Steampunk is the newest subculture to be making headlines and working its influence into the mainstream focus. Part of the allure behind it is the adventurous and fun quality of the style, but it also has a more accessible closet than many of the more niche groups out there. It's almost Fall, which means now is the perfect time to try out a little Steampunk.
Layering clothing is big this time of year as we all try to keep warm. This also plays right into the aesthetic of Steampunk! Leggings, coats, vests, and skirts can be mixed and matched to find the perfect look that is warm and stylish. Scarves, hats, and gloves are also perfect for keeping that extra chill off of you while still fitting into the Steampunk fashion world. Look for pieces that have details styled with a Victorian flair, like brass buttons or burn sienna leather.
The best part is that with so many different pieces to choose from, having a good supply of basics can net you an awful lot of clothing options. Try warm leggings paired with a long-sleeved top, vest and gloves. That same top can then be paired with a skirt and a hat another day. Play around with things until you find a look you really love. Get one or two smart coats- preferably one long and one that hits just below the waist, for versatility- and you'll have plenty to pick from.
Ah, Fall. Boot weather! Again, this is perfect for trying out this style. Steampunk often has lovely boots that aren't about sky-high stilettos, meaning there's not so much to worry about when conditions get slippery. Bots can be ankle boots or knee boots, and flats work quite well with the adventurous wardrobe. Short, chunky heels also work quite well, as long as they match with your outfits. Look for shoes in brown leather- anything from deep, dark hues to warm neutrals will give you the most versatility with your new look.
Jewelry is common but often minimalistic, focusing on interesting details rather than huge focal pieces. Look for pieces that again fit with the colors, opting for warmer brass, copper, and vintage golds as it often will match up better. It's little details like that clockwork neccklace that will really set your accent pieces apart from others, so look for things that fit with the theme- Victorian styles will always work, but try to find things with a more industrial edge to them, like gears, springs, and clock parts. Feel free to add in a pocket watch!
As mentioned earlier, hats, scarves and gloves are also a welcome part to any Steampunk outfit, so look for the same color palette. Hats can be very fun to tie in (especially if it means keeping hair from getting crazy on a windy day!) and can range from engineer and newsboy style caps all the way to more formal top hat and tri-corner styles. Again, the details are what make Steampunk, so if you find an amazing hat that just needs that little extra something, don't be afraid to add your own special pieces to the hat band or replace the feathers!
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