If you want great steampunk costumes, then load up Steam on your computer, dust off that old NES, or just make do with whatever gaming console you have on hand right now- and play some games. Seriously. From classics like Final Fantasy VI, to relatively more modern offerings like Bioshock: Infinite and Dishonored, games have been the perfect medium for showcasing the best of what the steampunk genre can offer.
And in videogames you can find some of the best female steampunk outfits you will ever lay your eyes on. Here are a few examples:
The worlds of the early Final Fantasy games are mostly fantasy-based (duh), but the games do borrow a few elements from the steampunk genre with great effect. The iconic airships (large ships with the ability to float on air) for example, are obviously designed and influenced by steampunk.
One of the best steampunk costumes to come out of the earlier Final Fantasy games was Terra in her Magitek armor . Terra, the main heroine of Final Fantasy VI, wears a simple pink sleeveless top and white pants, which are not really steampunk per se, but the addition of the hulking mass of Magitek armor just takes her outfit to a whole new level. It's a perfect example of fantasy steampunk, and just looks so utterly cool.
The Borderlands games have a half-steampunk, half-futuristic wasteland ala Mad Max vibe to them, and this aesthetic is very apparent in the character's costumes.
Gaige the Mechromancer, a character from Borderlands 2, has the steampunk look down to pat with her work goggles, mechanical arm, and her floating pet robot slash weapon. Despite wearing a standard teenage girl getup (sneakers, tights, and jacket), her overall look is steampunk-inspired with a "modern" twist.
Even though she's just an NPC, Mad Moxxi probably wears some of the most interesting costumes in the Borderlands games. She usually wears a Victorian-era top hat, with a sexy jazz-era jacket, mesh leggings, and fingerless gloves. It's pretty similar to how the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland would look like, if the Mad Hatter was a hot, buxom woman with a taste for blood and violence instead.
And speaking of Alice in Wonderland, this childhood classic has been reimagined as a modern videogame in Alice: Madness Returns. Underneath the standard platforming mechanics and action RPG gameplay, the story is gritty and dark, and will surely intrigue lovers of gothic-themed games.
Alice's costumes is pretty simple. It's just an uncomplicated blue frock that young girls would normally wear in the late 19th and early 20th century. However, the veneer of innocence is broken when you see the bloodstains on her dress, as well as the weird cryptic symbols she has printed on her pockets.
Emily is Corvo Attano's (the protagonist from the first Dishonored) daughter, and as such, she inherited much of his personal style too (along with Corvo's super lethal combat and stealth skills)
Emily's costume in Dishonored 2 is steampunk made cool and deadly. It's sharp and sleek, and can scare weak-minded enemies from a mile away. The highlight of Emily's outfit is her dark blue Victorian-era overcoat which she complements with knee-high boots, a double-breasted top and belt. She also wears a half-mask for extra coolness points.
Bioshock Infinite's Columbia is how a steampunk city should look like. Mechanical man-robots, weird devices that you can use to ride through air-tracks and bash people's heads with, old-timey guns- it's a steampunker's heaven.
Elizabeth's second costume in the game is simple yet functional. She wears a tight white corset, with a short blue jacket, as well as a long blue skirt. It's not the flashiest of costumes, but it is something that you would wear when you're running away from enemies in the seemingly utopic world of Columbia.
The whole aesthetic of the first two Bioshock games was Art Deco, but it also has a lot of steampunk elements thrown in. One of the most obvious ones would be the Big Daddies, which are these mutated humans clad in heavy armored diving suits.
The Big Daddies' constant companions, the Little Sisters, are among the scariest steampunk characters in videogames. They wear an old-school tattered child's dress, which is tied with a bow in the back. They also carry a large syringe-thing around, which is pretty horrifying in its own right.