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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.

Steampunk Mixes With Other Stylesvictorian costume for women

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?

Why You'll Like Steampunksteam punk for older women

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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Resources and Links for Steampunk Photos:


Steampunk Asylum SoulStealer

Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. Sylvia @ 40PlusStyle

    Interesting article. I'm definitely interested in some aspects of steampunk especially the hats, but for the most part I'm sticking to more minimalist outfits. But I love admiring other women wearing this style!

  2. Christina Gregoire


    I'm a lot like you. I really love the hats. And, my point is that any chick can take one part (or a few parts) of Steampunk style, add it to her regular outfit, and update her look. Personally, I grew up in hippie times and I have no problem wearing outrageous stuff. I think it's fun... and how do you think street style starts? But, most women didn't wear fur vests in the 60s when they were 12 (my mom cut the sleeves off my aunt's old coat). I was so unique (almost all the time) that I had people taking photos of me in SF during the 60s. (No, I was the tastefully unique girl... not the tie-dyed freaky girl.)

    The main reason I won't go all out and wear Victorian Steampunk from head to toe (just the parts that look good on me) is because I'm remarried to a retired suburban guy who wears tennis shoes and shorts and a baseball hat (aaack!) unless I badger him. Once I'm able to convince him that it's more fun to be a bit of a peacock, I might go a little more Steampunk. For now, I'm going minimal, like you. But, if I can ever afford the crazy prices at crummy London hotels, I would piece together some kind of (slightly) SP outfit.

  3. BC

    I like velvet and lace.

  4. Tina

    Martin Soulstealer sent me a nice reply when I asked if I could get permission to use his photo:

    Re: Photo Permission

    Hi there - no problem at all - as long as I get a credit - a link to soulstealer.co.uk would be even better, but no issues! Nice article, but just to note the pic you've used is more goth than steampunk.


    (If you want to see his photos - I've added some links at the bottom of the article.)

  5. kay kerns

    I am attracted to steampunk jewelry

  6. khawk

    I'm 42 and am going on to my 3rd nuptials next May. It's going to be all Steampunk themed in Peacock colors!!! You're never too old to have a great time!

  7. Natalia

    Thank you for this wonderful article, Tina! I am getting into steampunk visual aesthetic, and that was exactly my plan - to try to incorporate a few elements into my style. But I am also open for dressing up (costumes), and my husband is totally up to it, so we'll see where we'll go from here! :)

  8. Autumn

    I am only 14, and I absolutely love alll things steampunk! This year will be my first Homecoming, and I am thinking of going in a steamlunk style dress. I loved this article! <3

    • Tina-Boomerina


      Steampunk is a gorgeous, flattering style. And, most homecoming dresses are so ordinary/average... with no personality. I'm sure you will look amazing.