I have noticed that geeks seem to steer towards a few fashion trends that fall outside of the mainstream. It was only recently that I broke away from the black pants, black boots, and black heavy metal t-shirts genre of dress. Other geeks I know go with the full goth look or stick with wearing humorous t-shirts that only other geeks get (e.g., T-shirt of the week: Kwisatz Haderach, T-shirt of the week: Cosa Nostra Pizza, and T-shirt of the week: Shield of Sir Robin). And a good number of geeks have wardrobes filled with clothes from various hardware and software vendors. Another IT favorite I've seen is a unique version of business casual, which involves the most ill-fitting, worn out khakis and polo shirts that pass corporate muster. Tell us about your geek fashion sense by taking this quick poll.

J.Ja

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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.

253 comments
Poordirtfarmer
Poordirtfarmer

Faded blue jeans; deck shoes with white tube socks; white dress shirt and a colorful tie.

deepsand
deepsand

Denim jeans & jacket, turtle neck, & black harness boots.

rocket ride
rocket ride

Most of the year, blue or black jeans and a T-shirt from an SF convention or Star Party. A hoodie with an astronomy club logo for when in colder parts of the facility like the warehouse On hot days T-shirt as above with denim shorts. My workplace is very relaxed dress-wise and as I don't know whether on any given day I will be doing design work at a computer, assembling product, or moving stuff around the warehouse, it doesn't pay to dress too "upscale". -- Paul

ahenshaw
ahenshaw

Just because I work in IT doesn't mean I like to dress like a geek

CWButler
CWButler

decent shirt and cargo pants cuz of all the crap I carry around (my cell, blackberry, touch, and whatever else I need).

rauel
rauel

Baggy jeans and polo shirts.

best_tech
best_tech

Old t-shirts (only i and f of Hilfinger left) that look like they've been slept in (because they have) and cotton/synthetic blend pj bottoms that don't bind like regular slacks/jeans but do look like 'casual wear' ... Most important is "too long to be working on components" hair tied up in a semi-scraggly knot at back of head.

read
read

I ride to work every day except the few days it snows now (usually only in December now, which is pretty sad because we used to get at least a few weeks worth) although if it isn't too bad I try to bike anyway rather than walk for an hour. That's another sad statement because although we still get snow here it is only about 5cm at most and slushy for a few days before it starts raining again. So, I typically have shorts on year-round (with rain pants for the commute when it's raining 3/4 of the year). I like simple plain single colour t-shirts and keep my design t-shirts for political statements on days like June 4th, etc. Canada Day I either wear red or the flag (just another political statement I suppose).

marph321
marph321

jeans and T-shirts or polo shirts

fantomempire
fantomempire

Well really jeans and button down shirts and heel or boots and this necklace with a big bug in it.... kind of SF Geek too..

hcombs
hcombs

Loud, loose shirts, cargo pants, and boots. Keeps people guessing.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

At work I wear company polos and khakis because that's the dress code. When I'm not at work, I definitely tend toward the Thinkgeek look. With ratty jeans, of course.

NthDegree
NthDegree

My geek look is to not look like a geek. I am an intelligent, highly trained IT professional. I manage a group of (questionably) intelligent, highly trained professionals. We insure the profitablility and productivity of our corporation by providing intelligent applications and a highly reliable network. We resent being classified as "geeks." We even have wives or girlfriends and we never bought into the scenario in the movie "War Games." Some of us even drive Harleys and drink to excess. I suggest a new term, "Neeks." The "New Geeks", dressed in our mild-mannered business casual attire, able to leap over servers in a single bound, stronger than a stuck CD drawer, fighting for truth, justice and a 64-bit, 32 gig, 8-way server. If you buy all of that, I have some swampland in Nebraska to sell you.

TaDaH
TaDaH

Closed-toe sandals and Hawaiian shirts on Wednesdays and Fridays.

carolannie
carolannie

Oh, you know, after 25 years of trying to figure out what to wear, I have settled on the black T-shirt, black pants (jeans when needed), and a colorful jacket to soothe the people upstairs. I remember one overdressed woman from Sales who saw me crawling under a desk one day in my jeans (black) and said "Oh, now I know why you never wear business clothes!" I said "These ARE my business clothes."

lex
lex

My look, Thomas Gabriel, Die hard 4.0. Think of an brilliantly evil technological mastermind. I make this look good!

ogouninfosec
ogouninfosec

My look at work is IT casual whenever possible, Business (tie or sweater over dress shirt) when required. At home It's more the Think Geek look, although my t-shirts rarely actually come from the Think Geek Store. I wear X files, Lego Star Wars, etc.

mark.munro
mark.munro

Sometimes I'm still in my comfy clothes at 2am installing some essential patch or decommissioning a failing RAID. Comfy usually means Tracky Daks, Fleece Windcheater and USB heated footwarmers. If I'm with a client it's usually online so I comb my hair if the Webcam's on, but I can slide the cover down and just use audio...that's if I have to speak to them. I try not to.. The rest of the time I'm usually sleeping or having a shower. I wear pyjamas in bed and nothing in the shower but suds.

Crash2100
Crash2100

I love the shirts with smart mouthed sarcasm. One of my favorite shirts is the one that says "Lets hope intelligent life exists in space, I'm so lonely here." It came from whatonearth.com. The funny irony to this shirt is that it seems to prove the quote by itself, because about half of the people who read my shirt seem to think the quote has something to do with finding E.T.

portable
portable

Black everything, although the shirt is custom black dress shirt with 2 pockets. I finally weaned myself from pocket protectors (still have a few in storage), i usually have a couple of pens, a mechanical pencil or two, a marker, a highlighter, and a couple of note pads. When I wear t-shirts at all they are black (or dark color) with white "in" sayings. Considering my "normal" dress I have been asked MANY times if I like Johnny Cash. YES! Also Cannibal Corpses, Dragon Force, Blue Oyster Cult, Celtic Women, Maxim Mrvica, the Ventures, Beach Boys, Philharmonic Orchestras, well just about some of Everything!

jmountai
jmountai

I like to wear island casual. It makes my cohorts think that maybe I get paid enough to just hop off to an island on the weekends...

TBCain
TBCain

The office is casual, however: Mon-Thu I'm in: Dress slacks, cotton dress shirt, sport coat, leather braces, and dress shoes (same color on shoes & braces). Fri I'm in: Jeans, polo shirt, and sneakers or boots.

psingleton
psingleton

I guess I'm not a straight "geek" look; blue jeans with oxford cloth button up shirts and combat boots for footwear.

canddsol
canddsol

"IT casual" seems to be winning. Damn corporate America making us their drones, with their dress codes.

parker_e
parker_e

I used a hacksaw to cut open an old Mac Classic, which I wear as a hat.

twells
twells

Heavy construction boots, jeans, t or polo shirt (purple, blue or green), suspenders, blue baseball cap, shaved head and full beard.

jsaubert
jsaubert

I don't really gravitate to one specific style. One day I'm wearing super-girly kimono wraps and wedges the next day I'm in cargo pants and old loafers. It all depends on the plan for the day. My geekend wear normally consists of dark jeans and my collection of bizarre shirts/hoodies nearly all of which are "reconstructed" by me. (Everything from an orange hoodie painted with the many deaths of Kenny from South Park to a red shirt with a oversized Star Trek Engineering logo bleached on it.)

JesseLee
JesseLee

Typically jeans and the top depends on what tasks I'll be handling (example: if it is a lot of physical labor than a standard t-shirt that is either Library related or University related). Otherwise a nice shirt or blouse....occasionally khakis. And one last thing...you'll never catch me wearing a skirt or dress unless it is to a special event or a religious service where it is required.

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

Sneakers, white socks, black jeans, and either a black polo shirt, or a black turtleneck, brown leather vest with a multitude of pockets and loops for blackberry, usb sticks (one empty, one with a full linux OS & troubleshooting tools), adjustable wrench, screwdriver with interchangeable heads, small multi-meter & leads, pocket watch (can't wear a wrist watch due to skin contaminates from a Desert Storm deployment); top the whole outfit with a black San Antonio Spurs baseball cap.

eM DuBYaH
eM DuBYaH

Well, I have to admit, I've always bounced back and forth between goth and kurgan. got away with it just about everywhere, including the long hair, down the middle of my back. BUT, now I work in a medical facility, now I'm FORCED to wear long sleeve shirts to cover my tattoos. THE NERVE of these people!

JamesLeeP
JamesLeeP

Solid color t-shirts, no pockets; jeans; black tennis shoes; black baseball cap. I work in a grocery cooperative, and we pride ourselves on not wearing uniforms - it's casual all the way.

Tink!
Tink!

that the poll seemed rather male? A couple of those were unbiased, but a couple also seemed more male than female fashion choices. I think there'd be a choice or two that leaned toward female dark slacks and nice blouse

santeewelding
santeewelding

I can tell. The clomp-clomp of the boots. The tintinnabulation.

rauel
rauel

I used to have one for every day until one of my dogs discovered the buttons were fun to chew off (and tear the shirts in the process)

Justin James
Justin James

I am very, very grateful that during the part of my life when mody modification appealed to me, I did not do anything to myself that would be visible in the workplace and irreversable at the same time. I used to have 9 holes in my left ear; after a summer where I had a hard time getting a good IT job (feedback "through the grapevine" was that the earrings were the major factor), I decided to take them out... the spate of infections that had cropped up didn't hurt either. The tat I got is covered up by many T-shirts, and the one I gave myself was on my leg and is almost entirely gone now anyways (note to self: use a razor blade, not a safety pin). While I am not personally against tattoos, and while I think for anyone not "customer facing" there is no issues with them per se, they can be a major career limiter. Because while you might not be "customer facing" today, many of the top positions in an IT organization require increasing amounts of customer interaction. On top of that, I've discovered that in many companies, customers frequently visit the office, so even if you never deal with a customer personally, your "in the hallway" appearance still matters, and it is taken into account. Maybe in 20, 30 years the overall attitude will be different (I already see it starting to shift), but for right now, tattoos in visible (like the arms, hands, neck) and semi visible (ankle on a woman, upper back where it can "creep" out from under the collar, etc.) places is often a career damaging choice, especially in conservative areas of the world like here in SC. Heck, it was illegal to even *do* tattoos in SC until a few years ago, you had to go to GA or NC to get one. J.Ja

lisa
lisa

I noticed that there was no mention of accessories, which implies a male mindset. Personally, my necklace is a cord with a flash drive on it.

Justin James
Justin James

... over the course of my career, I've met so few women in IT departments, and they all dressed identically (except for one, who was a big fan of fuschia sweat pants and shirts with Disney characters on them)... grey or black slacks or skirts, plain blouses. So I just had no idea what female specific options to put! J.Ja

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Keeping mind that most men determine 'nice' by the number of undone buttons.

Tink!
Tink!

I like that!

Tink!
Tink!

Well, that's what I where most of the time. Dark slacks and plain blouses!! Does that mean that's THE female geek look?

Geek Gurl
Geek Gurl

As a female and a half of a two person IT department (the other half is my Director who is male), I have to do a little bit of everything. I am also the company's Training Manager, so I dress in nice slacks and blouses except on Fridays when I wear jeans and a casual blouse. Once in a while on Friday I wear "geek shirts" that only the Director understands and my D&D necklace from Think Geek with the purple 20 sided die inside. My every day accessory is a pink Hello Kitty lanyard with my HK flash drive (complete with rhinestones) that I received for Chanukah from my niece and nephews. It adds to my air of eccentricity and maintains the stereotype of IT people not being like everyone else :)

AttackComputerWhiz
AttackComputerWhiz

Jeans and t-shirts because I kind of do it all in my IT department. If a female in IT is able to wear nice clothes, she is either a programmer or a pencil pusher. I work more with installation and hardware support than with end-user software issues. People would say it is rare for women to be into the hardware side of IT, but not where I work.

KSoniat
KSoniat

I currently work at Park Seed and many wear Tshirts and flip flips! Even office folks. I was always required to wear close-toed shoes where I worked before and still do. The nice top and slacks works for me. I worked at one corporate headquarters and had suits at one time. It is quite casual here so business casual looks dressed up. Another previous employer had polo shirts with company logo on them that were available at very low cost. They were comfortable so I took that route. That, and it was a vitamin manufacturing plant and any clothes you wore to work reeked by the end of the day!!

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Sounds like my CIO, at least when she visits my facility.

Forum Surfer
Forum Surfer

The blouse should be purposefully low cut without buttons so it can't be covered up. :)

Tink!
Tink!

a flash drive with bling! :D

Tink!
Tink!

I never wore dresses. Slacks all the time simply because 50% of the time I was under a desk [i](and NOT in THAT type of way!)[/i] Dark slacks because toner or ink was bound to end up on you one way or another.

perry_awm
perry_awm

But not as rare as many think. And if my girlfriend's anything to go by, there's also no glass ceiling of geekdom. (Seriously. She's as geeky as I am. And she scored 32 on the AQ, just seven lower than I, a card-carrying Aspie, got.)

perry_awm
perry_awm

D&D? Pah! West End Games Star Wars RPG (2nd ed R&E, of course) is the true geek's RPG! Also, Alien is NOT scary, just very very good. :-p

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

The AF taught me how to use a soldering iron. My second supervisor, a female SSgt, taught me how to solder! I'm a little out of practice these days, but got to break the iron out this week and resolder some broken wires inside a DEX box.

JesseLee
JesseLee

We are rare and far in between that is for sure.

carolannie
carolannie

They have had computers since floppies were bigger than a dinner plate, and played games when all the game was was a series of responses to your choices (I forget the name). They played D&D, watched all the good scifi movies (Alien is NOT good, just scary)and read Philip K. Dick after I finished the paperbacks. They are almost 40. So, you may not have met many women in IT, but I'll bet there are a lot of women out there who should have been in IT!

Justin James
Justin James

I used to work for a company that serviced hardware. We had thousands of field techs. I do not ever recall once working with a female one. Kind of sad. Not to get too far off topic, but I have met (outside of the TR Community Event) very few women in IT... maybe 20? and even fewer that I would classify as a "geek" (really into technology, deals with it when not at work, enjoys science fiction and appreciates Weird Al, etc.). J.Ja

KSoniat
KSoniat

I worked at a start-up that had a Manager an Operator and myself (programmer)in the IT dept. As we added computers to the front office we would dress in jeans and "pull cable". I would solder the connections to the terminals etc. I always enjoyed those days. :) The operator (also female) was Dangerous with the soldering iron though. :O

KSoniat
KSoniat

I would have rather been in KY though... It was not too hot - but the day was long. Lots of loyal customers, great prices, and according to Soni you'll see the gardens tomorrow. ;) PS: To not be "off topic". The company printed Tshirts to identify the comployees. I wore shorts too - too hot not to.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

This is why few women have chosen to participate in this discussion.

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