I love Halloween so much. I mean what’s not to love: everything is spooky, people give you candy and you get to dress up! Costumes make me so happy. Naturally, that makes October the best time of the year to work in the store. We get customers who make up insanely cool and unique costume ideas. Other customers come in with specific character costumes and you can’t help but admire their attention to detail. It’s my favourite time of year to work with people and help them realize their Halloween goals.
On the flip side, we get a lot of people who come in and have no idea what they want to be for Halloween. If you fall into this category, have no fear, we are here for you. If you’re a little bit nerdy (like me) you should check out our Guide to Cosplay. We make some cool suggestions for coming up with your own version of some of your favourite characters. If you’re into steampunk then you should check out our Halloween Steampunk Outfit Guide for some costume suggestions.
If you’re still feeling lost and alone in the woods, then I might just have a shining beacon of hope to lead you to Grandma’s house. This year we have decided to add a costume section to our online shop. If you’re expecting a typical pop up Halloween shop selection of bagged costumes then hold onto your hat because we have something way better. We have put together costume suggestions made of awesome Venus & Mars handmade clothing. You have the option of selecting all the items we show or just picking out a couple. That means all the outfits are customizable to your existing clothing. Best of all, all of the pieces can be integrated into your wardrobe for everyday wear. What’s not to love about that?
We will be featuring a different costume every Monday on our blog so if you haven’t already joined our mailing list now is the time to do that. We will also be featuring past Halloween outfit, helpful accessory suggestions, and lots of steampunk inspiration on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
So do you know what you’re dressing up as now? Let us know in the comments below!
Have you ever met someone or done something that gave your life purpose? All of a sudden you stop feeling like you’re drifting aimlessly through the drudge of day to day life and you feel like you have meaning. The difference in your quality of life is like day and night. The sun seems sunnier and the sky seems bluer. Sometimes I feel like my wardrobe lacks that same sense of purpose. Black tank top, leggings and a skirt; faded black dress with leggings; black shirt and yoga pants, where is purpose and vitality in my clothes that I feel in my life? Luckily, we have Fresh New Handmade Faux Fur Shoulder Epaulets that turn any outfit from existential dread to fabulous.
You may be thinking that fur epaulets seem a little extra to wear in your everyday life.
You could not be more wrong. Not wearing fur epaulets just isn’t enough. You’ve been brainwashed into thinking that you shouldn’t look like you’re going to run into battle when you’re getting your coffee. There is nothing more right and natural than looking like you are going to rule the North when you walk your dog. Seriously you need to come try one on because you will walk more confidently and stand taller when you wear them. It’s just science.
Obviously they are also great for Halloween. Faux fur epaulets could be the start of your Viking costume or Amazon costume or Barbarella costume. I mean you could add the fur epaulets to a little black dress and go to a costume party. If people ask you what you are just say you’re a warrior then give them a stern but distance stare that says: don’t fuck with me. We suggest wearing a pair with a corset and green princess skirt for a cool Lady Stoneheart look. Or try a kilt with a black holey skinny tee, boots and goggles for a Mad Max inspired costume.
So what kind of a costume will you make with your faux fur epaulets? Let us know in the comments below!
We were having some issues with our shopping cart recently. I’m happy to say that everything is now fixed and in perfect working condition. Since Halloween is right around the corner, I thought I would offer a refresher course on how to shop online. This is a re-post from a blog we wrote a couple of months ago. Enjoy!
Here’s our guide to shopping online at venusandmars.biz. Let’s say that you are shopping for a steampunk outfit. If you’re not sure what a steampunk outfits looks like click here for an intro guide or here for some more ideas. Our blog posts are full of different ideas that you can mix and match to create the perfect outfit.
Once you find an item you like you can select the size and click “add to cart” this will bring you to a page that shows you your shopping cart. You can then continue shopping or proceed to checkout. You may notice a little box that says “coupon code” underneath the items. If this is your first time shopping on our website you can sign up to get 15% off your first purchase by clicking here.
I have good news! Shipping is a flat rate of $15 to ship anywhere in Canada or the United States. If you would like to ship internationally (outside of the USA) please contact us to make arrangements. In store pickup is free. We also offer free shipping (in Canada and USA) for orders over $200. So if you have been on the fence about getting a handmade gown then get that 15% discount code and the free shipping and we’ll send it to your house without you ever having to put on pants. You’re welcome.
Well what are you waiting for? Start shopping!
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Every once in a while someone will ask me: What is your favourite thing in the store?
How could I begin to answer that? I love cloaks because I feel like they transport me to a fantasy adventure whenever I put one on. I love corsets because I become a sexy femme fatal when I lace one up. And I love kilts because really is there anything sexier than a man in a kilt? How could I possibly choose just one thing as a favourite?
If you rephrase that question and ask what I have gotten the most wear out of then hands down, no contest, the answer is the kilt pin skirt. Seriously, I have half a dozen different colours of kilt pin skirts and I love them so much. You may be wondering how I keep my outfits so fresh and interesting if I just keep buying multiples of the same item. Fear not, I have some suggestions to give your kilt pin skirt some different looks.
Kilt Pin Skirt + Nerdy Graphic Tee = Match Made in Heaven
My absolutely favourite thing to wear with my kilt pin skirt is a nerdy tee shirt, some stripey tights and doc marten boots. It looks super cute together and lets you show your personality. As an added bonus, your nerdy shirt can act as a filter to decide who you want to talk to. In other words, if you know what “the angels have the phone box” means or why bowties are cool then we’ll probably have lots to talk about.
Kilt Pin Skirt + Corset = Awesome Sexy Power Outfit
If I’m going out somewhere fancy and I want to step up my game then I will go for a kilt pin skirt with a corset. I love the sophistication of the corset with the flirty kilt pin skirt. You can feel sassy and stylish without being too exposed. If you really want to step up your game add some fishnet stockings and a pair of boots!
Kilt Pin Skirt + Underbust Holster Vest = Magic
So if you haven’t tried one of our underbust holster vests then you should get your butt down here and try one on. They are amazing and awesome and you will love it. Do you know what goes great with one? A Kilt Pin Skirt! The kilt pin skirt is basic enough that it will let a cool piece like the underbust holster vest shine. If you want to kick it up add some cool gloves and a choker.
What will you wear your kilt pin skirt with? Let us know in the comments below.
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I’m not really a fussy dresser. Most of the time, I’ll throw on the most comfortable thing I own (in black) and call it a day. I don’t really wear a lot of accessories except for my wedding ring, my fitbit and my black trim choker if I’m going to work. I love the look of a well put together fully formed outfit but a lot of the time function wins out over fashion. It would get annoying to have to sweep and mop and crawl under things to dust if I had a body chain on. It’s not always practical to grocery shop in a feather bra. But every once in awhile I want to look just a little bit cooler or more badass than I do on a regular day. My go to accessory and solution is gloves!
Like all of the Venus & Mars clothing, the gloves are design by Sanne and balance on the border of fantasy and rock. All of the gloves are fingerless so you can still do things while you look awesome. I don’t know about you but anytime I’ve worn opera gloves, it’s a pain in the ass to do anything. Got a text? Give yourself 5 minutes to pull off your glove and answer and another 10 minutes to get your glove back on. Need a quick snack? Either figure out how to eat a granola bar without getting crumbs on your gloves or spend another ten to fifteen minutes removing them and putting them back on again. Life is too short to deal with opera gloves. Just get an awesome pair of glovets and call it a day.
My personal favourite glovets are the black velvet pointe glovets. First of all, they’re black so they’ll go with anything and everything. Second, they’re velvet so you’ll be able to live in luxury when you wear them. Third, the pointe part can be worn on your middle finger for a fancier look or on the thumb or pinky finger for a more punk rock look. They look equally great with the lace up hoodie as they do with a gown and cloak.
What are your favourite Venus & Mars glovets? What would you wear them with? Let us know in the comments below.