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.
Last week we talked about the most frequent question we get asked when it comes to wearing a corset, which is of course, How do I tie this by myself? So this week I thought we could tackle the second most frequent question we get asked about corsets: Is this only for the bedroom?
The answer is Heck No!
You can totally integrate a corset into your daily wear. Step it up when you go out to the bar or club and try wearing your corset with a pair of skinny jeans and heels. If you want extra coverage add a shrug or sleeves. If you work at an office without a strict dress code try wearing a corset over a blouse with a pair of dress pants or a pencil skirt. If you’re feeling a little shy add a blazer. Alternatively, you can wear your corset under that dress that you have that is a fraction too small to make it fit. Come to think of it, you can wear a corset under just about anything if you want a little bit more of an hourglass shape or you want to be undercover sexy.
See how easy it is? Now let me suggest three styles for you to try with your new corset if you want to take one giant step outside of your comfort zone. I’ll be using the same corset in all three looks.
Okay so you must have know that was coming. I love steampunk so much. There is so much room for creativity and I really feel like it is one of those genres that you can dip your toe into by wearing goggles and carrying a pocket watch or plunge head first into the deep end by creating a steam-powered car and living the fantasy 24/7. To create a steampunk look with your corset try wearing it over a peasant blouse, add a rail pull skirt, some striped stockings and a pair of boots. If you really want to blow people away thrown on a pocket belt, a top hat, some goggles and of course a pocket watch.
I was a preteen in the nineties. Grunge and the movie Clueless has probably had more influence on my style than anything else but my ultimate 90s fashion dream is the Romantic Goth. Is there anything more gorgeous than the drama of white makeup with deep red lips and smokey black eye? I don’t think so. If you want to goth or vamp up your corset look try a black velvet a-line skirt with some black velvet sleeves add in black fishnets and some stompy boots to be the ultimate queen of darkness. Don’t forget to add a black velvet cloak and maybe a lace choker to hide the vampire bites.
Okay so I know cosplay is super open ended and that what you wear will totally depend on the character you are dressing up as but corsets are great for helping you achieve the (sometimes unrealistic) shape of your favorite character. They can also work as a focal piece in your ensemble especially if you are interpreting the outfit in a way that differs from the source material. For example, if I was dressing up as everyone’s favorite DC bad girl Harley Quinn I would wear my corset with a pair of red gloves, throw on a black and red crinoline, add a black and red pair of jester tights and top it off with a pair of black boots. To really make it over the top I would use some white foundation with really red lips, put on a black mask and throw my hair in pigtails.
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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 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.
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!
This weeks #throwbackthursday is a poster we did for #Christmas 2006. We were really into #angels for awhile and this is part of a series of angels and #GiveThemWhatTheyWant posters. It seems timely…
The photographer was #RockerChickCheri and the location is the west alley between Cordova St. and Hastings just around the corner from VM’s flagship location. There’s lots of great graffiti there. Check it out sometime if you want.
I’ve been reminding myself to just chill this season as I can feel overwhelmed. Most important to me is the people in my life and being together at this time of year
There’s people living in the skytrain station and that’s distressing, but as Canadians, they’re better off than the refugees. Life is good.
Once upon a time there was a little rocker chick from Richmond.
Her name was Sanné Lambert. The little girl studied hard, won many proud battles and eventually landed in glamorous Gastown where she built the kingdom of Venus&Mars.
For 19 years the steampunk kingdom was a land of peace and prosperity. One dark day an evil troll named Landlordia decided that she no longer wanted the kingdom of Venus&Mars steampunk in the land of Cambie and poisoned all the crops giving the good people of Venus&Mars only thirty days to find a new home before they starved.
Sanné Lambert search high and low through all of Gastown until she found a space of abundance on the edge of glamorous Gastown to rebuild the kingdom of Venus&Mars.
After a year of hard work, Venus&Mars Hastings was more prosperous than it had been in years and everyone knew that it was only going to get better with time.
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Oh yes, and of course, they lived happily ever after but it is far from the end.
A peruse through Venus&Mars Flagship in Gastown (1993-2012). Clothing by Sanné Lambert for Venus&Mars. Music by Sanné Lambert Album: ‘Unlimited Growth’. Song: Spare Change.