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Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by Lost

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Previously, on Geek Chic

We covered superheroes and hobbits and physicists (oh my!), but we’ve yet to discuss one of the most obsession-inducing television shows ever: LOST.

For six seasons, this program about a group of survivors stranded on a mysterious island after a plane crash kept viewers on the edge of their seats and spawned a new generation of TV conspiracy theorists. I’d argue that no other show has ever inspired such staggering amounts of hyper-vigilant rewinding and compulsive re-watching of episodes among fans.

For more Geek Chic, check out previous posts on Avengers-inspired fashion, Sailor Moon-inspired fashion, BBC’s Sherlock-inspired fashion, Doctor Who-inspired fashion (plus part 2 and part 3), Star Wars-inspired fashion, The Hunger Games-inspired fashion, The Lord of the Rings-inspired fashion, The Big Bang Theory-inspired fashion, and Star Trek-inspired fashion!

Know Your Geek: About Lost

  • I’m not even going to try to explain the show’s mythology here, not only because it would take forever, but also because the only way to do it justice is to watch! Let’s just say that Lost involves everything from a set of cursed numbers to an eyeliner-wearing dude who doesn’t age, to a polar bear, to a homicidal smoke monster, to an invincible one-eyed Soviet soldier, to imaginary peanut butter to drug lords posing as priests, to a really cute golden retriever. And if that doesn’t make you want to watch, I really don’t know what will.
  • Although the show narrative was very serialized, each episode tended to center around one or two characters. Since character development was somewhat limited due to the island setting, episodes almost always employed flashbacks to further explore characters’ stories.  
  • Lost, which ran from 2004-2010 on ABC, was created by JJ Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and Jeff Lieber, and was run by head writers Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.
  • Due to the large ensemble cast and Hawaii film site, the show was one of the most expensive on television and was considered an incredibly risky project.  Lost became a critical success, however, and most major networks have since attempted to create “the next Lost.”

Outfits Inspired by Lost

Hope you’re ready for some tropical weather, because we’re about to get lost!

The Survivors of Oceanic Flight 815

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Oceanic Flight 815 was a trans-pacific flight going from Sydney, Australia, to Los Angeles, California. At the time of the crash, which was caused by a freak electromagnetic storm, the plane was over 1,000 miles off course, making search efforts nearly impossible.

The survivors come from all walks of life: Jack, the de facto leader, is a spinal surgeon bringing his father’s body home to LA. Kate’s a fugitive, Sawyer’s a con man, Locke’s a paraplegic trying to find meaning in life, Charlie’s a has-been rock star addicted to heroin, Sun and Jin are a Korean couple with serious marital issues, Sayid’s a former Iraqi interrogator…you get the idea.

All of the survivors have their own dark secrets and reasons for being on Flight 815, but now, forced to fight for survival on the Island, they must “live together or die alone.

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Since they’ve only got what they were wearing on the flight and what they’ve scavenged from the wreckage, the survivors aren’t exactly going for high fashion.  (Plus, there’s that whole stranded-on-an-island thing.) Nevertheless, the common theme seems to be jeans and lightweight layers.

While I suppose it might be bad juju to wear a Lost-inspired outfit while traveling by air, this layered ensemble would actually be ideal for a spring/summer flight. Plane cabins always seem to be either scorching hot or absolutely freezing. Toss a mid-weight camp shirt on over a thin tank; that way, you can just remove or add a layer depending on the temperature in the cabin.

Comfy boyfriend jeans will keep your legs protected from the scratchy seats. Huarache sandals are super cute and beach-appropriate: look for a pair with a zipper on the back for easy removal as you go through security.

The Others

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The mysterious “Others”, as the survivors call them, are a group of people who inhabit the Island. There’s no telling how long they’ve been there or how they got there, but they do make one thing clear: the Island is theirs. Led by Ben Linus, who gets his orders from a mysterious figure named Jacob, the Others know the Island better than anyone else.

Their hobbies include attending book clubs and spying on intruders; for the latter activity, they favor natural fibers like linen and cotton in hues that let them blend into the jungle.

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Planning on creeping through the jungle to spy on some Oceanic Flight 815 survivors? Or do you just want to look nice during a summer lunch date? Either way, this outfit inspired by the mysterious Others has got you covered.

A tie-dye blouse is a chic take on camouflage and silky green shorts will keep you looking classy but still keep you cool in warm weather. Neutral-toned accessories like strappy leather sandals and a suede coin pouch add to the polished look. Finally, jazz it all up with a garnet ring and a cool pendant that’s somewhat reminiscent of a major Island landmark. (What lies in the shadow of the statue?)

The Dharma Initiative

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The Dharma Initiative was a research organization that revolved around fringe science. Created in 1970, the Initiative experimented with subjects like meteorology, psychology, zoology, and electromagnetism. Although Dharma is no longer an active organization, the remnants of many of their scientific experiments remain on the island.

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The most important part of any Dharma Initiative-inspired outfit is, of course, the ubiquitous khaki jumpsuit, updated here as an adorable romper. An octagonal, black and white ring is reminiscent of the Dharma insignia, while bronze bunny earrings allude to some of the organization’s experimental subjects. (Alas, there were no polar bear accessories to be found.)

Since the Initiative was founded in the 1970s, add some flower power with a bright floral bib necklace that’s also a fun play on a Hawaiian lei. Punch it up with bright turquoise shoes and a bold clutch. Namaste!

The Island

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Played magnificently by the Hawaiian island of Oahu, the Island might seem like an odd source of inspiration, but anyone who’s watched Lost can attest that the Island itself should definitely be considered a character. It’s as far from an ordinary place as you can get.

Not only does the Island move, it’s got its fair share of fun surprises, which includes a smoke monster and mysterious whispers in the jungle. Yet the Island also seems to have miraculous curing powers: passenger John Locke, who was previously paralyzed from the waist down, mysteriously regained his ability to walk after the plane crash.

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Supernatural shenanigans notwithstanding, the Island is really quite beautiful.  Channel that natural splendor with a bold floral print top (spring 2012 trend alert!) and forest-green trousers, both of which are lightweight pieces you could easily slip on after a day at the beach.  Multi-colored wedges will add spring to your step, while cute pig earrings reference the wild boar that inhabit the jungle.  A smoky eye is a fun reference to the Island’s resident smoke monster.

An eye pendant alludes to the opening shot of the pilot episode, as well as Locke’s famous quote, “I looked into the eye of this Island, and what I saw was beautiful.” In hindsight, we should all take a moment to question Locke’s judgment, but it’s no wonder that he found this tropical hideaway so entrancing.

*WARNING: There are spoilers from here on. If you haven’t yet watched Season 6, you might want to stop reading here…*

Black and White

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In the final season of Lost, the whole driving force behind the plane crash was revealed: the epic clash between immortal Island inhabitants Jacob and his brother, the Man in Black, led not only to the arrival of Oceanic Flight 815 on the Island, but also to the presence of certain passengers on the flight.  Dualism is a major theme of Lost, and it’s definitely manifested in these sparring siblings, who represent a dichotomy of good and evil.

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While I don’t want to disclose too much information, I think an appreciation of these two brothers’ minimalist color choices could hardly be considered a spoiler! Black and white is a perpetually chic color combination. Pair a white linen tank with a black jersey maxi skirt for a breezy look that can easily take you from the classroom to the beach. Simple sandals and stone jewelry in black and white keep the ensemble interesting.

What did you think?

Would you wear these looks?  Did you watch Lost? Do you miss those good ol’ days of shocking character deaths and agonizing cliffhangers? Have you ever played 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 in the lotto? What other geeky inspirations would you like to see? (Next time, we’ll once again be going to that galaxy far, far away for some queenly inspiration!) Let me know in the comments! 

Posted on on May 19, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , ,

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33 Responses to “Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by Lost”

  1. 1
    May 19th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Love this, Love this, Love this!
    I dedicated 6 years of my life to figuring out that show, now I can extend my obsession just a while longer! Well done :-D

  2. 2
    May 19th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Genius!

  3. 3
    May 19th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I’m in the middle of watching Lost and loved this post! Thank you so much for the spolier alert because I’m in the middle of Season Five and am super careful to not ruin anything for myself. Thanks!

  4. 4
    May 19th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    oh how i have MISSED lost – it is still my favorite TV show in the history of television. this post was fantastic and much needed!! you caught the essence of the different groups from the island :)

  5. 5
    May 19th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I TOTALLY wish that y’all would do a Harry Potter Geek Chic. Saying that I love this and I love LOST so all is right in the world <3

  6. 6
    May 19th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    what’s the link to the ring in the first outfit? it’s so pretty!

  7. 7
    May 19th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Strangely enough, when I heard the name Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs for the first time it made me think of Stoned like Bigfoot. Fortunately, T.E.E.D. is quite different in musical terms to the band from my hometown.

  8. 8
    May 19th, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Wow, this brings back memories! Still feel that vague hole in my heart just like I do with the end of HP , ha ha! Great idea for a post!

  9. 9
    May 19th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Love this, especially the last look!

  10. 10
    May 20th, 2012 at 12:49 am

    @Elana, I totally share the same sentiment as you. After the series finale, I had no idea what to do with myself on Wednesday nights!

    Needless to say, I LOVE this post! Thank you!

  11. 11
    May 20th, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Best. Post. Ever! I miss Lost SO much!

  12. 12
    May 20th, 2012 at 5:09 am

    I love this post! The info you gave and the outfits are enough to make me buy the boxset! I’m looking forward to watching all this..

  13. 13
    May 20th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Aww, I loved LOST! Great post

  14. 14
    May 20th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I’ve been meaning to start watching this on Netflix, but haven’t had the time. This was definitely an incentive to start though!

    And please please please please do Buffy the Vampire Slayer!!

  15. 15
    May 20th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I’m proud to say that so far, I’ve seen every show/movie used as Geek Chic inspiration! I watched the whole series of LOST online in the summer of 2010, it was a great way to spend a few weeks! haha these outfits are awesome, I loved seeing the characters’ personalities reflected in their clothes, especially because they basically only had one outfit each. Sun and Jin’s fight about her keeping her cardigan buttoned up helped to learn a lot about their dynamic when you couldn’t understand what they were saying. So many details! So much nuance! I love LOST <3

  16. 16
    May 20th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Lovvveee this! I’ve been thinking that it might be time to revisit the series (all on Netflix now woot woot)… and now I can do it in Lost style :) Great post–so fun!

  17. 17
    May 20th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    1. Maybe
    2. Yes
    3. No. I loved the show, but the “suspense” got annoying
    4. LOL no, but I will
    5. Old school science fiction please! The girls always get to wear really cool stuff

  18. 18
    May 20th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I LOVE THIS POST, oh and Richard never wore eyeliner, they actually had to put makeup on him to tone down his lash line because they were so thick. I’m incredibly jealous of his eyelashes and wish I could steal them.

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    May 21st, 2012 at 11:42 am

    would love to see outfits inspired by Mad Men!! how can i take that awesome 50’s aesthetic and make it a little more modern?

  20. 20
    May 21st, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Can’t wait for the X-Files inspired fashion, or Supernatural (hoodies FTW!).

  21. 21
    May 21st, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    DO GAME OF THRONES INSPIRED CLOTHING!!! totally geek chic

  22. 22
    May 21st, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Love it. Am definitely going to watch the show. Is it scary? If so, warn me please! I have requested this a couple of times…..AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER? PLEASE?

  23. 23
    May 22nd, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Aww great job!!! I LOVE the bunny earrings, they’re so cute, they cracked me up. You nailed Dharma perfectly lol. :) Also love the smoky eye for the smoke monster in the island pic (too cute) & the B&W. Die-hard lostie here so this is definitely one of my all-time favorite posts on CF! haha.

  24. 24
    May 24th, 2012 at 12:12 am

    I LOVED LOST and so I LOVED this post!!!

  25. 25
    May 25th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I love all of these so far, but I was thinking what about some video game inspiration, I would love an outfit inspired by GLaDOS, or the Master Chief without having to full on cos-play, then again I don’t know how to manage a GLaDos cos-play. Maybe even something from a popular machinma, *cough* Red Vs Blue *cough* or another popular web show like The Guild, as much as I would like to, I don’t think I could get away with a Codex costume at work. But don’t take this the wrong way, I love these posts, makes me so happy to know that geeks and nerds still care about fashion! Thanks a ton!

  26. 26
    July 11th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    These articles are incredibly entertaining. I’ve never read anything like this! The distinctiveness of your writing is refreshing.

  27. 27
    August 21st, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Vincent was a yellow lab, not a golden retriever ;)

  28. 28
    October 8th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I freaking love your Geek Chic posts! Their amazing.

  29. 29
    October 15th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    You forgot to mention the wonderful array of big men’s clothing for Hurley – his wide selection of t-shirts and button-downs (with the characteristic “king” pocket label); his LA-style jeans and jacket, as well as how turned-out he looked in his suit. Rarely have we seen clothing for big men so extensively displayed in the costuming of a prime-time drama.

  30. 30
    September 21st, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Hi I’m Chrissy, I love college fashion.net and I love your sets. I check this website frequently. I noticed you make a lot of sci-fi and fantasy sets which are so cool. I was wondering do you make any sets inspired by historical movies? I see you are really active on this website, I was just wondering if you could make a set inspired the 1992 film The Last of the Mohicans with clothing inspired by all the of the outfits of the characters Cora and Alice Munro played respectively by Madeleine Stowe and Jodhi May. It would mean a lot to me and I really love that movie and I love fashion inspired by the films I love. Thank you for reading and have a good day!

  31. 31
    September 21st, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Hi this is Chrissy again, since this is a post about the tv show LOST, do you mind making a set inspired by the character Shannon Rutherford, she was my favorite character on the show and I loved her fashion style, thanks for reading.

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