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A Guide to Steampunk Shades

Round Framed Shades

Round Framed Shades

Round Framed Shades

Perhaps the most common of sunglasses worn by those wishing to achieve the Steampunk look are those that come with round frames. These have two completely circular lenses, similar to those most famously worn by John Lennon during his solo years. These are possibly so popular as it’s one of the oldest of designs for spectacle frames and there for has more of a retro element than others may have. You can also find these with additions like side shields that cover the space between the eye and the head also, it’s a simple feature but really goes a long way in adding a certain steampunk edginess to the whole affair so certainly worth considering when you make your purchase.

Steampunk Welding Goggles

Steampunk Welding Goggles

Steampunk Welding Goggles

Odds are that when you imagine steampunk eyewear goggles are probably the first thing that come to mind. They’re probably the most iconic piece of gear in the steampunk arsenal which is likely to do with the fact that they take direct influence from genuine Victorian Welding goggles that are obviously no longer used today. They come in a wide range of styles, some in their original Victorian form whilst others take a more genre-based approach adding details such as engraved elements, imitation screws and even small gears added for a truly steampunk look. These are great for if you want to go the whole hog and fully commit to the style.

Motorcycle Goggles

Motorcycle Goggles

Motorcycle Goggles

If it’s big and bulky you’re after, then the motorcycle goggles are definitely for you. These are the largest of the steampunk eyewear set and usually have great big lenses to match as well as a surrounding cover (usually made from leather) which fits to the face and also covers the bridge of the nose. They’re attached to the head via a strap and really to have a complete eye coverage so actually make for an excellent quality pair of eye protectors. They also certainly help to give you the look of a true blimp pilot which when it comes to steampunk is a wonderful thing. If you’re really into your retrofuturism genres then you’ll be getting a two for one with this pair, which also fit the bill when it comes to dieselpunk too.

Additional Accessories

Additional Accessories

Additional Accessories

There are plenty of additional accessories you can add to your specs in order to make them further fit the bill, whether you have frames, welding goggles or motorcycle goggles there might be further details you can make to truly master the look. Adding flip down magnifying glasses to the lenses is a classic addition you’ll see on the circuit, as well the smaller details mentioned earlier (screws, gears, etc.). Another great way to add an extra steampunk touch to your shades is to add a lamp to the side of them. Some people take very small, battery powered torches and attach them to their goggles which makes for a nice seemingly authentic addition to any inventor’s eyewear. Get inventive and think Victorian, you’ll have the most retrofuturistic face around in no time