The Casual Steampunk For Him or Her

Many people love the idea of Steampunk, but as we know with popular underground culture and genre, it can seem overboard and outrageously dramatic. Here are some simple tips as to how to stay true to your sense of style, as well as your Steampunk sensibilities.

Tip one: Let your accessories speak for you.

You don’t need to spend tons of money. Any outfit can incorporate a Steampunk accent without being over the top. My personal rule of thumb, if you’re paying over 40 dollars for handcrafted jewelry or an accessory that doesn’t incorporate any visibly expensive materials, you’re paying too much.

Tip 2: Wear earth tones.

Browns beiges and rusty reds tend to be the trending Steampunk colors. For women a white button up shirt with brown dress pants and a matching brown shoe would be appropriate for work or a semi formal event. For men black pants with a white button up shirt, a vest ,and shinny black shoes can also be Steampunk. Men tend to have the leg up on this because men’s wear really hasn’t changed much in the way of cut and style for decades. Leather can be incorporated in a wrist band or belt, and even a small under-bust for women is acceptable but if you’re looking to be semi formal you’re better off without. My suggestion, check out the local thrift store. There is always something there that can work.

Tip 3: Keep it modern with old time touches.

The cleanest look I find with Steampunk is if you stick to a modern or indy kind of look using your accessories to express your  inner Steampunk. By ‘clean’ I mostly mean professional. Seeing as Steampunk seems to revolve more around formal wear (or at least what we consider formal wear today) it is much easier to be semiformal or formal for the most part, but complete casual wear is available all over Etsy if you simply look under the search term “Steampunk Clothing”. It’s all over the place.


You’re probably wondering how this all looks together right? Here is a collection of photos of people who seemed to get it right and a few of my own personal choices. From casual to formal, this is what the subtle Steampunk looks like.

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  1. thanks for this… has really helped me feel more confident with steam punk style. i want to adopt a steampunk style in my everyday life… i think many of the clothes I already have will be suitable I will just start making some accessories and see what I end up with. Wasn’t sure if my simple stuff looked lame, but looking at these I say no… its still nice. I don’t have any big events to attend locally and I don’t want it to just be a costume… but I can’t just suddenly start wearing full corsetry to the supermarket…. or can i?

  2. Glad to have helped. People really don’t realize how much of what they already own can be incorporated into their Steampunk style. Thankfully Steampunk is mostly accessory based. If you are bold enough to wear corsets out in public without some kind of pull over then go for it. Fashion really all depends on your confidence in wearing an item. If you’re not super confident in the whole corset thing, then I would suggest an item similar to this: . Or wearing a sweater like this over a corset to tone it down: . The rest is all accessories and again comfort zone.

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