Qweary: Capsule Steampunk Wardrobe?

A Elder asked: "My partner and I (both queer) present very differently: I dress femme with a flair for costuming and steampunk while they present punk-masculine with a fondness for glam drag.

"Our closets are bizarre and varied, but there are only 2 items that we actually share: a pair of black leggings and a set of cowboy boots. Granted, these are great pieces, but lately we've been playing around with the idea of creating an entirely shared 'qwear' capsule wardrobe to promote both androgeny and limit consumption. Apart from a kilt, what other staples would you see fitting in?"

Oh, I would love to raid your combined closet — ultimate badassery.  Awesome idea to merge these two styles as well.  

I personally have a strong penchant for dark lovely things, which you may notice in my recommendations~

1. A ruffle shirt

Such a great piece for layering, and is both handsome/gentlemanly and beautifully feminine at once.  I’m partial to black, but any solid color works.

LOUIS XIV SHIRT - BLACK BROCADE $119.00 at shrinestore.com

LOUIS XIV SHIRT - BLACK BROCADE $119.00 at shrinestore.com

BLACK RUFFLES GOTHIC BLOUSE FOR MEN £69.70 at www.devilnight.co.uk

BLACK RUFFLES GOTHIC BLOUSE FOR MEN £69.70 at www.devilnight.co.uk

If you’re feeling crafty, you can always DIY to add a frill to your fave button-up as well.  

From: www.trozo.ru

2. A patterned vest/ waistcoat

The vest is a classic for any/every qwear wardrobe, in my opinion.  It creates a polished, traditionally masculine of center look that’s fun to play with.
Some ideas:

Mens Bespoke Low Cut Vest, $185 on Etsy

Mens Bespoke Low Cut Vest, $185 on Etsy

VICTORIAN ARISTOCRAT VEST - BLUE/BLACK TAPESTRY, $105.00 at shrinestore.com

VICTORIAN ARISTOCRAT VEST - BLUE/BLACK TAPESTRY, $105.00 at shrinestore.com

3. Tailcoat

You can’t go wrong with a decent tailcoat:

Gentleman Assassin Tailcoat, $205.00 at www.galleryserpentine.com

Gentleman Assassin Tailcoat, $205.00 at www.galleryserpentine.com

ASOS Military Cosplay Victorian Riding Jacket Ringmaster Tailcoat Blazer, from eBay

ASOS Military Cosplay Victorian Riding Jacket Ringmaster Tailcoat Blazer, from eBay

4. A mesh/fishnet shirt

Fishnet Shirt in BLACK by Lip Service, $25.99 at  www.angryyoungandpoor.com  

Fishnet Shirt in BLACK by Lip Service, $25.99 at  www.angryyoungandpoor.com

 

Men's Unique See Through Mesh T-Shirt Long Sleeve Casual Tee Cool Club Pub Tops $8.19 at Ebay

Men's Unique See Through Mesh T-Shirt Long Sleeve Casual Tee Cool Club Pub Tops $8.19 at Ebay

And,

5. Striped pants

ICTORIAN STRIPED CARNY PANTS - SILVER/BLACK, $110.00 at hshrinestore.com

ICTORIAN STRIPED CARNY PANTS - SILVER/BLACK, $110.00 at hshrinestore.com

Black and white skinny fit pants,  $31.60 at Hot Topic

Black and white skinny fit pants,  $31.60 at Hot Topic

6. A solid kilt

(if you don’t already own a tartan/plaid one)

SUPER KILT, $84.00 at trippnyc.com

SUPER KILT, $84.00 at trippnyc.com

Here’s Adam Ant rocking a solid kit with cowboy boots.  This whole ensemble is on point!

Oh, and we can’t forget,

5. Plaid pants

Alexander Mcqueen (from: www.vogue.co.uk)

Alexander Mcqueen (from: www.vogue.co.uk)

(Fizzm) From: www.pinterest.com

(Fizzm) From: www.pinterest.com

Or [faux] leather pants, for that matter:

Faux Leather Pants, $51 at Hot Topic

Faux Leather Pants, $51 at Hot Topic

Last but not least, 

6. Studded Ankle Boots

I hope these ideas help!  You may already own some of these pieces — if not, I would suggest also to consider alteration to achieve the look you’re going for.  So much can be accomplished when you stretch yourself. Enjoy!  

Qwear's Spiritual Curator, Sarah Rose is a multi-dimensional artist currently working on a sci-fi novel, which she hopes to release for public consumption in the next year. See her random non-fiction musings via Tumblr and Meraki. Follow on: Twitter/ Instagram/ Vine