If you’ve been reading fashion blogs for any length of time, you’ve probably started seeing a lot more steampunk lately. From top designers to top bloggers, everyone seems to be embracing the retro-futuristic aesthetic that has been popular in literature for years. Steampunk is a subculture that takes its name from the Victorian era and the Industrial Revolution, when people would dress up as characters from these periods and blend them together to create a new look. The Victorians loved their machines and electricity so they incorporated steam into their looks; therefore, combining these two eras resulted in steampunk. Nowadays, the style has branched out into other areas of fashion like outerwear, furniture, nail polish and even fragrances. That said, if you’re looking to get into this retro-inspired subculture it might be helpful to know what it entails first.
What Is Steampunk?
Steampunk is a subculture that incorporates Victorian-era style and the Industrial Revolution with steam-powered technologies into fashion. It’s a look that blends fashion of these eras to create something new, taking it from the realm of fiction to reality. Steampunk enthusiasts typically wear clothing with metal accents, goggles and corsets, as well as other accessories like top hats and bracelets. In addition, steampunk enthusiasts often take part in various steampunk conventions. Many people see steampunk as a mix between science fiction and fantasy, but it can also be seen as a way to reconnect with history by exploring the past.
How to Get Into Steampunk
Steampunk is a style that incorporates Victorian designs, old-timey ways of doing things, and the Industrial Revolution. To get into the look, you can start by taking a trip to flea markets or thrift stores to find items with a retro flare. For example: if you want to wear a top hat, you can pull one off a costume rack in your local department store or vintage clothing shop. You can also buy an authentic piece from Etsy or Ebay. If you’re looking for something outside of fashion, get your hands on some gears and different parts from old appliances and machines. The key thing about steampunk is that it’s grounded in history so everything should have an authentic feel to it.
If you’re still not sure about whether it’s for you, try looking for some people who are already dressing in this way. They will be able to tell you what they love most about the look and how they make it work at their job or as part of their lifestyle.
The Equipment You’ll Need for Steampunk
The tools you’ll need to get into steampunk are a little different from what you might typically think of when it comes to fashion. It’s not just about the clothes and accessories that you wear, but also about the machinery that your outfit helps create. The most common piece of machinery is a top hat; this is to symbolize that this particular style came from Victorian England when men wore top hats for formal occasions. A pair of goggles, or eye glasses, completes the look by adding some more technology. They function as decorative pieces that make your outfit more authentic because they reference old-school technology like telescopes and watches. You can also buy items like boots and gloves to complete your steampunk look. You can find these parts of your costume at certain stores or online if you want to purchase them separately.
Cuff Links and Tie Bars
The most iconic piece of steampunk fashion is the cravat. These are pieces of fabric that you can tie around your neck and they come in a variety of colors, patterns, and sizes. If you’d like to get into this style without buying a cravat, you can try cuff links or tie bars. Cuff links are small pieces that attach to your shirt easily and make for a stylish accessory that will help you pull off the look. Tie bars are just long pieces of fabric with ties at the ends that you can accessorize with your own ties or decorative strings from old clothes. Like cuff links, these pieces will help you create an original look.
Hats, Masks and Headwear
If you’re wondering how the style translates for outerwear, hats, masks and headwear are a great place to start. A lot of steampunk pieces are made from hats or masks and they’re frequently adorned with goggles that have machine parts attached. They can come in different colors but you might see some in black, brown or bronze. If you want to get into this look without looking like a complete outlier, try wearing a hat with goggles on top of it. Or if you don’t already have a mask or goggles laying around your house, you could always buy one.
You’ve probably noticed that steampunk often incorporates a lot of beaded, black and red fabrics for outerwear. These fabrics are usually made from real leather, suede or wool. You can also find some pieces made from faux fur but the steampunk aesthetic is very much about alternative materials. For an authentic look, you’ll need to find a good tailor who can make you a custom piece out of these materials. Leather jackets with intricate detailing are also popular in this style as they provide another layer of interest to the characters while serving as protection against the cold weather.
There are a lot of different types of footwear that people wear. The most common types are boots and shoes, but the term itself is quite broad. You’ll find that some steampunkers like to go “all out” with everything they wear; they don’t just wear boots or shoes. A common example of this would be wearing a corset and hoop skirt with a top hat, bowler hat, and leather gloves.
Another type of footwear you can expect to see a lot of are clogs. These shoes from the 1800s were made from wood and had metal plates on them so they were able to keep their footing in slippery conditions. They are still popular today because they look pretty cool.
Accessories and Nail Polish
One of the most popular accessories for steampunk is, of course, a top hat. You can also find awesome looking steampunk goggles, arm bands and gloves that are designed to look like they were crafted in the 1800s. Other must-haves include leather jackets and boots that have been adorned with metal working; this gives them a rustic, vintage feel instead of the sleekness one would expect from a new piece of clothing. And my personal favorite accessory is the necklace with gears attached to it.
Steampunk is a subculture of science fiction, fantasy or horror that is set in an alternate history where steam power is still widely used. The term was coined in 1986 by fantasy and science fiction author K. W. Jeter.
The popularity of Steampunk has seen it become a genre in its own right with its own conventions, literature, and media. If you are interested in immerging into the subculture then there are some things to consider before diving into this movement.