Whatever it is that ignites your inner geek, be it from film, game, or book, it’s guaranteed you’ll find a piece of apparel related to it online. Something that will resonate with your inner geek to the degree that you’ll want to throw your money at your computer screen and sit cross-legged in front of your letter box, anticipation mode engaged. To help you feel the joy that comes from wearing what’s in your heart on your sleeve, we’ve rounded up some of the best places across the web that will provide you with your hit of geek merchandise.
1. Think Geek
In operation since 1999 Think Geek have a huge selection of geek-related things for you to explore on an easily traversable website, which conveniently allows you to organise your shopping by category or interest. They cover interests from Breaking Bad to Super Mario and everything in between. Some highlights are their 8-bit sunglasses so you can look sharp as pixels, and some carry on luggage that looks like a giant Game Boy because, well, it’s so cool and let’s face it, you’ll never miss that coming round on the carousel.
Think Geek also offer international shipping to the UK in the form of UPS Express and DHL, or a less expensive economy service for smaller, lighter orders weighing less than 4 pounds and costing less than $400. Do make sure to thoroughly check the size chart though, ranging from S to 3XL for women, as no exchanges are available outside of the US.
Based in Leeds, Soft Kitty Clothing are a company close to home offering a wide range of clothing for women and men with collections covering Sailor Moon, Adventure Time, Harry Potter, and more. Their crop tops are particularly adorable, available in Pokemon-themed favourites Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Pikachu as well as a great Adventure Time one. Something to be wary of is their sizing; each item that is ready to buy comes in only one size, usually fitting between a 6 and a 12. If you’re willing to wait a bit more time for your delivery, they also offer a made to order service. With this service the sizing range is much greater, from XS to 3XL, and prints are available across a greater number of clothing styles.
1st class shipping within the UK is priced at £3 with custom items expected to take 2-3 weeks and other items taking 2-3 days.
3. Her Universe
Founded by Ashley Eckstein, actress and voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and The Araca Group in 2009, Her Universe is a site dedicated to outfitting female sci-fi fans, young and older, in jewellery and clothing from their favourite brand, be it Marvel or Doctor Who. Clothing comes in an excellent range of sizes from XS to 4XL. Pay special attention to their everyday cosplay section which has a plethora of jackets and dresses that will have you dressed in the outfit of your favourite character quickly and easily.
Her Universe are US based and don’t currently ship outside of the US and Canada, but you can always use a site like MyUS to get round that.
4. Insert Coin
Insert Coin are a UK-based company that provide a wide range of apparel and accessories specifically for fans of video games. Founded in 2010, they sell clothing and accessories for a wide range of games, whether you pick up the controller to become an assassin or a hedgehog. Particular attention should be paid to their PlayStation and Sega bags which have enough room for you fill them up and feel like you’re carrying the actual console over your shoulder. There is also a bright pair of Sonic the Hedgehog leggings if you’re feeling super retro (we doubt they’ll make you move faster but it might be worth a try).
Insert Coin ship in the UK via Royal Mail for £3.50 (or free for orders over £50), as well as offering next day delivery for £6 for when you just can’t wait. Their women’s clothing is available in sizes S to XL.
Cult favourite Black Milk were set up in Australia in 2009, specialising in women’s clothing. Their licensed collections cover Game of Thrones, Disney, Middle Earth and even Space Invaders to name but a few. Try to control yourself when you go shopping, as Black Milk clothing can set you back as much as $85 AUD for a pair of leggings. Yet sometimes you just can’t resist the opportunity to channel the sass of Ursula or show support for your Game of Thrones house in a shooter vest.
Black Milk offer a couple of shipping options for their international customers: free standard shipping through Australia Post (which is untrackable and could take between 1 and 3 weeks), and express trackable UPS delivery for $18 AUD which will appear in 2-5 working days. Sizes range from XS to XL.
So, suit up and prepare yourself to graciously accept the flurry of compliments directed at your taste in pop culture and clothing.
Main Image: Think Geek