Hi #Steampunk tag
Okay #Steampunk tag, as much as I love #Victorian and #Goth aesthetic, simply being Victorian and/or goth does not automatically make something “steampunk”.
As Sir Reginald Pikedevant so eloquently explains in the attached video, “‘Steampunk’ refers to a type of science fiction about alternate pasts, not future prediction. Often set in Victorian Britain, but the history of technology is being rewritten.”
There need to be some science fiction and/or fantastical elements to stuff you’re calling #steampunk, not simply some Victorian style lace and a corset. Even “just glue some gears on it” would make a lot of the stuff I’m seeing more steampunk than it would be. Go for some sci-fi elements: spruce up your parasol handle with some copper, brass, or steel tubing/piping, or stick an old-fashioned looking lightbulb to the top ferrule. Weave some thin copper wire into lace (added bonus that it hold the shape you want better than starching it). There are metallic fabric rivets in many colors at sewing/hobby stores that can make an outfit look more industrial. Emphasize that the sci-fi technology is changing faster than your sense of style is.
Also, though Victorian Britain is the most common steampunk inspiration, I have seen magnificent steampunk outfits inspired by Ming Dynasty of China, Maratha Empire of India, Iroquois Confederacy of North America, and Renaissance Venice under the Serenìsima Repùblica. It’s all about alternate history and a bit of sci-fi, not just Victorian top hats, leather, lace, and corsets.
TL; DR, tag things a bit more accurately, #steampunk is not a catch-all for anything anachronistic or vaguely Victorian.