Thursday, December 8, 2016

How to Recreate This Chic, Casual Steampunk Outfit

This is a great Steampunk outfit. We like that it comes off as casual and effortless, but with enough visual interest to stand out. It's also flattering for any body type.

Tutorial on how to recreate this casual, chic, easy, sexy Steampunk outfit. Striped boatneck top, striped underbust corset, leather harness with LED light, cyclops monocle, black high low hem showgirl skirt, black leather boots, brown wide leather belt. Women's Steampunk clothing
Photo: Sean Tice

The accessories keep this look interesting, adding just the right amount of edge. This woman is no shrinking violet; she is a badass.

Tutorial on how to recreate this sexy, casual, chic, feminine steampunk outfit. striped shirt, striped underbust corset, leather chest harness with LED light, cyclops monocle, pocket watch. Women's steampunk clothing and fashion tips.
Photo: Sean Tice

This outfit is easy to recreate once you break it down piece by piece. You don't have to copy everything. Change a few pieces to put your own spin on it.

The model's shirt is a tan and white striped boatneck fitted top with 3/4 length sleeves. A variety of different colors would work here, from black and white striped to red and white striped. Blue or gray would look good, too. If you want something a little sexier, try a fitted off the shoulder top:

Black and white relax fit long sleeve boatneck top
Black & White Relax Fit
Long Sleeve Boatneck Top
Amazon.com
Red and white striped boatneck top
Cutiefox Striped Boatneck Top
Also Avail. in Black & White
Amazon.com
blue and white striped boatneck top
Cutiefox Striped Boatneck Top
Also Avail. in Black & White
Amazon.com
Red and white striped 3/4 length sleeve top
Kai Red & White Striped
3/4 Sleeve Boatneck Top
Amazon.com
Black and white striped sexy off the shoulder long sleeve top
PattyBoutik Black & White Striped
Off The Shoulder Long Sleeve Top
Amazon.com
Navy and white striped 3/4 sleeve boatneck top
Kai Navy & White Striped
3/4 Sleeve Boatneck Top
Amazon.com

Harnesses are versatile accessories. You can wear them over almost anything, and they instantly add a sexy edginess. The model in the photo is wearing the LED Light Harness, but her outfit would look just as good with an arm wrap or cleavage harness:

Steampunk accessories for men and women. Steampunk Chest Harness with LED light
Steampunk Chest Harness
With LED Light
Amazon.com
Steampunk Accessories for men and women. Steampunk Arm Wrap/Shoulder Harness
Steampunk VTG Arm Wrap
Harness
Amazon.com
Steampunk accessories for men and women. Wide Strap Black Leather Underbust Harness
Gothic Wide Strap
Black Underbust Harness
Amazon.com

Steampunk accessories for men and women. Single shoulder brown leather chest harness
Single Shoulder Harness
(Also Avail. in Black)
TheVioletVixen.com
Steampunk accessories for men and women. Clockwork Cleavage Chest Harness
Clockwork Cleavage Harness
(Also Avail. in Brown)
TheVioletVixen.com
Steampunk accessories for men and women. Clockwork Slinger Chest Harness in brown leather
Clockwork Slinger Harness
TheVioletVixen.com



Corsets are popular in Steampunk fashion because they can give any woman a sexy hourglass shape, and that was the desired silhouette during the Victorian era (not much has changed). The model's vertical striped underbust corset provides a striking contrast to the horizontal stripes of her shirt. The corset's buckled straps create an added layer of texture:

steampunk brown striped underbust corset
Charmian Striped Waist Brown Underbust Corset Amazon.com
Charmian Underbust Buckle Front Corset
Amazon.com
Buckle Front Striped Steel Boned Underbust Corset Amazon.com

A wide brown leather link belt slung loosely around her hips looks chic and effortless:

Steampunk clothing and accessories for women. 3 1/4" Wide Boho Oval Disk Black Leather Belt
3 1/4" Wide Boho Oval Disk
Black Leather Belt
Amazon.com
Steampunk accessories for women. 3 1/4" Wide Boho Oval Disk Brown Leather Belt
3 1/4" Wide Boho Oval Disk
Brown Leather Belt
Amazon.com
2 1/2" Wide Grommet
Brown Leather Link Belt
Amazon.com

The model's long black ruffle skirt is raised high in the front, a style known as 'high low hem,' derived from Victorian Polonaise overskirts (worn over layers of petticoats). The modern Steampunk style forgoes the petticoats in favor of showing off some leg:

Steampunk clothing for women. Steampunk Showgirl Skirt
Steampunk Showgirl Skirt
(avail. in many colors)
Amazon.com
Women's steampunk clothing. Victorian Black Sateen Corset Skirt
Victorian Sateen
Corset Skirt
Amazon.com
women's steampunk clothing. Burvogue Gothic Black Skirt
Burvogue Gothic
Black Skirt
Amazon.com

Most black leather knee high boots will look great with this outfit. You can choose a lace up style Victorian boot, or something sleek and simple like the model is wearing:

Women's Steampunk Boots Black leather Bella Vita Tanner II Harness Boot
Bella Vita Tanner II
Harness Boot
Amazon.com
Women's Steampunk Boots, Black Leather Aerosoles Money Role Engineer Boot
Aerosoles Money Role
Engineer Boot
Amazon.com
Women's Steampunk Boots. Nine West Orlan Leather Knee High Boot
Nine West Orlan
Leather Knee High Boot
Amazon.com

Goggles are fun, but there's something about monocles that seems so much cooler. They're almost villainous:

Men and women's steampunk accessories. cyclops eyepatch Sodial Copper Steampunk Monocle
Sodial Copper Steampunk
Monocle
Amazon.com
Steampunk accessories for men and women. cyclops eyepatch Welding Monocle with Clear Lens and Magnifiers
Welding Monocle
with Clear Lens and Magnifiers
Amazon.com
Men and women's steampunk accessories. cyclops eyepatch CyberSteam Gold Eyepatch with Orange Lens
CyberSteam Gold Eyepatch
with Orange Lens
Amazon.com

Don't get caught checking the time on your smart phone! Better to wrap a pocket watch chain around your belt (or use a pocket watch holster):

Steampunk accessories for men and women. Antique Skeleton Dial Mechanical Pocket Watch with Metal Gears
Antique Skeleton Dial
Mechanical Pocket Watch
Amazon.com
Steampunk accessories for men and women. jewelry and pocketwatches Bronze 12 Constellation Cover Map Pocket Watch
Bronze 12 Constellation Cover Map Pocket Watch
Amazon.com
steampunk accessories for men and women. jewelry and mechanical pocketwatches Bronze Octopus Sea Monster Pocket Watch
Bronze Octopus
Sea Monster Pocket Watch
Amazon.com

Fashion is an expression of creativity, so use this post as inspiration to play around with mismatched stripes, harnesses and fun accessories.

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