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Post  Alain Raethorne on Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:12 am

I've been interested in the whole steampunk thing for a while now, however, I've never really dressed the part, so to speak, despite wanting to do so.

However, more oftern than not, I can be found wearing a suit on any given day. And while this is cool in its own right, it doesn't quite have the steampunk feel that I'm looking for. so my question is, my fellow BG-refugees, is how does one steampunk up a modern-ish suit?

I'd post pics, but I seemed to have lost my digital camera charger in the exodus......drats.


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Re: Steampunking Modern Suits

Post  Mad Miss Holmes on Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:25 am

Accessorise. A simple cravat can knock your whole look back several decades, as can a good pair of spats. Weather permitting, add a scarf, some interesting gloves, possibly a spiffy overcoat. And one can never underestimate the importance of a blindingly, stupendously awesome hat with nifty stuff stuck into the band or otherwise attached to it.

If you're able, you might want to add some trim to your jackets, also. Maybe replace the buttons with something large and vintage and shiny.
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Post  Alain Raethorne on Tue Oct 07, 2008 1:05 am

That was kind of my thought. I've got a decent pair of black gloves that can go well with my black suit. 'Cause not being able to see someone's hands can be quite unsettling to some.

A cravat? Aye, that would indeed knock the look back a few decades. Hmm, how would one go about making one?.... Quick! to the Aetherweb! Hmm, wait. That was quick....

Overcoats, I've got a few, but it's still quite hot here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, so that'll have to wait.

Also, I need more vests.


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Post  Mad Miss Holmes on Tue Oct 07, 2008 1:09 am

I've found that ladies' silk scarves work very well as cravats, and come in lovely patterns and colours. Similarly, stud earrings work nicely for tie pins, and can be gotten very cheaply.
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Post  Alain Raethorne on Tue Oct 07, 2008 1:30 am

Cravats are indeed a good idea. I believe there is some cloth lying around in the basement from which I can make one....

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Post  Captain Lyerly on Sun Oct 12, 2008 12:21 am

I got quite a nice black velvet men's vest from Blair on line - very inexpensive, and I wore it to the office nearly every day. Since it is a corporate office doing government contracting, even with a "semi-relaxed" dress code, I wore it with tweed sportcoats to great effect. Coupled with a dashing hat, and an appropriate lapel pin, I was even called "dapper" by one young lovely who should have known better... I was chuffed for weeks on the strength of that one comment!

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Post  Alain Raethorne on Sun Oct 12, 2008 9:31 am

Captain Lyerly wrote: I was even called "dapper" by one young lovely who should have known better... I was chuffed for weeks on the strength of that one comment!

Haha. Yes, suits do have that effect on some people. Wink

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Post  neon_suntan on Sun Oct 12, 2008 9:24 pm

Captain Lyerly wrote:I got quite a nice black velvet men's vest from Blair on line

Most intriguing

Have you got a link to that site?

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Post  pennydreadful on Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:17 am

I have seen a few suits at some of the thrift stores that had more of an older style look. Tweed or wool ones, brown pinstripe (as long as it is wool), other dark pinstripes in wool. The ones where the vest comes up higher on the chest look older or if the vest has lapels. Jackets that are single breasted and have the neck or buttons come up higher on the chest all seem to look older.
Little touches like suspenders or a pocket watch really make a difference. All of Dr. Dreadful's suits have the buttons inside the waistband for button on suspenders. I found pairs at either JcPenney or Men's Warehouse.
Our oldest has quite a collection of suits going. He has been finding some of the more older style suits and pants. He wears them ala Dr. Who with his converse.
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Post  Alain Raethorne on Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:55 am

Yeah, I get most of my suits at thrift stores as well. I try to mainly snag ones in darker colors, and I grab up any with vests (which are few and far between). Grays, black, and browns are common for me, with blue and green on occasions.

Well, but of course, suspenders and a pocketwatch are musts. I never go anywhere without one of my pocketwatches.

And about the suspenders, can you find the ones with button loops at JcPenney as well?

Ah, while I have no beef with converse (I wear them nearly all the time), I will not wear them with a suit. It's sort of a law among my group of friends. Converse with a suit is something that should never be done, with the exception of needing shoes to go find your boots. Because we all wear combat boots with our suits.

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Post  Elisha Rush on Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:47 am

The three piece suit is back this fall... start with navy or charcoal and...

A low key steaming is the obvious pocket watch in the vest pockets... er... waistcoat pockets, rather.

Other upgrades are french cuffs and gear-themed cufflinks, and matching tie and pocket square.

Flasks, cigarette cases, card cases, upscale pen knives, etc. can be fun.

and if you can't get away with spats - boots like Justin Ropers or some of the military styles can work. (US Civil War Infantry Marching Boots come to mind.) (Tuck in cuffs for added effect.)

Bowler hat with brass goggles, and walking stick are optional.

Obviously, I work in an office where these sort of shennanigains are appreciated.

Has anyone mentioned steaming your specs? Replace those birth control goggles with Harry Potters or Ben Franklins or the little round gold ones. Bonus points for cable temples.

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Re: Steampunking Modern Suits

Post  Captain Lyerly on Mon Oct 13, 2008 5:19 am

Well, I think this
http://www.blair.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&langId=-1&categoryId=100854&pcats=87768,87775,100854&productId=34671

is the vest. They have some other items in there at very good prices as well.

Burlington Coat Factory for suspenders with button loops at great prices. "Tuxedo" shirts - standcollar style - can be found there on clearance from time to time.

Good hunting!

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