Guys guys guys. So you know how much I love Steampunk, right?
If you don’t, welcome to the club.
But anyhow, the more I look at Steampunk outfits (as much as I love all of them!) it really frustrates me how people think Steampunk means
Yes yes while those things are fine and dandy, they don’t see the full picture here; the beauty of variety as is in any other genre. You don’t find all cyborgs in a cyberpunk society!
It comes down to a beautiful thing called ~STEAMSONA~
First, pick a nationality and look at the clothes they had, especially in the late 1800s- early 1900s. Any nationality. There are more places in the world than England and America!
Let’s take a look at my steamsona, Poleskeu Blood, for instance. She is Irish, and was born in Ireland but because of the financial issues in Ireland at the time, her parents moved to America to pursue big business.
-In the 1900s, lace jackets were a huge fashion statement. Poleskeu has a black brocade and lace jacket, likewise.
-Historical fact: Although the stereotypical idea of the Irish is the red hair and green eyes, that actually originated from Scotland. After Scotland invaded waaay back in history, the bloodlines mixed. The original Irish had dark hair and dark eyes. You are likely to see both, but red hair-green eyes is a very rare gene to have!
More than that, brown and goggles is not a bad thing! It’s all about placement, though. If your character is an AIRSHIP PIRATE, what do they do? Are they an engineer on the ship? If that’s the case, yes, grungy browns and goggles are great! Goggles protect the eyes from steam.
If you’re the CAPTAIN, what are you doing wearing a common color like brown? You’re great, and you know it and you will probably show it in how you dress in small ways. Poleskeu, as she became the captain of the BAST, started wearing blue and black corsets, black and red brocade skirts: You probably wouldn’t catch her dead in brown, unless it was something like a leather pouch where she keeps her shots of absinthe.
About gears: They are lovely and I really don’t have a problem with them glued on if it makes sense. But if you think gears automatically make Steampunk, you are mistaken. Horribly mistaken. The any time I use gears in my costume is with a clockpiece (Which admittedly is more clockpunk, but the two mix rather well!) on a hat, or with nuts and bolts on my earrings! I never keep them by themselves.
As beautiful as all your lovely Steampunk costumes are: These are just some things to keep in mind c: