If you’re looking to create the perfect steampunk costume, then you need to start with the right accessories. Steampunk goggles are a must-have for any steampunk outfit, and they can really make or break your look. In this article, we’ll talk about the different types of steampunk goggles and how to choose the right pair for your costume. We’ll also give you some tips on putting together a complete steampunk outfit!
How to Build Steampunk Goggles
Since a costume design can begin from just about any form of inspiration, we’re going to start with the head. On your head you can wear a lot of different accessories but one of the most popular, and most important, is a pair of steampunk goggles. Goggles are key to nailing that steampunk look.
There are a few different ways you can go about building your own steampunk goggles. The first is to find an old pair of prescription glasses and add some embellishments. This helps not having to start from scratch and being able to use a well built pair of glasses. Identifying the steampunk style can also help you select a good base frame. You can choose from aviator, cat-eye, round, or rectangular frames. Each has their own unique look that can help you create a one-of-a-kind steampunk costume.
After you have your base frame, it’s time to start thinking about embellishments. This is where you can really let your creativity shine! You can add gears, clock parts, feathers, beads, ribbon, leather, and just about anything else you can think of. The sky’s the limit when it comes to steampunk goggles! Just make sure that whatever you add doesn’t interfere with the function of the glasses. You still want to be able to see out of them after all!
Once you’ve got your embellishments good tools to have around to really stick them together are E6000 glue, wire, welder, riveter, and pliers. You can find all of these at any craft store. With the E6000 glue, a little goes a long way so don’t go too crazy. The wire will help reinforce anything that you’re attaching to the glasses and the pliers will come in handy for bending and shaping the wire. The welder will be helpful if you’re using any metal parts in your design and the riveter can be used to attach anything leather.
Now that you’ve got your steampunk goggles all put together, it’s time to move on to the rest of your costume!
Picking the Right Materials for Your Costume
When it comes to steampunk costumes, the materials you use are just as important as the design. You want to make sure that you’re using materials that fit the steampunk aesthetic. This generally means avoiding anything too modern or too flashy. Instead, focus on natural fibers and muted colors. Tops usually include but are not limited to: corsets, vests, waistcoats, coats, and shirts. For bottoms: skirts, pants, trousers, and shorts are all good choices. As for materials, think: cotton, linen, wool, leather, and even lace.
For your clothing, look for items made of cotton, linen, wool, or leather. Also, stick to earth tones like brown, green, and gray. You can add a pop of color with your accessories or by adding some Victorian-inspired details to your clothing. But avoid anything that’s too bright or too busy. Remember, less is more when it comes to steampunk! Accessories could be: suspenders, hats, pocket watches, canes, scarves, goggles (of course), and umbrellas.
When it comes to your footwear, you have a few different options. You can go for the classic knee-high boots or opt for something a little more unique like Victorian-inspired shoes or even sneakers. Just make sure that you stick to natural materials like leather or suede. And make sure that your shoes are comfortable! You don’t want to be stumbling around all day in a pair of shoes that do not fit right.
Putting It All Together
Now that you’ve got all the pieces of your steampunk you’re going to want to think of your costume in layers. This will help you stay warm throughout the day and also give you the option to take off layers if you get too hot. A good steampunk costume should have at least three layers: a base layer, a middle layer, and an outer layer.
Your base layer is going to be your foundation. This is where you’ll want to start with your clothing. Choose items that are comfortable and easy to move in. You’re going to be wearing this layer all day so make sure it’s something that you can easily walk (and dance) in.
Your middle layer is where you’ll start to add some of the steampunk details. This is the layer that will really help pull your whole look together. Think vests, corsets, waistcoats, and even coats.
Now that you have all the pieces of your perfect steampunk costume, it’s time to put it all together and have some fun! Be sure to take lots of pictures and tag us on social media (@yieldtothepeople) so we can see your amazing creations!
How to Wear Steampunk Goggles
Steampunk goggles are a necessary part of any steampunk costume. But how do you wear them? Do you just put them on and hope for the best? Of course not! Here are a few tips to help you rock your steampunk goggles like a pro:
- Wear them on your head. This is the most common way to wear steampunk goggles. Simply put them on your head and adjust until they’re in the right spot. You can also wear them on your face but this might be uncomfortable for an extended period of time.
- Wear them around your neck. If you’re not a fan of wearing things on your head, you can always wear your steampunk goggles around your neck. This is a great option if you want to be able to take them on and off throughout the day.
- Wear them on your belt. Another great option for people who don’t want to wear their steampunk goggles on their head is to wear them on their belt. This is a great way to keep them close at hand and also ensures that they’ll stay in place throughout the day.
Yield to The People has a great selection of steampunk goggles for you to choose from so stop by our product section to view a couple for inspiration.