The clothing of Dieselpunk stems from two aesthetics-- American (both military and civilian) and the Germanic. Here is where I would like to insert a disclaimer of sorts... It is OK to like the styling of German military. It does not make you a Nazi sympathizer. It's clothes. Get over it, people. If you're worried about wearing a swastika, choose a different symbol (Hydra, anyone??), or make up your own! With any costume that is historically based, it is always a good idea to do some research first. Here are some pictures to get you started, but I do advocate looking into it a bit more for yourself as this article is just a primer on the genre and does not encompass everything (because this is a blog, not a book). Pin-Up art also took off during WW2 and you will find plenty of examples of Dieselpunk Pin-Ups while you're looking and that is also a wonderfully fun spin! If you're looking for cinematic inspiration, think of the clothing in movies such as Indiana Jones and Inglorious Basterds. The other side to styling from this era we will look at later as Decopunk.
Here you can see some awesome Dieselpunk outfits! Have you done some Dieselpunking? Share your looks with me in the comments or on facebook!