Most of us don’t live in a world where hoops and corsets or top hats & goggles are part of our daily wardrobe. Weekends maybe, but only a few of us live a total steampunk lifestyle every day.
When I look back at my life, I realize I was a little bit steampunk before the word was coined. I’ve got a collection of vintage and vintage-style jewelry that I’ve been wearing since junior high or so. I’ve always loved long, full skirts and lacy blouses, even when my daily uniform consisted of jeans and T-shirts. (I worked in zoos and nature centers. Those really WERE uniforms.) Still, when I had my choice, I dressed up my zoo style by adding cool boots and long khaki skirts instead of just hikers and cargos. So, even then I was living a little bit steampunk whenever I could. My home has always reflected this as well, with an odd collection of ornaments from all over the world and all different eras. I love pretty china dishes and funky industrial appliances with equal fervor. What used to be considered just plain weird is steampunk now.
So how about the rest of you? Any hints in your past, anything that could have pointed to steampunk in your future?