As the Victorian age was getting into high gear, there were many new machines and gadgets that helped to make life more convenient. Steampunk fashion celebrates modern innovation and clothing trends of the times. When creating your own steampunk outfit for events and parties, you can draw inspiration from our collection of stylish Victorian costumes. These costumes can serve as a starting point for adding your own creative steampunk accents. For instance, clocks are a popular accessory for steampunk top hats. Outfits for ladies can be accented with flowers and a pair of vintage style aviator goggles. Browse our accessories for more great ideas.
Queen Victoria sat on the British throne from 1837 to 1901 and her influence inspired the naming of this time period as the Victorian age. Minding your manners and having proper morals was expected of most. Fashion was heavily based on social status. It was the era of corsets and bustles for women while men commonly wore hats. Your character may be an upper-class lady or gent, a stoic working-class person or a feisty rule-breaker.
Role play a colorful character of the Victorian age by selecting one of our iconic character costumes such as a smartly-dressed English nanny and her chimney sweeping sidekick, a British Bobbie or Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Alternatively, you may feel like becoming a rogue pirate, an American pioneer, a mysterious hooded figure or a memorable Wild West character.
Accessories that Complement Your Look
Getting the look right is important for authenticity and we offer many accessories that help you look your best. Essentials include a hat of your choice (bowler, cap or top hat), faux watches, gloves, petticoat and spats. Fun touches include a monocle, faux mustache, goggles and costume jewelry.
Victorian Era Costume Ideas
Whether you prefer your Victorian a little gothic (think vampires, Sherlock Holmes, and Jack the Ripper), a little science fiction (think airships and Jules Verne), a little sexy (burlesque and saloon girls), a little sweet (Mary Poppins and the chimney sweep), or Charles Dickens all the way (carolers and Oliver Twist), we have the costumes, cloaks, hats, muttonchop sideburns, and full-length petticoats to make your vision of history a reality.
Famous Victorian People and Characters
Charles Dickens, author of many Victorian classics
Florence Nightingale, pioneering nurse
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes stories