Like the idea of book earrings but want a more streamlined design? So did we. And then we found Aroha Silhouettes’ Hardcover Silhouette Earrings ($55). Made from stainless steel with a matte black powder finish, these sleek earrings measure 1.2 x 1.4 inches at their widest points, yet they are given the perception of depth by optical illusion. Proudly display your love for books even when you’re wearing a cocktail dress.
Price: $55 (Buy Now)
There’s a little company based in New York called Out of Print Clothing, and their mission is to spread the joy of reading through t-shirts, phone cases, tote bags, and other accessories. Featuring iconic – and often out of print – book covers, their products caught our eye and we dallied around their website and decided we really, really liked this group of book nerds. Their website even has a bookshelf page, offering a peek at what their staff is currently reading, plans to read next, and has just completed reading. Pictured here are the Slaughterhouse Five T-Shirt ($28, above left) featuring a first edition dust jacket design by Paul Bacon, and the Atlas Shrugged T-Shirt ($28, above right) from the first edition cover by George Salter. We know more than one bibliophile who will be delighted to see this.
Price: $28 (Buy Now)
Source: Out of Print Clothing
We’re screaming around the corner straight into a white-hot summer, so here are a few Star Wars-inspired tank tops to gleefully take the edge off: Stormtrooper Tank Top ($16, above left) and R2-D2 Tank Top ($16, above right). The shirts are available in unisex sizes S, M, L, and XL.
Price: $16 (Buy Now)
We love it when nerdy meets stylish. For the (slightly) nerdy pastry chef in your life, Haute Mess Threads offers this splendid Star Wars-inspired R2-D2 Apron ($75). The aprons are made to order from 100% white cotton, and the design features black bows, royal blue accents, and adjustable halter straps.
Price: $75 (Buy Now)
And here’s another gift for the (slightly) nerdy lover of literary nonsense. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Mad Friends t-shirt ($24) takes a more fiendish approach to the Mad Hatter and company. This t-shirt design is from the delightful illustrator Jesse E. Larson, whose playfully dark work is hopefully the sign of wonderful things to come, and not merely a case of sheer madness.
Price: $24 (Buy Now)
Etsy seller Azuree Rocha is a self-professed gamer, and her shop is filled with (slightly) nerdy treasures that won’t break your bank. We were especially drawn to this piece for the Edgar Allen Poe fan: The Tell-Tale Heart Bracelet ($15). The bracelet’s cameo displays a suitably dark anatomical heart – perhaps not so dark as to cause one madness, but foreboding enough to be quite fetching.
Price: $15 (Buy Now)
How many times have these words escaped your lips the second the screen faded to black and the credits began to roll? It’s a simple sentiment, but this “The Book Was Better” t-shirt ($20) speaks volumes. And now, having seen this shirt, we’re reminded of how much we really just want to spend today curled up with a good book. Oh, and a nice thunderstorm. For ambiance.
Price: $20 (Buy Now)
Jilliann Silva wants to paint your shoes. You can choose virtually any theme, including Star Wars (pictured here), comic books, movies, bands, and folk art. Through her Etsy store, East Bay California, she offers Custom Hand-Painted Heels ($219; Shoes Not Included). Silva’s painting technique is durable, although she recommends that you select shoes made of canvas, suede, faux suede, or velvet. You mail her the shoes, and she paints them. Voilà!
Price: $219 (Buy Now)
If the (slightly) nerdy girl in your life is a fan of the BBC One show Sherlock and she doesn’t have this t-shirt, there’s only one possible explanation. And we aren’t at liberty to divulge it. Your job, then, is to go watch both series, figure that out, and then buy her the I Am Sherlocked t-shirt ($25).
Price: $25 (Buy Now)
The clothing of Kambriel has been worn by author Neil Gaiman, his bride Amanda Palmer, and comedienne Margaret Cho, not to mention all manner of eclectic fashion enthusiasts. This particular piece – the striped neo-Victorian Cabaret Bustle Jacket ($200) – was originally created for Palmer and certainly looks it. Like much of Kambriel’s clothing, the jacket is designed to flatter the silhouette while still being comfortable to wear.
Price: $200 (Buy Now)