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Featured Product: Holsters!

How can you be an urban super hero when you have to worry about where to put your purse? How can you dance like no one’s watching when you have to keep an eye on your backpack? You can’t, plain and simple. We have previously talk about the awesomeness that is the pocket belt but what if you’re just not a pocket belt type of person.  Don’t worry, we have an alternative. Let me introduce you to the wonderful world of holsters.

Holsters, like pocket belts, let you carry your valuables (like snacks) on you as part of your outfit. Except instead of sitting on your hips, you wear a holster more like a vest. We have several different styles available that let you stylishly add pockets to any outfit.

goggles manBlack Cotton Canvas Reversible Holster Vest

Reversible alert! This holster vest can be worn two ways.  That’s right, you get two looks for the price of one. The reversible holster vest is what happens when elf meets steampunk.  The front of the holster vest looks like a vest but the back is lace up.  It is an excellent choice for hot summer months.  On the black canvass side you get two zippered pockets and two patch pockets and on the reverse you get an additional two pockets. That gives you a total of six pockets for all your things. It looks great with a skinny tee and kilt or a tank top and side lace skirt.

Underbust Holster Vest with Detachable Hoodsunderbust holster

Full disclosure, this is my favourite holster.  I remember when Sanne made the sample and I was just like, I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE. This is the ultimate piece of clothing to own if you are a Lord of the Rings fan, a D&D nerd, a Harry Potter fan or you just love fantasy. It’s perfect for festivals or steampunk cosplay. This holster fits under the bust and creates a similar silhouette to a waist cincher without all that pesky boning. There are two deep pockets big enough to hold your phone, wallet and gummy bears. And the best part is there is a giant hood. But wait, that’s not all, the hood is detachable and it comes with an extra piece so you can wear the hood on its own. Awesome! It looks great with corset and kilt pin skirt but it also looks super dapper with a poet shirt and bondage pants.

holster harnessBlack Cotton Canvas Holster Harness

This is easily our most popular holster and it’s easy to see why. First of all you get the practicality of a reversible holster with two zipper pockets and two patch pockets. But you also get the aesthetic of harness. The pockets sit nicely at your sides while two adjustable straps do up in front. Your phone, keys and wallet will be safe and you will look sexy. I totally have one of these. They’re rad. Try one with a kilt.  That’s it. Nothing else.

 

 

holster 3Reversible Black Holster

I have two of these. I bought one and my husband liked it so much that I ended up getting one for him too. They are perfect when I am vending at an event.  My husband likes to wear his when he is bartending. There are two zippered pockets on the black canvass side and two patch pockets on the reverse side. From the front it looks like a normal black vest which makes it super easy to integrate into your everyday wardrobe. The back is straps so it keeps you cool if you are working. High five for not over heating. They look great with a skinny tee, actually they look great with everything.

Leg Holster1(Bonus) Thigh Holster

Okay so if you don’t want to wear a pocket belt and you’re worried a holster will ruin your outfit then I have just the thing for you.  The Thigh Holster is so discrete that no one will notice you wearing it.  There is just one deep zipper pocket but it’s big enough to hold your phone, some cash or cards and your keys. The sticky elastic allows you wear it on your thigh without it slipping down. You can easily cover it with a dress, kilt or skirt. As an added bonus you will feel totally badass and sexy whenever you have to hike up with your dress to pay for something.

 

What’s your favourite holster? Let us know in the comments below.

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Join Me on the Corner of Fashion and Function: Festival Pocket Belt

I grew up in Mission. Every August there was a big folk music festival in Heritage Park. Everyone would go. My drama class would fund raise by running the parking and as an added bonus we got to get into the festival for free.  There were dozens of booths selling all kinds of interesting trinkets or musical instruments or clothing.  There was a large stage where bands from all over the world would play while the hippie parents danced on the grass in front of it. Most importantly, there were food vendors with every kind of fried dough and lemonade imaginable. The food was the best part.

The worst part was trying to figure out how to carry your things.  Backpacks were pretty good but in the middle of August they make your back super sweaty.  Plus if you wanted to dance you had to find someone to watch your bag or dance off in the corner where you wouldn’t hit anyone.  Purses were okay but once you crammed your new goodies in there the strap would start to dig into your shoulder. Also if you were dancing, you couldn’t flail about because you might spill the contents of your purse.

If I decided to go back this summer I would definitely invest in a Venus & Mars handmade Festival Pocket Belt.

First of all these pocket belts are super cute. They are currently available in black and teal (one of the best colour combos ever). There is a long tail like piece of fabric that comes down like a cape for your butt or your hip. It has four pockets so you can keep all your curiosities on you as well as your snacks and wallet.  There is a large zipper pocket for things that need to be secure. It also a flap pocket with a button detail.  There are two more open pockets in case you need easy access to M&Ms or gummy bears. The waist strap is adjustable and has a double velcro closure. It’s pretty much the definition of fashion meets function. If you are planning on going to a festival this summer, I strongly suggest coming to Venus & Mars to try one on.  It might be exactly what you need to keep your things and your sanity intact.

What festivals are you planning on going to this summer?  Let us know in the comments below.

PS – If  you’re not feeling the festival pocket belt, check our this blog post about all our other awesome styles of pocket belts.

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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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Featured Product: Reversible Holster Vest

reversible holster vest

What if I told you that we had a magical unisex piece of clothing that had pockets and that you wouldn’t over heat in? What if that item was also perfect for cosplay, steampunk outfits, music festivals and Burning Man?  I bet your ears would perk right up and you would want to know more.  Well hold onto your hats, kids, because we have just restocked our reversible holster vest. And it is that magical piece of clothing you are wishing for.

reverisible holster vestFirst of all, the reversible holster vest has pockets. You can keep your phone, ID and cash close you without worrying about ruining your looks with a backpack or leaving your purse somewhere.

Secondly, it’s reversible.  I know that the name implies that but it’s still important to mention.  You are getting two looks for the price of one. One side is black cotton canvas which will go with everything you own and the other side is green tapestry with a feature fabric at the pocket.  Some have black pockets, some have pinstripe pockets and some have faux fur pockets. So essentially you have one side that lets you match it with just about anything and the other side makes the holster vest a feature in your outfit. How cool is that?

Third, the back is lace up. That means that the size is a little bit adjustable and that you will be able to feel the cool breeze on your back.  How great is that? Not only is the lace up functional but it also adds a sexy detail to the back.  Sounds pretty rad to me.

But Devon, what exactly do I wear with a reversible holster vest? The short answer is pretty much anything you want.  Seriously, try one with a jeans and t-shirt!  It’ll look great.  If you want to go a little more steampunk though try one with a side lace skirt, corset, and goggles.

Where will you wear your new reversible holster vest?  Let us know in the comments below.

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New Fresh Handmade: Eye Patch

What does Nick Fury, Elle Driver, Mad Eye Moody and Snake Plissken have in common aside from being bad ass?  They all have eye patches.  I don’t want to claim that having an eye patch will make you bad-ass but it certainly couldn’t hurt.  Lucky for you Venus & Mars has just designed some new and fabulous eye patches in a variety of colours to set you on the path to bad-assery.  Eye patches: they’re not just for pirates anymore.

eye patchSay, for example, you are heading to a place where you know your ex will be with their new partner.  You may be tempted to get a new outfit and do your hair all fancy.  Instead, may I suggest just adding an eye patch to your ensemble. You’ll look super mysterious and tough and your ex will be wondering what happened to your eye the whole time. On a side note, have a good story ready if they come up and ask you.

But Devon, you may be thinking, I run into my ex a lot, won’t I look pedestrian if I’m always wearing a plain black eye patch?  Fear not, my internet friend we have considered that scenario and our eye patches are available in Red Velvet, Brown Paisley and Faux Fur.  There’s basically an eye patch for every occasion and every outfit.  If you really want to impress though may I suggest wearing your eye patch with a festival hood? A corsetlet and circle square skirt or ruffle poet shirt and vest also work well with an eye patch.

What colour eye patch will you get and where will you wear it?  Let us know in the comments below!

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