Here's a selection from my wardrobe for you to peruse.
GIR + steampunk? Not me. I jumped on it the moment it hit Hot Topic (the market on Invader Zim product) it's sold out now, I'm afraid.
BCBG vest, from an outlet mall. I paid good money for this, probably about $50, and I don't wear it enough. At conventions I'm usually in corsets that I don't want to cover with a vest, and without a corset the chest area is VERY tight. I usually leave the top button undone, which means people are always telling me to button it (it doesn't without a corset, what can I say?). All that said, it is so darn cute I haven't mustered up the courage to get rid of it. It looks particularly adorable with these jodhpurs.
Check leggins from H&M, $40. No longer available but H&M often has a bit of an equestrian thing going. I fit their bottoms (not their tops). These have faux pocket flaps (grumble, why faux?) and no back pockets at all (thong only, ladies) and they are leggings, which I usually avoid. But they are a good thick fabric and I wear them tucked into boots for a great travel outfit. I never wear leggings or skinnys with anything but boots, I look too top heavy.
Tweed pencil skirt (Marshalls $40); plaid fish tail pencil skirt (BCBG $50)
Wool kick pleat pencil skirt, with added buttons down front, thrifted $5
Pencil skirts aren't particularly steampunk but worn with a vest or a Victorian blouse and the right jewelry and they can work. Same with dresses. Here I am steampunking up this plaid pencil number.
I have two jackets that I work for steampunk back and forth, but I mainly rely on the black one. I gave away the leather one I'm wearing in the above shot. I do that often when I think someone else will get greater use out of a piece of clothing than I.
Speaking of blazers is is a wool tweed United Colors coat I bought from a thrift store for $50. Yeah, they knew what they had. It fits well, even over the Rack, and is quite warm. I wish it were a little less basic.
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