Although goggles are a pretty normal steampunk accessory, most of the outfits don’t have them. So why do most people add them to the outfit? Most people add them because they think that is what they supposed to do but believe it or not the goggles do serve an important purpose in the outfit. Wearing the right pair of goggles will add an air of industrialism to the outfit but there is a lot more to steampunk goggles than people realise.
Goggles, whether used in steampunk or not, serve a purpose therefore they didn’t become an accessory for steampunk by accident. The most common purpose for goggles is generally due to the fact that steampunk fans tend to create or customize their own gear. Due to the fact that the common metals for steampunk are ranged from copper and brass to other metals, it is quite reasonable to understand why goggles are necessary as protection for the eyes. Steampunk welding goggles, are quite important for those steampunk tinkers and not only used as a popular accessory.
Goggles have other purposes that may relate to the style of those that don’t manufacture their own steampunk gadgets. Aviation goggles may hold some importance for those that find airplanes and other airships part of their passion and the same would apply to those who wear steampunk motorcycle goggles to represent their love for choppers and bikes. Those who enjoy or are interested in spelunking and exploring, generally find goggles that represent those activities as common additions.
Steampunk goggles may be added to your outfit to either serve a practical purpose or as an accessory that plays a key role in your specific tastes. Whether you want to depict your interests or show off your personality or just want to add something to the mix because you like the look of them, steampunk goggles can be used for either of these purposes. Goggles, unlike other accessories that have almost no function linked to them, can at least be noted to have some form of practical usage.
Here are 5 different styles of Steampunk Goggles:
If looking for goggles that can simply be worn to provide an aesthetic benefit and don’t have any practical purpose whatsoever, many look to wearing steampunk brass goggles as their outfits beautifully made accessory.
Steampunk welding goggles provide some form of protection to the eyes while looking good at the same time for those who enjoy tinkering with steampunk gadgets.
For those who are looking for a highly practical accessory that adds more to their steampunk riding outfit and have a love for motorcycles and dirt bikes, then it is more likely that they will use motorcycle goggles & dust mask.
Steampunk explorer goggles when paired with a smashing brown leather fur steampunk inspired jacket, will be great accessories when exploring the arctic as well as providing some protection from the stinging wind and snow.
Similar to the steampunk welding goggles are the steampunk machinist goggles worn by the tinkers to keep steam and debris at bay when working.
Technologies that focus on the exploration of the skies, airplanes and piloting, have influenced outfits that incorporate steampunk aviator goggles.
When one thinks of the steampunk genre, the first image that pops into your mind are the goggles. They range all the way from functional ones with protective iris covers that open or lights to those that are purely ornamental. Building your own steampunk goggles, although time consuming and expensive if you want attractive ones, it is possible but there are those out there who are experts in this field and can do it at a much cheaper rate.
Many of the goggles that you find these days are adjustable at the straps and last a reasonably long time which makes steampunk goggles worth the money spent on them.
Why do steampunk lovers wear goggles?
Although there are many answers to this question when it comes to how many individuals love steampunk, it has been broken down to the central most important ones which are – protection and identification. Firstly, we ask why do they wear it for practicality purposes and secondly why do they still wear it today, even when many have given times when their costume goggles came in handy. Below is some of the reasons given to the answers to the question – “why do steampunk fans wear goggles?” and we have broken it down into practical and more imaginative ones.
- During the Victorian age, nothing screams industry more than the iconic trademark that is goggles even though back then workers didn’t wear much protective gear. They were mainly worn to keep dirt, oil, wind, steam and sparks out of one’s eyes and more commonly worn by aviators and drivers. Those who welded or did woodwork would also wear them.
- Those who chose to work on the new mechanical inventions of that era such as the rotary engines, would need something to protect their eyes from objects and substances such as castor oil spray and steam which could cause both eye and other injuries.
- They could also be used to enhance vision
- For makers of things who could use the protection for their eyes and because steampunk has its roots based in literature.
- Can be an affordable accessory at times
- Goggles form a main part of the steampunk “uniform” as well as having a foot in the door as fashion statements for cyberpunk, anime and manga.
- When face to face with the following, it seems that goggles have a use everywhere – spitting cobras, ray guns, actinic glare from metalworking, metal shavings, sandstorms on Mars, ectoplasmic observations and change winds during time travel.
- There is always a distinguished air about goggles and they look cool.
So if you are one of those hard core fans that want to wear goggles, I have listed below 5 different ways to wear them.
5 different ways to wear Steampunk Goggles:
Wear Steampunk Goggles over your eyes
If you are a true steampunk, you will never make the mistake of wearing your goggles over your eyes. People might begin to think they are actually useful and not just being worn as a fashion statement. But even though, you will still find the one who wears it like this. For photographs it can be done but if you want to wear them longer, you may find yourself with a huge headache.
Wear Steampunk Goggles on your head
This is the most common and yet least inspiring way to wear the goggles. So if you are not the super creative type and prefer it to just be non-offensive and cruise control cool, then this is the way to go. I must admit, they do look amazing on people’s heads though.
Wear Steampunk Goggles on your hat
This form of wearing goggles must have come from someone who was at a loss for what to do when they wanted to wear a hat and goggles. Imagine the joy they must have experienced after trying different ways and then realizing that to achieve maximum results, they could put the goggles on the hat. Must have been a breakthrough for them.
Wear Steampunk Goggles around your neck (and on your hat)
If you fall under the category of super causal and being a hipster, then this is the way to go to show that you have them but are not bothered with them. This tells people that you were probably using them but then took them off and were to cool to put them on your head so you hung them around your neck instead.
On your pet 🙂
So for when you can’t bear the shame of wearing the clichéd accessory, what better way than to force your pet to wear it. Nobody will judge them and you get the bonus of having a good old laugh at your pet’s expense.
Awesome DIY Tutorials on How To Make Your Own Steampunk Goggles:
For each different style of steampunk goggles that are out there, there are just as many tutorials to teach you how to make your own. So if you want to end up with a pair of awesome goggles and not just lenses wrapped in copper tinsel then have a look below at the tutorials below to help you decide which resource to use in making the process of making your own goggles pain free and easy.
This tutorial provides easy to follow step by step pictures to take you through the entire process. The materials for these goggles should only cost you between $15-$20 if you have the proper scroll saw and dremel in your possession. The end result is a pretty cool pair of steampunk goggles (via Epbot).
The next tutorial has pictures along with the text which makes it easier to follow. If you want cost effective, you might have to visit a thrift store to find the right items to hit the mark of a cost of $30. All you need is a dremel and sewing machine and you are on your way to making your very own goggles that should have a bit of a motorcycle look about them when they are finished (via Instructables).
Steampunk is now becoming very popular with a great number of followers coming up in recent times. People put on glaring Steampunk outfits even though they are unaware of it. They do it just because it’s ‘trending’. Unaware of its existence, many find it interesting enough and love it because of its uniqueness. The spread of Steampunk has been enormous and I think its cool to see people use it to decorate everything. There are a lot of famous designs out there that make things easier for Steampunkers to find what they are looking for.
Dress Victorian when in doubt and then add something. Steam technology was first of all capitalized during the Victorian era. This affected their everyday way of life, hence, it’s not surprising that steampunk writing is mainly based on or inspired by the Victorian world. If you think your outfit looks “too Victorian”, then know you are most probably doing it the right way.
Steampunk fashion is all about the creation of clothing that enliven your senses, is entertaining to those who wear it and can be engaging enough to those who are watching. Don’t have the feeling of not fitting in a style or that you are not appealing just because it is “not steampunk enough”. Don’t be misdirected or pressured into thinking that without an inclusion of a collection of “steampunk status symbols” (like goggles, even though they are good), your outfit will not fit or will not portray what you wish to make.
There is nothing like a ‘steampunk color’. A certain group of people believe steampunk has to be brown, black, white, light or dark only. That is totally out of place. Steampunk can be any color of your choice (though one can hesitate when it’s neon). Whether it’s black, brown or bright colors that you wear, there is always a steampunk justification. Steampunk as you very well know is all about advanced technology. This makes it perfectly alright to see it in shouting colors and complicated patterns that are made with machines.
If there are other genres that you like, go for it. If you feel you are attracted to a fashion style that doesn’t fit in with steampunk (Midieval, Pulp Adventure, Enlightenment era, Mod 60s, etc.), just keep your head up. Do not be forced to caption it under steampunk. These are all artistic works that creative minds have worked hard to produce, spread out and explore; so it’s better to respect their differing creativity and unique nature. We all are different people with variety of interests. This should be a source of pride.
Just be you and enjoy yourself. That’s what is necessary. Don’t be forced to please everybody. Go out and post and not be shy because you don’t want to be dressed like others you have seen posts. Do not doubt yourself when posting by asking “do you guys think this is steampunk enough”? Instead, post with this in mind, “I feel that this is steampunk, and this is my reason of thinking so.” If someone disagrees with you, open a discussion so that you can talk about the bone of contention, know more about each other and getting a solution to your misunderstanding; why not even free your mind by ignoring them? It’s your right to do so if you don’t see it necessary to argue because of differing views.
Sure those looking for this type of thing might find it useful. All in all, I wish to lay emphasis on this point: be proud enough about your views and unique style.
My love for Steampunk costumes does not come from the fact that it is inspired by aesthetic of the Victorian period, though not a full reproduction of it. What makes it so cute is the additional creativity and inspiration of the steampunk fashion. Steampunk fashion is void of rules, meaning everyone who wears it looks like they come from the same era. With the evolution of steampunk from just putting on a few gears with goggles and having an outer corset that looks gothic, boho, military and vintage-like,what is still keeping the costume’s steam-driven history is the Victorian style.
I have been so deep in love with Steampunk costume to the extent that I could spend hours observing each costume. I have the habit of collecting pieces of costumes and making new ones for each event in just a short time. I always have something waiting in hand in what I call Steampunk Costume Essentials. If you plan to go for your first Steampunk costume or you need some ideas on how you could modify an existing costume or make new ones, then you have to get these pieces you will be needing at hand:
Steampunk Costume Essentials
Firstly, you have to put in mind that all Steampunk movements get their inspiration from the Victorian era, which is why all the costumes have a Victorian taste. The costumes have the following characteristics: there is a lot of lace, velvet, bustles, heavy brocade, ornate hats, granny boots, a lot of jewels and gloves. Considering that it is the steam age, colors tend to be black or brown. The color tones can be improved with rich jewels, emerald green, purple, ruby red and midnight blue. What is common nowadays is to ignore the dark colors and use white as its base color.
What is common with women’s Steampunk costumes is that they have a corset. Corsets are not a Victorian underwear. They are actually worn outside of the clothing. It can be found in different material types like brocade or damask, leather, lace or other types of fabric that will suit your entire look. It can be and under burst corset or a full bust squishing corsets. They can be used alternatively. Corset costumes are not designed to support a bust as if they will be worn as an underwear. You might be quite comfortable in some while you will might not feel the same comfort in others. Making a corset could be the best option to have a comfortable fit if you really desire a serious costume. You don’t need to get hurt when you have a custom fitted corset. Anyhow, a costume corset my hurt, just make sure it should be loose enough to let you breath and move around comfortably. A strapless bra could be worn underneath for support if needed.
The shoes you put on can make or mar your steampunk outfit. During the Victorian period, shoes were mostly laced or buttoned up boots. They were called “granny boots” or “withch boots” because of its old antique style. You could easily find laced up boots nowadays, hence it wont be an issue. Some have gone as far as making “Steampunk” styled boots with complete buckles and gears. Both short and very long boots have become popular. Knee-high boots might not be Victorian, but they look good when worn under a short skirt.
Goggles are one of the most classic steampunk item that is essential. Imagine how a steampunk costume look like without goggles. Goggles have been looked upon as an icon, symbol or trademark of the Victorian age. Even though not all workers wore protective gears during that period, it still has that industrial feeling. Drivers and pilots or aviators usually put on goggles to help them keep dirt, oil, wind, sparks and steam away from their eyes.
When it comes to Steampunk costume accessories, “More is better”. The more costume accessories you add, makes it better. Steampunk jewelry is another way to add more life to steampunk clothing. Be it a necklace or choker, an earring or ear cuff, bracelet or a wrist cuff and a brooch or pin will all make your steampunk clothing colorful. The list can go on and on with jewelry made from lace or brass with designs of cameos, hot air balloons, birds, trains, clocks, insects, globes, and keys.
It is common to see every woman put on a bustled Steampunk skirt as a part of her costume. It can be long, short, very short or hi/low. What is more important is how it is styled and not the length. You can add all sorts of bustled effects on a plain long skirt. You can find ready-made skirts that come with bustled effects that can be customized with some ties and adjusted in any manner that you feel comfortable with.
Putting on a lace dress in the place of a skirt and blouse can be more appealing. Both look very similar. You can visit this traditional Victorian bustle or hoop dress site and find some useful accessories that can go with your Steampunk fashion.
The most common type of Steampunk hats that fit well with the costumes are the Top hats and mini top hats. Except for the mini ones, they actually come from the Victorian era. Most experienced costumers put in a lot of time and effort to craft and decorate their hats so that it can go well with the rest of the costume. At times they add belts, buckles, goggles, flowers, veils, feathers and a little fabric trim to fit. You can find feathers at a fly fishing sporting good shop. You can get them natural with no bright-colored dyes included. They are more “Steampunk” when natural.
Steampunk events usually take place in winter just like events in the Victorian era. The various layers added to steampunk jackets makes you feel warm. You need a Steampunk Jacket especially on cold days which will keep you warm and happy. The jacket’s military style coupled with the belts, buckles, ruffles, chains, corset ties and lace is now a popular look. They are made thin in such a way that it will not cover up the costume but add more flair to it. It is usually worn without being zipped or buttoned but could be secured with a wide belt. The jackets are rarely seen as jackets but short shrugs, bolero jackets and crop tops that cover just the arms and not the other parts of the body.
A long boot and short skirt could reveal a lot of skin, hence adding fun stockings or leggings can make it more colorful. You can wear leggings or pants in the place of a skirt. Also, pantaloons (bloomers) will add much fun to the already Victorian look. Stockings with wide colorful stripes, lace or crochet patterns are very popular. If your outfit has already got many patterns, a solid-colored stocking can work well. It looks lovely to me when I see a black or brown costume carrying a pop of bright red or purple with black and white stripes. Having some colors on your costume can make you shine in the midst of monotone costumes.
You might have come across the word Steampunk while browsing the Internet. You might not have known what it’s all about. By the end of this, you will know all about it.
Steampunk can be defined in three words. That is, “Victorian science fiction”. “Victorian in this case does not portray a specific culture. It refers to industrialised 19th century which was a period with distinctive character and beauty. This period witnessed great developmental changes in the modern world (mechanized manufacturing, urban expansion, mass movement of people, telecommunications and office life). This gave a breeding ground for steampunk as it used the existing technology to shape a more advanced 19th century made up of Victorian-inspired inventions like the steam-driven aircraft and mechanical computers.
Where did steampunk come from?
Steampunk has been in existence since the 19th century. Life in the Victorian period was unique with its own science fictions that was greatly inspired by the works of Jules Verne and HG Wells. This went throughout the 20th century. The word “Steampunk” was coined by KW Jeter when he humorously used it to describe a set of stories that were written during the Victorian period. This was around the late 1980s when cyberpunk became the new form of science fiction.
Where does the sci-fi come in?
It is difficult to differentiate between steampunk and the Victorian period because the time-line between them is very narrow. The difference is seen by the status of steampunk as a science fiction even though it had been greatly inspired by activities of the Victorian era. This can be seen in two ways. The 19th century “proto-steampunk” stories can be compared to today’s science fiction (seeing what happens in the future from the present). The Victorians saw this as building an image of the future that is not modern to the modern eyes at that time. The Victorians had imagined the existence of space travel, submarines, aircraft and a machine era. However, while some of these imaginations came close to realization, there were still variations of which direction the future will take.
Modern writers view steampunk by re-imagining the 19th century in order to get a glimpse of which direction science will take in the future. Steampunk in this case is out to portray modern concepts like spy thrillers, computer revolution, the Internet and noir mysteries by making it to look like it is Victorian using Victorian technology. Steampunk is an absolute blend of science fiction and alternating history.
Where does the steam come in?
Steam in steampunk came about as a result of the period. This was the period that saw the dominance of steam technology. Steam engines are a very relevant aspect of the steampunk world. The Victorian era saw steam power changing the facets of life of almost everything. The steam engine brought about a great change in the period of industrialization. The use of machines during this period brought about efficiency in production that was to a greater extent more productive than human and animal labor. With the advent of mechanized production and farming methods, the lifestyle of the Victorian era changed dramatically as productivity increased bringing with it modern-style professionals and office workers. Steam engine development also brought about great developments in sciences, lifestyle, and a type of product that became tied to the Victorian era. Such changes have brought a lot of inspiration about steampunk and this can be seen as it has its influence on many cultures.
Where does the punk come in?
As earlier mentioned, the punk in “steampunk” was a tongue-twist in reference to the cyberpunk genre. It was not born out of the punk subculture. “Punk” in punk rock came into existence due to certain specific occurrences after the Second World War. This is totally different from the Victorian artistic beauty that was a great inspiration to steampunk. Nevertheless, those who wish to explore and compare steampunk and the 20th century punk can have access to a great number of materials from the other 19th century counterculture groups like Luddites, utopians and the hooligans.
What about gears?
Gears can be commonly seen as a steampunk symbol, though they are not unique to the class of artistic work. The gear came into existence long before the 19th century. It is still in use until now. The gear in the steampunk brings together other related devices like the pistons and flywheels to be the “power lines” of the steam age. For steam power to be transmitted, it needs a network of other moving parts just as electrical power needs a network of wires for transmission. The gear alone was not actually “steampunk”, but when it was added to the 19th century machinery, it became part of the genre.
Goggles are sometimes used alongside other steampunk clothing and lifestyle. This gives the feeling that it is a fundamental part of “steampunk look” which is not true. Goggles are actually used in both science and mechanized travel of which all are common steampunk themes. Nevertheless, it does not mean goggles should be worn by all in a steampunk setting, hence the reason why only those who find it necessary do wear them. Just like aprons, scarves, driving coats and overalls, goggles have their place in steampunk fashion. When properly used, it can help give life to steampunk artistry and on the contrary, it will look ridiculous when it is seen as a whole rather than part of a whole.
What is the appeal of steampunk?
Steampunk is appealing to a large group of people. Some are attracted to it because of their love of the Victorian era. Others feel steampunk’s unique closeness to technology is what makes them love it. That is, trying to bring the 19th century machines into modern settings. Many people are attracted to it because of its fashion aspects. This gives them the opportunity to select and combine a set of clothing styles and accessories that showcase the 19th century era. An aspect of steampunk is that it appeals to diverse groups of people. This allows steampunk to have something to offer for everyone of its lovers. Steampunk also gets its support from most members of the neo-vintage movement that has made great progress in mainstream fashion, film and aesthetic. The steampunk genre draws fans across different groups of people and backgrounds into a world where fashion is made at each person’s taste, goods are durable and machines are still revered.
Steampunk sounds great! Where’s an easy place to start?
Steampunk’s most important rule of thumb is “start period and then add”. The greatest advantage steampunk got is that it gets its inspiration from the Victorian era, and was around the invention of photography and films for cinema. These brought about the possibility of recording people from various cultures, class and backgrounds. This provided a great source for reference material. Those interested in fashion and looking for ideas, scenes or character inspirations could find such materials in the many vintage photographs and film reels that were stored as far back as the 19th century. With the availability of these, what is then needed now is for you to add or modify them the way you wish it to look. It should be also known that a great number of steampunk aspects will always have a common similarity – the period whereby they get their inspiration.
Showcase your leather furniture
Add a chandelier
Use an old steamer trunk as a living room table
Decorate with gears
Add old trunks and vintage suitcases
Buy a terrestrial globe
Use old maps as wallpaper
Add an industrial touch utilizing exposed bricks
Use exposed framed herbariums
Expose antique items like barometers, telescopes or typewriters
Decorate with sepia pictures
More Steampunk Decor Ideas
The City of Lost Children
Tai Chi Zero
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010, Luc Besson)
Time Bandits (1981, Terry Gilliam)
April and the Extraordinary World (2015, Christian Desmares & Franck Ekinci)
Mad Max Fury Road
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
The Adventures of the Baron Munchausen (1988, Terry Gilliam)
The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1958, Karel Zeman)
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
A Trip to the Moon (1902, George Méliès)
Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa
Brazil (1985, Terry Gilliam)
Wild Wild West
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Golden Compass
Howl’s Moving Castle
City of Ember
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea