Geek Out

Geekiness is no trend . . . it’s a state of mind.

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    Visionary — We’re always trying to get Mom to stop wearing her glasses on a chain. The necklace version is a whimsical compromise. Necklace ($16.95), from Patina
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    Dorky is Cool — Wait long enough and even the square jacket your dad used to wear becomes classic cool. Tank jacket ($325), by Woolrich John Rich & Bros., from Askov Finlayson
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    Tie One On — The bow tie is back in favor and has more personality than ever. For a true geek-chic look, wear one with a blazer and shorts. Seriously. Bow tie ($65), by Carrot & Gibbs, from Twill
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    Got Baggage — Appropriate for toting serious reading material—and glasses, of course. Nerd tote ($20), by Seltzer Goods, from Mara-Mi
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    Drink Up And Prosper — It doesn’t get any geekier than Star Trek . . . and that’s probably why we’re seeing collector’s items everywhere. Glass set ($18.95), from Patina
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    The Storyteller — Developed for the State Department and used by government officials, this heavyweight aluminum pen is for matters of substance. (And it even comes in a nifty tube.) Embassy pen ($75), by County Comm, from Askov Finlayson
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    Geek Girl — The local technology gurus behind the Geek Girls Guide website inspired this new frame from a Minneapolis company, available in three colors. Reading glasses ($75), by Eyebobs, from Judith McGrann & Friends
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    Future Techie — If only everything in life could be managed with a click. Infant bodysuit ($22), by Red Snapper, from Pacifier
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    Watch It — High-tech functionality meets of-the-moment style (and color!) in this super-slick digital watch. Zub Zot watch ($120), by Nooka, from Walker Shop
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    Seeing Is Believing — Call it four-eyed pride—all of the sales associates at InVision in St. Paul ordered this dress. Frames and Fortune dress ($244.99), from

Geekiness is no trend. It’s a state of mind. And since the kid in your high school class who wore the too-thick spectacles and funny little bow ties is now a Silicon Valley tycoon, the look has gained appeal. From dresses to digital watches, we’re charmed by some of the latest nods to geek chic.

• Askov Finlayson, 200 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-206-3925,
• Barnes & Noble,
• Judith McGrann & Friends, 4615 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 612-922-2971,
• Mara-Mi, 201 S. Main St., Stillwater, 651-689-1730,
• Pacifier, 310 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-623-8123; City Center, 612-767-6330,
• Patina, six metro locations, including 1009 Franklin Ave. W., Mpls., 612-872-0880,
• Twill, Galleria, 952-922-2711,
• Walker Shop, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-375-7633,