The Dummy’s Guide to Steampunk Fashion

Steampunk fashion

Ladies, it’s time to join the revolution … the Steampunk revolution that is. If you love all things mysterious, elegant, and vintage then the Steampunk trend is for you. Now, we know what you’re thinking; “Isn’t Steampunk fashion super theatrical? I could never leave the house wearing that stuff!” Well, think again ladies because there are loads of ways to inject a touch of Steampunk into your wardrobe without looking like you just stepped off the set of a period drama. Here are 5 ways to add a touch of Steampunk to your winter wardrobe. 

For those who don’t know, Steampunk is pretty much what someone living in the Victorian era could imagine life to be like 1 000 years into the future. The trend is characterised by bygone Victorian fashions and the brass cog and wheel mechanics of the 1800s. Of course, it’s completely possible to go all costumey and dress up in full Steampunk garb but today we’re focusing on subtle ways to bring this beautiful trend into your modern wardrobe.

1. Started from the bottom … now we’re here.

The best place to start delving into the world of Steampunk is the bottom or rather, your feet! Invest in a pair of Steampunk inspired shoes and let your feet do the talking about your fashion influences.

Steampunk shoes

We love these Hades Steampunk Steam Machine Heels (R1292.72) from Rebels Market. This peep-toe shoe with ankle strap, machinery rivets, spikes and metal butterfly details is a great way to ‘dip your toe’ into the Steampunk world. Pair them with a flowy skirt for a feminine touch or leather-look leggings for an edgy look.

2. Dress to the nines.

While wearing a full-on Steampunk dress, complete with corset and lace stockings might be a bit much for everyday wear you can still use special occasions as an excuse to explore the world of Steampunk fashion. Choose something elegant with subtle Steampunk touches and you will be the Belle of the ball!

Steampunk Dress

We love this Alexa evening dress from Stoompomp. It’s made to order and is made from a stunning maroon and white striped material with cog details. The cloak-style, plunging backline is absolutely stunning and perfect for a more dressy occasion.

3. Put a ring on it.

If a Steampunk inspired dress is a little too much all at once then something more subtle like Steampunk inspired jewelry might be more up your alley.

Steampunk Ring

We love this silver winged statement ring (R 223.74) from Rebels Market. This stunning ring gives the look of a two finger ring and is slightly adjustable as well.

4. Go with the flow

If you’re really wanting to make a statement then go for something a little more daring like a Steampunk inspired blouse. Pair the piece with modern accessories and basics and you won’t look too costumey.

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Steampunk blouse

We love this Elegant Steampunk Victorian Romance Top (R 559.35) from Rebels Market. Pair it with a pair of leggings and ankle boots for an elegant date night outfit. With a tiered waterfall hemline, puffy sleeves and pearl buttons going down the back this blouse is a must-have for history loving lasses.

5. Go for daytime glam.

You can never go wrong with a good maxi dress! Pair it with high-heeled wedged sandals or pretty flats in summer and you’ll always look on trend.

Steampunk dress

We love this Noleen maxi dress (R1600) from from Stoompomp. With snood detail and a subtle Steampunk cog print this dress is the perfect day or night-time outfit.

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