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FAQ: Are these real corsets?

are these real corsets

FAQ: Are these real corsets?

This is a question we get fairly regularly and I’m never totally sure how to answer it. The answer is yes but there seems to be a little bit of an exclusionary attitude when it comes to corsets so I thought I would break down what a corset is and let you make up your own mind.

What exactly is a corset

Traditionally, a corset is a tight fitting undergarment that is designed to cinch the waist and typically had boning and lacing. They have been used for fashion and medical purposes and have been worn by both and men and women. Underbust corsets or waist cinchers are worn below your bra. Overbust corsets can be worn in place of a bra or over your bra depending what you’re comfortable with. Today, corsets are worn as an undergarment or shapewear, or corsets can be worn as a top.

are these real corsets

Boning

Boning is used to give the corset shape on your body. The more boning and the closer it is together, then the more cinche you will get. People generally think of whale boning when they think of corsets but today steel, flexible steel and plastic are generally used. Plastic boned corsets are the least expensive and typically what you would find at big box stores like Forever 21 or La Senza. Plastic boned corsets are great for costumes and causal wear however the boning is prone to kinking. Flexible steel boning is a nice middle of the road option. Corsets with flexible steel boning will give you a great shape but still let you move comfortably and they’re not terrible to wear for hours on end. Really heavy duty steel boning is great for people who are really serious about corsetry. They give amazing shape and they generally take a little bit of practice to wear for a long period of time.

Bonus: How to Tie Your Own Corset

What we do

Handmade Venus & Mars corsets fall somewhere between the flexible steel boning and the heavy steel. They give great shape due the heavy steel boning on the sides but the front and back have flexible steel boning so you can still move and bend and breathe comfortably. They are available online and in store. In our brick and mortar, we also carry imported flexible steel boned corsets as well as plastic boned corsets. We liked to carry a variety of options at different price points so that corsets can be accessible to everyone.

Corsets are fun to wear and they can make you feel sexy or powerful or whatever you’d like. They are great as shapewear or on their own. Corsets are a great tool for cosplay or costumes and they look excellent as part of a steampunk outfit. Like anything, I feel like when you start to take corsets too seriously or narrow the definition to a point where it excludes people it stops being fun. What do you think? Am I totally wrong? Let us know in the comments. Better yet, come down to the store and try a couple on. Then you can decide for yourself whether or not our corsets are real.

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Boxing Day Sale!

Venus & Mars - Steampunk Christmas Window

Holiday Hours:

  • December 24 11am – 4pm
  • December 25 CLOSED
  • December 26 11am – 5pm
  • December 27 – 30 11am – 7pm
  • December 31 11am – 5pm
  • January 1 CLOSED

It’s only a week until Christmas! I hope you were good all year and that you made it onto Santa’s nice list. If you were a little naughty and you’re not sure if there will be coal in your stocking then I have great news. We are having a Boxing Day Sale! That’s right, for December 26, 2017 only all regular priced items will be 20% off in the store! You can get yourself something special and show Old St. Nick who is boss. Think of all the money you could save on stuff you know you’ll need later.

Got New Year’s Eve plans but no outfit? Time to get a vest and kilt. Stock up for festival season, get yourself a pocket belt, holster and some new boots. Going to do something steampunk next year? Grab a corset and some goggles to start your outfit. Never know what to be for Halloween? Get a cloak, you’ll never have to buy another costume.

But wait, what if you don’t live in Vancouver? Don’t worry, you’ll be able to access our awesome sale online as well! December 25 and 26 you can get 20% off all regular priced items by using the discount code BOXINGDAY20.  That means you can shop in your Christmas jammies while sipping on bailey’s and coffee from the comfort of your bed. Sounds like a good day to me.

What are you asking Santa for this year? Can it fit in a stocking? Let us know in the comments below.

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Stuff’s on Sale!

So here’s the deal, Sanne found some truly awesome fabric and it inspired her to make a whole bunch of new stuff. We have all kinds of new military frock coats, vests and pocket belts in works and waiting to make their big debut.  There’s only one problem. We are running out of space to put things. We have been left with only one option: have a sale! Of course, we still have our Last Chance for Love Sale rack with $25 goodies but now more things are on sale too.

silver gown - frontGowns

Have you ever wanted to be a princess or queen? Well now is your chance. All of our gowns are now $249 -$350. We have awesome bridal gowns, grad gowns, and everyday gowns. Seriously, now is the time to get one.

 

 

Military Frock Coats

Is there a steampunk man in your life? Military Frock Coats make excellent Christmas presents. Would you like there to be a steampunk man in your life? Give a regular dude a military frock coats and presto chango, he is on his was to becoming a steampunk man. Select coats are now sale for $99.

Corsets

Who doesn’t love a corset? They look fabulous, they feel sexy and your confidence goes through the roof when you wear one. Our beautiful handmade sweetheart corsets and zipper corsets are now on sale for $99. How awesome is that?

 

Celtic Scroll Jaquard Pocket Vest 001Vests

Nothing says gentleman like a vest. Lucky for you, we have select styles of handmade vests on sale for $99. Our vests may not make you act like a gentleman but at least you can look like one.

 

 

Renaissance Jackets

Our Renaissance Jackets are all one of a kind. They are made up fabric remnants so no two jackets are exactly alike. This year, you can give a loved one (or yourself) a unique gift that no one else will have. Renaissance Jackets are on sale for $75.

 

 

That’s just a small taste of what we have to offer. You’ll need to check out our sale section or come into the store to see what else we have to offer.

Has anything tickled your fancy? Let us know what you like in the comments below.

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Venus & Mars at Make It Vancouver!

Deck the halls with handmade goodies! Tis the Season to shop local!

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Is the mall and big box stores giving you social anxiety? Are you dreading dragging yourself from shop to shop looking at the same things over and over again? Do not fear, we have a solution.

December 7 – 10, we will be vending at Make It Vancouver at the PNE forum. Make It is a handmade shopping extravaganza with over 265 exhibitors from all over Canada. You will be able to find everything from jewelry to bath products to delicious treats to home decor things. And of course, you’ll be able to find us there too. Make It is more than just a craft fair. They have live music, a beer garden and food trucks that makes Holiday shopping fun! Say no to the mall this year and join us at one of the most unique events that we participate in. Find quality, handmade gifts that you can be certain your loved ones don’t already own.

Sanne has been busy making cloaks, pocket belts, holsters and other cool accessories for this event. We will be equipped with our handy dandy debit machine and tax is included in the price.

Admission is only $8.00 and kids 12 and under are free. However, if you want to get in for free, come down to the store and say “Hey I want to go to Make It for Free” and we’ll give you 2 free tickets. We have a limited supply and it will be on a first come first serve basis. Don’t fret. If you miss out on the tickets, we have lots of flyers to give you $2 off admission at the door.

Are you going to Make It Vancouver this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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Christmas Party Outfit Ideas for the Ladies

Costco, Michael’s and The Bay have had their Christmas displays up since like August, but now that it is officially after Remembrance Day, we can start getting into the nitty gritty of Christmas. When I worked in an office, our Christmas Party was one of the only days of the year when I felt like I could dress like myself. Monday to Friday, I had to cosplay as a secretary but once HR had a couple of sips of eggnog I was free to be my corseted self. If you’re anything like me then you’re ready to let your freak flag fly in the office. Last week we covered outfit suggestions for guys, this week these are my suggestions for Christmas Party Attire for the ladies.

Underblouse and Cincher

This is one of my favorite combinations. The underblouse has three quarter length sleeves that give you a bit of coverage on your shoulders and upper arms but the sheer fabric helps you feel sexy. The underbust feels like a hug when you wear it. Bonus, the boning will make you stand up straight. If you wear this combo with a camisole and pencil skirt then people will hardly even notice that you’re wearing a corset.

 

Queen Anne Corsetlet and Princess Skirtprincess skirt

If you’re feeling dramatic and you want everyone to know, then I suggest a Queen Anne Corsetlet and Princess Skirt.  You will look like the royal you suspect everyone knows you are. You’ll look formal enough for any venue you visit. Don’t worry about being overdressed, when you’re a queen everyone is simply under dressed.

christmas partyCorset Waist Belt and any little black dress

If you’re feeling a bit shy and you don’t want to go balls out bizarre around your muggle coworkers, try a corset waist belt with a little black dress. The waist belt will show off your curves and the lace up in the front gives the appearance of a corset without all that pesky boning. You’ll be able to eat and drink as much as you like and dance the night away. Win!

 

So what are you planning on wearing to your Christmas Party? Let us know in the comments below. Got a better idea of what to wear this Holiday season? Comment, we’d love to hear what you think.

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