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Feature Product: Steampunk Vests

Ladies Steampunk Tails Pocket Vest

Is there anything better than a vest? I’m serious.  I mean chocolate is great and I love movies as much as the next person but when it comes to clothing the vest has a special place in my heart. Maybe its my bias toward steampunk, maybe it’s my love of gentlemen. But either way it is the easiest way to take any outfit from slob to boss.  Well maybe not any outfit.  You’ll still look like a slob if you throw a vest over a Cheetos stained t-shirt and sweatpants but basically any other outfit is improved significantly when you add a vest.

A vest is like the best friend or neighbor in a romantic comedy.  For most of the plot they are overlooked while the main character chases after someone fancy like a sequined tube top or a light blue leisure suit.  When they finally get the person they thought they wanted, they realize that the neighbor or best friend was actually the best fit all along.  That’s how I feel about vests.  They are often overlooked but vest is still there for you in your time of need and a vest will bring out the best in you.

Let’s say, for example, that you wanted to cosplay as your own steampunk version of the Doctor.  You start with a pair of awesome, handmade black stretch bondage pants.  You add a white poet shirt and a military frock coat.  You look most excellent but you feel more like Casanova than a Time-lord. Then you add a vest and you are instantly more lordly and time and spacey than you were merely moments ago.

steampunk doctor

Ladies, don’t worry, we have vests for you too. Do you want to stand out at a festival or Burning Man?  Try a tails vest and a short circle square skirt.  Add a pocket belt to hold your ID and cash and maybe some cat ears and a tail just because.

Have you added a vest to your cart yet?  Are you planning a trip to Gastown to come try one on? What are you waiting for?

Let us know what you will be using your new vest for in the comments below.

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Learn to be a Gentleman (in 3 easy steps)

Gentleman Vest

Hey guys, it’s time for some real talk.  In a world full of negativity it’s easy to behave like a cad when you should be acting like a gentleman.  But, trust me, you will feel so much better if you take the gentlemanly road. A gentleman isn’t defined by gender.  I think anyone can be a gentleman. It’s a way of life and a way of conducting yourself in social situations. Whether you identify as male, female, non-binary or anything else you can be a gentleman.

The best way to be a gentleman is to be considerate of the people around you. It’s giving up your seat on the bus or holding the door open for someone whose arms are full of groceries, going out of your way to not belittle anyone because you are having a bad day, and being mindful of the things that you say when you are frustrated.  Being a gentleman is not gossiping about people or making assumptions when you don’t know the whole story.  Basically being a gentleman is treating other people the way you want to be treated and being ready to lend a hand whenever you can.

Sometimes it is really easy to get stuck inside your head when things aren’t going your way and you forget to be gentlemanly to other people.  It’s not being vindictive or mean you just forget to be courteous because you are distracted with what’s going on in your life. Well guess what, I have a solution for you.  This may sound vain but sometimes dressing up like a gentleman can help you remember to act like one.

Level One: Undercover Gentleman

If you want a reminder to not be a jerk but you don’t want to scream it out to the world then I suggest getting yourself a vest.  As soon as you put one of these bad boys on you will feel ready to open doors and escort old ladies across the street.  Vests instantly dress up your outfit and make you feel more polished and put together. It’s hard to want to help other people when you feel like you can barely roll out of bed.  My solution is the vest. Black Tapestry Tails Vest - Front 3 Quarter Gentleman

Level Two: Low Key Gentleman

As a low key gentleman, people will notice you and instantly gravitate towards your suave and helpful aura.  Add a military frock coat to you vest to achieve level two in the gentlemanly arts.  Be prepared for people to ask you for directions (or your phone number) because you will look approachable and professional with a pinch of unique.  Gentleman

Level Three: Gentleman Supreme

It’s time to add a top hat.  Top hats scream I am a gentleman.  Treating people with respect and empathy will make people want to be around you.  Wearing a top hat lets them identify you from afar.  People will see you in your vest, frock coat and top hat and know that you are the person to ask for help. Do you know what?  When you’re wearing the outfit you’ll want to help them.  You’ll look good and feel good and that makes it so much easier to want to help other people.

Steampunk Dan

How do you define a gentleman?  Let us know in the comments below.

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New Fresh Handmade: Side Skirt with Lace

Do you ever put on a piece of clothing and immediately feel transported to another time and place?  That’s how I felt when I first tried on the side skirt with lace.  There is something about the asymmetry of that skirt that screams elvish princess to me. I stepped into the dressing room as Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire and when I stepped out I am Devon Dale: Elvish Princess.

All of sudden, I was transported to the forest.  I had a bow and a quiver of arrows strapped to my back.  My black side lace skirt made it easy for me to navigate the uneven terrain as I patrolled the border of our woods for any intruders or threats. If I needed to, I could easily run and hide because of my elf like grace.  I could climb a tree with ease and nothing could stop me from defending and protecting my kin and kingdom.

I gave my head a shake and I was back in the store.  

It is so comfortable to wear because the stretch of cotton makes this skirt super easy to move around in.  It feels like a hug.  You may not need to hide in the tree tops in your day to day life but you could definitely wear this skirt all day at work or running errands.  The lace detail adds a little bit of femininity and cuteness.  This is the perfect Burning Man or festival skirt. You could wear it with leggings and top to coffee with a friend. You could easily turn it into a steampunk cosplay by adding a corset, a pocket belt and some goggles.

Add a little fantasy to your life and wardrobe and put one of these fantastic skirts in your cart immediately.  You will not regret it.

Do you have a piece of clothing that whisks you away from your real life and drops you somewhere over the rainbow?  Tell us about it in the comments below.

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Buy VM Gear Without Putting on Pants

online shopping steampunk at VenusandMars.Biz

Put on your imagination caps, I’m going to take you on a magical journey. Let’s pretend you live in Hope, BC. You want to have an awesome steampunk party to celebrate your birthday. You don’t have a car or means of getting out of Hope so you cruise around the local shops but you can’t quite find what you are looking for. You turn to the internet and you are overloaded with websites. You’ve never seen any of the garments in person so you don’t really know what the quality is like or how it will fit.

Then it hits you like a bolt of lightning! You remember seeing Venus&Mars at Fan Expo last year in Vancouver. You really liked the clothing and you were able to try on a couple of things. You find the business card and check out the website. You’re blown away that it is the longest running goth store in Canada and that almost everything is handmade right there in Gastown. Eureka! Your prayers have been answered.

You can take your imagination caps off now.

Here’s our guide to shopping online at venusandmars.biz. Let’s say that you are shopping for a steampunk outfit like in our scenario we just imagined. If you’re not sure what a steampunk outfits looks like click here for an intro guide or here for some more ideas. Our blog posts are full of different ideas that you can mix and match to create the perfect outfit.

Once you find an item you like you can select the size and click “add to cart” this will bring you to a page that shows you your shopping cart. You can then continue shopping or proceed to checkout. You may notice a little box that says “coupon code” underneath the items. If this is your first time shopping on our website you can sign up to get 15% off your first purchase by clicking here.

I have good news! Shipping is a flat rate of $15 to ship anywhere in Canada or the United States. If you would like to ship internationally (outside of the USA) please contact us to make arrangements. In store pickup is free. We also offer free shipping (in Canada and USA) for orders over $200. So if you have been on the fence about getting a handmade gown then get that 15% discount code and the free shipping and we’ll send it to your house without you ever having to put on pants. You’re welcome.

Well what are you waiting for? Start shopping!

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3 items to complete your steampunk look

pocketwatches

Picture this: it’s twilight in Gastown.  The corner of Water street and Cambie is empty. It’s so quiet you can hear a pin drop. Suddenly you hear the whirls of the steam clock and the familiar chime follows. You hear the sounds of footsteps and through the steam you see a corseted girl in impossibly tall boots and goggles running towards you.

“I have no time to explain,” she says, “ I’m from another dimension and the world is depending on you for survival.  Follow me!”

She grabs your hand and starts pulling you down the street when suddenly she turns and says “oops wrong person. You don’t look prepared for what I need.” Then she drops your hand and runs off.

Has this ever happened to you?

Here are 3 pieces you need to to complete your steampunk look and make sure it never happens again!

Goggles

Goggles are essential to looking the part of steampunk.  In a world powered by steam you will need to protect your eyes. Goggles are perfect for that. Additionally, you can wear them as a headband to keep your hair out of your face and they double as a stylish accessory if you wear them around you neck. The ones we sell are also UV 400 so you can use them as sunglasses. Bonus.

Pocket Belt

As a steampunk you have gadgets. We’re guessing lots of them. On top of that you have your phone, wallet and keys to worry about. Backpacks are great but when you’re jumping through dimensions or traveling in tim3 items to complete your steampunk look or fighting airship pirates, your bag probably isn’t your top priority and you might end up leaving it somewhere. Why not just carry all your things on you instead?  Available in a variety of styles and colours.

Pocket Watch(es) (available in shop only at this time)

Time travel and steampunk goes together like peanut butter and jelly. Therefor you will need at least one pocket watch to keep track of when you are. The more watches you have the more times you can keep track of. Guess what, you can keep them on your pocket belt!

Pair these items with a button down shirt and pants or a corset and skirt or even leggings and an oversized shirt and you are on your way to have a kick ass steampunk outfit.

What adventures will you go on in your steampunk outfit?  Let us know in the comments below!