Steampunk Fashion is everywhere. Some of it stands out, some of it blends in. Chances are, you met someone today who was wearing something of a nod to Steampunk, or at least the Victorian era.

If you’re wondering what the “rules” are, check out 6 Rules of Steampunk Fashion, to get started. You’ll find other do’s and don’ts scattered throughout these pages.

Here are a couple of excellent books regarding corsets, in case you were wondering:

Typical Victorian Textiles

  • Corduroy
  • Cotton
  • Canvas
  • Leather
  • Velvet
  • Wool
  • Silk
  • Lace
  • Twill
  • Suede


  • Denim
  • Knits
  • Synthetics

Colors and Patterns

  • Classic patterns, like florals, stripes, polka-dots, are OK, but modern patterns like text, are not.
  • Richer colors denote higher social status.


  • Neon
  • Text
  • Camouflage
  • Animal Prints
  • Brands/Logos


Here are a couple of excellent books regarding corsets:


Victorian Fashion Trivia: In Victorian times, women wore high colors in the daytime and low necklines at night.