Vest/top by Jones Wear Jeans
"Cocoa-nuts" skirt found at Clockwork Couture and tambukiki on eBay
Caterpillar "Marin" boots in "coffee"
Earrings by ElainaLouise on Etsy
I originally planned to layer the vest over tops, but that warm summery day I got the urge to try it on its own. I've been pondering and playing with how one might achieve a Real World Steampunk Summer Wardrobe. Let's face it--all the most effortless steampunky clothing bits are for colder weather, like adorable boots, high-necked coats, and tights. What does summery Steampunk even look like?
The first thing that comes to my mind is safari. So that's what I decided to play with that Saturday. . .
Shoulder bag by Coach, from all the way back in the early nineties. I love it that the purse I've had forever is pretty steampunk-compatible.
And did you notice the boots? Yes, I did try those Caterpillar boots in the different color, and absolutely loved them. Unlike the dark brown Marin boots, these are beautiful leather, and I enjoy the contrasting leather, esp. the detail at the ankle, which creates interest even with boot-cut jeans. These boots are so comfortable, so well-made. I highly recommend them!
Sandals by Pikolinos
Just for fun, I tried the same outfit but dressed up with sandals and hair back.
So, part of the reason I pose and post is because the camera is an excellent mirror, and it is so helpful to see an outfit from a step back, so I can evaluate how the elements are really working. Or not.
I'm still not sure what I think about this look, either the casual or dressier. I'm thinking it looks best with the sandals. . . But can my pale, old-lady arms pull off that vest as a top? I'd be thrilled if anyone wanted to give (kind) feedback in the comments.
Happy Saturday, everyone!