Dieselpunk + Steampunk Culture

A lot of people ask me about dieselpunk fashion.

What does it look like?  Where do I find it?  How can I dress like a dieselpunk?

I normally recommend checking out old movies from the diesel era.  Hollywood stars love dressing their best, and the trick to dieselpunk is as easy (and as hard) as mashing those classic looks with today's styles.  Even if you like wearing clothes that a are a little more outlandish than normal, Hollywood has you covered (especially those trippy musicals from the early '30s).

If you're into a more militaristic or industrial look, try finding an old fashioned military surplus store in your area.  If they still have real surplus (not just camping supplies), then you have a treasure trove of "dieselpunk" shirts, jackets, and accessories to choose from.

How do I put it all together?

This is the hard part and it requires a little thought on your part.  Personally, I like to wear things that may not always be comfortable, but look nice and I spend my money on fashion that I can wear on an everyday basis.  In my mind, pieces like goggles and wrenches are for the garage, so you won't see me wearing them in my outfits.  This means I have a closet full of clothes that are appropriate for work and for play, not just conventions and Halloween.  Your mileage may vary depending on what you do for a living, so I decided to put together some photos that may help.

To help people get a handle on their own dieselpunk style, I started a new photo gallery:

This gallery showcases the different dieselpunk fashions that I have come across, including many pieces from our own members.

If you have a dieselpunk outfit you would like to show off, feel free to upload it to the new Dieselpunk Fashion gallery or email me at tome@dieselpunks.org for assistance.

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Comment by Larry on November 20, 2011 at 6:51pm

I agree with Deven. It is very good. I linked to it to Facebook and I've gotten posted feedback.

Comment by Deven Science on November 20, 2011 at 12:05am
A good collection. As I've stated elsewhere on this site, I did go with the military theme for a while, but recently dropped it for a more practical deiselpunk look. My everyday wear has usually one touch, such as the fedora, or a shirt cut in an older pattern, but I have the occasions to dress it up more. I own two zoots for formal affairs, and I just recently acquired a black version of the Rocketeer's jacket that'll be for when riding (I'll post pictures soon!). On those occasions, I just might have to throw on my Royal Air Force goggles.

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