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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.

Where will you wear your Venus & Mars gear? Let us know in the comments below!

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FAQ: What is Steampunk?

FAQ:  What is Steampunk?

What is Steampunk?  I’m not totally sure there is a definitive answer for that.  Think gadgets, time travel, Victorian fashion, Jules Verne, steam engines and goggles.

Steampunk is awesome because it’s so inclusive.  You could wear brown pants, a white dress shirt, suspenders, and GOGGLES (although a POCKET WATCH and a TOP HAT will go a long way) and be steampunk at a party.

Or you can go all out and build your own steam powered motorcycle, convert your keyboard into a typewriter and dress Victorian 24/7.  It’s all good in the steampunk hood and you can participate in whatever capacity you choose.

You can make just about anything steampunk.  Your only limitation is your imagination.  If you Google Steampunk (insert your favorite superhero here) cosplay you’ll find tons of pictures to draw inspiration to create your own steampunk character.

If you’re really having trouble coming up with an outfit, stop by Venus & Mars (324 West Hastings in Vancouver) and I will happily put together a wicked awesome steampunk look just for you. Need an example? Check out Dan as a steampunk airship captain in the photo below:

Steampunk Captain Infographic

What’s your definition of Steampunk?  Let us know in the comments below.

Want awesome steampunkery tips?  Sign up for the Venus & Mars Steampunk Tempest here.

Until next time,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

 

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FAQ – Do you have a Website?

FAQ – Do you have a Website?

Why yes, yes we do.  Prepare for your mind to be blown, you’re on it right now!

Seriously though guys,  we do have a website.  Like all the clothing, it is designed and put together by the shop’s rock star owner,  Sanne Lambert.

All the pictures are taken by Sanne and the staff.  All the product descriptions and blogs are written by Sanne and me (Devon).

So what do you think of the website?  Is there anything that could make it better?  Let us know in the comments below.

Also if you dig it, why not share it on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram?

Keep being awesome,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire