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So, the Punk It series is taking me a while to work on. I was talking to a friend earlier and she had no idea there were so many different varieties of "punked" costuming, so I've decided to write up a basic primer for now. Don't worry, more in depth posts on each of these will be coming, too. As I write them, each will be updated with a link from this post.
I do understand the "Stop telling me what is and isn't Steampunk" argument. My view is that if you really know what it is you are into, then you'll be able to find out more about it and connect with that genre's fans and community. Knowledge is power, my friends!
Nerfpunk is a derivative of Steampunk, and the image basically says it all! Most Steampunks take Nerf guns and modify them to fit the steampunk aesthetic. Nerfpunks take the steampunk look and modify it to fit the guns instead! This brand of punk isn't seen in literature like the rest of them, just in the costuming realms. All of the outfits bear the signature colors of Nerf's products.
As I said earlier, this is just the basics and more on each subject is forthcoming! Do you think there is an area that I missed that I should add? Let me know in the comments, and don't forget to follow me on Facebook so you know when I post new stuff!
A few weeks ago, I was requested to provide some ideas for a Steampunk version of Snow White, including some that are "less revealing." Disney's version of Snow White features a blue bodice, yellow skirt, red and blue puff sleeves, and curly black hair. I have seen her done with switching the shirt and bodice colors, or variations on them, and you can still tell who Snow is, pretty much, as long as you've got the primary colors in balance and black hair.
To start out, I decided to share some pictures of my friend Jen in her own Steamed Snow costume (with her permission of course)!
Jen's costume features a steampunk wench corset, cropped vixen corset, tierrany skirt, and blouse by Damsel in this Dress. Her hat was created custom for her by Chiki Bird Hat Studio, and her pouch was also custom made for this outfit by Soleste Custom Pouches (You can't really see all of the detail in it, but trust me, it is so gorgeous! It's hand embroidered with sequin flowers!). The detail I love most in Jen's outfit, though, are the seven dwarves she crocheted and put on her belt! Jen's version of Snow White is sweet, and I feel like if Disney was going to do a Steampunk version, she'd wind up something like this.
This version of Snow White starts with a blue holster corset by Heavy Red, a 25 yard golden skirt (which you can easily raise as much as you'd like by using a pair of skirt hikes), and a cute yellow bustle by BlueMoonKatherine. I love the color in the top made by RailiNolvak. I accessorized this look with red October boots by Miz Mooz, a neat recycled bracelet that says "Be the Change", and coordinating goggles by SteampunkDesign. Topping off this outfit is a poison apple necklace. The wig I chose for this version is "Bang Bang" by Rockstar Wigs.
I'd like to call this look "The Lady Snow." This aristocratic variant began with a vest and blouse by Fan+Friend Garden; this company will custom make their items to your measurements if you want! The fishtail skirt is very elegant, but the bustle overskirt gives it some more vavava voom! The pearl shoulder epaulettes are classy and a lot of fun, but they are pretty expensive if you want to buy them; if you're crafty, I don't think you'd have a problem making your own. I love the addition of the faux fur capelet to this, but you could go with or without. I've accessorized the outfit with a Bali silver poison ring, a heart locket, and an elegant slave bracelet. The wig I've chosen is Gothic Lolita Wigs' Sweetheart, and I added a hat by Chiki Bird. The shoes are Pleaser's Wink bootie in blue velvet.
For the final outfit, I wanted to do something with pants because not every girl likes skirts! I feel like this is Snow after she's been living in the woods for a while and needed something that was more functional, but still wanted to be gorgeous. This pair of gold pants is by Free People; I adore patterned skinny jeans and I like the weight of a jean a lot more than that of leggings, plus you shouldn't have to worry about panty lines or other inherent dangers of leggings! I added Violet Vixen's Sherlock Rocking Red Corset, an upcycled tatter bustle, and a steampunk utility belt by BlueMoonKatherine. To get some more yellow into the outfit, I selected a ruffled top by H&M. The wig I chose is Gothic Lolita Wigs' Rhapsody because it feels lived in, but still beautiful, like the rest of this outfit; a crocheted blue headband will help to keep the hair out of your face. These fingerless gloves bear the definitions for "flora" and "fauna", which are details I feel are wonderfully befitting of this character. The red boots have little pockets on them to hold essentials, weapons, or whatever a princess living in the forest feels like she might need. I like the addition of the apple core necklace, as if she's already beaten the Evil Queen.
I hope you guys really like these outfits! I had a lot of fun putting them together to get three very different looks. If you're looking for some other options, check out the Pinterest board I made for Steampunk Snow White. Is there a different costume you're having trouble getting ideas for or need some help with? Let me know in the comments! -Midian
I hope you enjoyed the first round of Wonderland costumes! Here are the rest of my ideas for budget costumes done with things you'll actually wear again, so you aren't blowing your money on a one time time deal. If you're interested in an item, click on the picture and it should take you to where I found it. I do recommend checking out your closet, thrift stores, and local shops, too! There are separate slides for men and women.
You are going to need to invest in a pair of rabbit ears for this costume unless you know someone with a pair that you could borrow. The white rabbit is easily accomplished with a red top and white everything else. If you've got a statement watch lying around, it would be a great accessory! White, black, red, or metallic shoes would all work well. Separate slides here for men and women.
Ladies, please remember, if you're wearing white you need to wear nude undergarments! White on white shows through!
The dormouse is super cute and a great addition to a Wonderland group! Grey is your color of choice here. Yes, mice are brown, too, but I would steer away from that color so no one mistakes you for a monkey. Mouse ears are required for this costume, but everything else you should be able to "muggle wear" afterwards.
Queen of Hearts
Also known as the Red Queen, this character is all about her attitude! Obviously, you want to get as much red in as possible. I think it would be great fun to do a monochromatic (totally 100% shades of red) outfit if you can, but other colors you can incorporate are black, white, and metallics. Get sassy!
Sister to the Queen of Hearts, the White Queen is her much more kind and demure sister. This is another one that you want to try to keep ladylike. White, white, white, and white are the colors, obviously (OK, cream would work, too, if you mix it in)! The key to wearing all the same color is to mix up your textures.
I got a message from a friend that he needed some inspiration for some Wonderland outfits that aren't going to require lots of money because they're for folks how aren't big time costumers. I love this exercise to see what you can do with things you might already have in your closet or at least to buy things that you'll wear again as regular clothing. Each of these characters has a slideshow of pieces I feel would work well for them and in the real world. If you click on the picture, it should link you to where I found it.
First up is....
The keys to Alice are a blue skirt, white blouse, black headband, and black closed toe shoes. Stockings and an apron can be fun details, but if you don't want to spend the money on those things, don't sweat it! Alice needs little ladylike details in her outfit, but make sure that you're still getting pieces that you like and will wear again! And don't forget to tuck in your shirt.
The key to the Mad Hatter is to mismatch! I would choose a pair of paints or a skirt that you have and then hit up your local thrift store to grab the fugliest blazer and tie(s) you can find! I think it'd be great fun to layer a bow tie on top of a long tie. I'd thrift most of this costume if you can't find something around the house unless you're willing to spend more money on something more specifically to your liking. The big thing with this costume is going to be the hat. The links in the slideshow below for those will send you to tutorials so you can make your own!
The Cheshire Cat is a wonderfully fun character! Pink and purple should be your base colors, but you don't have to do both if you don't want to; feel free to pick on and then do black or white for the other. You want to get at least one horizontally striped top or bottom into your outfit-- most likely you won't be able to find striped shirts or pants that will coordinate. You probably will want to get ears or a tail, but if you've got one you won't necessarily need the other. I've put together two different sets for this character: men's and women's. Don't forget, you're looking for things that you'll wear again in the real world!
For my first costume post, I asked my friends what they'd like to see me start out with. One of them has been having trouble gathering inspiration for her Little Red Riding Hood outfit, so I figured I'd give her a hand! Jen already has these two pieces from Damsel in this Dress (my favorite corset maker! If you don't own any Damsel yet, trust me, you need to!):
This is an awesome base for Red! It's just making my brain explode with possibilities! Here are few takes on her that I hope give everyone some wonderful ideas!
This first version is what I feel a traditional Red Riding Hood would be like. It features Jen's red Hooded Vixen corset and red Carousel Skirt, both by Damsel in this Dress. I've added a cute peasant top that I think any costumer would be able to get lots of use out of, a red tartan renaissance-style skirt (so much fun!), and an amazing wolf claw and moonstone necklace, which is the splurge piece in this ensemble (I couldn't help myself!). I love the buckle detail on the boots and they should be easier on your feet if you've got a long event because they're flats. The belt is great for hanging little things off of if you're going to Con or Faire, like a mug, money pouch, or wolf's paw!
For this look, I went with a simple black long-sleeved boatneck shirt under the Vixen corset because a huntress isn't worried about a pretty shirt that will just get snagged and ruined during the hunt anyway. The fur is a coyote pelt instead of an actual wolf because there is a huge price difference! I would lay the fur across a shoulder. The boots are Carlos Santana's Zhivago, and they are a little bit impractical, but I couldn't pass them up-- they're too sexy! If you want something more functional, you could easily swap them for a pair like the ones from the first look. The red leather bracers are by Clockwork Firebird, who is a wonderful guy from the UK with whom I've had the pleasure of chatting a couple of times on Facebook (check out the other goodies in his shop, too! He's got great prices!). The necklace is, again, my splurge piece because I adore the way the colors blend in it to add a subtle air of danger. I feel that the slashed leggings are wonderfully indicative of what this character is all about.
Personally, I feel like making a costume come to life is all about the little details, and there is no better genre for minutiae than Steampunk! I've added a patchwork skirt by Damsel in this Dress to be layered under the Carousel skirt by same. That skirt can also be hiked to show off some fantastic striped stockings and splurgeriffic Amelia boots by Miz Mooz. I am a big fan of ruffled shirts and this one has some great ones going on! I also love the little shoulder poof and the straps of the Vixen corset will accent it nicely. The goggles can be worn on your head or on your eyes, but don't put them around your neck or you'll cover up that great bronze wolf claw pendant by Lost Apostle. A lace face mask keeps wolf stink out of your delicate ladylike nostrils, while gloves keep your hands clean while still allowing your digits to dial 911 in case of werewolf attack. Good thing that phone is at easy access in your super awesome burgundy utility belt!
These boots are by Gipsy Dharma and I think that they would be a wonderful addition to your costume contest if you're ready to treat yourself to something great!
I hope that you've gathered some great ideas for your own versions of Red Riding Hood! I had so much fun putting these together for you! Please send me pictures of your outfits! Don't forget to load up the comments with other costumes or characters you'd like to see me take on in the future!
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