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.
If you’re feeling crafty, you can always DIY to add a frill to your fave button-up as well.
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.
You can’t go wrong with a decent tailcoat:
4. A mesh/fishnet shirt
5. Striped pants
6. A solid kilt
(if you don’t already own a tartan/plaid one)
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
Or [faux] leather pants, for that matter:
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!