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Fresh New Handmade: Steampunk Bustle Pocket Belt

Pocket Belts are awesome.  They let you carry your things without having to worry about a purse or bag. Steampunk is awesome. It’s probably my favorite style of costume because it’s so open ended and the only limitation is your imagination. Do you see where I’m going with this? If you like steampunk and pocket belts I have the most excellent accessory for you in the history of the world. We mashed up pocket belts and steampunk and made the Steampunk Bustle Pocket Belt.

steampunk bustle pocket belt - sideLet me explain why these new Steampunk Bustle Pocket Belts are so great. First, they are made from canvas. They’re super durable so they’ll hold up in a dust storm at Burning Man or a frenzied run through the airport. They have a large a flap pocket with velcro closure, an outer side pocket and two inner secret pocket. Think of all the things you can carry! The waist strap is adjustable and secured by a clip closure.  The best part is that there is a lace bustle on the back. You can make any outfit steampunk!

They look great on men and women.  You could totally rock a Steampunk Bustle Pocket Belt in your everyday life with a pair of jeans and t-shirt. Or you could wear one with your best festival gear to become a steampunk elf warrior. We suggest trying one with a Queen Anne Corsetlet and short circle square skirt. Or you could try one with a skinny tee  and  bondage pants.

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Three Things you NEED at a festival

There are so many festival trends going around right now.  It’s hard to keep track.  Glow in the dark unicorn hair, glitter roots, glitter butts, flower crowns, body suits and body paint are just a few festival trends that are circulating the interwebz right now. It’s totally natural to want to jump in and try some of these crazy ideas, but there are a few necessary items that you should think of getting first.

Protect your head/ skin

Most festivals are outdoors in the summer.  The warm glow of the sun is part of the experience and it feels great. It feels so great that you may not even realize that you are getting a wicked sunburn, dehydrated or experience sun stroke or heat stroke.  Wear sunscreen. Your future self will thank you.  You should also seriously think about wearing a hat.  Your scalp can get sunburned even if you have long hair. We have really awesome festival hoods that are reversible and that when worn down can offer protection to your shoulders. They are large enough to allow for airflow to keep you cool and they cover that nasty spot on the back of your neck that always seems to burn.

Figure out away to have your valuables on you without carrying a bag.

I hate to say it but people steal things.  If you have all your cash in backpack, totes or purse it could be easily stolen at some point. Invest in a pocket belt or hip bag so that your valuables can be on you at all times. You can also carry a backpack with sunscreen, food and water but having your phone, money and keys on you means that you’ll be able to get home, call for help or buy snacks if your bag goes missing.

 

Think about when day turns to night

When the sun goes down, it’s going to get cold. Your barely there absolutely awesome outfit is not going to keep you warm when the temperature drops.  Even if you’re planning on dancing the night away there will be a point when you are not moving and it’s good to have a backup plan. We suggest a cloak.  First they look really cool.  Second they will provide you with the warmth you’ll need at night and third it’s a blanket you can wear if you need to take a little nap.

 

 

There you have it. Did I miss anything? Let us know in the comments below.

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You NEED Pockets for your things

We have pocket belts, lots and lots of pocket belts. You can put away your purse, hang up your trusty backpack and stop treating your friends with pockets as your own personal sherpa. Pocket belts give you the freedom of carrying the stop you need while enhancing your outfit – instead of ruining it.

Classic Pocket Belt

Pocket Belts are available in two sizes but the strap is adjustable so it will always fit. There is a deep outer pocket that is perfect for cash and a phone. The second outer pocket is perfect for a small phone or a bag of jelly beans.  Pocket Belts also have an inner pocket to store your most valuable items like your ID. It is secured by a double Velcro closure and the thigh strap is easy to clip on or off.

 

 

Multipoint Pocket Belt

Multipoint Pocket Belts are available in 2 sizes but the Velcro waist allows for maximum adjustability. They have patch pockets on the inside for your secret things, zipper pockets for your secure things and Velcro pockets for snacks. There are so many pockets you’ll start looking for extra things to carry.

 

 

Steampunk Pocket Belt

The Steampunk Pocket Belt can be worn three ways. First you can wear it like a belt across your hips with the leg strap around your thigh. Alternatively, you can wear the hip strap across your body with the leg strap around your thigh.  Pretty great right? But wait there’s more!  Thirdly you can wear the waist strap across your body with the thigh strap around your waist.

 

 

 

Tails Pocket Belt

It’s tails! And it’s a pocket belt! It’s the Tails Pocket Belt!  One side is black for black tie events and the other side is multi coloured for fun events.  There is a large zipper pocket which is ideal for your phone, ID and cash and there are easily accessible side pockets for emergency lip gloss and trail mix. The waistband is adjustable so it will always fit. The plastic clip in the front makes it easy to put on over anything.

 

 

Festival Pocket Belt

There are four pockets on the Festival Pocket Belt. They have a large zippered pocket, a flap pocket with velcro closure, an outer side pocket and an inner secret pocket. Think of all the things you can carry! The waist strap is adjustable and secured by a double velcro closure. There is also a most excellent fabric tail that takes the look to a whole new level!

 

 

 

Do you have a pocket belt?  What do you use it for?  Let us know in the comments below.

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Where Do I Wear This?

where do i wear this?

One of our most frequently asked question is “where do you wear this?”. It’s a question that comes in many forms.  Some people ask “who wears this stuff” and others ask “how would you describe what you’re selling”. The bottom line is that we do not carry what H&M carries and it confuses people. I think what they are really trying to ask is “Is there a market for alternative clothing?”.  And the answer is hell yes.

Where Do I Wear This?

lace up crop shrugI wear Venus & Mars stuff everyday.  I know that I may seem like the exception because I work at the shop but it’s actually really easy to integrate pieces into your wardrobe without looking super goth. For example the sleeves crop, shrugs, lace-up hoodie or lace up crop shrug are all really well crafted, handmade, quality pieces of clothing that can be worn anywhere. Throw your crop sleeves over a tank top with some jeans and you’re ready to walk your dog at the park. Add a shrug to a tank top or a tube top and you can easily hide your bra straps for work or school. The lace-up hoodie with any top and jeans or a skirt is an awesome outfit to wear to coffee.  Add a lace-up crop shrug to a body con dress and you’ve taken your look from basic to a little be edgy (on a side note, I’m totally rocking that outfit at the time of writing this). So the short answer is that we have quality pieces that can be worn everyday in any situation.

We do also provide many pieces to the film industry. Supernatural, Van Helsing, Once Upon a Time and Arrow are just a few shows currently using some of our products.  We also have a great selection of pieces that you could mix and match for costumes. Vampires, Steampunk, and Victorian costumes are our speciality. Many cosplayers also find items to complete costumes here such as fangs, ears, horns and contacts. In the past few years, we have seen an increase in people shopping for festival wear or Burning Man attire.  Many of the products we make have function in mind so you can find all kinds of things with pockets like harness, holsters and belts.

Who Wears This Stuff

As I mentioned previous we get a lot of festival goers, cosplayers and people from the film industry but steampunk gentlemanwe also get brides, grooms and grads. Wait, what? Really?  You may be thinking, but it’s true! We have been in business for 24 years.  In the past our main focus was gowns for bridal, grad and formal events.  Although our collection has expanded to include a lot more separates, we are still one of Vancouver’s top choices for alternative formal wear. We still have a decent selection of gowns but we now offer other options such as corsets, skirts, Queen Anne Corsetlets and more as an alternative.  We also have one of Vancouver’s largest alternative clothing selection for men.  Which means, guys, that you do not have to get married or graduate in a tux if you don’t want to.  We have kilts, military frock coats, vests and poet shirts that you could rock instead.

How Would You Describe What You’re Selling

I would describe what we sell as beautiful, quality, handmade clothing. But I also think that we fit into the category of Goth, Steampunk, Victorian, Cosplay and Festival Fashion. The truth is that like many people, we’re not just one thing. We are many things and different people put us into different categories. Some of the items we carry are integratable into any wardrobe for any occasion.  Other items are more appropriate for formal events. And other items work best for costumes. At the end of the day, you get to decide what you want to wear, how you want to wear it and whether or not you’re comfortable.  So rock a cape at the library if it makes you happy or wear a gown to your Victorian Lit class. There are no rules. We have something for everyone for any event.

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Help! I’m an Alternative Bride who doesn’t want a Traditional Dress!

Alternative bride gown

Hey alternative, punk, steampunk, goth and indie brides I’m talking to you.

Wedding dress shopping is hard and dumb.  Trust me, I know. Last October, I got married.  I ended up with a very traditional dress and I hated it.  I still hate it. Other people’s opinions of what I should wear steered me away from what I wanted to wear.  I ended up having a lot of stress over the dress from the moment I spent too much on it to the moment I got married.

Guess what! That doesn’t have to happen to you!  I have some alternative options to the traditional dress as well as a couple of options if you do end up with a traditional dress.alternative bride - bethany

Think outside the Bridal Shop and inside the tickle trunk.  Hear me out, I’m not saying that you should go down to Party City and grab a bagged Harley Quinn costume, stick a veil on your head and call it a day. But you could consider a more romantic or medieval style gown. If you choose to go white you might even be able to appease the elders. You could try this Bethany Gown and still look bridal without wearing a layer cake

alternative bride - purpleSkip white completely.  I look ghostly pale and sickly in white and not in a cool goth way. But I look fantastic in wine (the colour not the beverage).  If I could redo my dress I might go for something like this Juliet Gown instead.

 

alternative bride - cincherTry separates.  Listen wedding dresses are stupid expensive at bridal shops and you probably won’t be able to wear it again (obviously Venus & Mars gowns are not included in that category). You could wear a white underblouse with a cincher and a princess skirt instead.  You would still have the bridal effect but you would have pieces that you could integrate into your everyday wardrobe.

If you have absolutely no choice in the matter and you end up with a traditional dress there are lots of things you can do to make it your own. I added a velvet cloak to my wedding dress.  I also got a half sleeve tattoo of an owl on my arm. Alternatively, you could add a cincher in your wedding colours over you gown to tone down the traditional look. But if you feel like the powers that be would take issue with cloaks, tattoos and cinchers, you can also wear crazy stompy boots as a compromise.

Listen, I know first hand that it’s hard to stand up to your parents, grandparents, partner, and in-laws when it comes to anything wedding related. It’s easy to say that it’s your day and you’re the only one who matters but it’s so much bigger than that.  You’re merging two families together and you want everyone to be happy.  At the end of the day though it’s about you and your partner coming together and that’s who people want to see. So stand up for what you want and let your dress reflect your personality.

In case you were wondering, I still had a super fun wedding.  In addition to my cloak and tattoo, I also got a second gown to change into after the ceremony. It was a black velvet Queen Anne so everything worked out in the end.

What did you wear to your wedding or what are you planning on wearing?  Let us know in the comments below.

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