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Steampunk Fashion: Incorporating Corsets into Your Costume

Remember the attention-grabbing costumes in several early 2000s hit movies such as Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Sherlock Holmes (2004), The Prestige (2006), and even Hellboy (2004)? We sure do. The incorporation of vests, hats, straight and long coats with goggles, leather boots, and gloves made a substantial impact on the film industries around the world.

Another essential element of women’s Steampunk Fashion was corsets. Halloween costumes in the early 2000s and have seen the addition of corsets to a wide range of fusion fashion such as Steampunk Fashion. Today, years later, corsets and Steampunk are still a favorite at costume parties.

What Exactly Is Steampunk Fashion?

Diving into the history of the evolution of fashion, such a unique fashion trend as this originated during the 1980s with the fictional fusion of Victorian-era costumes and European industrialization clothes.

This fusion caused the coming together of elements such as gowns, feather hats, long coats, corsets, and boots from the Victorian romantic era and frills, large accessories, goggles, gloves, leather elements, hairstyles, and much more from the emerging goth and streetwear fashion aesthetics.

As you may have already imagined, corsets played a key role when it came to Steampunk Fashion and were used as an outer clothing item rather than an undergarment as it was traditionally worn in the Victorian era.

Corsets In Steampunk Fashion

We know that it was during the Victorian era that corsets were widely produced and worn under heavy gowns as undergarments. However, Steampunk gave it the chance to shine. Leather and brocade corsets were the most popular addition to any women’s costume.

If you are looking to recreate your favorite Steampunk-inspired movie character costume this Halloween, True Corset is the stop for you. Check out their vast range of Steampunk corsets and leather corsets. Pairing up corsets with Edwardian hats is bound to take your audience back to the 1980s.

Corset: An Essential In Steampunk Fashion

The reason corsets became an essential part of Steampunk Fashion was simply because they effectively elevate an ordinary outfit with the incorporation of other accessories such as goggles, hats, gloves, and most importantly, leather belts over the corset.

Corsets add a powerful, sensual, retro, and feminine detail to steampunk outfits. This Curvella Full Hips Steampunk Waist Training Corset from True Corset is the perfect pick for your outfit choice, be it as a Halloween costume party or simply for you to explore a new era and trend of aesthetic clothing.

This fine corset captures the whole essence of steampunk with its purposeful brass effect swing busk front closure to the brass studs and rivets. It gives you the perfect wisp slip waist and desirable broad hips. Its 24 steel bones also help in training and retaining the curvy waist-hip proportion.

Steampunk Halloween Costume Ideas

There are endless ways to incorporate Steampunk Fashion and corsets into your next Halloween costume. Here are a few of the many movie-inspired costumes that showcase steampunk perfectly.

●      Pirates Of The Caribbean

The very first movie that comes to mind when we think of corsets, hats, and eye patches is The Pirates of The Caribbean. To build a steampunk outfit with this movie in mind, you would need a flowy gown or skirt, preferably in off-white, cream, or even black. Next, the best corset pick would be this Pirate Corset - Pirates of the Caribbean Corset from True Corset.

Its eye-catching pirate symbol effortlessly expresses everything that your costume should be conveying.

●      The Legend Of Hercules

This legendary film also incorporates a variety of steampunk fashion ideas including corsets and shoulder armours. If you are looking to adopt the costume of any character from this movie, this Playgirl Black Shoulder Armour from True Corset might just be the accessory that pulls your whole look together.

A shoulder armor with other similar war essentials in your costume is sure to catch everyone’s attention.

●      The Chronicles Of Narnia

Another classic movie whose costumes get recreated each year by many across the world. Incorporating steampunk fashion into the more traditional costumes from the movie will give you a modern edge.

With the presence of strong female characters, it is essential to add a strong yet feminine leather corset to your costume to portray the firmness of the character all through your costume.

●      Wild Wild West

The first things that come to mind when we think of this timeless movie are cowboy hats, cowboy boots, corsets over dresses for women, and long overcoats over tuxedos for men.

Hard-ribbed steel and leather come together to make the perfect blend of Victorian and modern aesthetics. To add more similarities to the original movie costumes, leather belts would be a great addition.

The Modern-Day Steampunk Fashion

Steampunk fashion has evolved a lot since its origin in the 1980s. However, certain elements such as the inclusion of corsets, leather boots, long coats, cowboy hats, goggles, and gloves have remained intact.

In today’s time, the essence of steampunk can only be seen during Halloween. Although certain high fashion lines such as Ottavio Nuccio Gala still incorporate its elements in their collections to further its luxurious spirit.


We do not get to see fusion fashion that gains the amount of attention that Steampunk Fashion gained, starting from its introduction in the late 19th century till the present day 21st century. It can be seen most evidently in movies such as Sherlock Holmes, Hellboy, and The Prestige.

Currently, Steampunk Fashion can be seen best as Halloween inspired by classic Hollywood movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, The Legend of Hercules, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Wild Wild West. With elements like corsets and cowboy hats, it may be the next best option for your Halloween costume this year.

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