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32 Elegant But Nerdy Ideas For Your Prom Outfit

Wave your nerd flag at prom...without the flag.

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1. Add some shiny LEGO cufflinks to your sleeves.

Get them at Perfect Cufflinks.
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Get them at Perfect Cufflinks.

2. Attach a Hunger Games mockingjay pin to your dress or blazer.

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Get similar one here.

3. Show off your Star Wars pride with this R2-D2 bracelet.

Get it here at Her Universe. Other R2-D2 jewelry available.
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Get it here at Her Universe. Other R2-D2 jewelry available.

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4. Match Hogwarts-themed nails with your dress colors.

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5. Use Sansa Stark or Cersei Lannister as your hairstyle inspirations.

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See more similar Game of Thrones hair tutorials here.

6. Wear metallic Star Wars Naboo earrings with your up-do.

Available at Her Universe. We recommend wearing this with a white or red dress for a regal Queen Amidala look.
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Available at Her Universe. We recommend wearing this with a white or red dress for a regal Queen Amidala look.

7. Replace your watch with this Dr. Who pocket watch.

Buy now for instant class.
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Buy now for instant class.

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8. Hold all of your essentials in this magical unicorn purse.

Matching wallet sold separately. Shop here!
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Matching wallet sold separately. Shop here!

9. Forgo the normal boutonniere for this comic book one.

Make your own with the help of this tutorial.
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Make your own with the help of this tutorial.

10. Try on these Portal Companion Cube earrings.

The perfect blend of girly and geeky, all in one earring. Buy now!
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The perfect blend of girly and geeky, all in one earring. Buy now!

11. Wear this moon circlet in place of a tiara to channel your inner Sailor Moon.

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This crescent moon headpiece is available here.

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12. Have each of your friends wear vigor pins from Bioshock Infinite.

Bonus points if their outfit matches the vigor bottle. Search for it on eBay since the Irrational Games store is sold out at the moment.
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Bonus points if their outfit matches the vigor bottle. Search for it on eBay since the Irrational Games store is sold out at the moment.

13. Wear this Kingdom Hearts keyblade and heart necklace set with your BFF.

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Laser cut jewelry is super modern yet cute. These are by Lickety Cut.

14. Add some super cute Super Mario details to your outfit.

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They also have Luigi/Wario/Waluigi hats and Daisy crowns on their Etsy!
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They also have Luigi/Wario/Waluigi hats and Daisy crowns on their Etsy!

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15. Get matching Sailor Moon senshi symbol necklaces for you and your crew.

Which sailor scout are you? Necklaces available here.
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Which sailor scout are you? Necklaces available here.

16. Sweeten up your outfit with this Adventure Time BMO bow.

Wear in your hair or even pin to your dress. Get it now!
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Wear in your hair or even pin to your dress. Get it now!

17. Wear this colorful Zelda Majora's Mask Termina Clock bracelet that matches everything.

Also comes in First Day version and two different sizes here.
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Also comes in First Day version and two different sizes here.

18. This Harry Potter wallet can double as your clutch.

You can buy this beauty here.
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You can buy this beauty here.

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19. Stick flowers in your braids for a Rapunzel inspired hairdo.

Full directions for this Tangled hairdo here.
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Full directions for this Tangled hairdo here.

20. Stick some pink llama hair clips in your updo!

Shop here!
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Shop here!

21. Zombie bow tie adds a bit of edge to your ensemble.

Pair this with a classic black jacket and white shirt.
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Pair this with a classic black jacket and white shirt.

22. Show off your Miyazaki love with this Spirited Away No-Face ring.

Get one to match your black or purple gown.
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Get one to match your black or purple gown.

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23. Try these Dungeons and Dragons inspired ties for roleplaying game addicts.

Comes in a variety of colors, buy now.
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Comes in a variety of colors, buy now.

24. Wear this classy Batman clip with the tie of your choice.

Buy this fancy piece here.
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Buy this fancy piece here.

25. Star Trek nails are the perfect thing for Trekkies.

You can use one design as an accent nail or decorate all your nails.
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You can use one design as an accent nail or decorate all your nails.

26. Unleash your dark side with this Darth Vadar crossbody purse.

Buy it here.
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Buy it here.

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27. Try this DIY boutonniere idea: glue LEGO figures in the center of the ribbon or flower.

See the tutorial here.
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See the tutorial here.

28. This Pokeball pendant is simple but iconic.

Available in other types, like Master Ball. Get it here!
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Available in other types, like Master Ball. Get it here!

29. These Breaking Bad cufflinks are an understated accessory.

Snag these here.
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Snag these here.

30. Change up your boring heels with shoe clips like these Nightmare Before Christmas ones.

Shoe clips are also incredibly inexpensive. See more at her Etsy store.
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Shoe clips are also incredibly inexpensive. See more at her Etsy store.

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31. Minimalistic game controller ties are great for those who don't want loud accessories.

See more at the Penny Arcade store.
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See more at the Penny Arcade store.

32. Create your own dress belt for whatever fandom you want.

Just follow this tutorial and customize it with a trinket of your choice!
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Just follow this tutorial and customize it with a trinket of your choice!

Who is ready to look FIERCE at prom?

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