The Best Steampunk Cloaks

The Best Steampunk Cloaks

By Steampunk Origins | Updated Oct 09, 2019

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The cape was an essential piece of attire in Medieval Europe (source), often accompanied by a Chaperon (source). Over time the cape had fallen into fashionable decline, with the Cope (source) and other liturgical variations remaining to this day. It seems that the world of the cape has been reduced to dinner parties and Lugosi marathons (source). Luckily this blog doesn’t concern itself with the real world and instead focuses on the culturally appropriating world of Steampunk.

Steampunk Cloaks Quick Review

Product Best For Our Rating
1. The Monk Value for Money
2. The Gentleman Overall
3. The Flatfoot Quality
4. The Velvet Lady Variety
5. The Lady Lace Style

Top Choice: The Monk

“The Monk is the ultimate example in what it means to be fashionably late.”

1. The Monk
Best For

Value for Money

Our Rating
2. The Gentleman
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Overall

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3. The Flatfoot
Best For

Quality

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4. The Velvet Lady
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Variety

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5. The Lady Lace
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Style

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Steampunk Cloak Overview

The Steampunk cloak is whatever you need it to be. Some basic history, a quick wiki search, and a little dramatic flair to hold the whole thing together and you will see that the cape has risen from the grave.

The image of Victorian London shrouded in fog and lit by gaslight comes to mind. The thick cloak is all that protects you from the bitter London chill as your shoe’s clack on uneven cobble. Others may think of the Medieval monk, their head bowed in reverence.

With Steampunk anything is possible if you’re willing to be brave and glue a few cogs on it.

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Steampunk Cloak DIY

For all the creatives interested in how to construct your own hooded cloak or cape, here is a short video which may assist you on your path:

Steampunk Cloak Review

1. The Lady Lace

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“For those not content to just sing Kate Bush, the Lady Lace lets your inner Cathy come home.”

The Lady Lace works for the woman who can’t make her mind up whether she wants to dress as a romantic poet (source) or an undead countess in search of getting her immortal grove back. An example of how some styles refuse to die.

The lack of reviews and the weighty shipping fee can be enough to put off those in search of tasteful lace, and I don’t blame you, Steampunk’s are known for their trepidation and distrustfulness given shape and form during the lace wars. They had to move the entirety of the universe into a chaotic reality where the skies ran bloody, and horse’s dominated Obstetrics (source).

  • Stylish
  • Lace
  • Less than twenty reviews
  • Lacks in variation and design
  • Shipping around one-hundred-dollars

2. The Flatfoot

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“Whether intent on keeping the peace, or causing a riot through flair and fashion, the Flatfoot is the needed whistle in a culture of chaos.”

Over a hundred and twenty dollars isn’t something to sniff at, especially if you’re on trans-dimensional dollars (have you seen the effects of inflation on a currency that exists in all realities at once?). It’s a lot to spend in one sitting, but how often do you get the chance to dress up like a Victorian policeman? If the answers not nearly enough then the Flatfoot is for you.

Unlined, meaning that you could spend all year going “ ‘ello, ‘ello, ello, what’s all this then?” until the harsh looks and beatings prove too much. The flatfoot is dignified, with a chest fit for all but the most hedonistic gentleman, and even then, you can always buy another and have them stitched together.

  • Stylish
  • Made from velour
  • Dry cleaning only
  • Costly (over one-hundred dollars)
  • Cosmetic only (not ideal for cold weather)
  • Less than fifty ratings

3. The Monk

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“The Monk is the ultimate example in what it means to be fashionably late.”

To keep faith when things are at their bleakest has always been a quality of the Steampunk. Intent on driving the future of the World into a technological marvel, there seems little time for the gods of old. But what of the gods of new? The mechanised gods. The Outer gods (source). The inter-dimensional flasher gods? In this genre of alternate timelines, histories, and realms it makes sense to keep the Monk handy just in case you run into your betters.

With both a high rating and an affordable price, the Monk is certainly doing something right. Not your typical Steampunk item, the Monk would be a great place to play around with the spiritual of steam, or perhaps you intend to pray in a loud and steady voice so that even the demons in the dungeon dimension can hear you (source).

  • Around twenty dollars
  • Comes in a variety of colours
  • Cheap (around fifty dollars)
  • One-Hundred-and-fifty-five reviews and a four-and a-half-star-rating
  • One-hundred-percent money back guarantee
  • Polyester

4. The Gentleman

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“Style has never been so worth the cost.”

There aren’t many who can resist a gentleman clothed in sable, and those that can aren’t worth worrying about. The Gentleman provides the wearer the opportunity to re-create their favourite Whitechapel moment (source) with their favourite stuffed teddies, to sit by the wolf enclosure at the zoo and listen to the music they make (source), or stand smug in the private knowledge that you’re naked under your cloak as you make your way around the house.

The Gentleman’s quality is reflected in its price, providing the loftiest cost of the products mentioned here, but the Gentleman stands alone, pouting beautifully in the corner. A must for those wanting an excuse to break out the Calabash (source) and Deerstalker (source) and solve a crime or two before tea.

  • One hundred percent wool exterior
  • Generous arm holes for movement
  • Comes in a variety of colours
  • Dry clean only
  • Costly (over two hundred dollars)

5. The Velvet Lady

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“Soft as sin, with a centre beyond culture.”

The Velvet Lady is perhaps the most eccentric and overt of the cloaks, for those individuals looking to ruffle a feather or two. A variety of colours means you don’t have to stop at one, while its velvet outer-layer giving you a good reason to break proper etiquette (source) and snuggle up to your significant other.

Affordable and yet elegant, with a certain quality that sets it apart. Its use of colour a welcome addition to the muted Steampunk’s wardrobe, and another element in the arsenal of the poly-dimensional peacock.

  • Comes in a variety of colours
  • Comes in different sizes
  • Comes with tie front
  • Less than fifty reviews, but a four-and-a-half-star rating

Our Favorite Steampunk Cloaks

In conclusion, the opportunities to be had with each item are entirely restricted by the madness of the soul wearing them. Here we’ve explored some of the variations in the Steampunk cloak, ranging from the Medieval to the Victorian, the Gentleman’s to the Gentlewoman’s, each with a majesty that would leave a lasting impression.

When it comes to quality it’s hard to look past The Gentleman. Truly an artform in the cloak world, proving that even as the fashion has waned there are those of quality willing to lend their mastery. The Monk is both the most affordable and oddest of the items mentioned. A must for the curious and an NVQ in fashion and design.

The strength of Steampunk lies in its ability to look both beyond and behind, able to add a new dimension to what is classic and new. A contradiction and a welcomed addition, all wrapped up in a smile and cogs.

As always, the choice is yours.

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