30 Years Later and ‘Star Wars’ is Geek Fashion

When Star Wars hit theaters in 1977 it brought with it a new look at Sci-Fi, prior to its arrival Star Trek ruled the small screen. But something about Star Wars was different, it was a Space Opera and after that America was hooked.

With it came toys, action figures, bed sheets, lunch boxes, whatever you could plaster Luke Skywalker’s face on you would find it. Back in 77 and in the subsequent years after, you wouldn’t find any traditionally “girly” toys or clothing. Sure you could steal your brother’s blaster OR better yet his clothing, but it wasn’t yours.

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1977 Princess Leia Organa Action Figure from Toy Hall of Fame

While I discovered Her Universe back in 2013, when I bought my first Doctor Who leggings the company which is owned by Ashley Eckstein the voice of Ahsoka in Star Wars: Rebels & Clone Wars  brings to the table looks that are strictly girl.

From leggings to hairpins, Eckstein’s company has paved the way for others to do the same and provide girls with plenty of cute looks. It was around this time I started noticing more and more products for girls hitting store shelves.

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Her Universe Rouge Squadron Dress models by Eckstein for Her Universe (Image belongs to Her Universe) 

The thing with Her Universe unlike many other companies is the fact that the products are also come in Plus Size and in the last year items have been sold at Torrid, especially the new Force Awakens line.

This inclusion is also important to note as well, because girls of all sizes and shape can now participate in being geeky and stylish.

I gush about Her Universe a lot because for the first time in my life I found clothes that was girly and fit the kind of image I like to perceive. It also helps that the items from the different lines are available not only from the main site but can be found online and even at places like Hot Topic and are easily accessible.

Though in 2 years and the resurgence of Star Wars items are popping up all over the place from Target to Macys, girls both young and old have choices. Lines like Rock and Republic (found at Kohls) and even JcPenneys has what they have dubbed a “New Generation” of Star Wars items which includes items for women in stylish cuts and designs.

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Rock and Republic Star Wars Cold Shoulder Sweater from Kohls (Image belongs to Rock and Republic for Kohls)

What was once not accessible to women before has now been dubbed Geek Fashion and racks are suddenly overflowing with skater dresses and leggings as well handbags, cosmetic bags and even funky heels.

You can’t escape the products being marketed at women and at young girls, suddenly “Star Wars” is pink and shiny with rhinestones and is attracting both the non-geek and the geek gal.

When you look at it like that, you’re attracting more fans and attracting women who may have never been interested in the fandom before or even interested in “geeky” things.

While it took 30 years to include women from the fashion aspect, many fans have been crafting for a long time both hand painted and sewn the designs have been around for a long time.

Next we’ll take a look at the high-fashion take over on the runways.

How ‘Star Wars’ Became Stylish

18 years ago my mother, a proud trekkie and Lord of the Rings fan took me to experience Star Wars for the first time. While I was only 7, Princess Leia and her iconic hair would stick with me for a long time.

In 2001 Star Wars: Episode 1 changed how I viewed myself, I was 11 and I knew that October I had to be Padme. Everything about her red throne room dress and make up would stay with me, just like Leia’s iconic look did a few years before.

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Padme’s Throne Room Dress, Episode 1, 2001. On display at “Star Wars and the Power of Costume” EMP Seattle, 2015.

Since then I have come into being a Geek, with a lot of judgement and shirts that are too big even for dudes. Thankfully 2015 saw the rise of Star Wars again, and a change in how women are seen in ‘Geekdom’ and how they dress.

30 years, it took 30 years to acknowledge women and girls in the Star Wars and that we are more than frumpy and unstylish but in reality bring our own look. A lot has changed in those 30 years and thanks to companies like HerUniverse and even Disney, women are being seen as more than sexy for the male gaze but for their choice in fashion and attire.

From Cover Girl to even Diane Von Furstenberg, fashion and the Star Wars galaxy have collided in what I would consider a cosmic event. The acknowledgement of what I consider myself as a Stylish Female geek is everywhere.

Though this idea of fashion and geekdom has been long time coming, in part thanks to companies recognizing women and their love of Sci-fi in what was once considered male held.

Companies like Australian based Black Milk Clothing, make everything from dresses to leggings with some of the most iconic titles in geekdom. No longer are women wearing outfits made for male counterparts, but are wearing chic high fashion pieces.

This article is a multiple part series, exploring the new high fashion world of geeky women’s fashion. It also should beg the question why were there less dresses and more t-shirts in the past, join me as we explore a galaxy that isn’t so far far away anymore.

 

 

 

12 Days of Giving Back Day 1

It’s only fitting I start my gift giving post on Giving Tuesday, I wanted to share 12 companies who not only produce stylish and unique gifts but also companies who give back.

While I was in no way endorsed to share this, I do feel passionate about these brands and what they do for not only the U.S. based community but around the world.

This Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, whatever you may or may not celebrate I urge you to either shop small, DIY or support a company who gives back.

Day 1 is dedicated to one of my absolute favorite brands and one that I actually am an ambassador for The Elephant Pants.

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This awesome Brooklyn, NY based company not only sells amazing harem pants, but also jewelry, tapestries, bags, rompers and shorts. $1 to $5 of all purchases go to the African Wildlife Foundation to prevent the poaching of elephants in Africa.

As of today (Dec 1) The Elephant Pants have given $190,000 in order to protect elephants in Africa and provide rangers resources to protect them.

I was introduced to the brand my by boyfriend’s sister and just fell in love with the cause and the look of the pants. While I only own 3 pairs, a scarf and a bracelet I feel passionate about the message and love the way the pants feel and look.

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My first pair Tyke and my favorite book

Each pair tells the story of the elephant it is named after and provides better insight into what can occur to these creatures both in the circus world and in captivity.

The pants are created in Thailand where the company provides work for seamstresses and pays them not only above the standard wage but also provides healthcare and a safe work environment. The mission is to not only give back to the elephants and the African Wildlife Foundation but also to provide safe work environments for those who make the clothing.

The pants come both in standard and large, but the ultra stretch waistband provides plenty of room for anyone and the company even sells kid sizes. The standard are up to size 12 and the large fit up to size 16 with more room along the inner inseam.

The Elephant Pants, also provides sales throughout the year through their ambassadors and also provides small gifts and mystery boxes to their shoppers. The boxes which usually contain new pant designs as well unreleased gifts, sell out fast and have an extra surprise in them as a thank you.

To me it means a lot when a company goes out of their way to give back, but still provides a product people will wear and love. Each of the pants are unique and still look good no matter what you wear with them. It’s important to remember that we should not only be buying for ourselves but also to help others around us.

For more information about The Elephant Pants or to buy a pair and give back to AWF follow my personalized link  here  or just head to http://www.theelephantpants.com

 

 

 

Dapper Day Inside Out 2

My First Dapper Day 2014

Welcome to the second installment of the Dapper Day series, today we’re looking at outfits and where to get them.

While many people at Dapper Day events will sew their own outfits, or get an outfit made for them you don’t have to reach so high for your first step out in style.

My first event was Fall 2014 which was at Hollywood Studios in Orlando, while I chose a dress I had many others had different outfits that ranged from casual to dressy.

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Dapper Day has an exclusive partnership with Pinup Girl Clothing, which offers many different styles from full skirts known as swing skirts to wiggle skirts or pencil skirts.

Pinup Girl clothing has created skirts to celebrate legendary Disney artist Mary Blair, along with other exclusive collections.

While Pinup Girl Clothing prices can be on the steep end, many of the designs are excellent and the quality of the clothing is great from what I have been told. For those attending the Disneyland event, they usually set up a booth during the expo.

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Lindybop which is a UK based clothing company makes replica dresses and also is starting to sell pants and more skirts.

I recently ordered my Dapper Day dress from there, and for $81.00 I got my dress, my petticoat and my shipping for that one price. Royal Mail was also extremely fast and I had my package in just under 2 weeks from initial order.

The quality of my dress was great, but having to size up I’ll have to take in the front. It’s a good idea to order early from them just in case and always order larger than your measurements because the dresses do run on the small side.

 

Another great way to find vintage or reproduction pieces is through Etsy, last year I got an awesome polka dotted swing skirt I wore out a few times and even used for my halloween costume. Many of the prices can be a bit higher BUT you are getting quality pieces shipped to your home.

Another great thing about Etsy is that many of the sellers can also make you a custom outfit, if you see a swatch of fabric or something you like many will work with you to make you something you love. Etsy is also an awesome place for accessories like handbags, fascinators, hair pieces, etc. You can score some really great stuff searching their pages and checking for deals.

Etsy is great because you also help out small business owners, many of the vintage sites sell stuff they lovingly pick out and many others as I mentioned make stuff so it is their way of gaining income from their work.

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Now many of us will choose to keep it cheap and nothing wrong with that, so you’ll shop local.

My second dress was from Kohls from Lauren Conrad’s Disney Line and it looked great for the night and for my Dapperbound (more on that later).

Though if you’re lucky you’ll have some great thrift stores near by and be able to throw together a fabulous outfit for less.

One of my favorite sites for this is The Thrift Shopper, which is a national database for thrift shops, second hand, vintage and consignment. It’ll help you in finding that perfect piece.

A WARNING!

Many times while we are shopping we may see sites like Sammy Dress, aliexpress, or others who make “reproductions” or have at cost outfits. While I am all for a cheap great bargain, these sites alway set off HUGE warning bells for me because usually the quality is much lower, you might get scammed OR worse you may not be able to wear the dress at all and be left with nothing for Dapper Day.

I say this because I have been tempted in the past when I didn’t want to dish out the money OR felt like why not, I mainly say this because most shipping time from Asia is about a month or more and because of the fact that many items may not look as pictured. Many folks have gotten lucky and the items they have received have been great but others have been scammed out of money and much more, so I would rather 80 bucks and know what I am getting.

Aside from that this post should help when you’re on the fashion hunt, one of my favorite things is using the #DapperDay tag on instagram or Tumblr to look for inspiration or to just see what folks are creating. It’s pretty cool to see someone’s design from start to finish and maybe even spot them out at the park when you’re there.

Though I will say the most important rule to remember, don’t worry about anyone else and do what you want and what will be most comfortable for you.

Tomorrow we’re talking hotels and tickets, as well general Disney know how.