|I fail but it's ok :)
||[Feb. 1st, 2011|12:55 am]
I'm good at steampunk because steampunk is often kind of scruffy, and I like scruffy. Don't get me wrong, I don't like dirty clothes, but I like the scruffy feel to the type of steampunk I wear. I don't do the elaborate noble type styles, I do the comfortable casual every day type of steam, the clothes that allow you to move, to live in (I feel like I'm sounding like a twisted Petit Bateau commercial here haha). Some call it ragamuffin, others contemporary.
Steampunk is often not a fashion that's all about nice, which suits me fine because I'm not a girlie girl and never will be one. Some types, like victorian aristocrat and the dress uniform types of the military variant are about pristine and luxurious garments but by and large steampunk is gritty, about the tinkerers, adventurers, sky pirates and all sorts of practical types. I love how it's mostly comfortable clothes and brilliantly insane contraptions and accessories. Keys and pocket watches, goggles, gears and gadgets. Browns and earth tones mixed with splashes of color or black or grey or whatever you damn well please.
That is steampunk to me: adventure, comfort, the promise of life outside the box.
Steampunk is my thing, hands down and I love it. I can say without the shadow of a doubt that I'm never ever leaving this subculture. I feel great when I wear steampunk, I don't give a rat's ass about what others think of it, I will happily defend it and I stand by it any day of the week. Steampunk makes me happy, it's as simple as that.
Now lolita, lolita fashion is awesome. I love watching all the elaborate outfits, the pretty frilly dresses and the cheerful colours. On other people.
I can gawk at brand dresses all day long but when it comes to wearing them myself I just go: eh, no thanks. And not just because I'd be terrified ruining a very expensive dress with my total clumsiness.
Me, I like steampunk lolita, I like the poufy skirts and petticoats and clockwork and map prints, the victoriana influences. Keys and ribbons sure, bring it on. But not pretty rhinestone keys, no it has to be proper old stuff. Faux pearls and faux furs and military type jackets and tail coats. Cute little shoes, absolutely, provided my spats fit over them :D
I'm sure a lot of proper lolitas want to strangle me on the spot (I would advise against trying because I grew up amongst boys and can kick ass better than the average guy haha) but I simply don't give a toss.
I have my own style, and I'm perfectly comfortable in that style. I know I fail at lolita and manage to just dress up enough not to completely be out of tune but I've reached a point where I don't care about it :) I am who I am and I dress how I dress, people can either take it or leave it :) I'm too old to spend my days trying to please others.
And now to hope that spring gets here soon so I can start wearing my tailcoat again :D I miss my tailcoat :(
(And that my American Apparel petti will be dry in the morning so my ass won't be cold haha)
P.S. Captain Nemo played the organ, that's my excuse for the piano bag and I'm bloody well sticking to it. So ner.