March 24th, 2011

trixie dish

Fashion Watch #3: Steampunk and Clockwork Couture!

Everybody has favorite places to go when shopping. For me, when it comes to things like work clothes, I often head first to Express, The Limited, or sometimes Ann Taylor. When it comes to a really fancy dress, I'll browse BCBG (preferably the sales rack!). And when it comes to clothes that are just a little bit unusual and funky (or occasionally, full-on costume-wear), I often turn to Clockwork Couture, as introduced to me by, if I am recalling correctly, the lovely maudelynn.

Steampunk's been in vogue for awhile now, and I doubt it's leaving anytime soon. Why should it? It's both retro and modernesque, with gears and goggles and funky metal bits a-plenty, and it looks darned cool. Clockwork Couture is a nifty shop - not only are its clothes geared towards the steampunk and "neo-Victorian" set (and its website copy is written as if from that point of view), but it is, as far as I can tell, almost the web equivalent of a mom and pop store (only not actually run by people the ages of mom and pop!) in that I think they have just one actual storefront and the online venue, and a relatively small staff to run those things (although I could be mistaken?). Despite the apparently small scale staff, the mail-order service has excellent delivery time and customer service response time and, to date, I've never had a problem with it. Also, they rescue cute animals. Aw.

ANYWAY! TO THE CLOTHES!!

Click around and you will see that the store offers everything from stuff you could wear with your everyday outfits to things that lend themselves to serious costuming (like, say, steampunk corsetry). They also usually have a pretty good collection of interesting footwear (booooots!!). While I haven't loved 100% of the things I've bought from them, I have loved about 95% (and was able to return or exchange the stuff that didn't fit right, etc.). That's a pretty good percentage when it comes to online shopping.

One thing I should mention is that, due to the way they sell their clothes (selling until sold out and not usually re-stocking) many of the items I've bought are no longer available from the store (although with diligent searching sometimes you can find the items at other retailers, since most of the items carried aren't actually Clockwork Couture brand). But! That's part of the fun with more unique clothes, eh?

And now, A Sampling of Stuff I've Bought From Clockwork Couture. [Please note: Due to my slightly haphazard way of photographing ensembles before realizing I wanted to do a whole entry on Clockwork Couture, there will be a couple of other pieces in this collection that are NOT CC but still deserve discussion. So, I shall discuss. BECAUSE I CAN.]

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Poll #1722223 And lo, there was a gear-laden poll!

My thoughts on steampunk couture, let me show you them:

So. Very. Funky. Cool.
7(58.3%)
Eh; A bit passe.
0(0.0%)
Great for costuming, not for everyday.
1(8.3%)
Every day of the week, steampunk it is!
1(8.3%)
Just a touch - steampunk accessories are keen!
2(16.7%)
I don't understaaaand. What is steampunk?
0(0.0%)
Clothes? I just want to build things with gears!
1(8.3%)

I like, I like!

Light As Air Overcoat
7(10.4%)
Le Fae Verte Corset
7(10.4%)
Black skirt - no one knows where it's from but I still like it
4(6.0%)
Spatterdash Boots
6(9.0%)
Pilot Necklace
4(6.0%)
Coat of Metallurgy
3(4.5%)
Express brown stretch skirt - they *should* totally bring those back!
4(6.0%)
Gears O' Plenty Boots
7(10.4%)
Swarovski jewelry - sparkly!
8(11.9%)
Cloak and Dagger Trench
10(14.9%)
Tsubo Boots
7(10.4%)

Eh, I'm not impressed.

Light As Air Overcoat
2(11.8%)
Le Fae Verte Corset
1(5.9%)
Black skirt - no one knows where it's from but I still like it
1(5.9%)
Spatterdash Boots
1(5.9%)
Pilot Necklace
2(11.8%)
Coat of Metallurgy
7(41.2%)
Express brown stretch skirt - they *should* totally bring those back!
0(0.0%)
Gears O' Plenty Boots
1(5.9%)
Swarovski jewelry - sparkly!
0(0.0%)
Cloak and Dagger Trench
1(5.9%)
Tsubo Boots
1(5.9%)

My favorite place to shop for unusual or steampunk clothing is:

My favorite piece of steampunk-ish or Victorian clothing that I own is:

My favorite steampunk story or novel is:

If I was going to build, or draw, a steampunk machine, it would be:



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Previously:

Fashion Watch #2: Koolaburra Victoria Boots!
Fashion Watch #1: We Love Houndstooth