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Refresher Course: What to Wear to a Christmas Party (for Dudes)

Hey Guys,

Last December we posted a style guide for men’s Christmas Party Outfits.  I thought now would be the perfect time to bring it back for a refresher. You CAN show off at your office Christmas party. I give you permission. Check out below for some outfit ideas.


Devon Dale, Lady Adventurer for Hire.

I want to address the fellas out there.

Guys, suits are great for daily office wear but your Christmas is party is the one time of year that you can really dress to impress. I know that you have a tie with Santa Claus wearing a Hawaiian shirt but let me give you an alternative before you decide what to wear.

Be a little different:

If you just want to dip your toes into alternative formal wear come down and try on a black velvet double breasted vest. You can wear it with a white dress shirt and black pants that you already own. You’ll look classy and elegant and just a little different than you do every other day at the office.

Provide a little shock:

If you want to show a little more of your wild side try switching your everyday pants for our black vegan leather boot cut pants. I know wearing leather pants to an office event sounds crazy but paired with the white dress shirt and black velvet vest you’ll look more high fashion than you think. Its romantic, elegant and sexy.

Go all out:

Time to show the office drones who you really are. Replace your white dress shirt with a white poet shirt. This is a statement.  And that statement is sexy pirate. Do it, you know you want to.

Blow their minds:

Add a cloak to the outfit we’ve been building. Enough said.

What are you going to wear to your office Christmas party this year?

Let us know in the comments below.

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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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Who Wears this Stuff Wednesdays: Jenna

Who Wears this Stuff Wednesdays: Jenna

Inquiring minds want to know: who exactly wears this stuff?

Meet Jenna (#yayJenna).  She is 27 different shades of awesome and we love her.  She is an accomplished cosplayer, artist, writer, model and all around wicked awesome human being.

Not only has Jenna been a fan of the store for 8 years (she got her grad dress from us) but she is also one of our Living Mannequins.  You may recognize her from the ‘Ladies’  icon on our homepage.

Check out our VM-terview below in which Jenna tells us about her experience being a living mannequin:

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Until next time,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

PS: ALERT! Coming up next Monday May 19. 2014  Victoria Day at High Noon: Venus&Mars Presents VICKY WALKS an online fashion show.

Venus & Mars is a small business located in the heart of Gastown, Vancouver, BC. We have been providing quality, handmade, alternative clothing since 1993. Everything Venus & Mars is designed by shop owner, Sanne Lambert, and made in Vancouver. We started out making Goth and Victorian alternative formal wear but over the past decade we have morphed into including pieces for steampunk, cosplay, festival costumes, and LARP gear. Now, we provide awesome people with clothing for weddings, grad, Burning Man, conventions are everyday life. We have also been featured in some film and television. Please visit our About Page for a comprehensive list. Want to stay up to date on what we’re up to? Join our mailing list to get weekly blog posts delivered to your inbox. Or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.