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Help! I’m an Alternative Bride who doesn’t want a Traditional Dress!

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Hey alternative, punk, steampunk, goth and indie brides I’m talking to you.

Wedding dress shopping is hard and dumb.  Trust me, I know. Last October, I got married.  I ended up with a very traditional dress and I hated it.  I still hate it. Other people’s opinions of what I should wear steered me away from what I wanted to wear.  I ended up having a lot of stress over the dress from the moment I spent too much on it to the moment I got married.

Guess what! That doesn’t have to happen to you!  I have some alternative options to the traditional dress as well as a couple of options if you do end up with a traditional dress.alternative bride - bethany

Think outside the Bridal Shop and inside the tickle trunk.  Hear me out, I’m not saying that you should go down to Party City and grab a bagged Harley Quinn costume, stick a veil on your head and call it a day. But you could consider a more romantic or medieval style gown. If you choose to go white you might even be able to appease the elders. You could try this Bethany Gown and still look bridal without wearing a layer cake

alternative bride - purpleSkip white completely.  I look ghostly pale and sickly in white and not in a cool goth way. But I look fantastic in wine (the colour not the beverage).  If I could redo my dress I might go for something like this Juliet Gown instead.

 

alternative bride - cincherTry separates.  Listen wedding dresses are stupid expensive at bridal shops and you probably won’t be able to wear it again (obviously Venus & Mars gowns are not included in that category). You could wear a white underblouse with a cincher and a princess skirt instead.  You would still have the bridal effect but you would have pieces that you could integrate into your everyday wardrobe.

If you have absolutely no choice in the matter and you end up with a traditional dress there are lots of things you can do to make it your own. I added a velvet cloak to my wedding dress.  I also got a half sleeve tattoo of an owl on my arm. Alternatively, you could add a cincher in your wedding colours over you gown to tone down the traditional look. But if you feel like the powers that be would take issue with cloaks, tattoos and cinchers, you can also wear crazy stompy boots as a compromise.

Listen, I know first hand that it’s hard to stand up to your parents, grandparents, partner, and in-laws when it comes to anything wedding related. It’s easy to say that it’s your day and you’re the only one who matters but it’s so much bigger than that.  You’re merging two families together and you want everyone to be happy.  At the end of the day though it’s about you and your partner coming together and that’s who people want to see. So stand up for what you want and let your dress reflect your personality.

In case you were wondering, I still had a super fun wedding.  In addition to my cloak and tattoo, I also got a second gown to change into after the ceremony. It was a black velvet Queen Anne so everything worked out in the end.

What did you wear to your wedding or what are you planning on wearing?  Let us know in the comments below.

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Be a Goddess, Get a Gown

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green gownAs of July 1, 2017 we have been in business for 24 years. Back in the day we used to specialize in grad and wedding gowns.  We still have a ton of really awesome gowns but we’ve diversified to include more festival and steampunk gear. What does that mean?  Well basically, if you know someone who graduated or got married in BC with an alternative fashion style between 1993 and now then they probably got their gown from us.  I mean who else is making wicked cool medieval or renaissance style gowns?

Lately we have been seeing a rebirth of popularity in the alternative grad and bridal style.  People have been coming to see us to get their awesome goth gowns and we couldn’t be happier.  Making grads and brides happy makes us happy.

Feeling romantic? Try a  Juliet Gown with a low back and square neck. Want people to know you’re royalty? Try a  Queen Anne Gown with a high collar and sweetheart neck. Need all eyes on you? Try a Bethany Gown with a high collar and long sweeping sleeves. Whatever your style, we have a gown for you.

Most of our gowns have an a-line shape which is universally flattering on all body types. They are generally made from a structured material like tapestry or velvet and have a contrasting inset.  Many have a lace up feature in the front which allows your to tailor the gown to your shape. All of the gowns look stellar with a cloak and princess wreath. Gowns are available in sizes 2 – 22.

Do you own a Venus & Mars gown?  Tell us about it in the comments below.  When did you get it?  What did you wear it for?  Do you have pictures?

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Featured Product: Reversible Holster Vest

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What if I told you that we had a magical unisex piece of clothing that had pockets and that you wouldn’t over heat in? What if that item was also perfect for cosplay, steampunk outfits, music festivals and Burning Man?  I bet your ears would perk right up and you would want to know more.  Well hold onto your hats, kids, because we have just restocked our reversible holster vest. And it is that magical piece of clothing you are wishing for.

reverisible holster vestFirst of all, 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.

Secondly, it’s reversible.  I know that the name implies that but it’s still important to mention.  You are getting two looks for the price of one. One side is black cotton canvas which will go with everything you own and the other side is green tapestry with a feature fabric at the pocket.  Some have black pockets, some have pinstripe pockets and some have faux fur pockets. So essentially you have one side that lets you match it with just about anything and the other side makes the holster vest a feature in your outfit. How cool is that?

Third, 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.  How great is that? Not only is the lace up functional but it also adds a sexy detail to the back.  Sounds pretty rad to me.

But Devon, what exactly do I wear with a reversible holster vest? The short answer is pretty much anything you want.  Seriously, try one with a jeans and t-shirt!  It’ll look great.  If you want to go a little more steampunk though try one with a side lace skirt, corset, and goggles.

Where will you wear your new reversible holster vest?  Let us know in the comments below.

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Fresh New Handmade: Spirit Hoods

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Last week we had two days of sunshine and it was warm enough to walk around without a jacket.  Do you know what that means?  It’s time to start to build your festival wardrobe for the summer months ahead.  Whether you’re one of the lucky ones who get to go down to Burning Man or whether you’re staying closer to home and attending Bass Coast, Shambhala or Vancouver Folk Festival, you’re going to need clothes to stand out in the crowd and we have just the things you need.

Obviously you’ll need the basics like a good pocket belt,  reliable goggles and solid boots but what about brain storage unit?  You absolutely must remember to have something to cover your head.  It may sound silly but keeping the sun off your neck and shoulders will save you from discomfort later.  Hats and hoods are also handy in the evening when it starts to cool down. Plus if it starts to rain you can stay dry!

Spirit Hood - fullLuckily for you, we have just finished making a fresh, new batch of spirit hoods!  They are just perfect for festival season.  A Spirit Hood will protect your mind’s home from the elements and as an added bonus they are super cute.  They have faux fur on the outside and are lined with left over fabric which means they are Eco friendly and help to reduce waste.  There is a built in scarf with secret pockets (for snacks) that end in adorkable paw mittens.  They also have cute rounded bear like ears on the hood so you will be the most cuddly person at the party.

Not sure what is appropriate attire to wear with a spirit hood?  May we suggest a short circle square skirt, tube top and shrug?  Or how about a kilt and holster vest ?  Honestly Spirit Hoods look great with everything. You should probably come get one right now and just wear it with whatever you have on.

What’s in your tickle trunk this festival season?  Let us know about it in the comments below.

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Featured Product: Crinolines

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The morning is grey.  There is a light drizzle that seems like the sky can’t decide whether it wants to explode in a rainstorm or lighten up to a sunny day.  Everyone walks with the heads down, umbrellas up and black jackets zipped up.  Today feels like an angsty teenager.  It’s not bad and it’s not good.  It’s just apathetic and meh. Suddenly there she is, a colourful rainbow.  The Lolita girl steps out of the coffee shop like a beautiful pink cupcake in her lovely, pastel dress with a crinoline full of layers and layers of soft tulle. Somehow the day doesn’t seem as grey and the world feels less indifferent. Little rays of sunshine start to break through the clouds.

Some people call Vancouver the no fun city.  Those people don’t own a crinoline. The truth is that you make your own fun and any event or situation can be an adventure.  That mindset comes from within but sometimes when your dishes are piling up and you need to do groceries and you lost your bus pass it’s hard to not to think negatively. A little outside help might be exactly what you need.  It is next to impossible to feel crappy when you’re wearing a crinoline. Seriously,  try grocery shopping with a friend in crinolines, you’ll have a blast.

You might be thinking that a crinoline is more of an under garment; just a thing to make your skirts fuller.  You would be wrong.  Crinolines make excellent skirts and add sass to any outfit.  If you’re worried about them being see-through add a cute pair of ruffle shorts or leggings underneath.  One of my favourite looks is a crinoline with a nerdy t-shirt, some leggings and converse runners.  You get bonus points if you wear your hair in a side pony tail.  If you’re feeling a little bit fancier try a crinoline with a corset and sleeves and become a fairy princess instantly.  How can you feel blue when you’re a fairy princess? And of course there is always the vintage pinup classic look of wearing a crinoline under a full skirted 50’s inspired dress.

Do you have an outfit that cures your blues?  Let us know about it in the comments below.

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