Here's the outfit I chose for the Motorola Flipout catwalk show at Britain's Next Top Model last weekend. Scroll to the bottom for more photos and a little video that sums up the event.
I took inspiration from the likes of Alexa Chung and the Marc Jacobs AW10 collection for my geek inspired look. It's grown up geek verging on granny chic. You can take this fashion trend as far as you want or just take little pieces of it and mix with your existing wardrobe. Everything I've selected works on its own as well as in the outfit so you'll get plenty of wear out of it all.
Starting from the bottom up... The boots called Sidesaddle are from an online boutique called Kindred Sole and I went for a heeled brogue boot to give the look a more feminine edge.You can pick up these ribbed socks at Topshop, and the thin, silky material means they look good pulled up, or left gathered around the ankle.
I fell in love with the Warehouse skirt while out shopping. It's a circle style and looks extra geeky when worn high on the waist. Colours like burgundy, bottle green and navy blue are great for the geek chic look as they remind us of retro school uniforms. The bow is a £2 hair clip from Primark which I've just secured with a safety pin. The whole outfit has been kept quite plain so just a touch of pattern here adds some excitement. If you want a skirt that's going to be great for spring summer too then my tip is to try anything with pleats as they were definitely a hit at London Fashion Week.
For the top half I went for a roll neck knit from Rocha.John Rocha at Debenhams. The high street has really bought into the camel trend so there is a huge amount to choose from in that hue, particularly with knitwear. Grazia magazine recently ran a feature of grandad cardigans and to get that look just buy a couple of sizes bigger than you need, I also saw some great Aran style cardigans in River Island recently.
When it comes to accessories you can really have some fun. The satchel is a must-have and I love the colour blocking of this Betty Jackson.Black one from Debenhams which means it goes with any outfit whether you've got brown, black or more natural coloured accessories. Most of the jewellery here is from Topshop, the Oxford Circus store has loads of geek-inspired jewellery and accessories and I picked out this cute camera necklace as the main piece. The geeky specs were a bargain down at Camden Market, I realise geek chic doesn't have to be that literal but we wanted to have a bit of fun with the overall look.
The hair and make-up was kept fairly simple. Hair was by Brad Allen in a cute messy side bun. For make-up we kept it quite subtle with rosy cheeks, neutral eyeshadow and a bit of eyeliner. On the last day the make-up artist went over the top slightly with some deep berry lips... although I do quite like it, very on-trend right now.
I hope you guys like the look, and it's one you can copy without spending very much at all. Read on for a few more pics from the event and the Motorola video they put together to sum up the weekend's activities...