Yesterday the first meeting of the Club of the Bavarian Gentlemen was held. I was quite pleasantly surprized by the event and am already looking forward to the next club meeting in March. Cthulhu willing, I will be able to participate.
There will be more on the meeting later on my German blog. After all, this was an event by a German society so it would be weird if I would not write a German article about it. Anyway, one of the things we talked about yesterday was how far we were able to take our prefered style of dress into the real world and more specifically to work. I talked about this before and mentioned it is perfectly possible for gentlemen to wear waistcoats and pocketwatches to work. Cufflinks are also possible, provided you prefer shirts. It seems to me now, Steampunk (and Dieselpunk even more) is a subculture where gentlemen have at least the same if not even a greater range of options of being low-key lifestylers at work. Granted, ladies can always wear some piece of jewelry. Fräulein Zierlich wore a particularly fetching pair of gear ear rings yesterday, which could be worn to work no problem.
But I guess bodices or corsetts are out of the question in most offices these days. Of course, some of us are lucky enough to own their own business. Miss Amelia Grey is starting her own shop in a few months and from what she told us, a little dress-up at work is definitely going to be an asset. For those who are not that lucky, we have to do it differently. I guess more than just a few of us work in some IT-related field and more often than not, there is no dress code, so there should be little trouble working all steamed-up or at least a little steamed.
On the other side there are those who have a rather strict dress code at work (banks and lawyers come to mind) or wear actual work clothing. In this case, all you can do is resort to jewelry, as mentinoned above. If you are a craftsperson, you could wear a steampunk toolbelt. Obviously, not a toolbelt like this:
By Amanda Scrivener:
More something like this:
With a little modification this type of belt can look really Steampunk.
But since most of us actually work in an office right now (the structure of our economy indicates this anyway), there need to be other ways.
Apart from pocket watches, jewelry, time-keeping devices in general and waistcoats for ladies and gentlemen, there are other ways. Find a retro-looking business suit (available for both genders) and shift a little towards the Dieselpunk side of life. Also, there are shoes available, which go well with the Steampunk lifestyle and can be worn in a regular office. Brogues come to mind and there are a number of rather classy boots avalable. Lamentably, the ones for gentlemen tend to be a bit on the pricy side.
So, with a little effort and a little digging in boutiques or on the ætherweb it is not too difficult to find something you can incorporate into your outfit for every day. Obviously, you should not overdo it, unless your workplace is very liberal or you are selfemployed in a suitable sector.