Welcome to GeekStyle, a column that discusses the ins and outs of geek fashion. (Also read the previous GeekStyle) We are here to help you answer your style questions and provide you with some practical tips on whatâs hip (and What is Not), for geeks.
First up, The Tip of the Week:
This weeks tip is about hats. Once upon a time no gentlemen could do without. You owned a suit, smoked cigarettes and wore hats. Those were the days that girls were still gals or dols and men were tough. Somewhere along the line we lost the necessity to wear hats. What happened? Why did we once needed hats and can now generally do without? Is it raining less? Does hairgel have anything to do with it? It is as much a mystery to us as it is to you. Fact is: wearing a hat these days puts you in the minority and that means any hat is also a statement: I wear a hat and I donât care about your opinion!
So, as the stubborn and egotistical geeks we are it is perfectly fine to wear a hat. You can either go for the basebal cap adorned with buttons (donât wear it backwards though!) or the comfortable fishing hat. Donât wear a branded hat that says âGot it for free at a conferenceâ but invest in something high quality.
Donât use it to mask your balding head! If you are balding just get it over with and shave the head.
Got no hair at all? Wear any hat you want!
Now, onto readers questions.
Our first question is by Ernst-Jan Pfauth who recently published his first book and is now bombarded with fanmail. He asks us âHow do you deal with all those emails from people wanting to have lunch of coffee with you?â
You know what your inbox really is donât you? It is a todo list that other people can fill. And they will. Relentlessly. Everybody expects you to reply to your email, and within a few hours too. You could do that, but it will drive you crazy.
My advice: learn to say no. Saying no is hard so consider this: imagine if you would email Bill Gates or Steve Jobs today with a request for lunch together. âHey Steve/Bill, how about we get together for lunch next week to see how we can work together. Iâm sure we can find something that will be beneficial to both of usâ.
What will happen you think? Right, you wonât ever hear back from either of them, and thats fine. No answer is also an answer.
So remember this; if someone asks you a questions you canât answer, or ask you for a favor you donât want to fulfill, or suggest a meeting you donât want to attend, feel free to just ignore it. Sure, some people will think you are arrogant and some others will assume an error on your part and email again. But over time they too will understand that No Answer is also An Answer.
Read the previous GeekStyle if you canât get enough!
Yes, we do questions every week! Have a geek style question you want to have answered? Donât want to bother your mother? Or maybe you have âa friendâ with an issue that needs answering? JustÂ email GeekStyle or leave a comment.