We were invited to visit the home of the Gibbs family at Tyntesfield Manor in the year 1891. (It was a National Trust event.) Of course, we took the opportunity to go for a theme with our outfits that day! I didn’t have much in the way of late Victorian clothing, so I decided to go for a bit of a steampunk look instead. It was an early start to ensure we could get tickets into the house, so in the hour we had to wait our turn, it was the perfect opportunity to wonder the grounds and take photos….
I know you’ve seen this shawl a few times now, and I’m sorry to keep showing you the same thing, but it just went so well with the outfit, it would’ve been stilly to choose something else! It’s from Joe Browns a few years ago.
It was a very cold day, so I wore my thick cashmere leggings underneath the bloomer shorts to keep warm!
I bought the pale beige cotton tunic dress from a stall at Glastonbury Festival. It’s very pretty with its different textures and lace panels, but sadly has quite a big rip in it, that I keep meaning to mend. It’s great for adding a layer over trousers and under jumpers in the winter.
The tweed bloomers were bought at Glastonbury Festival from Rosa Bloom. I love them so much and I have a longer pair too! They make great quirky shorts and give your look a bit of steampunk style. You can see me styling them for summer here.
The black jumper is a Marks and Spencer classic. It goes with everything and I wear it all the time. I had to mend a hole in the armpit that morning, but the jumper hasn’t gone bobbly and on the whole the quality is proving up to the task.
This steampunk necklace was another Glastonbury Festival stall purchase. The wind-up pocket-watch style works so well with this outfit and really finishes off the steampunk fashion look.
These brown leather boots are from Timberland and were a Christmas present from Chris. This was the first time I wore them actually and I know they’re going to be a favourite. They were really comfortable, right up until the last hour of wearing them (we looked around the shops in Bristol after this), when they started rubbing my little toes; so like with all real leather shoes and boots, they are going to need a little wearing in, but that’s fine. Again, they worked perfectly with this steampunk look, but I can’t wait to wear them with summer dresses when the weather warms up.
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Layering style was really the key for this look and perfect when you’re going in and out of doors and aren’t sure what the temperature is going to be. There have been nods to steampunk fashion the last couple of winters, but it has never fully become mainstream. That’s probably for the best! (We wouldn’t want it become too cool!) Do you like a bit of neo-Victorian style in your wardrobe?