Steampunk Fashion for Women Over 40 or 50
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Some of the Elements of Steampunk in BoomerSpeak
- Miss Kitty from Gunsmoke: If you remember TV from the 60's, you might remember The Wild Wild West, a series about two Secret Service cowboys armed with "James Bond" types of gadgets and weaponry. That's a tangential spinoff of regular Steampunk.
- Indiana Jones: This style is often called Steampunk Hunter or Steampunk Explorer. Lady explorers usually wear top hats, pith helmets, or fedoras.
- Monty Python Style: You should include a bit of the Flying Circus's wacky humor when appropriate.
I am naturally attracted to two indie trends: hippie and steampunk. Well, contrary to all online snobpunks, these two vintage styles are not totally at odds at all. If you look around, you will find hippie elements in Steampunk gypsy, Steampunk pirate, Victorian Goth, Mata Hari Steampunk, and those small, round John-Lennon glasses, worn by both gentlemen and ladies these days. And, for the blogger who claims you can't be Mod and Steampunk, I say, "Why not? Have you no creativity?" If a woman wants to wear her Chanel jacket with a top hat and Victorian boots on her way to work, would you zap her with your raygun?
Why I Like Steampunk
I'm totally turned on by hats, long skirts, and boots. Steampunk includes all three. How could I not love it?
If you are a baby boomer woman, you might freak out at the thought of wearing anything remotely related to Steampunk... at first. But, here are some beautiful details that can be added to your everyday look, as well as to your night-on-the-town ensembles.
- * Velvet or brocade clothing with buttons (Good velvet colors are wine, burgundy, red, green, or brown.)
- * Waistcoats, waist-cincher belts, and subtle corsets that hold you together with style
- * Victorian walking skirts in khaki (Easy to sew.)
- * Boots or shoes with laces, bows, or Victorian heels (Yes, indeed, we did wear this type of heel in the 60's.)
- * Victorian lace ruffles on sleeves and bodices
- * Victorian lace gloves (Excellent for covering evil age spots.)
- * Cameo brooches, lockets, lockets, or rings
- * Jewelry with hearts, keys, watch pieces, or ornate gears
- * Pocketwatch necklaces
- * Top hats for women
Remember the 1960's and 1970's when fashion was fun? This is your chance to add something to your style that will give you a smile. Take Steampunk sensibilities, tweak them to fit your body type, and call your look whatever you want.
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