Steampunk is a beautiful post apocalyptic/ alternate reality inspired style that incorporate victorian elements, leather, clockwork mechanism technology and a lot of creativity. You know... give some craft lovers a few cogs and they'll create brilliant expensive wonders!
Now, to give you some context for my outfit, I decided to go on a 17th century London coffee house tour for my birthday and I wanted to wear an outfit that would look inspired by that general era. The goal was to be a steampunk time traveler/explorer discovering the mysteries of London coffee houses.
The theme for the outfit is exploration, particularly using the hot air balloon and map elements of the dress and the globe and binoculars in my necklace. I find that creating a backstory for yourself and your outfit helps when putting it together as well as with your confidence when wearing alternative fashions. Suddenly you are the explorer who is in this strange world so you are in fact the one dressed normally and the other people don't realise this. Anyway...
Here's where you can find all the items of my outfit if you wish to recreate this.
Corset - Vintage Goth (similar)
Choker - Phaze (similar)
Necklace - Spitalfields Market (similar)
Shoes - Primark
Rings - Primark
If you are in London you can also get the dress and the corset from Black Widow in Camden.
As for the background, it's Penhaligon's in Bank because I loved how appropriate their window looked for my theme.
What do you guys think of this outfit and have you tried Steampunk before?