Now that my trusty old column, “The Steampunk Wardrobe,” is no longer in roulation due to the discontinuation of the Gatehouse Gazette magazine, I shall provide handy information for steampunks and dieselpunks alike on here from on. I will aim, or at least attempt to as college and life may get in the way, to put up a weekly post providing you all with finds on popular websites for all kinds of budgets. After all, there is more out there than shops on Etsy.com (by all means, nothing wrong with
My point is to provide pieces that are wearable with a steampunk or dieselpunk outfit, but that are also wearable in daily life where possible. And this from the latest arrivals from several chains. Of course there are other stores such as Forever 21 and Target, but seeing they update on the fly and don’t tell you exactly what they’ve been updating, you’ll have to canvas those yourself.
Sadly I can’t provide a photo of everything, but even with just a description people should have an idea of where to look.
Without any further delays in the form of me waffling, here we go:
H&M is well forseen for steampunk and dieselpunk alike this season, especially for the dieselpunk to be precise. The men’s wear department is positively lousy with excellent finds, ranging from tweed hunter style country blazers to blazers that look like they escaped from a James Bond movie (that one also comes in all black by the way). Aside from that they have awesome t-shirts with technical statistics of an airplane or a zombie pilot. Aside from that they have excellent military style jackets.
And due to the festive season being around the corner, they also have skinny ties and bow ties (of variable quality, some is really quite dubious). For the women amongst us: I would advice getting them out of the children’s department as those are far cheaper.
Spanish chain Pull & Bear has the most excellent pair of brown men’s trousers in stores, with their own button braces. Sadly no photo on their website, but if it sounds like something you’d like and you have a P&B near you, do pop in.
Decathlon, of all places, has excellent cardrige belts and bandoliers in leather in their hunting department, and two kinds of fabulous Victoriana boots (the first comes in black and brown and then this one with insets of a tweed print) and a pair of black lace up boots, as well as partly leather spats, in their horse riding department. This just goes to show that you can find good gear in the strangest places.
Asos’s women’s wear department will no doubt render the female Doctor Who fans amongst us very happy with this particular blazer.
New Look‘s women’s section has a lovely Art Deco dress, for those in to the later days of steam or the earlier days of diesel. Speaking of dieselpunk, they also have an aviator style jacket, which is now nicely discounted.
Top Man is also playing into the new country style pieces with a blazer and a matching waistcoat. Personally I think the version of that blazer that H&M has is far nicer (and not to mention cheaper), but that’s of course just my opinion. For the fans of long coats in a more blazer style cut, they also provide a model in both black and brown.
If you’re looking for accessories, Etsy would be my first recommendation, but places such as Top Shop and Asos have lovely bags in stock. If you’re looking for faux fur accessories, Asos is also the place to look. Their women’s accessories section has fabulous fake coat collars that would work just as well on a gentleman’s coat. So it goes to show, looking in the departments of the gender that isn’t your own may pay off. The same goes for the children’s department, their largest sizes are often very suitable for adults.
That’s it for this week, hopefully until the next for more fashion finds!