Victorian Steampunk Clothing & Costumes for Ladies

If you are interested in the subculture and science fiction/Victorian industrial genre that is steampunk, then you will likely know that a lot of what has made the genre such a popular phenomenon are the fashion trends that have emerged from it.

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There are no proper limitations to steampunk fashion, though there is a general look that combines elements inspired by the Victorian era with more contemporary styles.

Victorian steampunk fashion also includes engineering, scientific and technological attire based on the romanticized view of these elements that could be found in literature from the Victorian period.

The Industrial Revolution that occurred during the 19th century also plays a big role in the aesthetics when it comes to steampunk fashion.

There are several staples that make steampunk instantly recognizable as a fashion trend, such as corsets, waistcoats, goggles, and leather harnesses, to name a few.

Steampunk is as influential in the fashion department as it is in other media forms and throughout popular culture and because of this, there are plenty of fashion options available out there in terms of both costumes and clothing for men and women. 

When it comes to women’s outfits with a steampunk theme, there is an element of gender fluidity involved thanks to the use of Victorian-style dresses with overcoats or leggings combined with corsets, vests, bustiers, or jackets.

The genre continues to grow and incorporate a range of designs, making steampunk an incredibly versatile style with a lot to offer in the realms of fashion.

With this in mind, we are going to be taking a look at some particularly interesting clothing options that are available for women when it comes to Victorian steampunk.

We are also going to take a look at some women’s steampunk style accessories too, as they are just way too intriguing to pass over! Let's get started. 

Victorian Steampunk Shirts

SHIRTS

Gothic Steampunk Pointed Collar Long Sleeves Shirt with Tie

This unique shirt is the perfect addition to a Victorian steampunk costume or outfit thanks to the pointed collar, the six-buttoned placket front, and the addition of a cute tie at the front to get that gender-fluid look.

The simple nature of this shirt also makes it a great choice to be paired with some accessories.

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This off-the-shoulder shirt not only has a gorgeous and feminine design, but it also comes with a removable girdle to go around your waist with crisscross ties to reflect that of a Victorian corset.

This shirt also has some ruffled cuffs, long sleeves, and cute buttons at the front that give off a nautical vibe. It would be great for some Victorian steampunk pirate cosplay!

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Another feminine option, this cold shoulder shirt evokes the feeling of Victorian London with its deep burgundy color and its lacy accents.

This would be an excellent choice to use as part of a Victorian steampunk costume if paired with the right sort of accessories, such as a long coat, a hat, and a pair of boots.

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Similar to the Twin Corset Temptation top mentioned above, this shirt would also be perfect to use as a base for a steampunk-themed costume due to the relatively simple design that still manages to have the exact Victorian vibe that you would want when it comes to a steampunk outfit.

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This top has a unique look in that it has the style of a jacket whilst still being a shirt. This jacket-like design is emphasized by the pinstripe pattern, the standing collar, the deep, plunging neckline, and the slight pad to the shoulders.

The shirt also features a patchwork design that excellently blends with the deep brown and blacks of the color palette. There are also some neat little decorations on the top too, such as buckle straps around the bust area.

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Ivory White Gothic Victorian Steampunk Pirate Blouse Shirt

This blouse is the absolute perfect top for layering with a waistcoat, corset, or a long overcoat thanks to the pristine white color palette and the neutral design (based on the neoclassical designs of the Regency period).

The blouse is made mostly from soft polyester and a little bit of spandex to offer a slight stretch. It also has a high ruffle collar, a cravat tie that can be removed, and gathered elastic three-quarter length sleeves.

There is so much that can be done with this shirt if you choose to use it as the backdrop to your steampunk outfit!

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Steampunk Strappy Links Chain Overbust Corset from Rebels Market

You can't think of steampunk without thinking of a corset! Corsets make for great additions to a steampunk outfit, whether it is underneath a shirt or on top of one.

This one is particularly stylized, with chains, clasps, and plenty of black lace and leather! Pair this corset with a simple shirt - such as the ones we mentioned above- to get a unique and stunning steampunk look. 

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The stripy nature of this shirt makes it stand out from the crowd whilst still being an amazing addition to a steampunk outfit.

This vest has a very Victorian look to it thanks to the lapel collar, the flutter sleeves, the high-low hemline, the three-button placket front, and the decorative black lacing in the back. It is also available in two different colors: black and white or brown and black.

Victorian Steampunk Skirt

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The asymmetrical nature of this skirt combined with the faux leather and linen fabric from which it is made evokes a nautical theme that can easily translate into a Victorian steampunk outfit.

The skirt has a zipper closure on the right side, as well as wide asymmetrical ruffles and a ruffle trim overlay. It is also available in either brown or black and is neutral enough to be worn with all manner of steampunk accessories. 

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It is the little details of this particular skirt that make it a fantastic option when it comes to a Victorian steampunk outfit.

The bronze buttons and buckles combined with the ruffled design and the lace hemline turn a plain black skirt into a steampunk set piece. 

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Victorian Steampunk Taffeta Bustle Skirt from MajesticVelvets on Etsy

This skirt is the epitome of the Victorian steampunk style thanks to the pouffy bunches gathered at the back and the differing lengths of the hemline, with the skirt being floor length in the back and shorter in the front.

The taffeta material is the perfect option as taffeta was a staple of the Victorian era, often used for bouffant styles as it could stand on its own if backed with cotton or silk.

This bustle skirt is incredibly versatile as well and could easily be tied up with hitch chains or laces, should the wearer so choose.

It also has an elastic waistband for maximum comfort. Pair it with some leggings, boots, and a steampunk style corset, and you've got an amazing and unique Victorian steampunk costume. 

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Steampunk Frilly Cocktail Skirt from Rebels Market

This skirt is the epitome of the Victorian steampunk style thanks to the pouffy bunches gathered at the back and the differing lengths of the hemline, with the skirt being floor length in the back and shorter in the front.

The taffeta material is the perfect option as taffeta was a staple of the Victorian era, often used for bouffant styles as it could stand on its own if backed with cotton or silk.

This bustle skirt is incredibly versatile as well and could easily be tied up with hitch chains or laces, should the wearer so choose.

It also has an elastic waistband for maximum comfort. Pair it with some leggings, boots, and a steampunk style corset, and you've got an amazing and unique Victorian steampunk costume. 

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High Waist Asymmetric Hem Layered Mini Skirt from Rebels Market

The patchwork design, asymmetric hemline, various straps, and decorative metal rivets of this layered mini skirt make for a gorgeous take on the steampunk style.

This skirt is a little different thanks to the high waist. This is another piece that would work great for a Victorian steampunk outfit with a nautical theme, thanks to the leather strap on the waist with lace ties and incredible metal detailing. 

Victorian Steampunk Leggings and Pants

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For a simple yet comfortable choice, these leggings are a great option. They come in a wide variety of steampunk designs, offering a great deal of choice when it comes to finding the right leggings to match the rest of your Victorian steampunk outfit. 

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Steampunk Punk Women’s Corset Lace Side Pants from Rebels Market

For a simple yet comfortable choice, these leggings are a great option. They come in a wide variety of steampunk designs, offering a great deal of choice when it comes to finding the right leggings to match the rest of your Victorian steampunk outfit. 

Victorian Steampunk Coats and Capes

COATS AND CAPES

Victorian Steampunk Coat from Kalbelia on Etsy

This coat is a beautiful and stylish statement that could easily bring a steampunk outfit to life. That being said, the coat is also incredibly practical and able to keep you warm in colder weather thanks to the fleece lining.

This coat has the trademark staple of steampunk skirts and coats, with a longer back and a shorter front. It also has some beautiful lace detailing as well as a buttoned front. 

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Steampunk Jacquard Patchwork Jacket on Rebels Market

Stylish and super steampunk, this jacquard jacket has some amazing features to make your steampunk look stand out, such as decorative buttons, rivets, and chains, a short-tailed back, and patchwork designs at the front and on the sleeves.

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Gothic Steampunk Gray Lapel Collar Removable Woolen Cape

Why wear a coat when you could wear a cape? As well as being aesthetically beautiful to look at - thanks to the lapel collar - this cape could easily be worn in the colder weather to keep off the chill.

It is also versatile in that you can remove the cape element and use it as a standalone vest.

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Steampunk Coffee Vintage Removable Cape Jacket from Devil Inspired

This cape/jacket hybrid features a placket with horn buttons and is also removable, making for a vintage look that is a fantastic choice for Victorian steampunk cosplay or just for general use in the colder weather.

Victorian Steampunk Hats and Accessories

HATS AND ACCESSORIES

Alice Clock Steampunk Vintage Handmade Hat from Devil Inspired

Hats play a big part in steampunk outfits, and this handmade hat is the perfect example of the kinds of designs that Victorian-era steampunk styles offer.

The Alice in Wonderland vibe is an aesthetic that is often adapted into the steampunk look, and that is exactly what this cute hat does thanks to the clock and chain decor and the red and black color scheme.

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Black Pirate Robin Hood Feather Hat Steampunk Lolita Hat from Devil Inspired

This hat uses another popular element when it comes to steampunk-styled accessories: hat feathers.

It is such a simple look, but it matches the steampunk aesthetic perfectly, making for a gorgeous hat to complete a Victorian steampunk look. 

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Black Victorian Ladies Steampunk Top Hat with Feathers and Tulle Bow

This hat also has feathers- as well as a lacy tulle bow- but it also includes another item that you might see quite regularly in steampunk attire: goggles.

Goggles are associated with the industrial nature of the steampunk style, and so they can be a great way to spice up an outfit, frequently used as a way to decorate hats.

This hat does exactly that, combining the removable goggles with the rest of the accessories perfectly. 

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Gothic Lolita Steampunk Gear Earrings from Devil Inspired

Cogs are a symbol frequently associated with steampunk, thanks to the industrial themes that run throughout both the fashion and the subculture in general.

These cute earrings are an amazing design that perfectly encapsulates the steampunk phenomenon whilst being a great addition to a Victorian steampunk outfit.

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Gothic Steampunk Vintage Gear Machinery Finger Ring Bracelet on Devil Inspired

This accessory is a little more unique in nature, but its design is thoroughly steampunk, utilizing the imagery of cogs, gears, and clocks and combining them to create a unique finger ring bracelet that would make for a fabulous accessory to a costume. 

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Gothic Steampunk Lolita Mechanic Gear Choker on Devil Inspired

Much like the gear-themed earrings, this choker also embraces the cog and gear symbols whilst also adding in some gothic Victorian imagery, such as the cross and the frilled choker base.

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Handmade Steampunk Metal Coffee Adjustable Choker on Devil Inspired

This choker is pretty simple in comparison to some of the other accessories here, but it is this simplicity that makes it stand out, looking like a belt that is doubling as a choker.

The versatility of this choker makes it easily able to fit in, no matter what kind of steampunk outfit you want. 

Final Thoughts

There is so much variety to be had when it comes to women's Victorian steampunk clothing that the only limit when it comes to creating an outfit of your own is your imagination! No matter how you choose to style your Victorian steampunk look, you are sure to make a stylish and unique statement.
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