I suspect that the steampunk subculture was knocking around long before us Gothy types discovered it and fell upon it with such wicked glee as we seem to have done in 2010 and 11. 2011 especially looks pretty good for steampunk enthusiasts - The Steampunk Bible was published this year (yes I want it, what a nice bookshelf companion for The Goth Bible!), and new events are popping up all over the globe.
Just as the Industrial and Goth subcultures spawned the bastard lovechild that is Industrial Goth, Goths who deck themselves in steampunk fashion and/or listen to steampunk music (or conversely, steampunk enthusiasts who love Goth music in its many forms) may refer to themselves as Steampunk Goths.
Steampunk Goths may prefer a darker colour scheme than the browns and golds often associated with traditional steampunk, using black as a base for their ensembles as opposed to tertiary colours. They may not, however, often rendering the Steampunk Goth indistinguishable from the non-Goth steampunk enthusiast.
Many staples of steampunk fashion are already popular amongst Goths - corsets, top hats, bustles, granny boots, and goggles - and so adding a steampunk-esque twist to a Gothic wardrobe is not overly difficult, particularly if you are already a Victorian or Neo-Victorian Goth, as there are many similarities in style. Motifs such as keys, cogs, octopi (what's that all about, anyway?), stripes and clocks appeal to Goths as well as steampunks for their antiquated charm.
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Saturday's work outfit (yes, I work Saturdays, no rest for the wicked *arf arf*).
Boots: Peacocks sale, £20
Petticoat: Foxtrot Vintage & Retro, £20
Leggings: freebie from a charity shop
T-shirt: The Birthday Massacre gig, £20
Odd gloves: one from New Look, £1.50 pair, one from Claire's, £4 pair
Tiara: charity shop bridal section, £9.95
'Wish' necklace: Primark sale, £1.50
P.S. What madness is this?! o.O