TV Fashion: Jemaine Clement of 'Flight of the Conchords'
And struggling Conchord singer
Of course, the excessively dweebish musician is a classic substructure that can be traced back to the likes of
But Jemaine's look is a simple case of pairing dominant retro pieces over normal, modern apparel for a look that is both quirky and approachable without being too moronic. And trust us, that's a thin line.
One of the essentials of this look is the retro-look T-shirt. Two-toned cotton Ts with or without artwork (http://store.cottonfactory.com) should be placed under a complimenting western style shirt which were huge in the early seventies thanks largely to the weird crossover of country music into mainstream (think
But can we stop with the shirt? Nope. Outerwear is what truly separates this look form the pack. A 1960s Pendelton sport coat for warmer climes or double-breasted peacoats fleece collars, lapels and linings when it gets chilly are perfect for pulling the nerd quotient to its maximum effect. MonsterVintage.com is a great resource for pulling this look together. It's literally one-stop shopping for dweebs and the people who dress them.
And while standard jeans are fine, vintage cords get you that much closer to Bilson. Paired with a wide leather belt that picks up the cues from your sneakers, the bottom half of Jemaine seems to say almost as much as his top half: only with less of an accent.