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!
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New in Shop – as of June 17, 2018
You need a black velvet tank top in your wardrobe. It’s the ultimate staple. It looks amazing on its own with jeans or a skirt but it’s also the great for wear under a waist cincher or with a corset waist belt. The luxurious fabric makes it fancier than a cotton tank top but it’s still comfortable enough to wear all day every day forever.
New colours available! Steampunk Corset Tops never go out of style. Steampunk Corset top have a lace-up front with Tapestry Inset creating the sexy look of a corset without any of the discomfort. They have black triple crown velvet side panels to add all the luxury a girl could ask for. The back is made from stretch velvet which allows for maximum mobility. The 11 inch side zipper makes them easy to get into (and out of). The collar can be worn up to create a regal queen like look or down to change things up a bit. They look equally awesome with jeans or crinolines or skirts. We like to wear the steampunk corset top with an asymmetrical skirt and a shrug.
Want a way to carry your important things without bringing a backpack or purse? Then you need a Festival Holster. Festival Holsters have six pockets. There are two pockets on the black side: a patch pocket for quick access and a zippered pocket for things you need to keep more secure. It’s a super secure and stylish way to carry your phone, cash, ID and snacks. We think pocket belts look great with steampunk bondage pants or a kilt pin skirt.
Main Street Car Free Festival
Venus & Mars will be vending at the Main Street 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!
The biggest of Vancouver’s Car Free Day festivals spanning 21 blocks, Main Street has 15 stages and mini festivals along the entire street. This is a fun, family-friendly event with kid-zones, skateboarders, funky artisan shops and popular food vendors. You can really taste the flavour of Main Street with extended patios from many restaurants.
Translink has generously re-routed transit on that day to help you get to the event car-free!
West End Car Free Day
Venus & Mars will be vending at the West End 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!
Vancouver’s West End is a densely populated area surrounded by beautiful parks and beaches. It welcomes residents of all ages, incomes, ethnicities and sexual orientations. The highly walkable area offers restaurants, cafes and places to get ice cream before walking the seawall.
The West End brings together business owners, community organizations, artists and volunteers to seed the idea of building a better, more livable city. There are music stages and jam sessions to listen to, art being exhibited and created live on the street and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or something to drink.