The approach of spring and summer can be quite the conundrum for steampunk aficionados. Almost everybody loves when the days grow longer and warmer, but steampunk gear tends to be big, heavy stuff – wool top hats and WWI aviator jackets are a lot more comfortable in the wintertime, you know?
Thankfully, the warmer days don’t have to be a problem for steampunk fans. There are plenty of fabulous warm weather accessories that can help you stay true to your Victorian-era, sci-fi side this year.
Steamy Steampunk Swimwear
One of the best summer activities is swimming. It is good exercise, keeps you cool on a hot summer day, and it is one of the few things you can't do with your smartphone in your hand, letting you disconnect from your responsibilities for a while. What more could you want?
To look fabulous while you do it, of course! An unorthodox, edgy swimsuit is good enough in a pinch, but if you really want to enjoy your summer submersion you'll want a steampunk swimsuit for your underwater adventure.
There are tons of swimsuits out there with leather belts, decorative pins and fasteners, and cogs and clockwork gears emblazoned across the fabric, giving you the option of swimming in style this summer.
Hot Hats For Those Hot Summer Days
Summer hats and winter hats each serve a completely different purpose. While thick, heavy winter hats are designed to keep your head warm in the winter, lightweight straw hats help protect your face from the sun.
It can be hard to put away your favorite wool bowler for the season, especially when it can feel like there is no summertime equivalent, but there are a few amazing options for warm weather hats that'll whisk you right back to 18th century England. This is a little easier for women, who can rock anything from a classic summer bonnet to a wide-brimmed floral hat and be perfectly attired for the genre, but there are some good options for men's hats, too.
The straw boater hat was a classic addition to men's swimwear in the Victorian era. Not only was it a stylish semi-formal hat to wear during the summer months, but it was a fantastic way to protect your face from burning in the bright sun.
For men who are looking for something a bit more visually interesting, a straw or khaki pith helmet is the perfect addition to any steampunk outfit. In addition to protecting you from the heat and sun, pith helmets bring to mind exploration and adventure, two traits that are abundant in the steampunk genre. They are also period-appropriate, which makes them a fun way to try something a little different with your look.
Sexy Steampunk Sunglasses
Possibly the most fabulous summer accessory, sunglasses are one of the best ways to embrace steampunk fashion in the summer. Keeping the sun out of your eyes with a pair of aviator goggles or a retro set of round glasses with temple lenses or side shields is a great way to add your own sense of style to a light summer outfit.
Whether you are driving to work or spending the day at a festival, sunglasses are an absolute necessity in the summer. You'll look fabulous, you'll protect yourself from skin cancer around your eyes, and reduce your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration in the future.
When something this beneficial for your health also makes you look like you might spend your evenings moonlighting as a cyborg blimp pilot, you know you've made the right choice.
Jewelry - From Necklaces to Pocket Watches
If hats, swimsuits, and sunglasses just aren't enough for your steampunk needs, consider wearing your dedication around your neck - literally. Steampunk jewelry is an excellent way to keep your passion close to your heart no matter what the weather.
Necklaces, bracelets, and brooches are all excellent choices for the steampunk aficionado. They give you the option to wear something thoroughly modern or period-appropriate depending on your preferences, and they can be worn anywhere from the pool to the office without a problem.
For those people who are looking for something a little different, a pocket watch is absolutely one of the best ways to stay steampunk this summer. As the name indicates, a pocket watch tucks neatly away in your pocket, giving you the ability to hide or display your passion as the situation dictates while being light enough that it won't weigh you down in the sweltering summer heat.
There is no reason to put away your steampunk accessories just because the weather is warming up. Summer is the perfect time to accessorize a steampunk outfit and let your Victorian flag fly high!
What are your favorite steampunk accessories for spring and summer?
Our opening photo is from the Cog County Faire 5 or 6 years ago at the White Lake Resort in Montello, WI. The photo includes Deborah Olson (the second lady from the left) and an award-winning milliner by trade:
The three ladies on the right (from right to left) are Julianne Hunter, April Larson, and Sarah Lash. Sarah and her husband own the resort.
Cover Image Credits: Domain