Imagine your favorite sci-fi movie, such as Star Wars, then place it on the set of Downton Abbey. That’s the gist of steampunk, a sub-genre of science fiction in which most or all technology resembles the steam-powered machines of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, hence the name “steampunk.”
Steampunk stories come in all forms and varieties. They can be set in the distant future where a crisis has caused humans to revert to technologies reminiscent of the early 1900’s, such as seen in elements of the Hunger Games like the fashion or the interior design of the high-speed train, or can be set in an alternate universe, such as with Fullmetal Alchemist. Readers find elements of steampunk in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with the Hogwarts Express. Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series also fits under the steampunk umbrella.
Like many fans of steampunk, I’ve always been drawn to the technologies, culture, and fashions of the early 20th century. Not a single episode of Downton Abbey goes by in which I don’t say “Where do they get their clothes and where can I buy them?!” Couple that with my love of science fiction and fantasy and it’s plain to see why steampunk has become one of my favorite genres.
But dressing steampunk is another matter. Many outfits are either too eccentric or too expensive to wear in the day-to-day, which is why I created this board with cute, casual, and affordable options for incorporating elements of the Gilded Age in one’s wardrobe.
The pocket-watch/locket necklace featured comes from Hot Topic and costs $10-11. The gears ring also comes from Hot Topic and costs $6.50 online. The gears earrings and the scissor bracelet can be found on Modcloth and cost around $15 each.
The stripped dress and black boots also come from Modcloth and cost about $50 each. The coat comes from WholeSaleItOnline.com and costs just under $30.
What do you think of steampunk style? What looks would you like to see for next week’s Fashion Friday? Let me know by leaving a comment. For more looks and designs, you can follow on both Pinterest and Polyvore.
Until next week, thanks for reading and have a happy Friday!