One thing that excites me about blogging is the opportunity to make public prognostications about where fashion is headed. Fashion designers and magazines always dictate what they think next season’s trends ought to be, but they can’t all be right. Ultimately, consumers will pick the trends that succeed.
For authentic inspiration, go to the source and download Steampunk Magazine. Issue #2 has some fashion articles, including a DIY apron project and advice on facial hair for gentlemen. For a more down-to-earth (so to speak) take on the trend, watch Mandy Moore’s new video, “Extraordinary.”
I use predictions like this not to go out and buy a bunch of new stuff, but to edit my current wardrobe, to decide what to pull out of or put into storage, what to alter, and what to get rid of. And when I do buy new clothes, I can buy them with an eye toward their lasting for several years and not going out of style immediately.
Here are my suggestions for how to incorporate Steampunk into your fall and winter wardrobe:
- Color: brown, gray, dark metallics like gunmetal and bronze
- Fabric: leather (real or faux), lace, pinstripes
- Cut: high necklines, puffed sleeves, fitted waistlines, tapered pants and skirts (yes, I think tapered pants are finally back to stay for a while)