Another Halloween, and surprisingly I’m not in costume. Cosplay is my hobby and Halloween is my favorite holiday, but this year it means something so much more.
I’ve always thought about blogging consistently. I know that deep down, I’m happiest when putting together a great outfit to wear (whether that’s at a convention, for work, or simply going out for fun…geek style is universal!). But as many bloggers realize, there’s often quite a bit of adversity to face.
Am I posting too much? Not enough? Are my posts even interesting? Do I look and sound just like someone else? Am I taking enough risks while staying consistent to my own voice? And above else, when does the conversation start between writer and reader?
Sometimes to garner that much courage, you need to put on your boldest face, your boldest dress (a disguise from the anxiety, if you will!) and take your next (well-heeled) step into the world you want to build, live, and ultimately inspire to be better.
For me, that’s this little haunted number from Lindy Bop.
If you’re unfamiliar with Lindy Bop, don’t worry, you haven’t missed out on too much yet! While not strictly a name in the geek style sphere, Lindy Bop hails from the UK (I believe their HQ is in or near Manchester, which is such a fun city to visit!) and specializes in vintage and pinup fashion in a variety of fun prints or colorful solids at reasonable price points. This particular dress is in the Vanessa style, something a bit more curve hugging than I tend to gravitate towards, but bold steps require making a statement, of course! The haunted castle print was an incredible sale find I found in my size over the summer and it’s been hanging in my closet for just the right moment.
I think I found it.
With easy shipping, durable material and construction, sizes up to a 6X (I’m wearing a 4XL here, and I tend to fit a size 14 to 16 at Torrid and Eloquii, though most other dresses and skirts I fit best into a Lindy Bop 3XL. Each Lindy piece has its own size chart, so make sure you check your measurements against the chart before you buy!) and prints that fit a variety of geek chic lifestyles (have you seen their travel-inspired dresses yet? Or their prints devoted to tea and books?), Lindy Bop should be on any vintage-style loving geek’s shopping list. While I’ve snagged several incredible pieces for work (geek chic in the 9 to 5? I’m all about that life!), sometimes a girl just needs a great dress for going out. Presumably to see a horror movie or two. Top it off with some vintage-inspired sunglasses and bag from Kate Spade, and you’re looking equally stylish and spooky.
Not going to lie, this is a dream Dapper Day look for me. I could ride Haunted Mansion over and over in this dress!
But beyond the outfit today, what I can promise you going forward at this time is a drive and commitment to provide style inspiration as much as I can (remember that 9 to 5?). I don’t have a professional photographer and my closet grows as much as my budget allows, but every entry I share with you is something I’m proud to wear. And if you’re reading this blog, I hope you’ll be inspired to let your geek side shine while developing your own style, your own geek chic.
Until next time (and Happy Halloween!)
Dress: Lindy Bop
Sunglasses: Kate Spade (similar)
Shoes: Adrianna Papell
Lipstick: MAC Instigator