Dressing Steampunk: How to get started

So you'd like to achieve a steampunk look?

Steampunk or Victorian science fiction is very popular these days. For brevity sake, I'm going to assume if you are exploring this lens that you already know what steampunk is. If not, a bit more complete essay can be found here: http://www.squidoo.com/steampunk_litmus_test

I'm going to go over some of the most common ways to dress steampunk and give you links to places you can find resources.

Getting started

What would you wear?

Steampunk dressing can be broken down into a few basic archetypes. One good place to begin is to decide what sort of character you are portraying, in other words: who are you? Are you an aristocrat, mechanic, aviator, pirate, explorer, or zombie hunter? Many of these archetypes do overlap, but it gives you a basis for your outfit. Think of what it would make the most sense to wear. If you are a mechanic, maybe a skirt would be silly. Would your character really wear goggles? Let's face it, they have become cliché in steampunk. But a cliché comes about because it is recognizable and iconic. So, if they make sense, why not wear goggles.

This photo is of some very creative young friends of mine in their steampunk finery. Most everything they are wearing or carrying was made or modified by them.

Steampunk Archetypes

Here are a few of the most common archetypes, but by no means all of them. Most of these can be combined to make a completely unique look. Experiment.

Adventurer: Think Rick O'Connell, but Victorian. Utilitarian clothes, shirt with sleeves rolled up, jodhpurs, khaki clothes, suspenders, rugged but sensible boots, belt full of gear, side arm, compass.

Aristocratic: Often the patron or patroness of an adventure. High class, rich colors, rich materials, usually clean, well accessorized, stylish, perhaps more prim. Fabulous hats, gloves, parasols for the ladies.

Aviator: Goggles (again a good excuse), flight helmet, leather gloves, insignia (the more creative the better!), shoulder boards, belt with side arm, any other weaponry or gear, military style jackets, boots!

Dandy (male) : Very stylish clothing, well tailored and flattering. A suit, perhaps a formal tux and tails depending on the event. Well chosen accessories. Rakishly worn hats. gloves.

Explorer: Pith helmet (cliché, but so cool!), goggles(sure), khaki colored clothing, compass, gear, weaponry.

Femme Fatale (female): Form fitting clothing, perhaps exposing decolletage or a scandalous amount of leg. Lace, silk, velvet, feathers. Rich colors, red or rich burgundy. Granny boots (preferably without a zipper)

Hunter/Fighter: Almost anything goes here as long as you are properly equipped for what you are hunting. A western look is most apropos here, especially with a modified rifle. A monster hunter carrying strange arcane weapons. Rarely clean, lots of leather, lots of weapons.

Lolita (female): Little girl or porcelain doll look. Lots of lace, shortish skirts, cap or ribbons, gloves, boots.

Military: Uniforms are wonderful. Here you can be quite creative. So many different countries have come up with distinctive looks that you can use as springboards. Design medals. Epaulets are wonderful details. Piping. Caps, or helmets. Gloves. Tall Boots.

Mechanic/scientist: Goggles (a good excuse to wear them because you would), work gloves, usually very dirty, practical clothing (so pants would be appropriate for girls), tool belts, tools, weaponry, and inventions. Mustn't forget the inventions!

Aviator, Sky Pirate or Dirigible Captain?

This adventurous choice has many different possible options. As the Captain of an airship, you can go uber-military or more independent and casual. You can be a scruffy sky pirate wearing the scrounged medals of your various heists.

This photo is of one of my aviatrix outfits. The shirt came from Wild West Mercantile, the belt from Newport News and the pants and boots were on clearance at JC Penneys. The flight helmet I found at an Army Navy surplus store, and the goggles were in a costume shop. I added pins and insignia to the shirt. I modified or "modded" a plastic squirt gun as a side arm to complete the look.

Putting the "Punk" in Steampunk

"Steampunk needs historical accuracy like a dirigible needs a goldfish" - Diana Vick

Steampunk costuming is based on the science fiction of a by gone age as envisioned by H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and many others. It is ostensibly make believe, and so there is no right or wrong. While you can be completely historically accurate with your clothing, it's preferable to be a bit anachronistic to convey the steampunk mode. You can achieve this in many ways: use of distinctly modern fabric such as PVC in a garment, shortening the hemline scandalously, adding modern cuts to a more period garment, and the popular fad of wearing tiny versions of period hats. Your accessories can go along way towards conveying the steampunk mode. Goggles! Yes, they may be cliché but they convey the concept very well. It's why they are worn so much. Accessories with a sinister aspect such as skulls or octopi are evocative. Brass and copper are popular metals for the steampunk crowd. Trying for a mechanical look with an antique feel for any accessory works well. Carrying weaponry or gadgetry of this style as well, as long as it's appropriate to the venue will give your character a more dangerous aspect.

This photo is of an outfit I put together for a convention. The mini pith helmet, short skirt, extra belts and shiny bronze boots are examples of "punk", things that would not be historically accurate, but add fun to the outfit.

Places you can find some basic essentials

Chances are you want to get going right away. If you can sew, there are some great patterns out there in the mainstream, but I don't sew, therefore I'm going to point you at a few websites where you can procure your garments posthaste.

Possibilities on Amazon

A quick search of Amazon or eBay can often yield treasures or the finishing touch you need.

elope Machinist Goggles, Brown/Green, One Size
elope Machinist Goggles, Brown/Green, One Size

If you can't make your own goggles yet, consider an inexpensive pair for now.

 
Gear Wings Antique Adult Pin Accessory Size One-size
Gear Wings Antique Adult Pin Accessory Size One-size

Medals and pins can make great additions.

 
Bollman Hat Company Mens 1890S Bollman Collection Bowler Hat Chestnut L
Bollman Hat Company Mens 1890S Bollman Collection Bowler Hat Chestnut L

The proper topper is the perfect finishing touch. make it your won by adding decoration.

 

Other places to find gold

Most of my outfits are the result of finding one or two items as inspiration and then working to figure out what else is needed. I search through thrift stores on a regular basis looking for the perfect parts. I also haunt discount stores, and often find great belts and such. Costume shops especially right after Halloween can be gold mines. Never assume you won't find something just because you haven't yet. Perseverance is the key. Many of my outfits continue to change and grow in complexity after the first time I wear them.

This is a photo of my Lady Explorer ensemble. I got the blouse at Wild West Mercantile and changed the buttons. I found the pith helmet on eBay. The belts, skirt and boots are all from thrift stores. I made the collar decoration from a dragonfly button and some ribbon. I added a Graf Zeppelin pin that I found on eBay and a gold pocket watch to complete the look. More tools and things will probably follow as I find or create them.

Buy the Book!

After a few years of dressing in steampunk fashion, lecturing and talking to folks about it, I decided to create a little book about the topic. It's 20 pages, fully illustrated with photos of my various steampunk endeavors. It talks about the archetypes that are most common in steampunk and gives some tips to achieve the looks. Click on the picture of the cover to go to the Blurb site and get a copy of your very own!

So, let me know how I did. Or even better, let me know how you did. Are you off to find the perfect steampunk accessories?

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Reader Feedback 149 comments

anonymous 8 years ago

This is a GREAT article. Thanks for posting it!

Kelly

http://conventionfans.today.com


anonymous 8 years ago

Thanks for this brilliant article! I'll be coming back to it a lot.


anonymous 8 years ago

Great article. I'm going to be on an sp panel at ConDor (SciFi convention) in San Diego the end of this month, telling them how to costume SP. I'm coming from the historical Victorian costuming aspect but I'd like the let them see others. I'll share the link to your site with them. Thanks!


anonymous 8 years ago

What a fantastic little article! Your costumes are most lovely! It's always a joy to see such a nicely put together article!

Alexandra Sforza

http://heterodyning.deviantart.com


anonymous 8 years ago

Great article, thanks for the section on putting the punk in.


anonymous 7 years ago

[in reply to Val aka Capt Arabella Cox, Ret]

Didn't know ConDor existed and I live in San Diego. I will look into going to it next week, though it won't have the steampunk stuff going on. Quite saddened.


anonymous 7 years ago

Cool ideas! I was wondering how I could take my gothic club gear and tailor it into steampunk without spending an arm and a leg. I got some inspiration here. I wear a lot of black, but also like brown...I am so glad steampunk became popular, so I won't be known as the goth who wears brown...

I noticed you use elements, like the shirt in different shots. I have this velvet opera coat, I think I could make into an outfit, plus I have top and bowler hats. Trying to also figure out how to incorporate my steel boned corset into the mix. Being Victorian goth by nature, I already got the boots, so I have a good start.


anonymous 7 years ago

How lovely! You have so many awesome outfits. :-) Don't know if I'll have anything steampunky put together by dragon*con this year, but I'll ogle all the costumes. :-D


anonymous 7 years ago

Yes!!! I love how you added the aviator and safari twists to your style!!! brilliant!


anonymous 7 years ago

you did a wonderful job! thank you!


anonymous 7 years ago

I just wanted to say thank you for writing a very wonderful article with very interesting pictures attached. For the first time steampunk-er like myself, this article was a golden find. Out where I am located Steampunk is practically nonexistent, replaced with other forms of cosplay and the like, so being out here alone trying to get into a new hobby or "thing" without any other people to guide you is very disheartening, but when I find things like this online I get excited. My first outfit is actually based on your aviatrix outfit and I couldn't thank you enough for explaining where you found the various pieces. Dare I say it even motivated me to go out and finally get something together using your tips and guidelines!

Thank you again for a very wonderful and well written article, you have directly assisted me in starting my Steampunk adventures in an area where there is none!

~Jesterfield Grimm


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LouieGee 6 years ago

Awesome lens! So well written and with such great, insightful, useful advice! Thanks so much for taking the trouble to post this lens! :-)


anonymous 6 years ago

Wonderful --luv pics -- write-up of types, how to achieve & where to find stuff are great -- may I copy some of your stuff for a talk I'm supposed to do @ a SiFi Con???

Your wardrobe is huge --thanks for pics.


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Diana Vick 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

@anonymous: Peridot: Thanks! Sure, if you give me credit and mention my blog, Tea & Automatons @ www.dianavick.com. Which con?


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julieannbrady 6 years ago

I've been hearing more and more about steampunk as a new look -- I think, by gum, I LIKE it!


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BetsiGoutal1 6 years ago

Wow, thanks so much for this thorough and informative lens! Great tips!


anonymous 6 years ago

"If you are a mechanic, maybe a skirt would be silly."

I noticed your later comment that pants for a mechanic would be practical and appropriate regardless of gender, but how neat would it be to be a mechanic in a well-fashioned skirt? Just for the sake of breaking down the stereotype that mechanics must be men, or at least dress in a "masculine" sort of way. I'm getting ideas for an awesome outfit... :-)


anonymous 6 years ago

I have to dress Victorian/ Steampumk for a wedding I am attending in November. I am still not getting all of this. I think I need someone to show me exactly how to dress/ and what to buy. I guess I'm not all that creative.


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Diana Vick 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

@anonymous: KJ: For a wedding, you can probably get away with just a Victorian look. I would suggest looking at Recollection's website. They have a section labeled Victorian. you can get a skirt and blouse or a fancy dress depending on how formal the wedding is and how much you want to spend. http://recollections.biz/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Sc...

You will need to let them know when you need the outfit by, make it a few days early so you can feel prepared. Even if you don't buy from them, this will give you an excellent idea of styles of the period. I hope this helps. Enjoy the wedding and don't worry too much about your outfit. (I made an assumption that you are female, but I suppose I might be incorrect. If I am try Gentleman's Emporium. http://www.steamporium.com/steam.php)


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ArdenBaird LM 6 years ago

Awesome lens! I hang out in Second Life and I've discovered that I have a thing for Victorian ball gowns. I also like the "Lady Adventurer" idea. Now if I could only put together a look in RL :D


anonymous 6 years ago

My friend Tony Hicks gave me your web-site, you gave wonderful ideas, I am going to look in to it asap, Thanks for the ideas !


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soulswallo 6 years ago

I'm going to a steampunk convention in a few months and I'm still trying to decide if I want to dress the part. Your ideas here are making me lean toward YES!


anonymous 6 years ago

What a fantastic site! A few friends and I randomly decided to do steampunk outfits for an anime convention we're attending. I was only very vaguely familiar with the whole concept until literally a few days ago. I've been mentally putting together an ensemble but wasn't sure if I was going about it properly. This is a wonderfully informative site! Thank you so much! I love all the pictures, too. Really helps give a feel for many different aspects of steampunk! Thank you!


anonymous 6 years ago

Just wondering if anyone wears their outfits in everyday life, especially if you are a guy working in a corporate environment? I'm a computer system administrator at a small company and just starting to put an outfit together. It would be kind of cool to be able to wear my selection a couple times a month rather than the usual oxford / khaki combo.


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Diana Vick 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

@anonymous: Brian,

Yes there definitely are people who do that. As long as your company doesn't mind, I'd say go for it! You can be a trendsetter.


anonymous 6 years ago

@Diana Vick: When looking for clothes for office life, what should I be looking for to start with? I saw one website that suggested getting a vest and building around that.

I'm going to have to take time building this. My kids like doing something they call "eating"...

(hmmm "snifftwit" for my captcha)


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Diana Vick 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

@anonymous: A vest is a great start. My husband has quite a collection these days. Make sure there is a watch pocket and find a cool pocket watch and chain. A bowler hat would be fun if you are a hat type. A Victorian gentleman wouldn't be caught without one.

Get into thrift store hunting. It doesn't have to be a really expensive hobby.

I got squidbash. Kind of appropriate.


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Countryluthier 5 years ago

Interesting, very interesting. I liked the dirigible pilot getup.


r2fish 5 years ago

Hey..nice outfits to try ...cool colors


anonymous 5 years ago

How do i find other people/events that i can share my Explorer outfit? I love your outfit!


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Diana Vick 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

@anonymous: Great question! My first answer is always, you should come to Steamcon in Seattle. It's a really great event, but I might be a wee bit biased. Beyond that I'd Google steampunk events with your area. There are so many these days! It's hard to even recommended a particular calendar because no one seems able to keep up. And if there is nothing near you, get a group of friends to go to the zoo with you. Let me know what you find to do.


anonymous 5 years ago

I humbly offer a few mor archetypes to add to your list:

Domestic (nanny/nursemaid/butler/manservent) typically uniformed house-assistants, usually accompanying an aristocrat, with gadgets that would assist in any situation, such as a steam powered tea-cosy, a swiss-army baby entertainer, or perhaps a mary poppins style bottomless carpetbag.

Scamp/busker/pickpocket or streeturchin: ratted, old and dirty streetclothes, perhaps an instrument to play. Long scarf and fingerless gloves. (think Oliver Twist/Tiny Tim in Scrooge stories.)

Snake Oil Salesman/carny/circus performer/organ grinder with monkey: vests with no shirts, handlebar moustaches and striped pants. Girls in dusty but brightly colored leotards and tights.Bottles of medicines in a bandelier for the snake oil salesmen. Maybe a tiny balancing umbrella for the tightrope walker girl...

lamplighter/chimneysweep/milkmen/news merchants: any victorian era blue collar worker that is no longer a common job.

the foreigner: oriental, indian, egyptian, or victorian sci fi based alien wear (hawkmen?). make all gear based on the culture, brass fan, a snake charmer's basket with steam powered snake...

self-made men/women, the mad doctor/necromancer, mechanical beings: anything like Mary Shelley's frankenstein to Dr. Loveless from Wild Wild West to TicTock from Return to Oz.


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CarynJSwift56889 5 years ago

that's cool lens about steampunk dress~


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ChrisDay LM 5 years ago

Congratulations for being featured as LotD - a very diverting lens.


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ColorPetGifts 5 years ago

Fun lens - thanks for sharing your steampunk outfits -:)


miaponzo 5 years ago

Very very interesting.. I have I swear.. never ever heard of this before !!!! :) Dang!!


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Airinka 5 years ago

Great lens! Congratulations on LOTD!


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elenareviews 5 years ago

Congrats for the LoTD.


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CliveAnderson LM 5 years ago

Hi Diana, This is an awesome lens I have had a great time going through your bits and pieces here, believe it or not I have a keen interest in All that is Steampunk, so much so that my Lens "Armor Rings" incorporates a great range of Steampunk pieces...

Thanks again for sharing, keep up the great work.

Warm Regards,

Clive


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Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

Steampunk wardrobe looks good. Especially on you :) Congrats on LOTD. Have nice day.


anonymous 5 years ago

Amazing outfits for steampunks. Congrats on LOTD.


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Jhangora LM 5 years ago

WoW the dresses look cool, I guess it's bcoz I am interested in History. Congrats on LoTD!


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SheilaVine LM 5 years ago

Such fun


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OhMe 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

Wow, you sure have the Steampunk look down pat. Congrats on LOTD.


WeirdStuff 5 years ago

Nice lens! What's your favourite steampunk book?


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Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

This is interesting. My nephew does this, but I did not know what it was. You have informed me. Congratulations on LotD! Well-deserved! Beautiful lens!


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Bercton1 5 years ago

Congratulations on LOTD!!..very innovative lens


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garishwasil lm 5 years ago

Nice lens. Congratz for LotD.


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Gerald McConway 5 years ago

Nice lens and congrats on getting LOTD!


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Diana Wenzel 5 years ago from Colorado

Congrats on LOTD! Very creative. All of this was new to me. Enjoyed your outfits and archetypes.


JennySui 5 years ago

Beautiful lens! Congrats on LOTD! I wish i could get LOTD for any of my lens...


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hysongdesigns 5 years ago

I just recently heard of steampunk, had to get my kids to tell me what it was :-) Nice lens, great outfits and photos!


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kerbev 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

What a great introduction! I'm featuring this on my lens Sensational Steampunk Shoes for a Futuristic Victorian Lady on the Go.


Top10BestBudget 5 years ago

Good creative. Nice lens.


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jenms lm 5 years ago

Very cool - congrats on LOTD! I like elements of steampunk but have never dressed in a full costume.


TKOSquidoo 5 years ago

Nice lens! Gratz LOTD


anonymous 5 years ago

Nice Lens! Gratz LOTD!


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youthministry 5 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

well done!


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ludyshubs 5 years ago

I like your lens. You did great! I learned something new today. I didn't know about steampunk. Congratulations for LOTD


celeBritys4africA 5 years ago

Congrats for the LoTD. Happy day!


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Dkyforever LM 5 years ago

That is sweet. I've always liked the steampunk style. This is a great introduction to the different distinctions.


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rhodacks 5 years ago

You have a great idea, really. The Aviator looks sporty, love it.


botanylass 5 years ago

Love it!~You might like to check out my blog regarding dressing 'Goth' at http://www.squidoo.com/nobody-ever-said-having-kid... It has a quirky side to it riddled with a bit of humor.


anonymous 5 years ago

What a fab look, and cocngrats on the Lens of the day!


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sociopath-free 5 years ago

I've seen this type of clothing but didn't know it had a term, but I'm not fashion forward. Great pics!


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Diana Vick 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

@sociopath-free: Well, this would sort be "fashion backward", in a way. Thanks!


67Shelbygal 5 years ago

Cool Lens! Very interesting. I had heard of Steampunk, but never really knew what it was. Neat! Congrats on LOTD! Great Lens!


highmant1145 5 years ago

Wow ... it looks very cool.


kimmanleyort 5 years ago

This is new to me, but I love your steampunk style. Congrats on LOTD too!


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creativedreams 5 years ago

Awesome lens!

There's a guy who makes amazing steampunk laptop boxes (the laptop is inside and you can actually use it, but it looks totally like a steampunk computer would be) and other similar stuff. Can send you the url if you want. I think you may love it :)


Marelisa 5 years ago

I had never heard of this, but I'm glad I stopped by this lens because it's fascinating. I want a pair of goggles now. :-)


skibarefootfun 5 years ago

too cool


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greg2213 5 years ago

Finally, a LOTD that I can get into. :) Being a cyberpunk fan I tend to learn towards the tech and the weaponry. Most of the steampunk art I've seen has been more in that direction. Your costumes and such have expanded my outlook, in addition to looking pretty darn cool. :)

Well done!!


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delia-delia 5 years ago

Congratulations on LOTD! interesting lens...I don't think I'm a steampunk person at my age..thanks for sharing!


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junecampbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

I am getting ready to create my very first steampunk art project This lens is a great inspiration to me.,


anonymous 5 years ago

What a fun style to wear, this is so creative. I enjoyed this page and...congratulations!


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sushilkin lm 5 years ago

Nice Reading ! thanks for sharing.


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PromptWriter 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

I'm familiar with steampunk jewelry but never could wrap my head around steampunk clothing. Thanks for clearing it up!


anonymous 5 years ago

Steampunk is such fun!! Thanks for sharing your many looks.


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KarenHC 5 years ago from U.S.

What fun to read! I read Asimov magazine each month, and there are occasionally "Steampunk" type stories in that. Also the TV series "Firefly" comes to mind -- don't know if that's really Steampunk, or "Wild wild west / sci fi", but it still comes to mind :-)


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Diana Vick 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

@KarenHC: Firefly is not steampunk, although it has some of the aesthetic. It's too technologically advanced. You can take a look at my Steampunk Litmus Test for help on determining what fits and what does not. http://hubpages.com/literature/steampunk_litmus_te


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SunnyDaze LM 5 years ago

Congrats on LOTD. Cool looking outfits. Looks like lots of fun.


sujaysen 5 years ago

Nice lens.


Matie 5 years ago

truly awesome lens, there's quite the demand for steampunk artists that can create characters or illustrations of that style


GrowWear 5 years ago

A fun and most interesting style. Congratulations for LOTD. :)


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GreenfireWiseWo 5 years ago

This was really fun and interesting to read. Thank you!


anonymous 5 years ago

Love the style and your lens, congratulations on your Lens of the Day!


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blessedmomto7 5 years ago

I had never heard of steampunk before this lens. Neat stuff.


anonymous 5 years ago

Congratulations for your Lens of the Day award for this very enjoyable and "unique" lens - I will be looking at some costume ideas very soon and I am thinking "steampunk" could be an interesting line to take :)


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dianbee 5 years ago

Really enjoyed this lens! As a writer these kind of archetypes fascinate me.


PlayOutside 5 years ago

Congrats on the LOD! I often look for items at garage sales to list on ebay as "steampunk". Usually great old welders' goggles. Even tho I do not dress up "steam", it is fun to send the stuff on to someone who does.


Ruthi 5 years ago

I'd heard of Steampunk before, but honestly didn't have a clue what it actually was. So, thank you for the clarification. Congratulations on Lens of the Day!


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Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

Very interesting lens! Congratulations on LotD!!


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Scarlettohairy 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

What a fun topic and lens. You are quite the expert on all things Steampunk. Congrats on the lens of the day!!


CraftLyn 5 years ago

I really enjoyed the slide show of your costumes, weaponry and accessories. Great lens!


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gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

Congrats for LotD, this is an interesting subject. I had never come across anything like this before. See you around the galaxy...


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Angelina Gherna 5 years ago from California

A great explanation of steampunk


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auxpwr lm 5 years ago

This is awesome, Those guns and goggles are so cool. Thanks for a great lens, will check out other lenses, thanks and thumbs up


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ggalea 5 years ago from Willemstad

Great lens, and wonderful costumes.


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Risa28 5 years ago

I'm lovin this lens with your photos, outfits and creativity. I have always been a punk and now I feel my fashion boundaries expanding again. Thanks for the education and inspiration!


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Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

I've been dressing like this for years, but had no idea it had a genre or style. Cool.


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Jadimon LM 5 years ago

Looks like a lot of fun! You make a great model! Thanks for the lens!


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knit1tat2 5 years ago

Enjoyed your lens, and it looks like great fun! I've been dressing funky for many years, but not as put together as your outfits! (I don't seem to look good in mine either!)lol, but I enjoy unusual, creative, and useful in my wardrobe, as evidenced by some of my lenses on button jewelry, etc. Thanks for a good look into steampunk! And congrats on being chosen LOD!!!!!


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Pip Gerard 5 years ago

you can definitely see your passion for it. Well done! Years of hard work shown here. congrats on your LOTD :)


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MartiLawrence 5 years ago from Grain Valley, Missouri

I love the steampunk look an appreciate your explanation of the various styles!


JackalyeYe 5 years ago

The lens is very fun and enjoy. Congrates LOTD!


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chezchazz 5 years ago from New York

Big steampunk fan! This is a great summary of cosplay steampunk style.


anonymous 5 years ago

So interesting and a little bit Willy Wonka...but I am impressed and it sure looks like fun. The clothes are amazing.


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lovelylashes 5 years ago

These ensembles are so creative! Congratuations on Lens of the Day!


happynutritionist 5 years ago

I've learned something from your lens...and that is that I'm really out of touch with the times:-) Never heard of steampunk before, but that's okay, it's good to learn something new every day, and now I've done that. Looks like really creative fun! Congrats on the LOTD


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KiwiGayle 5 years ago

Have you read Neal Stephenson's 'Diamond Age". Lots of inspiration for outfits in that book. Cool lens.


do_one_cox 5 years ago

Big steampunk..Great I like your lens ^__^


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Diana Vick 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

@KiwiGayle: Yes. Great book, but it isn't steampunk. It's too technologically advanced. It has some of the aesthetic though.


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Diana Vick 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

@delia-delia: I'm 48. I run a steampunk convention and we get attendees of every age. You're never too old for it. If it appeals to you, then why not?


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Diana Vick 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

@Marelisa: I have a lens in the works about how to create your own!


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Diana Vick 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

@WeirdStuff: I'm not sure I have a fave yet. I am in the middle of "Morlock Night" by K.W. Jeter, the man who coined the term. He's going to be the guest of honor at Steamcon III.


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Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

My oh My, this is great, you have sure may some very great outfits. A bit out of my age group, but I love looking at them. Thanks for sharing with us, I like it.


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retta719 5 years ago from United States

Love the pictures! Congrats on Lens of the Day! <3


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kismetsc 5 years ago

I had never heard of this style before, but the pictures are beautiful. Nice lens!


MisTikkal 5 years ago

Just finished (bar polishing some more - naturally) lens on "Steampunk Ingenuity" and added your lens - your focusing on costuming is perfect for introducing the whole crazy-wonderful world of steampunk. Congrats on the LoTD.


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Candor 5 years ago

Pretty cool lens. I've always thought about going steampunk one Halloween but never knew exactly what qualifies. I'm definitely going to try it now.


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cdevries 5 years ago

Lots of fun! Great suggestions.


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SydneyH LM 5 years ago

This is a fun lens. I love your costume and your advice on coming up with your own costume.


anonymous 5 years ago

I found a lot of things at Micheals in the place where you can buy beads and such, I found army badges, victorian cameos, lots of lace, brass chains, compasses, and a TON of things to accesorize a steampunk costume!


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zeronese lm 5 years ago

nice lens... fun to read :)


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Kailua-KonaGirl 5 years ago from New York

Fabulous! I loveSteampunk and you have made a wonderful lens. Your photos are quite wonderful. I am featuring you on my Adult Steampunk Costume lens. **Angel Blessed**


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cducky 5 years ago

I love your photos! nice lens.


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Tattoo Rebel 5 years ago

Awesome lens! Very informative, love the pics... very creative and fun!


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agoofyidea 5 years ago

I love the steampunk look. Great lens. Your costumes are awesome!


anonymous 5 years ago

Very informative. My friend was into steampunk for a while after seeing it at multiple conventions. She bought a few steampunk items but never really got into it. Meanwhile I've been looking into it as well and should I decide to try it out I've decided it would have to be something utterly spectacular for my first time! I'm still coming up with a concept and such though I look forward to the day I am able to accomplish my goal.


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LewesDE 5 years ago

Awesome lens!


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audreannaga 5 years ago

love the look thanks for the inspiration


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mihgasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

Thumbs up for steampunk accessories!


anonymous 4 years ago

Thanks for this! My wedding theme is Steampunk - I'm sending all the people who say "But I don't know what to wear!" to your page - maybe they'll 'get it'!


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Kailua-KonaGirl 4 years ago from New York

Came back again to bless this fabulous Steampunk lens and I added it to my "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" in the "Fashion & Beauty » Women's Fashion" neighborhood.I also added it to my new "Adult Steampunk Outfit" lens.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: best . wedding . ever :D


anonymous 4 years ago

I'm nervous to tell my mom that I want to dress this way. What do I do...?


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Diana Vick 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

@anonymous: I think that steampunk is a lot less intimidating to people than some subculture styles you could wear. It focuses on an appreciation of the past that almost everyone can relate to. My own mom has really enjoyed seeing my photos. Rather than just jumping in, maybe you could begin to alter your style gradually, and see if the change gets approval. Don't put on goggles at first, but aim for a more neo-victorian style. Mainstream fashion has a lot of really cute clothes, boots and belts right now. Good luck Ari, and let us know how it goes?


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Diana Vick 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

@anonymous: I'm SO glad! I'd love to see pictures!


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: I had a costume wedding and quite a few people dressed steampunk. my husband and I were steampunk mad hatter and the Red Queen


anonymous 4 years ago

i have a lens about modern wedding ideas. being a wedding officiant, people ask me for ideas, i will point them here and to the other lens of yours. i hope i get to perform a steampunk wedding. if i do, i will send pics! now, to figure out how to break my new found interest to my wife. who knows, she might get into it too!


anonymous 3 years ago

Please do not yell at me but I am wondering what your and other's take on Rococo Punk is in the Steampunk realm. Is it welcome? Can the two be mixed for ones own personal flair? The Marie Antoinetteish look with the Victorian flair looks so much fun and colorful and since the Victorian era was only 44 years after Marie 's death is it a stretch to see the two intermingle? I have tried asking this in the past of my local group and been berated and even attacked for 'daring' to even consider "tainting" Steampunk with a hint of the Rococo.

Help?


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Diana Vick 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

@anonymous: No yelling, just a few educational points. For me, the reason that the word rococopunk makes no sense at all, is that rococo is not a power source, it is an art movement. Steampunk and dieselpunk both begin with the prevailing power sources for the period of time in question. So rococo not being a power source is not technically correct. Iâm afraid that I cringe anytime I see people doing rococo with their steampunk. It implies a lack of understanding and historical knowledge. I recently saw a drag queen on a television show say âI love Victorian fashion so I tried for a Marie Antoinette look!â Um, no. Antoinette is NOT Victorian. You have missed by at least forty years. The only way Antoinette would be even vaguely steampunk is if she was traveling in a time machine.


anonymous 3 years ago

HELP! My Sons girlfriend is wearing SteamPunk Dress to Prom... So Now where does one find SteamPunk tux to accompany her attire?


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Diana Vick 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

@anonymous: Men's fashions change much less drastically than women's, so you can probably get away with accessorizing a suit or tux, as long as it isn't a 19070's powder blue one. Add a cravat, maybe some button covers and a hat and he could look reasonably appropriate. A lot of it depends on how much time and effort you want to put into it. If you have more money than time, you might look up some things to purchase from Gentlemen's Emporium online. I hope that they have a wonderful time. It sounds like a lot of fun!


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LauraCarExpert 3 years ago

Great lens! I love the variety of themes and ideas. Steampunk looks to be a pretty fun way of drssing up for a comic convention or a cosplay, thanks!


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Boyd Carter 3 years ago

Another curiosity satisfied. Now I know what "steampunk" is. ")


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TalkingFreebies 2 years ago from Sierra Nevada ~ Reno

Unique costume attire... this type might actually get the fiancé to dress-up for Halloween this year! Anyway you can add visual examples for the men? That would be great! Again awesome lens!


Valkyriescarlett 23 months ago

Very helpful. Gives me more ideas for my persona. Thanks :)

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