What if the internal combustion engine had never been invented and all future technological advancement was powered by the mighty force of steam?
Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Steampunk fashion is partly inspired by late 19th century and early 20th century fashion victorian fashion. But it also has an extremely unique retro futuristic twist to the style.
Combining rich colors and textures, steampunk outfits are all about impressing and entertaining the viewer. Because steampunk outfits are truly an expression of the wearer, this is a fashion trend that has no limits. Mechanical pocketwatches, leather arm braces, and telescopes are all commonly seen in a well-rounded steampunk costume. Other frequently used accessory is the Utility Belt, after all everyone could use a few extra pockets.
Since you are portraying a character from a science fiction/fantasy story you need something that show the viewer that aspect. A weapon of some sort is good. Whether it’s an airship pilot blocking the wind, a mad scientist defending against toxic spills, or a desert explorer marching through the sand, many Steampunk character occupations require eye protection, and goggles are an essential accessory and easy to wear.
Steampunk is a genre with a penchant for brass, or copper. Belts with fancy buckles and studs can really make an outfit. For the mechanically inclined, a pair of protective boots is always a welcome addition, preferably with laces and noticeable hardware. Why steam-punk so so popular: –
- Your individuality is Steampunk’s strength.
- It’s the perfect mash-up genre for a culture obsessed with mixing and remixing, fanfic, memes, and ‘shipping.
- It’s both global and local.
- It’s class conscious.
- It’s eco-conscious.
- It’s a much-needed countercultural aesthetic for design.
- It’s all about getting back to the basics.
We have compiled top essentials that you need to get that steampunk look. Feel free to add to your own spin on it.
Corsets: Whether the corset is full, underbust, faux leather, brocade, or velvet it adds an instant Victorian touch to any outfit.
Gears: Add gears, sprockets, screws, nuts, bolts, and other techno features to any accessory or clothing piece, and instantly elevate your Steampunk attire.
Pocket watches: Pocket watches were once a staple of fashion for all men. With their Victorian, old-world style and influence, the pocket watch has become a standard for men who share the Steampunk fashion style.
Spectacles and Monocles: These round framed glasses, with their antique and classic design emmulate the ones worn in the Victorian era.
Leather Belts: In Steampunk fashion, belts are for men and women. They also act as waist synchers.
Spinal Heels: Nothing quite sends the same message as a stylish pair of spinal heels. What’s a spinal heel?
Bustle skirts: Bustle skirts are a staple of women’s steampunk fashion. Bustle skirts are designed short in the front and long in the back with ruffles and layers of fabric.
Steampunk fashion is only going to continue to grow as this awesome movement gains fans. If you like the aesthetic and style of Steampunk fashion then we wholeheartedly recommend you try adding some unique flair to your wardrobe! You don’t even need to go all out like the examples above to get started. Simply adding a cool piece of Steampunk gear to your attire can make you stand out in an awesome way!