This weekend was fairly relaxing, as my girlfriend Kris and I had little on the agenda, but to work on our Halloween/dieselpunk costumes. That is, Kris worked on her Halloween costume, since we're still designing her dieselpunk outfit, and we worked on my dieselpunk clothes, since I'm just using last year's Cobra Commander costume. IThe hood was too tight last year, giving me a massive headache by the end of the night, so Kris has agreed to alter the hood before the day of.
We ended up having to drive down to Sacramento on Saturday, and so we decided to make a day of it, doing something we both love. Thrift store shopping, of course! We made several finds. Kris found a nice pair of jeans and a book, but her find of the week was a set of little doggy steps. Her boss has an old tiny dog with back problems, and so the steps will be useful to help the old guy up on the bed and whatnot. I bought a couple of pots (I'm still lacking in some kitchenware), some bowling shoes for Kris, some cool red canvas Airwalks for me, and a sweet black and red shirt that looks like a cross between Western and punk styles. The find of the week for me though, was for my dieselpunk outfit. I was thinking that some Equestrian style riding boots would be good for the outfit. They're knee high, and I thought that would give it a more aviator look, but they're also ridiculously priced, the lowest being about $250. I found something that'll work, though. A pair of moto-cross riding boots. They're very beefy, black with O'Neal written bold on them in white, and the soul is silver tipped, very similar to these
. The boots are just shy of the knees, so they'll work well for what I wanted, and they have that intangible something that makes it "dieselpunk," and not just "1940s." I painted the name black to subdue it, and it looks great. These are boots that go for a couple hundred bucks minimum (I know, I've looked before), and I got them for $22! I also bought a cool aviator wings pin for my Garrison cap, gold with a silver prop on it. I then changed up the outfit a bit with some of the suggestions I've gotten, such as a different shirt, throwing on the goggles, and I added a tie. This is something that will continue to evolve, and I'm having fun with it.
Ending with a couple of pictures of me in various states of dress in the dieselpunk outfit: