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How to Plan the Perfect Costume

How to Plan the Perfect Costume

Okay, hands up, who has been planning their Halloween costume since November 1 of last year? I love Halloween. Is there anything better than spooky things, candy and dressing up? It’s the best time of year! But it can still be stressful. Maybe you have a budget to work with, maybe you have too many ideas, maybe your ideas are too extra to pull together in a month and a half. Don’t worry, I’m here for to help you plan your perfect costume.

Pick Something you can wear comfortably for a long time

Listen, I get that you want to have the best costume in the history of the world but the thing is if you can only wear it for 15 minutes at a time then the epicness just won’t translate. If you’re only planning on wearing it for an instagram photoshoot then by all means go to town in some 6 inch stilettos and a tight laced corset for your sexy Captain America costume. I support you and I will double tap and comment with emojis. If you’re going out dancing or trick or treating or to a party may I suggest swapping heels for combat boots and loosening your corset a little bit. It’ll still be obvious that you are sexy Captain America but you’ll be able to breath and walk around comfortably. Plus, I’ve also found that it’s easier to be confident in what I’m wearing when  I don’t feel like I’m dying.

Pick items you can wear again

Halloween can get pricey. Let’s say you wanted to dress up like a steampunk adventurer. You could go to a pop up Halloween shop and spend $60-$100 on a bagged costume that will likely fall apart after a couple of times wearing it or you could invest in a couple of pieces that you could mix into your existing wardrobe that you could reuse in future outfits. If you wear steampunk bondage pants with an under blouse, waist cincher, vest and goggles it will probably scream steampunk. If you took the same pants and wore them with a t-shirt they would just look like cool pants. Excluding the goggles, all the pieces in that ‘costume’ would work with a bunch of different outfit. And even the goggles could be used for future events or festivals. It might be more money upfront but it’s more economical in the long run.

Bonus: Who What Wear? Steampunk Fantasy Adventure

Accessories make or break a good costume

Accessories can make or break your costume. If you don’t have the cash to get a full outfit you can usually achieve the look with good accessories. You could totally put together the steampunk adventurer look with stuff from your closet. Start with brown or black pants, add a white button up shirt and a vest if you have one. That will be the base of your costume. Add a hat, some goggles, compass and a map and voila! Don’t have the cash for the accessories, get crafty with cardboard. A friend of mine made an Ash vs. the Evil Dead chainsaw arm out of cardboard, glue, and coloured sharpies. At the end of the day, you can be wearing the most gorgeous garment in the world but the accessories are going to be what gives your character a personality.

Get out your notebook and make a list of costumes you want to try this Halloween. Go through your closet and see what you have already. Make a sketch. Write a list of what you need and start gathering the pieces to make this the best Halloween ever!

 

Anime Revolution 2018

Anime Revolution 2018

August 3rd – 5th, 2018

Vancouver Convention Centre, East Facility

Hours:

  • Friday: 1pm – 9pm
  • Saturday: 11am – 7pm
  • Sunday: 11am – 6pm
 ADMISSION:
  • Friday Only: $55+gst
  • Saturday Only: $60+gst
  • Sunday Only: $50+gst
Venus & Mars will be vending our very best handmade clothing for Steampunk, Goth, LARP, cosplay, costumes, Halloween, festival gear, Burning Man, everyday or whatever you need it for at Anime Revolution. As always we will be accepting cash, credit and debit at the event. Make sure to stop by our booth for contacts, goggles, and corsets.
Not sure what cosplay is? Check out our blog for a definition. Don’t know what to wear? Click here for some ideas.
Prepare yourself for a gathering of Vancouver’s most creative cosplayers and showcase your cosplay to like-minded fans! Whether you’re a cosplayer, or simply curious about the anime culture, you will find stunning cosplays that will either induce nostalgia, or bring out the inner fan in you! Don’t shy away and come experience the enjoyment of cosplay!
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Festival Outfit #2 Under $200

Festival Outfit #2 Under $200

Listen up, we are fully in the middle of Festival Season. Bass Coast and Burn In the Forest have come and gone but there’s still a bunch of upcoming events going on for the rest of the summer. A big part of festival culture is creating an amazing look to express your best self. Unfortunately, this can be a costly endeavor. Don’t worry, we got your back. It’s possible to look amazing for around $200 or less and  in the next couple of weeks, we’re going to help you get there.

How do you make an impact on a budget? Try a monochromatic look. There is something striking about a person wearing all one color. For our second look, we decided to go with a mini tube, leggings and glovelets in the most fabulous metallic silver. Because all the pieces are the same color you automatically look put together and like you put thought into your outfit. By making everything metallic, it invokes a spacey futuristic look which will make you stand out.

This outfit is totally customizable. If you want to be more covered you could easily add a cincher or throw a fishnet top on to add some coverage. If you like to be more exposed swap swap the mini tube for a pair of pasties. To create the same look for less than $100 ditch the glovelets and swap the leggings for tap shorts. Alternatively if you have a bigger budget add a pair of faux fur suspenders and a pocket belt to take this look to the next level.

What do you think of this outfit? Let us know in the comments below.

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Festival Outfit (almost) Under $200

Goth Festival Outfit

Festival Outfit (almost) Under $200

Listen up, we are fully in the middle of Festival Season. Bass Coast and Burn In the Forest have come and gone but there’s still a bunch of upcoming events going on for the rest of the summer. A big part of festival culture is creating an amazing look to express your best self. Unfortunately, this can be a costly endeavor. Don’t worry, we got your back. It’s possible to look amazing for around $200 or less and  in the next couple of weeks, we’re going to help you get there.

Our first outfit is for all the Goths out there. Festivals can be tricky when your heart is full of darkness and your wardrobe is full of black. You might feel tempted to step into sparkly rainbows to fit in. If that’s your jam, then go for it, we support you. But if it’s not, here’s an outfit for $201 that is as black as your soul but still fluffy and sparkly.

We put together a black sparkly hooded shrug with a black bandeau, a black tutu, black tap shorts and matching black glovelets. The sparkly hooded shrug and tap shorts, and the tutu totally gives festival vibes but the dark colours let you stay true to your gothy self. We accessorized it with a pair of black sunglasses and a spiky choker with chains but you could easy exchange those items for goggles or a necklace or nothing at all.

I love this outfit because its super customization. If  $201 is out of your budget you could omit the glovelets, replace the tap shorts with shorts you already own or skip the tutu. Don’t want to show that much skin? Trade the bandeau for a tank top of even a band tee. If you want to make this look sexier wear it with heals. If you want it to look more goth try platform boots or combat boots. You could even wear this with vans or cons and it would look awesome!

What do you think of this outfit? Let us know in the comments below.

Like us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get the latest scoop on what we’re up to. You can also sign up for the Steampunk Tempest in order to get awesome, secret deals.

Car Free Day on the Drive

Car Free Day on the Drive

Car Free Day on the Drive

Venus & Mars will be vending at the Commercial Drive Car Day for the first time ever! Come check out our booth to see handmade clothing for steampunk, goth, festival gear, Burning Man, cosplay, costumes, LARP, Halloween or just every day life. As always we are accepting cash, credit and debit. Stop by and get some awesome rainbow shorts to start the summer right!

Welcome to where it all began… in 2005 we kicked off our first Car Free Day right here on the Drive.

Commercial Drive is a creative and eclectic neighbourhood east of downtown. There are many unique shopping, food and entertainment destinations, and the community has a love for its heritage history.

Our festival stretches across 15 blocks featuring amazing local artisans, musicians, community activities, delicious food, tons of entertainment and activities for all ages. As the place that Car Free Day began, Commercial Drive stays true to its grassroots beginnings and the story behind the festival. There is a strong message of advocacy and activism for providing car free spaces and green culture for the community.

Translink generously re-routes the Commercial Drive bus nearby on the festival day. With bus and skytrain options conveniently accessible to the festival there are so many ways to get here car-free!