Lifestyle: Punk Fashion
by Morgan Badillo ’15
Throughout the years, many crazy fashion trends come about, but today, one of the craziest - and best - is just around the corner: steampunk. Most have probably never heard of steampunk, but basically it is a genre of speculative science fiction that boils down to the question: "What would happen if people from different time periods (such as Victorian England) had technology that we do today?" The twist is the fact that the technology would look and be run differently, mainly by steam, thus the name "steampunk." I have seen this genre grow first hand and have found that it is growing even into the fashion world!
The amazing thing about steampunk is that no major designer has quite picked it up yet. Though it can be seen in some forms of media (an episode of the crime drama Castle and movies such as Van Helsing and Wild Wild West) so if you want to be a trendsetter start steampunking now!
Classic pieces of steampunk clothing include goggles (normally worn on hats) and some form of gear. The steampunk aficionado may be seen walking around with gear lapel pins or even have a hamster-powered jet pack strapped to his or her back (no, really, I've seen it). Other aspects may include a trench coat and many different hues of brown. Think of an old world worker, maybe in the coalmines, and you are halfway to the idea of a steampunker.
If one were to attempt a steampunk look, the key is individuality. Go to a thrift shop and find things that YOU think would look cool. If you want to, even go to a fabric or craft store and look for gears or this or that, and alter the outfit. Remember: it's better if it doesn't look perfectly nice. Even rummage through your closet; something may work! You definitely do not need to go all out into a character. Just get a few elements, and stay within the neutral color scheme of browns and whites.
Steampunk is a cool way to express your individuality. Keep your eye out for it on the runways, or make the world your runway and dress up a bit. The key is to have fun!
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