If you are a devoted Steampunk, or it’s your first time at the festival, here are four ways to raise your Steampunk fashion game and four Lincoln retailers who are a good bet for some Victorian Steampunk fashion.
4 KEY PIECES TO DECK OUT YOUR STEAMPUNK OUTFIT
The perceptive Steampunk will understand that a bare scalp may imply a bare brain. For this reason, anything goes when it comes to headgear from a simple flat cap to more extravagant items for those who want to stand out against the crowd try a bowler, fascinator or gas mask.
No outfit is complete without the trademark goggles. Shape and style is completely dependent on individual taste.
- Pocket Watch
A vital accessory for all avid Steampunks, most commonly worn by gentlemen. It is both a functional element but also completes the wearer outfit adding a touch of sophistication.
- Fingerless Gloves
Steampunks need to be two things fashionable and practical. Fingerless gloves allow for mobility which is essential when they need to jumpstart their motor machine whilst doing so in a touch of style.
STEAMPUNK SHOPPING IN LINCOLN
N09 Steep Hill, 9 Steep Hill
No.9 Steep Hill offers pre 1975 Ladies and Menswear clothing, textiles, accessories, homewares and architectural salvage. If you are looking for cogs, vintage military uniform or hats look no further as N09 has a lot to offer in these departments. You will also find rare artefacts of historical significance which are perfect for adding to an existing outfit or creating new ones.
J. Birkett, 26 The Strait
J. Birkett is an Aladdin’s cave of electrical goods and components where you will find anything from gas masks to cogs. This shop is perfect if you are creatively inclined and want to upscale some interesting components and accessorise your existing wardrobe.
St. Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, 265 High Street
St. Barnabas will be dedicating the whole section at the back of the shop to vintage Victorian items of clothing, accessories and homeware. The employees get involved by wearing Victorian clothing and dress the shop windows with Steampunk inspired merchandise.
Ego, 2 The Strait
Ego offers vintage and quirky styles including a large range of goggles (pictured), glasses and hats so you can find the perfect accessory. They also stock a number of vintage military jackets and other vintage Victorian clothing.
Salamander, 6 Park Street
Salamander is a Steampunk’s paradise all through the year, but especially in the lead up to the festival with accessories, clothes, and jewllery stocked to the rafters.
Lincoln’s Steampunk Festival usually takes place over the August bank holiday; events take place in Lincoln Castle, the County Assembly Rooms, Castle Hill and Westgate Academy.