Winter Wear For Nerds Who Actually Go Outside [Feature]


Nerds like us don’t venture out all that much, but if you’re forced to leave the basement — and it’s cold outside — you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of clothing options like these that are warm, functional and stylish.

Furry Chewbacca zipper hoodie
A thick fur pelt has been the winter weather attire of choice for millenia, and this fuzzy Chewbacca zipper hoodie will keep you nice and warm. There’s also a furless version floating around for those of you who are concerned with the senseless killing of Wookiees. $69.50 to $73.50 – HotTopic via Fashionably Geek

Air Quote mittens
With these Kate Spade’s Air Quote mittens, my sarcasm is twice as efficient in cold weather. No more curling my fingers! Thanks to these gloves — and a wardrobe filled with ironic T-shirts — I barely have to participate in real conversation! $39 – Kate Spade via Fashionably Geek

Subzero warm breath mask
This high-tech mask humidifies and warms winter air by trapping a small amount of heated, humid exhalation. A “microclimate” is produced inside the mask that is 40 to 60 degrees warmer than the outside air with up to 80 percent humidity — so you can comfortably take full, deep breaths in the cold air. Plus, you can pretend you’re Batman’s arch nemesis Bane while you wear it. $59.95 –Hammacher  Schlemmer

Boba Fett knitted hat
Too bad Grandma wasn’t a Star Wars fan, because I would have requested a knitted Boba Fett hat like the one made by Etsy seller BeeBeeKins for Christmas. This particular hat is currently sold out, but they do accept custom orders. $49.99 (when available) – Etsy via Fashionably Geek

“Portal 2” Long Fall socks
Even test subjects like a nice pair of long socks in the wintertime, and these Portal-themed Long Fall socks would work nicely in a pair of boots. Just don’t try jumping from any tall buildings in them, because their functionality in those situations is limited to making your feet look good while you plummet. $11.99 –Jinx via Fashionably Geek

Scottevest SeV Puffer Jacket
Puffer jackets are trendy these days, but only the SeV Puffer Jacket from Scottevest features 19 pockets for toting around your mobile devices and other miscellany. The pocket system includes  Weight Management, NoBulge pockets, deep pockets, wire management and clear touch cell phone pockets. So you’ll look cool right off the bat because it’s a puffer, but everyone will come to appreciate you as the Johnny on the spot guy. iPad? Got it right in my pocket. Water bottle? Here you go. Whole roasted chicken? No problem. $190 – Scottevest via Fashionably Geek

Star Wars Wampa sneakers
The Wampa is specially adapted to survive in the harsh climate of Hoth, so when you travel there, do as the natives do, and wear a pair of these Adidas Star Wars Wampa sneakers. Each pair features faux Wampa fur (horsehair), a Wampa tongue badge and a laser-cut Wampa logo. With any luck, you’ll avoid having to sacrifice your Tauntaun to survive. $150 – Adidas via Fashionably Geek

Cold-activated snowflake scarf
I don’t need any fancy cold-activated bottles to tell me when my beer is cold and I certainly don’t need a scarf to tell me that it’s cold outside However, I have to admit that this thermochromatic Jack Frost scarf with its snowflake design that grows larger when the temperature dips below 65 degrees is pretty stylish. $60 –Diana Eng via Fashionably Geek

Princess Leia bun headphone covers
These Princess Leia buns are made out of synthetic hair and designed to fit over your headphones, but we are willing to bet that they will keep your ears nice and warm too. That having been said, we should credit Princess Vespa from “Spaceballs” for  having the idea first. $24 – Etsy via Fashionably Geek

Tesla coil hat
While we admire MIT student Tyler Christensen’s dedication to nerdy headgear, we don’t recommend stepping out this winter in a top hat outfitted with a dual-resonant solid state Tesla coil that’s programmed to play the Mortal Kombat theme. There are simply far too many options out there for keeping your head warm that don’t involve bolts of electricity. TC Engineering viaFashionably Geek

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