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Author Topic: Male Steampunk Attire "For The Honourable Gentlemen"  (Read 726 times)
xX_Lee1987_Xx
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« on: October 24, 2016, 09:43:44 pm »

Greetings everyone, Lee here.

As you may know, i am new to this forum and the Steampunk Community, as i currently donot "own" any steampunk/vintage styled outfits (i did until found out i couldn't fit into them so i have to start from scratch), I am wondering how an honest gentleman such as myself can start off with a basic outfit thats under £100 or so, one of my parents suggested grabbing one of the steampunk fancy dress outfits, which i am against of buying, although it might look "cool" or "vintage" from a distance i donot want to end up wasting £60 on a full outfit that is probably low quality and will only get "used" once, so i would like to know from anyone on the forums of how a gentleman such as myself can get started on becoming a refined steampunk enthusiast!.

I am pretty much into British history as a whole, and love the victorian period greatly, as it was the time that britain was at her most glorious and height of power, i've also decided to call my persona something along the lines of Lee Enfield Brewer, unless i can think of something more, anyway, in terms of personality i am very polite, charming everything to suite a gentleman i am also very honourable aswell and pretty much want to have that put into image in my persona, my mother has even suggested i could get a walking cane at some point to intensify the image! which is jolly nice of her and also mentioned a tophat etc, the town of crewe i live in has a fair amount of charity shops but not sure if any would sell victorian period/styled clothing, so can anyone help this jolly good gentleman find his way in his steampunk journey!?.

Tally-Ho and all that what what!.

Kind Regards

Lee ^_^
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2016, 01:31:32 am »

Start by looking at charity shops, second hand men's clothing can often be repurposed to make part of a steampunk outfit.  Look at what's available in your local shops Halloween section as well.  Not the the costumes, as they are usually in very modern material but some of the props may be inspiring and/or useful.  Around Christmas handsome waistcoats start appearing as gifts for men, keep an eye out for them.  The January sales at some of the menswear places are also of interest.

This thread may be of interest to you.

http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,24930.0.html
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Kensington Locke
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2016, 02:38:54 am »

oxfords, trousers and shirt could all be modern, basically look for materials that look natural.  The second hand shops should be a starting point.

Those are your basic foundation and obviously aren't very steampunky by their practical nature.  Only a clothing historian/snob will call you out on it.

Next step is wasitcoat (aka Vest), and jacket/coat for a formal look.  From here, modifications or adornments or accessories are what will shift you from guy in suit to SteamPunk Guy (TM).

From here, you could consider attaching stuff to the outfit that is steampunk, goggles, a hat, gear adornments, a walking stick, an arm or leg brace.

The basic strategy is about how deep you want to modify the pieces to become steam punk.  At the easiest, get a hat and put goggles on it.  stitch on a few gears on the jacket lapel.  Make a walking stick out of copper pipes.

You'll also want to get your clothes altered to better fit you, taking something that is a little too big for you down to your size is easier, as they can remove fabric.  That'll cost $20 or so per piece.



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Kensington Locke
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2016, 02:49:44 am »

BTW, welcome to BrassGoggles, and there's a whole sub-forum for clothing and stuff:
http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php/board,9.0.html

You may find other strategies than mine to get outfitted.  Use whatever works.

Personally, I got my kit up by:
$60 oxfords from a shoe store
$75 for new retro-trousers (from a shop that specializes in steam punk garb)
dress shirt I already owned
$150 for a long tailed waistcoat, aeronaut style
$100 for a bandoleer
$20 for a steampunk flask from thinkgeek
$40 for a holster from a ren fair shop
$25 for a resin cast La Matte pistol that I am modding
$150 for a really nice leather top hat with embossed gears on it
$20 for my first steampunk goggles I bought at a con
$60 for a nice walking stick from a ren fair

It took me a few years to buy my way into a full outfit.  It looks good and you can see how the pieces are just like the strategy I gave you.  If you can source cheaper materials from a thrift store, then accessorize you'll be walking in style on a budget.


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xX_Lee1987_Xx
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2016, 01:47:54 pm »

Well apparently last night, whilst i was looking at the "Traders" list on which traders will be at my towns Steampunk Convivial i found out that a store by the name of ElvinDream.com had some very elegant and affordable outfits or clothing and as i added each attire to the cart, it came to £158 for 1 tail-coat jack and a shirt & trousers & cravat neck piece of some kind and the attire seems well made and the tailcoat comes in black/silver or black n purple everything is under at least 100£ or more making an outfit easy to start from their, if i were to just buy the tail-coat and frilled shirt in black and white depending on the colour of the tailcoat i went for, finding a tophat and everything else would be a piece of cake...im sure their might be some other traders that sell cheap-ish accessories to add onto the tailcoat.. i'll put a website link below for each section and tell me what you think?

Jackets
http://elvindream.com/products/248051--httpelvindreamcomcategory46323-coats-jackets-shrugsaspx.aspx - tailcoat jacket
http://elvindream.com/products/274530--httpelvindreamcomcategory46323-coats-jackets-shrugsaspx.aspx - Military Style Velveteen Tail Coat
http://elvindream.com/products/326042--httpelvindreamcomcategory46323-coats-jackets-shrugsaspxpageindex2.aspx - Short Military Style Jacket

Cravette
http://elvindream.com/products/264425--httpelvindreamcomcategory46772-mens-unisexaspx.aspx - Dark Star Clothing Men's Jabot

Shirts
http://elvindream.com/products/264433--httpelvindreamcomcategory51944-mens-shirtsaspx.aspx - Mens Laced Shirt
http://elvindream.com/products/275748--httpelvindreamcomcategory51944-mens-unisex-shirtsaspx.aspx - Mens Frilled Shirt
http://elvindream.com/products/334562--httpelvindreamcomcategory51944-mens-unisex-shirtsaspx.aspx - Mens Gothic Ruff Shirt
http://elvindream.com/products/315926--httpelvindreamcomcategory51944-mens-unisex-shirtsaspx.aspx - Mens Gothic Shirt Lace Frill
http://elvindream.com/products/334550--httpelvindreamcomcategory51944-mens-unisex-shirtsaspx.aspx - Mens Jordash Shirt

Trousers
http://elvindream.com/category/51946-mens-trousers.aspx - 3 types of trousers (not sure if any of these would go with the body attire

I added all 3-4 pieces of clothing from this store to the cart and it came to a 158£ or so, all i would need would be footwear and as some of you have suggested, attachments and such..only problem i want to know about is, how do you "clean" your outfits without ruining it if you've added attachments to it?.
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2016, 02:30:04 pm »

I tend to favor styles as seen here: https://www.steampunkemporium.com/  (I have not bought from them, this is just for visual reference as they have a lot of examples).

More formal, closer to everyday where (from victorian mindset) and less brocade and crushed velvet.

Somebody else is going to see your list, and have instant visions of how to steampunk it, so again, don't let my preference get in the way.

As to cleaning, that's an excellent question.  I haven't attached anything to my garb yet.  So it can be washed or dry cleaned.  The aspects that make my outfit steam punk are the old timey-style and accessories, like the cane, bandoleer and hat.  The waistcoat also came with vials and loops for them, so that's the only piece that is steampunk garb in its own nature.

Your selection has the advantage of being unusual already (from victorian terms), presumably worn by a dandy or such that stands out with flair.  A couple of accessories and you're in the club Smiley

So it's more about the character who will be wearing it.

All in all, what you picked will work just fine.  Have you got any idea of what accessories or attachments you're thinking of?

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xX_Lee1987_Xx
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2016, 04:02:10 pm »

Well i see myself being pretty much into tea flavours and such, but i wouldn't want to attach cups or mugs to my outfit hahaha, so making my character be some kind of tea expert of some kind and very eccentric but also a very honourable and polite gentleman, i do intend to have a walking cane and tophat, not sure about weaponry though i'm sure not all steampunk characters / personas carry weapons, if i were to have a weapon it'd be a sword or pistol of some kind, kind of that Privateer style i guess, i'll just have to see where my outfit takes me and see what i can add to it!.
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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2016, 08:22:39 pm »

Become friendly with your local suit hire shop as they often have sales when renewing their stock. My local one was selling frock coats to our steampunk group at £10 each, 3shirts for £10 and cravats were free
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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2016, 09:31:27 pm »

you definitely do not need weapons to be steam punk.  or goggles.  or gears.  Though the presence of those are good short hand for "this is a steam punk person"

Usually, what I've seen as being steampunk (costumes in this case) is some alteration/accessory that reflects 1800s science fiction/fantasy in some way.  Hence why goggles are like the simplest addition, as it hints at some kind of airship equipment or the like. 

Putting gears on an outfit, I tend to see as showing "fandom" to technology of the era (as if adorned by somebody from that setting), much like somebody might wear a Nike shirt or Packers shirt today.  I imagine if we had a Wayback Machine, if this stuff was real and we went back to Dickens' London, only some of the people would be airship adventurers or what have you.  The Bob Cratchett's of the world would still be accountants not wearing gears sewn onto their lapel.

Weapons are another short hand, as they are easy to add on, without altering the actual outfit.  For my outfit, I'm doing a Weird West kind of thing, so having a sixgun strapped to my leg makes sense.  I don't think every person needs a gun on their outfit, as it should make sense in the context of their character and role they have in the fictional setting.

A tea expert or even a tea tradesman or tea critic, probably doesn't need a weapon as he bops along tasting and judging teas.  I think that's a cool idea.  Might be hard to convey within the costume, but you can make it work by hamming it up.


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xX_Lee1987_Xx
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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2016, 11:02:43 pm »

With my mothers help, i intend to buy my outfit in 2 stages. (as seen below!)

Stage 1
Jacket-tailcoat
Shirt
cravat
trousers

Stage 2
Cane
Hat
Pocket-Watch

Its come just upto 180£ or so for the whole lot, i did remove the hat from the list because at the upcoming convivial their might be cheaper-ish hats already made that might suit my attire!, all i need now is to name my character properly, i do remember someone mentioning the name Tobias but thats a name clash from a persona i already have from another fandom/community. anyways at least im getting their towards my first steampunk outfit which i can wear from years to come!.
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