Oh my gosh it’s almost October. Do you know what that means? Do you? It means it’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right it’s just about Halloween month! It’s the holiday of our people: the spooky people. There’s going to pumpkins everywhere and skeletons and little bat friends. What’s not to love? In addition to all the spooky awesome, we also get to dress up in costumes! I’m so pumped I can barely contain myself.
October also means we’ll have a ton of people looking for steampunk costumes so I thought I’d jump the gun a bit and post some Halloween Steampunk outfit ideas to get October started right.
So I think when most people think of Steampunk they think of three things: goggles, gears and the colour brown. This super cute steampunk outfit hits all those notes. I really like this look because it’s monochromatic but still interesting to look at. Ivette is wearing a brown satin peasant blouse with a brown reversible waist cincher, a brown lace circle square skirt and, a steampunk bustle pocket belt. We added a brown derby hat with bronze cybersteam goggles on top and black glovets and a choker to balance some of the black in the pocket belt. It’s a little Victorian, a little bit western and definitely ready for adventure. You’ll be immediately recognizable as steampunk in this outfit and you’ll be so much more unique than someone who bought a bagged costume.
Steampunk Watch Maker
This dapper steampunk look may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of steampunk but it is just as steamy. The uniqueness and unexpected all black look makes it interesting. Peter is wearing a military frock coat with a black ruffle poet shirt. We added a pair of round spectacles and a pocket watch to give him a little bit more a nerdy, elegant look. We suggest pairing these items with a pair of black bondage pants, a black pocket vest and a pair of boots. You’ll be the classiest person in the room in this costume regardless of where your end up going.
Out of the Box Steampunk Mage
If you really want to try something out of the box then why not make your version of a steampunk mage? Ivette is wearing a pair of sleeves with a black bandeau, a wine waist cincher, a multipoint pocket belt and satin princess skirt. We kept the accessories pretty simple with a pair of red spectacles and a leather corset choker. This is a show stopping look. I guarantee that no one will look as cool as you in an outfit like this. It may not be instantly recognizable as a character or traditional Halloween costume but everyone will recognize that you have the coolest costume in the room.
So there’s three Halloween Steampunk outfit suggestions for you. Which one is your favourite? What are you dressing up as for Halloween? Let us know in the comments below.
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Listen, this is not a test, Burning Man is just around the corner and we are going to sell out of goggles. Every year the same thing happens, people come and shop in July and scope out the goggles they want but they hold off buying them. They wait to the last possible minute and try to grab a pair. More often than not the unthinkable happens and we are sold out of basically everything. Price shopping is a good idea. Check out online stores and shops in Vancouver. Make the best possible choice, but be organised and make sure that you have protection for your eyes. They’re really hard to replace.
Here are my top three suggestions for Burning Man goggles (guess what they’re all under $50):
Retro Joes are shatterproof. They have poly carbonate lenses with a UV 300 filter for maximum protection so that your peepers will be able to keep peeping. They are available in smoke, yellow or clear lenses. We generally recommend yellow lenses because they are dark enough to protect you from the glare of the sun but light enough that you can still wear them at night. As an added bonus, the frames are fold-able which makes them super easy to pack and store. Win.
Listen up my fellow bespectacled friends, Big Ben goggles fit over most styles of glasses. You don’t have to choose between being able to see or protecting your eyes. You can have it both ways! Not only do Big Bens fit over glasses they also have an anti fog coating so you don’t have to worry about condensation blocking your view of the Playa! Like the Retro Joes, Big Bens are available with clear lenses, yellow lenses or smoke lenses.
Machinist Goggles will protect your eyes from dust but they do not seal as well as Big Bens or Retro Joes. What they lack in function they make up for in style. These are probably our most popular pair of goggles. The bronze and brown tones give the goggles a definite steampunk style. The metal brackets dial that steampunk style up to eleven. They have padding around the eyes which make them super comfortable to wear for long periods of time either on your face or on your head. The green lenses makes it easy to transition from daytime to nighttime without impairing your vision.
What’s your favourite style of goggles? Let us know in the comments below!
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Pontification from Sanné
I’m Sanné Lambert, designer and owner for Venus & Mars Clothing located in the Historical Gastown District of Vancouver, BC, Canada.
This video speaks to how I’m a better talker than a writer, but I think I’m beginning to get thoughts across on paper and therefor we can look forward to many more discussions on a variety of topics including goth and steampunk fashion, wearing corsets, making stuff and hurtling off-road in pursuit of wild hot springs. Make sure to tune in for more pontification from me!
OK, then I’ll see you here!
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Venus & Mars is a small business located in the heart of Gastown, Vancouver, BC. We have been providing quality, handmade, alternative clothing since 1993. Everything Venus & Mars is designed by shop owner, Sanne Lambert, and made in Vancouver. We started out making Goth and Victorian alternative formal wear but over the past decade we have morphed into including pieces for steampunk, cosplay, festival costumes, and LARP gear. Now, we provide awesome people with clothing for weddings, grad, Burning Man, conventions are everyday life. We have also been featured in some film and television. Please visit our About Page for a comprehensive list. Want to stay up to date on what we’re up to? Join our mailing list to get weekly blog posts delivered to your inbox. Or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.