Steampunk is a fashion aesthetic, subculture and subgenre of science fiction inspired by the technology and fashion of the 19th century. Steampunk imagines an alternate history in which society is built on using steam as the primary energy source, with motifs like cogs, analogue clocks, screws, machines and gears in shades of bronze, copper and brown being the most popular. Steampunk Goth is a popular offshoot of steampunk, incorporating elements of gothic fashion. The aesthetic often incorporates elements of Victorian and Edwardian fashion, as well as Western and non-Western styles.
How do I dress Steampunk?
Dressing in the steampunk style often involves combining elements of Victorian and Edwardian fashion with industrial-inspired accessories.
Tips for creating a steampunk look:
Start with a base of Victorian-inspired clothing, such as a corset, waistcoat, or long skirt. These can be paired with a blouse, shirt, or top hat for a classic steampunk look. Incorporate industrial-inspired elements, such as gears, goggles, and brass or copper details. These can be added to clothing or accessories, such as a belt or jewelry. Experiment with layering. Steampunk fashion often involves layering different pieces, such as a corset over a blouse or a vest over a waistcoat. Consider footwear. Steampunk fashion often features boots, oxfords, or other shoes with a Victorian or industrial-inspired design. Accessorise. Hats, goggles, pocket watches, scarfs and gloves are common in Steampunk style. Don’t forget about colour. Dark colours like browns, blacks, burgundy and greens are common in steampunk fashion, as well as creams and whites.
What are some popular items in Steampunk fashion?
Because steampunk is inspired by the fashion trends of the 19th century, particularly Victorian England, you can build your steampunk wardrobe with corsets, bustiers, long bustle skirts, blouses, bloomers and waistcoats. Victorian style boots in brown, black or cream as well as mules and kitten heels are the most popular styles of footwear. Accessories include cameo brooches and pendants, velvet chokers, goggles, pocket watches, top hats and canes.
For inspiration, popular Victorian and steampunk influences include films like Alice in Wonderland, musicians like Steam Powered Giraffe and Emilie Autumn, and tv shows like Penny Dreadful.
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