Salutations my hairless cousins,
Remember but a few months ago, when I dove into the unique world of steampunk? I found the fantasy-inspired subgenre truly captivating; a vintage Victorian, post-apocalyptic world of wonders and retro-futuristic invention. If you found it as enthralling as I, you’re in luck – today I’ll divulge some of my top steampunk fashion tips, designed to really help you wow when you wear your steampunk watches.
Below the belt: brave enough for the knickerbocker?
Firstly, we’ll start with the legs. In historical times, the waist of a man’s trouser sat much higher than it does today. Gentlemen of yesteryear would have been aghast at the modern trend for ‘slouchy jean’ style – and let’s face it, no lady of steampunk sensibilities wants to see your undergarments, even if they are emblazoned with the name of a certain Mr Klein.
No, trousers should sit high and tight – or if you want to go full steam ahead, try a knickerbocker. These are baggier around the thigh, tight on the calf and fantastic for displaying your perfect pair of patterned socks. Those of you brave enough to embrace this look might as well go the whole hog – team with my Steampunk Pocket Watch for maximum 19th-century impact.
And for the chest, a waistcoat or vest.
A shirt really is a staple of steampunk style, and you should think of it as the bread-and-butter of the authentically-dressed. What you wear your shirt with, however, is much more open to interpretation. You can go subtle in your choice of jacket, with a design that incorporates a bib and buttons, but if a man really wants to stand out as steampunk, it is his waistcoat or vest that will do the talking.
A waistcoat is all about personality. They are versatile pieces, available in many materials. Dark leather creates a brooding and edgy style, and brocade waistcoats are considered more jovial and outlandish. For true individuality, the holy grail of steampunk style, you can create your own. And if, after all that custom tailoring, you can’t be bothered to sew on a pocket, the Abbrecci Vintage Steampunk Mechanical Watch is the one for you.
Finish of your look with a steam-powered flourish!
And now for my favourite part of steampunk style – your armoury of accessories! As well as fabulous steampunk watches, you can sport top hats, walking sticks, monocles, fingerless leather gloves and the all-important goggles. If you’re out riding your mechanical, steam-powered motorcar with a sidecar full of elves, it’s vital you’re not late to the ball. The answer is to adorn your wrist with the Excelsior Rectangle Steampunk Mechanical Watch – the perfect technology for timekeeping.
No great steampunker is ever without his effects, and to carry all of these a pouch belt or thigh holster is just the ticket. Fill with assorted cogs and gears, small round vials for carrying potions, a compass and of course, a pocket watch. The Bronze Pocket Watch is a functional accessory and perfect for adding a healthy dose of steampunk style to any attire.
Wondrous! The world of steampunk never ceases to amaze me. I’ve become so involved that this very afternoon I’m hitching a ride in a rat rod, off to source some more stunning steampunk watches. If you’ve enjoyed today, I’ll leave you looking forward to my Guide to Steampunk Style for Women, coming soon – I’m testing out hats and corsets for the piece next week.
Until then, I shall relax with my copy of Infernal Devices and a nice ripe banana – keeping one eye on the time, with my very own Abbrecci Apollo Steampunk Mechanical Watch.