Main Street Car Free Festival

Main Street Car Free Festival

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

West End Car Free Day

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.

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FAQ: Do You Have My Size?

FAQ: Do you have my size?

At least once a week, we have someone come in and ask “do you have my size” before they even look around. I get it. It can be difficult to find alternative clothing that fits your style at any size. The internet exists now, but with a lot of companies, it is difficult to tell the quality of the garment from the image. Then even if its good quality is good, the sizing can be weird. As a lady who has worn everything from a size 5 to a size 16, I understand that finding the right size can be incredibly difficult for normal clothes let alone the alternative stuff. Luckily, we try to cater a wide range of sizes.

Plus Size

Most people who ask “Do you have my size” are plus sized. Don’t worry, we have you covered, mostly. First of all we have a lot of items available in a lot of sizes: our gowns go up to a size 22, we have up to 46 inch corsets, up to a 3x in men’s vests and a 2x in men’s jackets, and up to a size 40 inch waist in men’s pants and kilts. You have may have noticed that I said mostly.

When we make stuff, we generally try to make it available in plus sizes. However, when we import stuff sometimes they don’t have stock available in sizes larger than an XL. We also have limited space to store things so we can’t always have as many multiples of sizes as we would like and larger sizes tend to sell out pretty quick. We do our best to restock as quickly as possible but we can’t guarantee we will have your size in everything you want all the time. That being said, we can always help you find a couple of alternatives.

Smaller Size

It can be just as difficult, to find cute things that fit properly in a size 2 as it can be to find a size 22. It can be even more difficult for men who need a small or extra small. Never fear, we have some options for you too! Our waist cinchers are available in as small as an extra small, we also have some cute skirts, dresses, and jackets available in extra small. Our smallest gown is a size 2. We have men’s pants and kilts available in a size 28 inch waist, small steampunk frock coats and extra small fishnet and festival shirts.

Bonus: FAQ Do you do Custom?

One Size Stuff

In addition to our plus size and smaller sizes we also have a bunch of clothing and accessories that are one size and look great on everyone no matter what size they wear. Our cloaks, for example, are fantastic and fit everyone. We also have a bunch of accessories like goggles, jewelry and hats that can transform your existing clothing into whatever style you want if you can’t find anything that you like that fits!

I am confident that we have SOMETHING that will work for your body, style and size. If you’re in the Vancouver area, come into the shop and try stuff on! If you’re not in the Vancouver area, we try to include all the measurements in the description of the item. Still unsure?  Email us at venusandmarsclothing@gmail.com or ask us over Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

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NEW is Always Better!

New in Shop

The weather is getting warmer which makes me think of summer. Summer makes me think of festivals and festivals means its time to think about gear. Luckily, Sanne is three steps ahead and she has been working on different colours or fan favourites and making sure that sold out things are restocked!

Holster Vest with Lace Up Back

The reversible holster vest has pockets. You can keep your phone, ID and cash close you without worrying about ruining your looks with a backpack or leaving your purse somewhere. The back is lace up. That means that the size is a little bit adjustable and that you will be able to feel the cool breeze on your back.  Not only is the lace up functional but it also adds a sexy detail to the back.  Sounds pretty rad to me.   Now available in Black, Green and Brown online and wine (coming soon online) in shop!

RESTOCKED – Utility Kilt in size medium

Medium seems to be our most popular size. We’re always sold out! What’s sexier than a man in a kilt? Nothing. Show off your muscular calves in a handmade kilt. Seriously every man needs at least one in his wardrobe. Going to a fetish night? Wear a kilt. Going to Burning Man? You definitely need to pack a kilt. Attending a wedding? Kilt! Kilts look great with a t-shirt and converse runners or you can dress one up with a pair of boots and a dress shirt. We suggest you try a kilt with a poet shirt and a waistcoat for a dapper steampunk look.

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.

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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.

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.