photos of author by Jennifer Khut

Whenever I go somewhere special, like an amusement park, museum, or some kind of special event, my thought process into putting an outfit together goes into overdrive even more than usual. It may sound silly, but I like digging through my closet to see if I have anything that could possibly match the essence or the atmosphere of wherever it is I’m going.

What can I say? I’m really enthusiastic about dressing in theme.

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When I headed to the Chabot Space & Science Center (CS&SC), I immediately thought to base my outfit around this galaxy print dress I got from ModCloth a few years ago and paired it with a gold belt, gold ballet flats, navy cardigan, and a novelty rocket ship clutch by Kate Spade. If it didn’t scream OUTER SPACE, then I don’t know what does.

If you don’t want to be extremely blatant like me, but still want to try dressing up in theme for a day at CS&SC, you totally can! Subtle accessories like celestial themed brooches, earrings, necklaces, purses, and whatnot, would be so perfect while looking around CS&SC. And these kinds of things are easy to find at just about any accessory store, from the ones at your local shopping mall, to boutiques scattered across the Bay Area.

The first time I went to CS&SC I wore a Star Wars t-shirt and denim mini skirt (go figure), so why not draw inspiration from your favorite sci-fi related films, tv shows, and books too? You can pair a graphic tee that references a sci-fi franchise you love like Star Wars, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, etc and dress it up with a skirt or nice pair of pants. You can even channel a sci-fi character via the everyday cosplay route. Everyday cosplays can be subdued and not completely in-your-face too in case you feel like it might be silly. And FYI, it’s definitely NOT silly.

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You don’t have to limit yourself to just space/sci-fi related things if you’re trying to dress in theme. Besides Star Wars merch, I also spotted a few items with Nikola Telsa and Albert Einstein’s intelligent mugs slapped on some trinkets at the gift store. No, I’m not suggesting that you spike your mane and dye it grey like Albert Einstein. I mean… unless you’re into that. What I’m suggesting is to take a fashion cue from these geniuses. Whenever I see a picture of Tesla he’s wearing a smart blazer with a crisp collared shirt. Adding some steampunk-esque (think mechanical inspired accessories in copper and bronze hues) baubles could help liven the outfit, and it’d be a subtle nod to his work as a mechanical engineer. Sure, it sounds like it could be any ordinary outfit, but you’ll know where you got your outfits’ inspiration from, and that’s always a fun thing. 🙂

If you’d like to give dressing in theme a go at CS&SC, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to do so this Saturday, July 25. Admittance will only be $5 after 5pm, and they’ll be closing at 10pm, leaving plenty of time to roam around and explore.

photo by Nina Penalosa

Note: If you plan on looking through the large telescope while wearing a dress or skirt, be careful! Those steps are high AND steep.

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