Whether you’re new to the Steampunk community or are just starting out with cosplay, it can be difficult to know where to begin.
Just keep in mind that the artistic, expressive nature of Steampunk allows for a lot of freedom.
The newness of the experience can be incredibly exciting and fun when you decide to embrace it. This post offers some tips and guidance for anyone interested in attending their first Steampunk cosplay.
1) Everyone Was Once a Newbie
While it can be intimidating at first, it’s important to remember that everyone has started from the same place. The cosplay bunch is also an exceptionally accepting community that welcomes creativity and unique expression.
2) Why Should I Cosplay?
Even though you can certainly Steampunk style on your own, attending events will introduce you to new ideas and people. Cosplayers come from a wide range of backgrounds and it is a great way to meet others with common interests. It can also serve as a place for inspiration and growth when it comes to your exploration of Steampunk fashion.
3) There’s No Such Thing as “Too Much” or “Too Little”
You can be as Steampunk as you want to be. Period.
Anything can be “steam-punked” and it doesn’t have to fall within a limited range of what’s “acceptable.” You can play with Steampunk attire, history, and events in any way that makes sense for you. Steampunk is constantly growing and changing, which makes it easy to embrace both bold and subtle forms of expression.
4) The Details Make the Look
The best way to give your Steampunk look an edge is to use accessories – and there are literally hundreds of ideas to choose from. This can be as small as the buttons that you use on your vest or involve larger props to complete the look you are going for.
And you don’t have to limit yourself to European influences, Steampunk has become a global trend with styles being incorporated from around the world.
5) You Don’t Have to Make Everything from Scratch
Take advantage of vintage items that can be repurposed, costumes and props to create your Steampunk look. Store-bought items are not a bad thing and are often necessary for those of us that can’t sew to save our lives.
6) Plan Ahead – Seriously
By plan ahead, we’re not talking days. Think weeks or months before the event date arrives.
Your original plans may not work out, and it’s common for a costume to evolve during the creation process. It’s also a good idea to have a backup plan in case something goes wrong with your first attempt.
7) Just Have Fun
Try not to take things too seriously.
It’s normal to be a little apprehensive about something you’re not experienced in, but stressing over getting it exactly “right,” can suck all the fun out of it. Just relax and give yourself a chance to explore this new opportunity.
Once you’ve taken part in your first Steampunk cosplay, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!