What You Need To Know About Steampunk Jewelry And Fashion

By Margaret Harris

If you have attended any science fiction conventions you may have noticed people dressed in an amazing mix of historical outfits mixed with more futuristic elements. Perhaps you have seen a woman dressed in elegant Victorian clothing with goggles attached to her hat. This style of dressing is know as steampunk and it is very popular. If you are fascinated by steampunk jewelry and clothing here is what you need to know to create your own collection.

If you want to move beyond clothing you may be surprised to discover that there are other aspects to the lifestyle as well. Many bands write songs that are considered to be steampunk in nature. They may talk about blimps, magic or the Victorian age and may reference certain books or stories that are also considered to be a part of this genre.

In the universe that is the focus of this style, it is steam power that is most commonly used. If you think about books such as those written by HG Wells, you will get an idea of the proper time period and feel to focus on. Because machines started to increase in popularity it is not uncommon to find gears used on many pieces. Because it is quasi-futuristic, it is not uncommon to see goggles, guns and other accessories that have a futuristic feel to them as well.

If you are female, you have many different clothing choices to choose from. You may want to think about wearing an outfit that has a very Victorian feel to it, mixed with some technological elements. Think corsets, full skirts and elaborate top hats coupled with goggles, futuristic looking weapons and necklaces that are very industrial in feel.

Men's fashion, historically, has been much more varied than it is now. If you like the idea of being a sharp dresser, getting involved in the local steampunk movement may give you the freedom to dress well that you have always wanted to have. When you think of men's steampunk fashion, consider a historical military outfit like a set of British scarlets or a pith helmet. Alternately, a man could choose to wear a well-tailored suit as part of his alternate persona.

If you love the idea of dressing this way it is easy to do so. You can choose to alter your clothing to give it the proper feel or find pieces of clothing online. There are many websites that are devoted to this form of fashion.

Some individuals will want to make their own jewelry instead of buying it. You can use gears and other antique-looking metal elements to create some beautiful pieces. If you are not sure where to find decorative elements to use you may want to check your local craft shop to see what they have in their jewelry making section.

One fun place to wear your jewelry and clothing is to local steampunk events. Sometimes this will be a simple gathering of individuals who want to admire the costumes and accessories. Other times it may involve participating in workshops on costume or jewelry making. It is generally up to locals in your community what form the get togethers will take.

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