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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.

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Happy Birthday to US! (25th Anniversary)

25 years of vm

Happy Birthday to US! (25th Anniversary)

Big, exciting news, July 1, 2018 is our 25th Birthday! It’s so weird to think that the shop is older than our customers but it’s true. We have been officially open for a quarter of a century. How did we get here? Good question, here’s how Sanne went from her kitchen table to one of the oldest alternative clothing store in Canada.

How did we start

Sanne went to Kwantlen College (now University) for fashion design. From there, she was able to get a design job with Marquis of London which did private label manufacturing for Club Monaco and other labels. Eventually, she started to work on designs for her own label. She started making garments on her kitchen table. As Sanne tells it, she made one thing and sold it. Then she made two things and sold them. In 1991, she started to sell her gowns on consignment at alternative shops like New World and Dream. Sanne also wholesaled clothing to different business in Vancouver and across Canada. She even had her brand in Seattle and Port Townsend. In 1993, the owner of New World saw that there was a shop available for lease nearby and let Sanne know. That was the start of Venus & Mars!

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How we Evolved

It can be difficult to have a small business. Restaurants and shops popup and disappear all the time. What makes Venus & Mars so different that we have been able to stick around for 2 and a half decades? Sanne has always been willing to try new things. For seven years, she had a second shop in New West to cater to the bridal and grad market. Sanne is not afraid of new technology and as a result, Venus & Mars had a website very early on. The past five years we have been updating our skills and working to really let our website shine. Sanne also knows what works and doesn’t work for advertising the shop. Print and other media hasn’t been the best way for us to get in front of our customers but vending at events like Taboo, Fan Expo and Pride have proven be work very well for us and has let us connect with so many of you! Not only is Sanne great a business person but because her studio is in the shop it gives her an opportunity to listen to our clientele and we’ve been able to adapt our style to steampunk and festival fashion.

Bonus: FAQ What is Steampunk?

How We’re Celebrating!

Birthdays are meant to be celebrated right? We’re having a shopping party online and in store! On July 1, 2018 (only) you can get 25% off all regular priced items  in store (sale and clearance stuff is not included) if you come in and say Happy Birthday VM, give me a discount! If you are unable to make it to the shop you can get 25% off all regular priced items online if you use the discount code happybday25. The sale is only valid on July 1, 2018 and only with the code, so mark your calendar and get yourself a birthday cloak! You can also celebrate with us on social media by using the hashtag #venusandmarsclothing or #25yearsofvmclothing!

At the end of the day, we couldn’t get to where we are without your help and support. Thank you so much for supporting us as a small, weird, alternative, nerdy business for so long. We really appreciate your business and support. We are so happy that you like what we do and we’ll try to continue to provide you with awesome clothing and accessories for the next 25 years!

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ALL THE NEW THINGS!

New in Shop June 17

New in Shop – as of June 17, 2018

Tank Top – Black Velvet

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.

Steampunk Corset Top

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.

Unisex Festival Holster- Black Canvas

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.