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WEEK 6: Every week I will be discussing a new question of the week about steampunk. Please comment with new questions below. Thank you :iconladypirotessa: for this week’s question of the week.

Question: “Is it feasible to incorporate steampunk into your everyday life?”

A: Of course! I do it all the time. There are those people who go all out with their steampunk attire/life style and those who incorporate bits of it here and there.
You’re going to find those people who talk like a lady or gentlemen, dress in Victorian wear every day, and live in a house like this: xerposa.com/steampunk-furnitur… (and, no you can’t live there because I call dibs). That’s perfectly fine if people want to live like that, it’s probably way more fun anyway, but there are those people who are not quite as hardcore steampunk enthusiasts as described above.
For those who are not “hardcore” steampunk enthusiasts, what can you do to add a little steam to your life? Well, for starters, you can dress a bit differently.
Clothing ideas:
Vests: Vests are a great way to have something simple to go over any shirt you own. They can be simple, or already have a steampunk look to them. What’s great about them as well is that they’re easy to make and easy to purchase and/or modify as well. Also, this can work as a toned-down version of a corset for females. Both males and females can wear these.
Tops: For the gentlemen, you can wear nice long sleeve shirts (which looks great under a vest by the way). It’s simple, but gives you a more formal look. These can be found at any retail store. For ladies, I would suggest frillier blouses (which I wear all the time). Here is an example of what I mean: www.forever21.com/Product/Prod… or www.forever21.com/Product/Prod… or www.forever21.com/Product/Prod… You may also wear a nice, long sleeve shirt like the males as well. What’s great for wearing nicer tops like these is that you can wear them for interviews and no one will ever know that’s how you normally dress.
Bottoms: This portion is usually pretty gender neutral that I have noticed. I would suggest darker colored pants or leather pants for either gender. I have seen some ladies wear skirts, but not too often when incorporating it into every day attire.
Dresses: I find it fairly difficult to find a dress that is simple enough to wear every day, but steampunk in essence. What you can always do though, is find something simple and accessorize it.
Accessories: Top hats, pocket watches, jewelry, etc. are all great ways to accessorize any outfit. Fun jewelry can be purchased cheaply online or in inexpensive stores like forever 21. I bought a pocket watch necklace from there for less than $12.

REMINDER: Please do not get the impression that steampunk is impossible to find or that it is not inexpensive. There are plenty of places to get decently priced items without going online or even cheap places online. Next week I plan to tell you all the places to get items to accessorize your outfits and how to get inexpensive material.

Onwards! How about small changes in your life-style?
If you would like to decorate your house in steampunk, awesome! As much as I would love to the steampunk house as I posted above, that takes a LOT of work and a lot of money. Some fun things to do to change up your house.
Change up those bed sheets. If you’re like me, then you probably haven’t changed your boring bed spread in years. Why not purchase a nice chocolate brown colored set or a lacey fun one. Get some matching lamp shades and curtains to match.
Dark, wooden furniture or leather furniture will make your house look fine as well. If you’re really feeling in the mood to make over your house, get some new Victorian styled wall paper.
Another fun idea is to go to bath and body works and get the copper/bronze soap and candle sleeves to add some extra steampunk flair to your house.
A romantic idea is to switch over to gas lighting or candle lighting at night. Extra win points for males to do that during a date.

Let me know if you have a question in particular to anything I suggested. Good luck, and I hope this helped a bit.
Please note the group or me for any specific costume help.
Comment with questions please!
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:iconjcadpor:
Jcadpor Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow. That house is beautiful.
I actually wear a vest very often, but I haven't mustered up the courage to wear my steampunk goggles in public yet. XD
Okay, maybe I won't go THAT far... but I'm looking forward to the next question!
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Nonconformity777 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
The house is so gorgeous. There was one for sale (which I couldn't find) that was about $2 million. If I become rich...nah.
Oh, I will never wear goggles in public. I haven't made them yet anyway :). I still wear chokers in public though!
Hope to meet your expectations!
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LadyPirotessa Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Horray! :) I absolutely love this "A romantic idea is to switch over to gas lighting or candle lighting at night. Extra win points for males to do that during a date. " Thank you so much for including my question! Fantastic answer!
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:iconnonconformity777:
Nonconformity777 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Haha, I'm glad you liked it.
I wish my bf would give me steampunk dinner! :P
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LadyPirotessa Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ditto! ^^
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nohlja Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student Writer
Although I haven't incorporated steampunk into my life, might I suggest that places such as Goodwill or an antiques mall is amazing for finding inexpensive, unique pieces? =) Especially large versions of those stores generally located in big cities. I've seen tons of vests and blouses at Goodwill for under $5 each. And antiques stores would probably have tons of pocket watches and accessories that are vintage to boot! :D
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Nonconformity777 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Mhm, I was going to make that suggestion for where to get stuff in
next weeks QoW :)
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nohlja Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student Writer
Ehhh, my bad :XD: Oh well, I'm sure there are other great places you had in mind that I haven't ruined yet!
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:iconnonconformity777:
Nonconformity777 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
No problem :). It's good that your being active and adding to the discussion ^-^. I have a few things in mind, especially for where to purchase supplies to create your own work.
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nohlja Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student Writer
I might not have art to add to the group, but I always am eager to read the journals you post! And that sounds good, I'll probably be faving that one :aww:
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