Another iconic steampunk item are goggles. They complete a steampunk ensemble, and also provide much needed eye protection when one is racing in a steam roadster, doing ghastly experiments as a mad scientist, or flying high in a dirigible. Goggles have become much more intricate lately, with designs making them pieces of art.
|Standard goggles for driving or flying|
|Whoa. Need a lens?|
|I'm not sure what this does, but it's cooll!|
Steampunk goggles usually are made from brass, wood, copper, and of course, glass. And the more elaborate and funky, the better. To me, the goggles represent the eclectic mix of of state-of-the-art technology, Victorian swagger, and individuality.