Is There Female “Silicon Valley Style”?
11:00 am, February 5th | by Hillary Reinsberg
Mark Zuckerberg’s hoodie and flip flops look has been copied a million times over — and the geek-inspired anti-fashion statement has become the much-talked about signature look for the tech world’s startup guys. But what about the women?
An article in today’s New York Times explores the apparent Silicon Valley trend of wearing wacky socks (neon, argyle, polka dots, etc.). For some, as the article puts it, it’s a way of expressing yourself and showing a sense of style even when you’re wearing a hoodie to the office. For others, it’s a way of maintaining a little bit of that geeky edge for the occasional meeting that requires wearing a traditional suit.
The wacky sock lovers mentioned in the story are an influentia bunch — Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, big time venture capitalist Jim Breyer, and a bunch of guys who work at sexy Silicon Valley companies like Twitter, Path, and Instagram.
But here’s the thing we’re wondering about — the emphasis is on “a bunch of guys.” Yes, the unusual male fashion trends that have emerged out of Silicon Valley are amusing, for sure. And yes, there is something of a shortage of female startup founders. But there are a significant enough number of women working at Silicon Valley startups. In the most obvious way of putting it: do Silicon Valley women also wear quirky socks? Have women in tech adopted the same slightly calculated laissez-faire look that their male counterparts have come to be known for?
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