How to Be a Steampunk Lady for Halloween

September 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

Obtain a gown.  Let us assume for the moment that you live in a cold clime, and will need to be modestly-clad.


Add an Asian influence.

You could also accessorize with a shawl, fan, etc.

You might be martially inclined, or even inclined to march:

Say what you will about corsets (such as, you can’t swing a dead cat on Halloween, or on Etsy, without hitting one), it’s tough to get a real steampunk look going without at least one corset, or more if circumstances require.  But that doesn’t mean you automatically have to gravitate to the slutty ones that are really just boob-accentuators.  Think of your corset as a protective apron.  Gird your loins against gamma rays and whatnot that you may encounter on your adventure.  The steampunkiest-looking corsets, ironically, are those originally intended to be underwear, but in reality look like something that got put through a time machine and then landed in outerspace.  Be that as it may, your classic girdle makes an industrial-strength corset, worn on the outside of the clothing, of course.

There’s no need to limit oneself to only one corset, and the base layer of the traditional girdle will need to be jazzed up with something more modern, or reinforced with something flame-retardant.  Think layering.  Your outfit will thank you.  Your hourglass figure will thank you.  Please be careful how much you eat for lunch, and don’t forget your smelling salts.


And now top that whole sandwich off with a belt.  The belt is important, and here’s why.  The belt might be where you store your magic amulet.  Or, it serves a productive purpose and allows you to hang gear, ammunition, or weapons off of it within easy reach.  Don’t underestimate the importance of the belt.


If you have a few extra leather belts laying around, we recommend randomly strapping them to your person in various places (arms, thighs, collar bones, etc.), hinting at purposes only you understand.

Some form of headgear is now in order.  You could go with the good old fashioned top hat or fascinator:

Or the military / marching band / majorette look:

Or indulge your whimsy and go for the fantastical:

If you’re of the more practical persuasion, you might want wear a helmet instead.  There’s aviator, fencing, motorcycle, Viking, pith, football, scuba, riding, and air raid, to name a few.


Now that we’ve got the basic outfit, accessorize accessorize accessorize. Let’s start with some protective eyewear.  You have a huge range to choose from.  Vintage motorcycle goggles are perfect, as are anything else that looks perfectly ridiculous and goes over your eyes.  Don’t be afraid to choose something absurd.  Absurd goggles are arguably the most important element of a good steampunk get-up.

A lady always wears gloves.  And/or gauntlets.

And carries a reticule.  Industrial strength, in case of accidents, or if it’s from the future.

Hands-free options can be particularly useful.

What about footgear, you ask?  Depending on where you’re treading, you could go pretty or practical.  Again, now is a good time to bring in that Asian influence.  Steel-toe ass-kickers or Japanese geta, your choice, but consider the elements, comfort, and your own particular fetish.


And now a word about safety.  We’ve already girded our loins, so now you might want to concentrate on covering some other vulnerable areas with body armour.  Supplement as needed.  You don’t want to go all medieval, but depending on your adventure, you could be getting into some dangerous territory, and worse case scenario you can always refer to it as the Cyberman look.  Not sure how butch you want to go, but the 19th-century-prostitute look is just lame and isn’t really steampunk per se, it’s just a prostitute from another era.  Real steampunk girls range from can-take-care-of-herself to total-badass.  But even the badest-ass needs to protect her tender bits.  So let’s be careful out there.

A gas mask is a creepy yet effective accessory.

Extremely important.  Do not venture forth un-armed.  Make sure your packin’ heat.  Your weapons choices are as varied as are aliens to shoot them with.  Do not, I repeat, do not underestimate the power of a cookie dough dispenser.

And finally, no steampunk rig is complete without a parasol.  No one’s sure why.  But it’s a requirement.

Last step, strap one of these to your back …

… and attach it to your person with one of these, and you’re good to go!


Don’t forget the requisite randomly-placed gauges, gears, clocks, tubes, guns, buckles, valves, and dials, that should protrude from your outfit in convenient spots, preferably connecting to different spots somewhere on down the line.

It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad, mad, mad, mad, maxi dress!

November 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

We continue our holiday tradition this year with the best picks of vintage hostess and maxi dresses for the holidays:

Vintrowear Treasury: Maxi Dresses

Vintrowear Treasury: Maxi Dresses

Vintrowear Treasury: Maxi Dresses

Vintrowear Treasury: Maxi Dresses

Whatever you do, make it sparkle.

Vintrowear now sells women’s clothing!

August 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

We’re making our Etsy women’s line debut with this striking black number.Vintrowear vintage black sexy dancing dress

Get it while it’s hot.  Which is now.



Treasure and be treasured

July 26, 2012 § Leave a comment


Mens XL black cowboy shirt, High Noon, vintage, pearl snaps from VintrowearWe treasure The Stones, and so does Grand Manner Vintage Shop.  Grand Manner Vintage Shop also treasures Vintrowear’s black western shirt from High Noon.  Check it out, and be sure to also check out Grand Manner’s etsy shop – she’s got some great items such as this vintage silk paisley scarf from Christian Dior.Vintage Paisley Christian Dior Scarf from Grand Manner

We share the love by treasuring both Bruce Springsteen and decora-ous switchplates in the rocker style (or paddle-style, for those of you who go for that kind of thing.)  Getcha switchplates heeyah!

Here’s the one I bought:

Switchplate Cover from CBT Design

True blue in the year that is new

January 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Our vintage hand-sewn chambray two-toned cowboy shirt was featured in a Etsy treasury:

Vintage hand-sewn two-toned chambray and cornflower print western from

Vintage hand-sewn two-toned chambray and cornflower print western from

Happy New Year from the cowgirls at Vintrowear!

Chris Isaak: the ultimate cowboy shirt spokesperson

December 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak opines to the Honolulu Weekly about Eyes Wide Shut, Stevie Nicks, and Hawaii.  And of course western shirts:

I love snap shirts. I always stop at Rockmount Western Wear when I’m in Denver and end up buying a bunch of cowboy shirts. I guess my taste in shirts has been the same since I was a kid.

Get your Rockmount vintage cowboy shirts at our Vintrowear Etsy store.

Rockmount vintage western shirt from Rockmount vintage western shirt from

And speaking of Chris Isaak and Etsy, Bandito Rockabilly’s Etsy store sells custom cowboy shirts in cool prints, modeled here by none other than Chris Isaak himself!

Chris Isaak wearing Bandito Rockabilly

Get ready to celebrate

November 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

The holidays are upon us.

vintage 1970's Men's Dinner jacket. Bright plaid & Black Velvet.

Please make sure you’re dressed appropriately.  And a big Happy Birthday today to Mr. Vintrowear!

Cyber Monday deals for the hipster in your life

November 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Authentic vintage cowboy shirts for a bohemian-friendly price of $15:

Mens XL western shirt, Ely Plains, vintage, teal and magenta plaid, pearl snaps Mens LARGE western shirt, vintage, well-loved, mauve with silver embroidered horseshoes and yellow flowers, pearl snaps Mens XL cowboy shirt, Williams Bay Trading Company, vintage, blue and beige plaid, pearl snaps Mens MEDIUM cowboy shirt, short-sleeved, Authentic Western ATB, vintage, blue and white gingham, pearl snaps

Available from our Etsy store and the Vintrowear site.

When the occasion calls for something more formal

November 25, 2011 § 2 Comments

1970's COUNTRY WESTERN mens 2 pc jacket vest

Lately we’ve been noticing the awesomeness of the vintage western sports coat, or, blazer if you will.  Like the more formal older brother of the western shirt, it frequently features contrast color and fabric yokes, elbow patches, and all manner of embellishment.  First hand tailored by Nathan Turk, Nudie, and Rodeo Ben in the 1940s, fancy western suit jackets really took off in the 1950s as Nashville and television both had a hand in popularizing the singing cowboy look of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers.  But a western sports coat doesn’t have to coated in sequins and embroidery to look good.  Just those two-toned yokes will broaden a man’s shoulders and sharpen up his mien.  Some fine specimens exist on Etsy.

Circle S Vintage Western JacketRoundtree Two-Tone Leather Western Blazer   Mens Pendleton Sports Coat with Elbow Patches and Western Cut Corduroy and Leather Blazer

And, as I’m sure you’re well aware, the perfect complement would be a western shirt from Vintrowear.  Purchase with Pay Pal from our Etsy store, or Google Checkout from the Vintrowear site.

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