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A Quick Guide To Steampunk Fashion

February 21, 2017

A Quick Guide To Steampunk Fashion

So you probably know what Steampunk is by now ( And if you don't then definitely check this article out! ). But what about Steampunk fashion? In this post we'll cover what Steampunk fashion looks like, how it developed, some awesome examples of this fantastic style, and more!

What does it look like in a nutshell?

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. Some Steampunk fashion even has a post apocalyptic influence. It consists of clothing, hairstyling, jewelry, body modification and make up. For women it's common to see long, flowing dresses and for men overcoats and trousers. But there's so much more to the style. Tops hats, bowler hats, goggles, glasses, jewelry, pocket watches, and wrist watches often make an appearance as well. And to top it all off many of these items can be adorned with a mechanical or machine aesthetic. One extremely common example of this can be the use of gears throughout the design as shown in the example picture above.


How did Steampunk fashion develop?


Initially, the clothes such as bustiers, bodices', jackets and other items were mostly handmade and customized, but as the steampunk movement grew, entrepreneurs and companies caught on and started to produce their own lines steampunk clothing and accessories. Since the genre emerged, the aesthetic of steampunk fashion has remained constant. New ideas in literature, and advancements in science and technology have resulted in subtle changes. Even though the genre did not become widely known until the late 20th century, steampunk and its fashion has been developing for decades.


OK great, show me some examples!

Just like its counterparts in other art forms, primarily literature, steampunk fashion is based on the aesthetic of an alternate history.

Within Steampunk fashion, there are a number of "personas" or sub styles to be found. For example the classic Steampunk lady adorned with brass instruments and gear.

Or the gentleman persona, with a long coat over formal clothes along with mechanical augmentations can be seen in the picture above.

...Or the the valiant lone wolf explorer, armed with a Steampunk styled gun and various other items. Despite all of these various styles within the Steampunk genre, they all share the same common characteristics:

  • They're inspired by late 19th/early 20th century victorian fashion.
  • They have a retro futuristic mechanical touch applied to the design

Armed with that knowledge, you're ready to craft your own unique Steampunk look!


What Next?

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! We hope you enjoyed this little write up on Steampunk fashion, be on the lookout for other articles for a more in depth guide into this awesome style! P.S. If you're interested in getting started with adding some awesome Steampunk items to your wardrobe, be sure to take a look at the Steampunk Heaven Shop for a curated, hand picked list of the best Steampunk fashion items out there!