Making Geek Chic: The Big Bang Theory

Like Weezer did in the ’90s, CBS’s  hit show “The Big Bang Theory” has upped the cool factor of geeks everywhere making their unique style the new chic.

For those of you who haven’t seen the show, it is centered around two roommates who are geniuses attending Cal Tech — experimental physicist Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons).

The ensemble cast includes their neighbor Penny (Kaley Cuoco) — a hot blonde waitress and aspiring actress (Leonard’s on again off again love interest); and Leonard and Sheldon’s equally geeky and socially awkward co-workers and friends Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) who still lives with his mom, and Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) who has a fear of talking to women and can only do so when drunk.

Hilarity ensues.

The show delivers weekly treats of brilliant writing, humor, and winks and nods to some coveted geek interests such as “Star Trek” (many guest appearances from Wil Wheaton), comic books, “Doctor Who,” “World of Warcraft” and navigating social awkwardness.
Whether you’re a geek or geek at heart, you can’t help but love the interesting, eclectic, hipster, nerdy and sometimes retro clothing and gear the gang sports on every episode. Each character definitely has his own take on geek.

Sheldon wears graphic and comic book tee’s layered with long sleeve shirts, Leonard frequently don’s corduroy pants, windbreakers and earth toned hoodies with his classic “Buddy Holly” style glasses, Wolowitz has a retro-nerd look all his own and Koothrappali seems to have the largest selection of sweater vests I’ve ever seen.

You may not be a MENSA member, have a degree in science or attend Comicon but you can still put some nerd smarts to work and add some Geek chic to your wardrobe repertoire.

Let’s get your geek on! Here’s my take on how to put just the right amount of Geek into your chic: Find out what’s new at ThinkGeek! (there’s a link in my sidebar) and see their huge selection of  “The Big Bang Theory” merchandise: Soft Kitty baby doll tee, Bazinga goodies, periodic table shower curtain and tons more!

If you’re a die-hard fan of the show, you may be pining away for a specific shirt you saw Leonard or Sheldon wear a few episodes ago. Feed that craving — you can visit to find where to buy items worn by certain characters on the show listed by episode!

Think Geek wants to introduce you to geek chic. One lucky winner will receive a Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock T-shirt, the version of Rock Paper Scissors played on “The Big Bang Theory.” To enter, if you haven’t already, subscribe to this blog. Then, leave a comment on this post between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1 telling me your favorite Geek product on the Thinkgeek website. For additional entries repost on your Facebook and Twitter.

Good luck and thanks for reading.