Spring is here which means that summer and all its insufferable weather is right around the corner. The glaring sun of summer has never been something to which I have looked forward, especially since my relocation to the city of Dallas where the summers are nothing short of oppressive. I know that summer can be cruel on the Steampunk, so for the next few days, I’m going to be featuring some summer attire that will allow you to sport your allegiance to Steampunk comfortably.
Sometimes, Steampunk is a little too formal. A considerable amount of my wardrobe is clothing that I cannot wear without occasion or to work. Or when the Texas heat makes Victorian layers stifling.
For those occasions, there is a necessity for some cooler, more casual clothing. Think Geek, one of the internet’s foremost shopping centers for everything geek, has its own two Steampunk inspired shirts: The Steampunk Skeleton and the Steampunk Angel.
With a nice part of slacks for the discerning gentleman and a breezy skirt for the lady, these shirts are sufficiently Steampunk and casual. And while I’d never be allowed the wear this to work, I imagine that there are many of you who might be able to wear this before some of your more formal Steampunk garb. It’s also an excellent option when doing outdoor activities and wishing to simultaneously sport your Steampunk sensibilities.
In my quest to ensure all of my readers are well dressed, I’d like to present to you all another merchant I found that specializes in quality, unique designs: Chrononaut Mercantile.
When it comes to unique and one of a kind designs, these designers are first-rate. They use only the best materials with the intention of having the garments and accessories purchased from them will last for years of wear after the initial purchase. They have a Steampunk section call The Age of Steam, but also have other sections of their word which include Faerie, Medieval, and Pirate designs.
Their Art of Crafting section does a wonderful job explaining their philosophy on their work and what materials they find do and do not meet their exacting standards. Check it out if you are interested in learning more about what all of those fashion terms actually mean in regards to your Steampunk regalia.
These guys are not particularly for Steampunks on a budget, but for those willing to pay for the finery of Chrononaut’s work, I believe you will find yourself entirely pleased by your purchase. Quality, after all, has a price, and while the Chrononaut’s price’s are high, you can expect that their standards are as well.
A while back, I told you all about the wonders of Etsy and why I am absolutely in love with it. It’s ability to connect you with artisans making unique, handcrafted goods is totally in line with the Steampunk “maker” ethic which focuses on the inventor or artist as a prime economic power. I have more reasons to love Etsy, which I promise I will explore later, but today, I want to focus on another website which will invariably help you in your search to complete your Steampunk wardrobe: Ebay.
And, to be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of Ebay. I don’t like that I’m often not assured the item I want because of the bidding system. I also find navigating Ebay somewhat clunky.
But, I’ve found a website for you all which considerably streamlines the process of buying Steampunk accessories through Ebay: Steampunk Attire.
This site is wonderful for consolidating all of a certain accessory tagged as Steampunk on to a single website so you can effortlessly recall and watch items.
This isn’t the first place to look if you are looking to build an outfit from its foundations, but for the accessories that add a level of polish to the entire ensemble, this website cannot be beat!
Happy bidding, everyone!