Unique Costume Ideas for Your Nerd Themed Party

Classic Nerd CostumeCostume parties: they always seem like such a great idea — everyone you know getting together and donning silly garb, anything to feel a little less normal. But when you get down to it, making that age-old costume decision for your nerd themed party can be frustrating, if not just downright disheartening in this time of supposed whimsy and fun.

Making your homemade costume from things you have around your house, however, can save you in the nick of time. Dressing like the classic nerd is hilarious and can help you with an easy dialogue of nerd jokes: pushing your glasses up your nose, pulling at your suspenders, and spitting out Star Trek references. You’ll be a hit. But how exactly do you get there?

Let’s break down a few different “brands” of nerd style to get you started.

The Classic School Nerdy Look for Ladies

Remember the kid in the front of the classroom, the one with his hand in the air? The one you wanted in your group project; maybe the one you didn’t want at your lunch table. Take on his silly look this costume party. The classic nerd has got the most generic look: therefore, you can go many different directions with your costume.

Classic Girl Nerd CostumeWhen honing her class nerd look, a girl must start at the top: with the pig tails of course! A slick head of hair is required — something a little more “oily”. Part your hair evenly down the center and divide it into two sections. Place your pigtails wherever you like, but higher is better, more whimsical. The short-haired woman can peg two little pigtails at the nape of her neck on both sides. You can pair this look with outrageous bows if you want to push it a little.

The outfit is simple, as well. Find yourself a high-waisted skirt or pants: anything you can pull up over your naval comfortably. A checkered pattern is always a winner, something a little garish and grandmotherly. The skirts can come up a little over your knees if you want to flash a little leg — be sure to pair this look with high white socks and Mary Jane shoes. The pants should be a little too short — think of the classic “flood” pants. You can imitate this by rolling them up a little.

Both pants and skirts warrant a white button-up and mismatched buttoning for a scattered nerd look. Stretch a bow tie around your neck and don’t forget a pair of suspenders to complete the outfit. A sexy nerd might not want to tuck the shirt in, allowing it to tie beneath the ribs and peek out some midriff.

And don’t forget those nerd-chic glasses. Tack some tape in the center — or perhaps a clever Band-Aid. Remember the glasses should be thick-rimmed. If you have your own pair for every day fashion ware, take heed: you might be better off opting for contacts and punching out the cheap glasses frames. It is, after all, a party. Anything can happen!

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Ideas for Boys: Nerd, Harry Potter or Waldo

The boy’s classic nerd look is incredibly similar. The hair should be slick to appear oily: try parting it in the immediate center and combing it to both sides. A side part with a sleek combed-through look is pretty nerdy as well. High-waisted pants are a must, as are your suspenders and bow tie. Opt for a white, blue, or checkered shirt with a pocket to feature a classic pocket-protector. You don’t want your pens to explode all over your nice school shirt! Top it off with the black nerd glasses — not the ones you wear to work every day. To top up your look, make sure you bring a few books with you.

Where Is Waldo CostumeIf you want to bring out the specific, fantasy nerd in you for this costume party, look no further than your man Harry Potter. Harry never leaves the common room for a party without his long black cloak, his wand, or his Gryffindor gold and red tie. Find a cheap pair of cheesy round glasses and pop out the frames — classic Harry. And make sure you round the nosepiece with copious tape. Harry was always breaking his glasses despite his magical powers! Best of all — this look applies to both girls and boys.

The Waldo Nerd at the party is sure to bring out a hilarious edge. Opt for any darker-hued jeans you have in your closet and find a red and white striped long-sleeved t-shirt or sweater. Find a similar knit hat and a Harry Potter-esque pair of round glasses (sans the tape). And don’t forget Waldo’s classic old man cane he wandered around with. You will be the talk of the party. Where’s Waldo! will be a classic after-party picture viewing game. Make sure to pop into the back of every snapped photo with a goofy smile!

TD Tom Davies: The First Truly Bespoke Eyewear on the Market

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Who is this man, Tom Davies — entrepreneur and owner of TD Tom Davies eyewear? With such a common name, shouldn’t he have a common job, a common life? Tom Davies, the milkman. Or Tom Davies, the local schoolteacher. An every day hero — not a master of the eyewear world, not a man at the top of the fashion sphere.

At this time, Tom Davies exists as the largest maker of bespoke glasses in the entire world. Perhaps he can be defined as an everyday man’s hero: a man looking to find you the best shape and frame for your face, the eyeglasses through which you will see each day of your life.

The Idea Behind Tom Davies Bespoke Service

When Davies went to China in his early twenties, he faced a realization many travelers embrace: that not all countries are the same — that face shapes shift over continents, that measurements of foreheads, noses, chins change like trees and bushes in different climates. Therefore, he chose to incorporate this idea in his design — either offering it as a bespoke service or a couture service.

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Tom’s bespoke and couture industry should be defined: bespoke is casual re-calibration of your face. Therefore, it takes an original, stock design eye frame and places it appropriately with the measurements of your face. Not all faces are the same, of course, and this allows you to receive the “proper size” of the fashion item for which you’ve sent. Like tailoring a dress, for example — a wedding dress style requiring the proper calibrations for your body shape.

When his clients aim toward a couture line, however, things go into infinite meanderings. He takes three photos of the clients face and sends the photos back to experts in China — the country he spent nine years learning to work in the eyeglass industry, thus honing his current design knowledge. While the client picks the general design, color, even specific type of horn for material usage — the Chinese craftsmen yield the final result. The clients are pleased with their handcrafted frames. Davies is the proud in-between.

This is More Just Individuality!

Davies starts at the optician: the man prescribing the very frames you need. (This is assuming you aren’t pegging for frames for vanity’s sake.) He has linked many opticians with his Chinese hand-craft workshop. The opticians utilize the Supertool web design community to input the eyeglass seeker’s choice of color, textures, medias, and various measurements. Within just a couple of hours, the skilled agents in Shenzhen have created efficient arms for the frames. Davies simply creates a simplistic piece for the front of the frames: something the wearer specified, something subtle and perfect, fitted to his three photos assessing face shape.

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Tom Davies’ frames to this date have been most useful for just his initial purpose: for those in need of strange sizes — those from different ancestral backgrounds but similar integral fashion senses. The large-headed male and the teeny female cranium can now join together with the same frame shape.

How could the frame industry have overlooked such difference in size before? The lenses must change, of course, from person to person — this has been the current definition of the eyeglass world. But across a broad spectrum of people, you wouldn’t even assume a one hat fits all scenario would do. Why did we go so long associating this one for all idea with eyeglass frames? Hindsight is 20/20.

Glamorous or Intelligent? You can have both!

And now, several years after that fateful decade spent in China, the not so common Tom Davies is set to open his own eye clinic — with ready-to-wear glasses, bespoke and couture services all laid out in Sloane Square, London.

Tom Davies Horn Collection

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Tom verifies that the “not one size fits all” technique will only last him so long. He must promote to a larger audience, the in-betweeners without a direct need for specialized frames. He must assert that individuality exists in a different hue, in a more obtuse slant of a hipster eye frame.

Don’t continue down this path of assertion that whatever exists at your downtown obstetrician is the only option. Your glasses should be like your next tattoo, your next big fashion step. They should proclaim something about you and your individuality: be it your spectacular nose or your affinity for the color purple. Let TD Tom Davies take you there.

Discover the Hidden Treasures of Horn Frames with Rigards Eyewear

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Rigards eyewear. The name is based on a verb, a command — the French command to glance, to look. To Regard. And the rigorous craftsmanship of Rigards frames will stop you in your tracks, force you to scrutinize your eyewear and understand: is it utilizing its materials properly? Is it handmade, a direct result of a treasured realization between two future eyewear partners — a realization that there was a new way to create an eyewear line? Or is it lacquered — synthetic; a cheap knock-up of those hipster frames all the chic girl-next-door librarians are wearing. Put a pop in your style. Regard this.

Rigards eyewear brand is centered exclusively on the material of horn: the original makeup of horn rim glasses. And who can resist the material? But it’s different this time: more on the environmental side, which is, of course, the side to which nerd glasses wearers flock. The horn make-up of the Rigards glasses come from water buffalo growing up on small farms. Each piece has a different texture, a different personality — much like the water buffalo — and thus corresponds with a different style, enhancing the coloring and the wearer’s face shape.

The Collaboration Between Two Friends

The frames are handcrafted with ancestral, handed-down techniques in Hong Kong. They are specially finished with a treatment, and honed in for a smattering of sizes — fitting both western sized heads and more petite Asian faces. The Rigards line is the product of collaborators Ti Kwa and Jean-Marc Virard, both long-time glasses collectors and studiers of antique frames — thus, of course, they include these time-honored handcrafting resources. They know their stuff. Their brand equates them: Kwa is head of design and production. Virard finds himself director of marketing and branding.

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Upon understanding the utilization of these old time materials and processings, you could dismiss Rigards are being just another vintage line. Wrong. They are avant-garde, almost strange — new-age. Their colors boast the real-world colors of the water buffalo horns out of Ethiopia and Egypt. They are thick — zoning in on this nerd-chic current craze but also mastering it with the vintage ideas of the original glasses. The frames hold structure — have a sense of architecture on your face. They yield a sense that what you view through those frames fill you with passion — they are the frames that elevate you into your dreaming reality.

Why horn rims, though? It’s an important choice. The horn material was originally chosen by the Inuits long ago: they sheathed the horn from mammoths and used the material to form sun-protectant lenses. Horn is natural, of course, therefore forming to your face overtime — adjusting to its temperature and shape. The water buffalo: the important factor in this Rigards utilization, are used sort of like cows in Ethiopian and Egyptian cultures. Thus, they work the fields; the owners and members of society eat the meat. They have a cycle of life and death that is fully formed. Rigards receives the horn material after the death of the animals. They are specifically not killed for the frame purpose. Rigards further package their frames in the leather material of a buffalo, fueling the concept that one must not waste in this environmentally conscious society.

Rigards Eywear is Made to Withstand the Time

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The future of the Rigards line is unapologetic, taking leaps and bets in this recession that proclaim sheer lack of fear. One of their new lines, brought in for Paris fashion week, features a hazardous scratching technique on a black matte: thus creating texture on texture, grey on black. They’ve chosen to name the technique after classic Akira Kurosawa samurai film “Sanjuro”, thus initiating the frames in this old samurai order. Sanjuro is the sword-wielding samurais use to take out their victims. Viyard says, in an interview with Cool Huntings, that “Kurosawa created a whole series and another world; we are kind of creating a new world through this texture that is as natural as possible.”

Rigards frames are unusual, but hold this pulse of the natural, physical world that most other frames abandon for easier materials. Don’t overlook them as too avant-garde: the material and the brand speak wonders for the final products. You can ask the designers themselves: each product is handcrafted, made to order—from the natural world to their new home as a fashion statement on your face.

The Exclusive Luxury of Meyrowitz Handmade Spectacles

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Scoring the planet for your new pair of elegant eyewear? Not ready to settle for the mass produced fashion options out there, in every magazine, on every billboard? Look no further than the big three luxurious cities of the world: London, Paris, and New York City. A triangle full of eyeglass history, these three cities boast the E. B. Meyrowitz company — a blast from the nineteenth century past and a must to make your look inspired with that cultured, vintage feel.

Admiring the History through Meyrowitz Eyewear

Oscar W. and Emil B. Meyrowitz — 1869 American immigrants from Greifenhagen, Prussia — were opticians as well as dealers in surgical instruments in the latter part of the nineteenth century. After Oscar’s tragic death—an accident involving a tunnel train collision in 1902 — Emil went on to patent several optical instruments and develop E. B. Meyrowitz, Incorporated — the very same boutique found today. Seventy-seven years after Emil’s death!

The eyewear has a stellar list of past clients: Dwight D. Eisenhower suited up in some Meyrowitz frames, as well as Winston Churchill, the very last king of France, Louis Phillipe, and the most current French president, Francois Holland. Quite a widely pegged crew — quite a century of eyesight!

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And who can forget those bespectacled individuals through which we see the very world around us — the artists, the painters. One of Paris’ most beloved artist — Claude Monet — left a note of instruction proclaiming that one must retrieve his glasses from the Meyrowitz. His circular frames are tinted blue, no less — with remakes available for today’s purchase. This blue tint provides the blue haze on his water lily paintings, on his haystacks. The hue gives the paintings depth, originality, a different mood very much individualistic of his style. It’s true he saw the world differently — from an artist’s perspective. But he also saw it differently through his round Meyrowitz eyewear. Did Emil have a hand in creating some of the most beautiful impressionist pieces of the century? Could Monet have seen the world the same way without the frames?

Keeping Up the Old Traditions Alive

The London practice is currently tucked away, alongside luxury chocolate and exquisite watch shops. It is a boutique, and therefore holds no relation to the towering retail stores — the one in a million items boasting discount after discount. This hidden away piece of optical history — today’s E. B. Meyrowitz was purchased some twenty odd years ago by Sheel Davison-Lungley. She keeps it personal; like Emil himself, she works alongside two of her siblings, her sisters — allowing it to be a family matter. This hones in on the craftsmanship of each individual piece presented at the establishment. A client can choose the model of frame, the color, or describe his ideal style: the boutique, the three sisters and their store, finds a way to meet his or her needs.

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E.B. Meyrowitz Poster, 1930’s

Sheel Davison-Lungley is a passionate advocate for the brand. Prior to her purchase of the boutique, she saw the artistry and optical union and stressed its unique quality, its vintage longevity. The E. B. Meyrowitz line hosts no surgical-feeling, wire frames. Their frames are natural, warm. They boast materials such as tortoiseshell acetate and a natural buffalo horn. Remarkably, the buffalo horn frames hone in on the wearer’s skin temperature, thus allowing a comfortable, skin-to-skin feel. The glasses become another part of you — and why shouldn’t they — these utensils, these extensions of your eyes? Best of all, the buffalo horn comes from an ethical source, only cleaved from the animal after a natural passing. They are truly incredible — and average in at about two thousand English pounds each. They are a join of the past and present styles, a marriage of the old and the new boasting environmental ideas of today.

Individualism and High-Class Craftsmanship

The current stock sale frames are handcrafted in Belgium, England, Germany, Italy, and India. But don’t miss out on the renowned bespoke abilities of E. B. Meyrowitz. The eye of the frame-maker analyses your needs, your face shape, your style: he listens to you and crafts your own library geek-chic, top-of-the-line pair of spectacles. Back when Oscar and Emil first created the line — back when Monet and Churchill wore the frames — each was handcrafted, had no mind for mass production. Don’t you, your fashion sense, and your eyesight deserve this Meyrowitz treatment?

The Pursuit of Style with Massada Glasses

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Massada eyewear proclaims an affirmation: that rules of face shape are flexible, that your eyeglass style is defined by your character, by your self-confidence and bravery. Your eyewear should be a profound sentence of individuality: not an admittance to the rules mandated by countless mass-productions before you. Embrace yourself, your strength!

The Massada style asserts no limits. Designer Kate Lupinsky — South African native and current resident of Europe — has based these distinct styles on classic glasses shapes. Think browlines or cat eyes — 40s, 50s, 60s, the age of early Hollywood. Nerd frames, librarian-chic. Each frame is an exclamation on your face — not meant to blend in, become a part of your face-disguised. Rather, the frames are assets to your outfit, a piece of utilitarian jewellery, perhaps.

Joy, Individualism and Passion behind Massada Eyewear

Lupinsky and her team, when discussing their brand, promote a concept of the culture of the frames: that one must derive “personal gain from culture, content, thought, picture, dialogue, idealism, and reflection.” This is synonymous with their further inspirations: their inspiration in art, in theatre, in film. As seekers of a better, more artistic, beautiful way of life, they choose to host many clients in these fields: these fields invoking curiosity and passion. Those who express joy, are totally “submerged in journey toward understanding” — these artists, actors, and directors find Massada an inspiring frame design company — one worthy of fashion pursuit.

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Lupinsky, like many designers, started out a solo act: a kid of twelve, she was designing in sketchbooks, honing her own look. In university, she studied Industrial Design in the Academy of Fine Art: thus working with many different elements: graphic design, lighting, furniture — taking her sketches off the paper and committing them to 3-D. When she couldn’t find a proper pair of eye frames for her style and desire, she met a man who made his own, tinkering in a workshop in the UK — and thus Massada was born: the ultimate search for the perfect, individualized glasses.

Lupinsky verifies that while the bag, the luxurious pair of heels or the best dress of the season is important for your fashion sense; the best thing to hone your style is your pair of eye frames. Everything else changes day-to-day — everything else doesn’t define you. But choose your glasses carefully: be it those horn-rimmed glasses, those nerd-chic dark-framed hipster glasses. They will define who you are. They will be what your companion sees when he looks you in the eyes, sees your face and the shape of your glasses proclaiming your individuality. They are important.

Glasses That Define Your Personality

The intricate Massada styles boast individualized, outrageous names: names representative of this artistic pursuit. The Dr. Strangelove style, for example, is named after the 1964 Stanley Kubrick film. Like the film — a whimsical tale about a very serious nuclear bomb — the glasses take on a playfulness but don’t drop the chic intelligence a pair of fashion-forward hipster glasses warrant. They are made with a vintage Mazzucchelli acetate material directly from Italy — the quality is insane, diligent and exact.

Sleeper Massada Glasses

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The Sleeper style takes on a more owl-formation: they are completely round and created with the Mazzucchelli Shell. They are not formed with a shiny, false lacquer like so many other brands. Instead, they have that individualism, that small-company, boutique feel about them. They invoke that search for the artistic way, that quizzical look.

The Solaris frames invoke a more futuristic sense: they are broad, more shield-like, and come in three colors: Tokyo tort, dark tortoise shell, and black. The Solaris also adopt the classic cat-eye frame at their edges, thus allowing a marriage between the old and the new: an adoption of old ways in this futuristic style. They also consist of the Italian Mazzucchelli Acetate.

Each of the frames are hand-painted in Poland — a country that never adopted the faster ways of painting — the mass production. The painters handcraft each pair using traditional, vintage, sophisticated colors. The hand-painting, the individualized attention, reminds the consumer that this is not a run-of-the-mill agency. Lupinsky sees no reason to expand. She wants to continue the eyewear design journey with attention to detail and attention to the individual’s explanation of her style. Give good thought to who you are, what your style desires of you: let Massada translate eyewear for your daily artistic journey.