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How to Steampunk at Any Price Point

How to Steampunk at Any Price Point

In a previous blog I mentioned that I love steampunk costumes because you can do it at any price point. I thought that I’d expand on that a little bit and give you some most excellent examples. Grab your goggles and make sure to wind your pocket watch because it’s time to get steampunked.

Cheap and Easy Steampunk

If you want an absolute bare bones steampunk costume, you can grab a white button up shirt, some plain brown pants and a pair of goggles. To step it up a little bit you add some suspenders and paint up a toy gun from the dollar store in bronze, browns, and copper colours. If you have a bowtie or vest lying around that house those would both add to the steampunkness of the costume. You could also swap out the pants for a skirt just keep in mind that the steampunk aesthetic draws heavily from the Victorian era so longer or high low skirts would probably work better than a modern looking skirt. Assuming that you have some of the pieces for this costume already, you could probably put together the look for less than $60.

Mid range Steampunk

If you want to step your steampunk up and you have a bit of a bigger budget, you can use the cheap and easy steampunk costume as a base but swap out some items and add some more accessories. You could add a waistcoat, top hat, and pocket watch to your base if you want an aristocrat steampunk costume. Add an underbust holster vest and pocket belt if you want a more adventurous steampunk costume. Corsets or waist cinchers are also a welcome addition to a steampunk costume. You can also consider adding some jewelry like a choker or a necklace.

Bonus: What is Steampunk?

Super Steampunk

Do you want to go all out and you have an unlimited budget? Then the sky’s the limit. Start with some Victorian boots, rail pull skirt, pocket belt, corset, waistcoat, goggles and a pocket watch. If you have the money to spend and a good imagination then you can put together an amazing steampunk costume. Maybe start by crafting your steampunk character? Are you a handsome watch maker? Or are you a sassy resistance fighting former fancy lady? Let your accessories and choice of costume reflect your most excellent character.

No matter what your budget, you can put together a really cool steampunk costume. Whether you’re putting something together from your closet or you have an unlimited budget, steampunk is a great choice for you Halloween costume this year.

 

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New in Store – Waistcoats, Jackets and Cloaks!

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Steampunk Waistcoat – Double breasted

Steampunk Waistcoats are a great addition to any wardrobe. Got a wedding to attend? Try adding a Venus&Mars Steampunk Waistcoat to a plain white dress shirt and black pants to elevate your look from everyday Joe to Mr. Darcy. Become the ultimate steampunk master by wearing your vest with a military frock coat, top hat, goggles and a pocket watch. Cosplaying as a character in a three piece suit? Adding a Venus&Mars Steampunk Waistcoat will push your cosplay one step ahead of your contemporaries by adding a subtle uniqueness. Our Steampunk Waistcoats are so versatile that you could wear them to the fanciest of red carpet events or just on a Tuesday with a nice shirt and jeans. You definitely need one of these in your closet.

Steampunk Frock Coats

This is definitely a customer favourite. Steampunk frock coats look great on everyone. You can wear it completely buttoned up for a military look or wear a couple buttons undone for more of a traditional looking lapel. The brown tapestry contrasts nicely with the black canvas giving you a really unique look.  When worn with a dress shirt it is perfect for any formal event. You can also try it with a black tshirt and jeans for a more casual look. We think it looks the best with a Waistcoat and a ruffle poet shirt. Oh and don’t forget a pocket watch for time traveling adventures!

 

Velvet Lined Cloaks

Become the regal person you were always meant to be, get a velvet lined cloak. Velvet lined cloaks are perfect for alternative outdoor wear when you have a special event. They are also great for staying cozy at home. The luxurious velvet will brighten anyone’s day. The deep hood will let you maintain an air of mystery. What’s not to love? Try one with a gown!

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Boxing Day Sale!

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Holiday Hours:

  • December 24 11am – 4pm
  • December 25 CLOSED
  • December 26 11am – 5pm
  • December 27 – 30 11am – 7pm
  • December 31 11am – 5pm
  • January 1 CLOSED

It’s only a week until Christmas! I hope you were good all year and that you made it onto Santa’s nice list. If you were a little naughty and you’re not sure if there will be coal in your stocking then I have great news. We are having a Boxing Day Sale! That’s right, for December 26, 2017 only all regular priced items will be 20% off in the store! You can get yourself something special and show Old St. Nick who is boss. Think of all the money you could save on stuff you know you’ll need later.

Got New Year’s Eve plans but no outfit? Time to get a vest and kilt. Stock up for festival season, get yourself a pocket belt, holster and some new boots. Going to do something steampunk next year? Grab a corset and some goggles to start your outfit. Never know what to be for Halloween? Get a cloak, you’ll never have to buy another costume.

But wait, what if you don’t live in Vancouver? Don’t worry, you’ll be able to access our awesome sale online as well! December 25 and 26 you can get 20% off all regular priced items by using the discount code BOXINGDAY20.  That means you can shop in your Christmas jammies while sipping on bailey’s and coffee from the comfort of your bed. Sounds like a good day to me.

What are you asking Santa for this year? Can it fit in a stocking? Let us know in the comments below.

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Don’t know what to be for Halloween? Try an Elf!

It’s already October 9th! That means there’s only 22 more sleeps until Halloween! Do you know what you want to be yet? Well you’d better make up your mind. It’ll be Halloween before you know it and you don’t want to be part of the last minute scramble for a costume.

One of my favourite series of movies of all time is the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I saw each film several times in theaters and I’ve watched the extended version on DVD more times than I should probably admit to. But what’s not to love? There’s magic, fighting, romance, orcs, hobbits and of course elves! This weekend, I was watching Legolas toss his majestic head of hair again and it occurred to me that we have everything you would need to put together a pretty decent elf costume in the shop.

So that’s exactly what I did! Or more specifically I put together a unisex accessory pack that could be the start of a most excellent elf costume. It begins with a green panne cloak. You could really use any colour cloak you want but green translates to elf for most people. Next we have a pair of prosthetic elf ears and green contacts. The ears are totally necessary but the contacts are optional. I find that they add a touch of other worldliness to the costume but the idea would still come across without them. I also added a pair of black velvet glovets. Again the glovets are not necessary but I think they help to give an air of royalty and elegance to your elf costume. Finally I topped the outfit off with a green glass potion holder because I just really just love the potion holders.elf

Now you may have noticed that setup isn’t a complete outfit. If you wanted to you could just wear a pair of black pants and a black shirt or a black dress underneath and you would totally look like an elf. However if you wanted to step it up then I would suggest a pair of brown vegan leather bondage pants with Jamie’s white button-up poet shirt and some boots. Alternatively, you could go for more of an Arwen look with green satin mermaid gown and some Victorian inspired boots.

So what are you going to dress up as this Halloween? An elf? Let us know in the comments below.

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Featured Product: Cloaks

If there are two things I know to be true, it’s that cloaks are awesome and not having a costume makes Halloween kinda shitty.

There’s nothing worse than going to a party where everyone has elaborate super cool costumes and you’re just in a tank top and jeans. When people ask you what you’re supposed to be you either have to admit you don’t have a costume or claim to be a serial killer (because they look like everyone else). On the flip side, there is no better feeling that being out in a crisp autumn evening wrapped up in a cloak with a boozy hot chocolate. If you haven’t figured it out already, cloaks are the solution to not having a costume.

Seriously, if you have no idea what to be just get a cloak. Costume done. Wear all black under your cloak and if people ask what you are you can reply with either witch or warlock. BAM, you’ve just unlocked the Halloween costume achievement. It doesn’t even really matter what colour cloak you wear. You’ll still give off mystical person vibes and for most situations that’s good enough.

You can totally set it up though, if you want to. Try a poet shirt, black pants and boots with a cloak and you’re now a ranger, prince, knight, Aragorn or Robin Hood. It’s that easy. Wear a corset or Queen Anne Corsetlet with a princess skirt or long circle square skirt and you’ve become a princess, Lady Stoneheart, high priestess or lady knight. Want to be a jedi or sith? Start with a cloak. Want to be someone from Assassin’s Creed? Cloak. Elf? Cloak. Vampire? Cloak. Oh and most obviously if you want to be Little Red Riding Hood then you should probably start with a red cloak.

Thus concludes the Halloween installment of why Devon thinks you need a cloak. Do you know what you’re dressing up for Halloween? Let us know in the comments below.

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