Hold on--all that is WAY too practical of an introduction for what I want to show you today, which is just pure eye-candy; in this case, gorgeous pieces for the neck. Ok, some of them are practical, kinda, if you need your neck really warm. In fact, I found most of them when I was looking at scarves last year. But I saved them to show you just because they are so cool, and so beautiful. And they can be Steampunk, or not, depending on what they are put with.
rust orange ruffle neck cuff by heldmyhands
Have I mentioned that I love texture? I think this is one of the main reason Steampunk clothes appeal to me--they usually involve a play of textures: lace worn with metal grommets, leather and buckles with velvet and brocade, satin with canvas and brass. In my own wardrobe I have always loved contrasting (yet complimentary) textures, like black velvet against blue denim, nubby wool with wide grograin ribbon. But thinking about my warbrobe nowadays, it is mainly practical denim and cotton knit--not much texture at all. I think that is why I was so attracted to this collection of accessories on etsy--the knitted and knotted and felted and beaded stuff--I miss the subtle play of textures in my clothes.
Early Forest Fog neck warmer by VaVaRa
Of course, the best part about that is it will be so easy to add a little bit of texture AND steampunk style to my wardrobe with just a few select pieces! Hmmmmmmm, I do have a birthday coming up. . . .
Crochet Pretty Flower Neckwarmer by FuzzyLumpkinCrochet
Braided Crochet Neckwarmer by FuzzyLumpkinCrochet
Cotton Spiral Sculptural Necklace by Revisions
I Ching Neckwarmer by Ellita
Fiesta Stole by Ellita
Ok, so some of these are pretty dramatic, and I would not be brave enough to wear them. But boy, are they striking. And so, so beautiful, each in their own way.
Purple Smoke Neckwarmer by WarmFlashes
leaf scarf by deniz03
comfort me with roses necklet by mermaidencreations
But I would wear several of these, including this last one--too bad California does not get cold enough.
gray black boucle capelet by knitsomestudio
And there is so, so much more I am sure I could find on etsy, the treasure-trove of handmade goodness. But I am just posting the things I have come upon, and try to restrain myself from window shopping for hours and hours, as I am sure someone could easily do.
On the other hand, sitting down to browse with my afternoon cup of tea for a "few minutes" seems perfectly reasonable. . . .