Steamplus Costuming DOs and Don'ts

Whether your costume is a Steampunk version of a ghost, vampire, mechanic, a Victorian lady, an airship crew member or pirate , a world explorer or something all together different,  you might benefit from some advice in regard to costuming issues plus sized men and women run into.  Here’s some great advice I picked up on costuming DOs and DON’Ts, specifically for plus size ladies and gentlemen, at a panel at the Steampunk Con, Aetherfest.  Starting with hats, as cute as the tiny top hats are, they’re dispaportioned on a full figured woman, but there are two fabulous solutions. You can choose a full size Victorian hat instead or with your hair styled in a curly or fluffy hairdo, wear the tiny top hat the way you would a barrette. Both are a darling and becoming look for steampunk fashionista.

Now moving from the head to the neck, we come to ties or necklaces. It is best for the larger steampunk gentlemen to avoid bow ties, with such a grandiose presence, a cravat or ascot will look best. As for plus size women, choose chunky pieces of jewelry or those extravagant in size, for the same reason, proportions. Adorn yourself with a big medallion, a cameo, or a large brooch. A full figured woman has the presence to pull off the more stunning and stupendous pieces of jewelry.

Another helpful pointer that applies to both men and women is clothes should be fitted, garments that are too large are as bad as clothing that’s too small.

Next, regarding corsets and vest. For women’s corsets, plastic boning should be avoided as it can cause bulges, the steel boning is best. For men, the vest or waistcoat needs to be long such as one purchased from a big and tall store so the tummy will not extend bulge under the vest. Pants should be fastened at the waistline not beneath it and most men will find suspenders work best.

For both men and women, any historical or stemapunk costume should look complete, from head to toe, for example don’t wear tennis shoes with a period dress. Also, though accessories are key to a Steampunk look, don’t’ go overboard, keep to the less is more philosophy.

For examples and ideas, I’ve included a few photos I snapped at the Oklahoma Steampunk Expo and Aetherfest. So have fun and enjoy your costume while you look your best like the steampunkers shown here.

 

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Comment by Ray Dean on June 18, 2012 at 4:24am
How did I miss this? Deeeelightful! Great hints.. Lots of common sense that can be lacking... Mahalo/thanks!

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