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Beverlyheels StyleStyle: Steampunk Fashion

Style: Steampunk Fashion

Posted on Sat, Oct 20th, 2018

Think steampunk, and the images of post-apocalyptic designed bustier, bodices and jackets come up. Steampunk fashion is a sub-genus of the steampunk movement in science fiction. It is a mixture of science literature and European industrialization. Since its emergence, the aesthetic of steampunk fashion has remained constant whatsoever. Even though this genre was more widespread during the 20th century, it is said to have existed way earlier than that. It grew along with goth and punk movements during the 1980s and 1990s. Variants such as cyberpunk and diesel-punk is said to have emerged during the 1980s as well.

Steampunk fashion consists of clothing, hair styling, body modifications and make up. Influenced by fashion of the mid-19th century, it is often dominated by long, flowing dresses and regal jacket bodices. The jackets extended over the hips and matched the skirt fabric sometimes. Gradually, the bodices started ending at the waist and during the early 1860s, a new style known as the Garibaldi blouse made its appearance. Conical shaped skirts have also been an inspiration to the steampunk fashion. By the beginning of the 20th century, skirts that were flared at the hem became popular. Dresses for women were sometimes masculine, to look intimidating. Evening wear for women included decorations like sparkling beads, bangles and gaudy embroideries. The hobble skirt was introduced during that time. Also, corsets became more of a clothing than undergarment. In fact, corsets were made in brocade and leather with steel boning specially for steampunk. Brass goggles, too, became a trademark for steampunk fashion.

Thanks to the unique blend of romantic Victorian and industrial vibes, elements of Steampunk style percolated down to mainstream fashion as well. But to make it a part of daily life, there are a few things that need to be understood. Steampunk outfits are often accessorized with ‘period’ style decorative pieces like steampunk pocket watches, parasols and even flying goggles. Try combining modern style garments with more antiquated style pieces, for example, pair a high collared blouse with a blazer and a leather belt. In the same way, an undercut corset with leather and brass accents along with a simple work shirt can give a steampunk work-wear look. Even steampunk accessories, like a steampunk inspired necklace or an antique brooch, can make your wardrobe look snazzy. As for the color, the variety can range from bright and bold to mute and subtle. Since steampunk fashion is inspired by Victorian fashion, it is usually dark with earthy tones. Gray and similar dark tones are good for everyday casuals. For a more professional look pair a gray pinstripe waistcoat with fitted blazer and dark trousers. Put on your antique cuff-links and a watch with brass accents to complete the look.

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