What is STEAMPUNK? It’s a word you may have heard, and perhaps could even generalize its meaning, but as you will soon learn it is much more complex than any concise definition that you or Mr. Webster could provide.  Is Steampunk a design style? A literary genre? A fictional era? Or is it a lifestyle all its own? These Steampunk-inspired frames transcend space and time, and soon you will see how eyewear can intrigue you into this underworld of Victorian meets Futuristic.  So tighten that corset, button up that vest, and throw on those goggles as we journey through The 10 Shades of Steampunk.

Steampunk can be broadly defined as a hybridization of vintage-style crossed with modernity, and it traces as far back as the Medieval Times.  These frames lean towards the more modern side of the Steampunk spectrum.  For sheer aesthetic purposes, the bridge of the nose on these sunglasses look similar to a tool of geometry while the arms of the frames resemble a surgeon’s tool.  It is the presence of these gadget-like features that give these shades true Steampunk appeal.  The gray tone of the frame and the dark gray lens bode for an industrial look that’s softened up with a touch of canary yellow accents.  And finally, how about that exaggerated zipper pattern surrounding the canopy style round frame?! With all its bells and whistles, this pair of sunglasses certainly embodies the neoteric sector of Steampunk.

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Steampunk is established as a futuristic style, and as such it intermixes with science fiction, and anything science of course could mingle with medicine.  In an ingenious fashion, these Steampunk style eyeglasses merge science and medicine! Perhaps these technical spectacles could be worn by a reclusive scientist in his lab-ore-a-tory, or even a doctor with a dark side.  These eyeglasses allow you extreme peripheral vision as the square lenses project several inches from the face.  The frame portion that sits directly in front of the eyes is just a series of wires – the ear hooks even look like the top to a wire hanger!  Although no added frills here, these Steampunk frames offer its wearer a unique perspective.

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There is nothing that says Steampunk in eyewear fashion more than the round frame.  That being said, these round frames pack some extra Steampunk pizzaz as each eyeball gets an opposable green lens and a solid cover to completely eclipse the eye! These silver eyeglasses, with the added gadgetry at the top. would be perfect for propelling your steam powered time machine through centuries of manifestations of Steampunk. Or perhaps you shut the opposable lens cover to isolate your dominate your eye for some monocular shooting during warfare with the Evil Empire? The era in which the war takes place is for you to decide, but either way a Steampunk Utopia awaits you on the other side!

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Steampunk style embraces functions of movement in its accessories, for example nobs that twist and pulls that fold, and these frames below are no exception to that decree.  When looking at this pair of eyewear you may recount having your eyes examined as that experience seems to be the inspiration for the frames.  These eyeglasses look like a portable version of a phoropter, a device which your optometrist would use to determine your prescription, if any.  He would do so by swiveling the phoropter to your face and turning the dials through a series of various strengths of lenses while posing the question “better or worse?”. The cool metal frames below may not have all the added lenses to sift through, but the prominently displayed dials on the face of the eyeglasses certainly aid in the clairvoyance of Steampunk.

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What is Steampunk without the implementation mechanics? It is the presence of brass-toned gears on the arms of these modest wire frames that make them oh so Steampunk! Though the gears may not function, I prefer these otherwise simple eyeglasses so much more with a sprinkling of Steampunk. They’ve got just enough curb appeal to leave you intrigued.

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I am Imaginary

These vintage goggles are the quintessential essence of Steampunk’s influence on eyewear.  The brass rivets and gears on these mahogany toned goggles capture the spirit of Steampunk with vibrant precision. The spherical green lenses add a splash of color and a crux of modernity to this seasoned style.

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The ubiquitous influence of insects in the design of these Steampunk googles is undeniable.  The brass toned lens portion of the eyewear features a bug eye pattern surrounded by a circular rim that resembles the lid of a mason jar…. and nothing says vintage quite like a mason jar!  The rich and chocolaty leather strap to this eyepiece is scored with an intricate flower pattern – must be what’s attracting those hair-raisingly large pewter bumble bees to both sides of the strap!  As this commodity goes to show, Steampunk attracts Goggles like Pollen does Bees!

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Steampunk goggles on Etsy

The round goggle look alone beams an auspicious start to categorizing this piece of eyewear as Steampunk.  An added component of interest to the accessory is the variable pattern on the brass lenses, one of which vaguely resembles and eyeball and the other being solid glass.  This asymmetry provides uniqueness to the goggle-style frames, but it’s the brass key projecting from the top of the lens that is the minutia of Steampunk.

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Baron Freiherr E Van Lepe Steampunk Eyewear by Sector9Industrial,

 

The pewter frames below are a hybridization of the goggle-look and eyeglasses.  This eyewear choice enjoys the perfectly primed elements of fantasy we have come to expect from Steampunk-style.  Under its umbrella of defining traits, the Steampunk genre holds speculative fiction, and these frames fall right in line with that expectation.   The topaz tone on the lenses is very mysterious and the curly-cue design on the nose bridge achieves ornate elegance.  Of course there is an added lens on top of the left eye piece for focus (or is it flare?) and a rope to keep your precious magical glasses nearby.  The structure of the arms, which resemble the backward bending legs of a bird, is the unsung melody of this demonstration of Steampunk eyewear.

Steampunk glasses by Mark Zhigman
Steampunk glasses by Mark Zhigman

 

This is grand finale of our curated collection demonstrating Steampunk’s influence on eyewear, and these edgy goggles fall nothing short of bone chilling!  The girth of the brass-toned metal used in the design commands attention and respect.  A mysterious image of a face wearing an elaborate headpiece on the side of the goggle is an artifice to evoke fear, while the swiveling lenses on the opposite side serves to fascinate and intrigue.  Perhaps these burly industrial goggles could be worn for protection from the chaos of a post-apocalyptic dystopian era? Whatever the purpose, Steampunk’s subcultural statement has been boasted with these shades!

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