- Tuesday, December 24 11am – 5pm
- Wednesday, December 25 CLOSED
- Thursday, December 26 11am – 7pm
- Tuesday, December 31 11am – 7pm
- Wednesday, January 1 CLOSED
It’s less than a week until Christmas! I hope you were good all year and that you made it onto Santa’s nice list. Don’t worry if you were naughty because we’re having a Boxing Day Sale so you can still get everything you wanted! For December 26, 2019 only, all regular priced items will be 20% off in store! You can get yourself something special and show Old St. Nick who is boss. We suggest grabbing something you’ve always wanted but never needed like a velvet cloak or corset.
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.
Venus & Mars is a small business located in the heart of Gastown, Vancouver, BC. We have been providing quality, handmade, alternative clothing since 1993. Everything Venus & Mars is designed by shop owner, Sanne Lambert, and made in Vancouver. We started out making Goth and Victorian alternative formal wear but over the past decade we have morphed into including pieces for steampunk, cosplay, festival costumes, and LARP gear. Now, we provide awesome people with clothing for weddings, grad, Burning Man, conventions and everyday life. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out about sales and deals or sign up for our email list below.
Hey guys it’s December! Christmas will be here before you know it. Have you started your shopping yet? It can be super stressful to go to the mall so we’ve come up with a Holiday Gift Guide to help you shop for the lovable weirdo in your life. All the items are available online or in store.
Baby, it’s cold outside. Nothing will warm you up like a cloak with a generous hood. Clothing can be difficult to buy for other people but our cloaks are one size and fit all kinds of different shapes and sizes. As an added bonus, most people don’t own a good quality cloak so you’ll be getting something they probably don’t have. It’s the perfect present for cosplayers, LARPers or someone who loves fantasy.
What could be better than giving the gift of pockets? Everyone has stuff but not everyone has somewhere to put it. Pocket Belts are great for festivals, conventions or everyday life. They make a great present for your friend who always asks you to hold their wallet or keys.
What does everyone want to try on in the store? Goggles. Goggles are a bit like cloaks, almost no one has one but almost everyone likes them. They’re great for keeping the dust out of your eyes at Burning Man or as an accessory in your steampunk outfit. Goggles are the ultimate thing to give friends who go to festivals.
Got a friend or relative who is a bit quirky but also super picky? Don’t worry, we have gift cards. It’s nice to get someone a thoughtful present but sometimes the most thoughtful thing you can do is to let your friend pick their own gift. GCs are available in any amount over $25. GCs are great presents for anyone who always asks for the receipt.
Need more gift inspiration? Check out @venusandmarsclothing on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We post (almost) everyday. If you would like to be featured on our social media use the hashtag #venusandmarsclothing. Want 15% off your first online order? Sign up for the Steampunk Tempest below.
The days are getting shorter and so are our hours! As of Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 our hours will be as followed:
Monday – Saturday 11-7
Sundays and Holidays 11-5
Remembrance Day (Nov. 11): 11-5
Christmas Eve (Dec. 24): 11-5
Christmas Day (Dec. 25): CLOSED
Boxing Day (Dec. 26): 11-7
New Years Day (January 1): CLOSED
Venus & Mars is a small business located in the heart of Gastown,
Vancouver, BC. We have been providing quality, handmade, alternative
clothing since 1993. Everything Venus & Mars is designed by shop
owner, Sanne Lambert, and made in Vancouver. We started out making Goth
and Victorian alternative formal wear but over the past decade we have
morphed into including pieces for steampunk, cosplay, festival costumes,
and LARP gear. Now, we provide awesome people with clothing for
weddings, grad, Burning Man, conventions are everyday life. We have also
been featured in some film and television. Please visit our About Page for a comprehensive list.
Want to know what’s new in store? Need awesome outfit suggestions? Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Sometimes you just want to dress up as your favourite character from a show, movie or book. But that can seem daunting if you’re worried about putting together a screen accurate costume especially if you don’t want to go with a bagged costume. Even the most basic items can be hard to find. You’d think it would be simple to find a plain white t-shirt… until you actually need to buy one then they just don’t exist. Don’t worry, we have some suggestions that might make the process easier.
Accuracy is Overrated and Limiting
Characters in movies look amazing and they should. There is a whole team of people who decide how a character should look and then go out shopping for the perfect pieces at multiple stores or make the outfit themselves. You are one person with a life, a job, and people who rely on you. You probably do not have time to check 15 different stores for the perfect sweater and you shouldn’t have to. Instead, we suggest focusing on the colours and shapes of the outfit. Take Disney’s Snow White for example. Instead of finding the perfect gown keep your eyes open for the right shade of blue in a sweater, or even a corset. Replace her white stand up collar with a white collar necklace. You could do a red cloak or you could do a red cardigan. Yellow pants, shorts or a skirt would all work to sell the outfit as snow white. A black bob wig is pretty easy to find but if you don’t want to wear a wig then a red hair bow or headband would still give off that Snow White feel.
Mashup are Fun
Sometimes combining 2 or 3 ideas give you more room to create an awesome costume. Last year, my husband was Post-Apocalyptic Malone. He drew on some Post Malone tattoos on his face with eyeliner, threw some goggles on his head and wore a beat up military looking jacket. Alternatively, I always see steampunk versions of characters at every convention we go to. Steampunk Ariel is one of my favourites. You need a red wig, goggles, a corset (purple is good because that’s the colour of her seashells but if you can’t find purple try a purple blouse under the corset), and leggings that look fin-like. You can also add a pocket belt, and jewelry if you want to because with steampunk more is more.
Don’t Forget about Books
Books are great for inspiration because the only limit is your imagination. There’s a good chance the author has explained what a character looks like or dresses like at least once in the book. What does hair like midnight and silvery eyes mean to you? How about a black flowy dress? It could be just about anything. The point is that it’s up to you to decide. Some people might recognize who you are but most probably won’t and that’s okay. You can still put together a really fun and interesting costume that makes you feel connected to your favorite character.
Whatever you decide to do, we fully give you permission to forget about making it accurate and instead make it your own. Halloween is supposed to be fun after all! Want more costume suggestions? Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Sometimes your best bet for Halloween is to stick to classic costumes. You can take inspiration from your favorite stories, urban legends or fairy tales. Vampires, witches, and pirates make good costumes because they’re easily recognizable but you still have the freedom to be creative when putting together your costume.
What’s more Halloween than a vampire? There are so many directions to go in. You could be a modern vampire like the ones from Twilight in your favorite outfit and glitter. You could be a sexy Anne Rice vampire in a poet shirt and leather pants. Or you could be a scary vampire like Nosferatu in prosthetics. Whatever you decide make sure to have a good pair of contacts and fangs to really sell the vampire aesthetic. The rest is up to you and your imagination.
Okay so if anything is more Halloween than a vampire, it’s a witch. Your gut instinct might be to just wear a black dress with a witch hat but if you want to stand out there’s so much more you can do. Something as simple as adding a pair of black and white stockings and red shoes will take you from generic witch to the Wicked Witch of the East (you know, the one who got the house dropped on her). Or you could make a steampunk witch by adding a corset, goggles and some Victorian boots. Be a sexy witch in fishnets and high heels. Whatever you decide, a witch costume is a good start.
Yarr avast. Do you want to spend the night drinking and talking like a pirate? Of course you do. Then it’s time to invest in a good pirate costume. A lace up poet shirt is an excellent place to start. You’ll also need an eye patch and a tricorn and voila you’re a pirate ready to sail the seven seas. But what if you don’t want to be a traditional pirate. Then we suggest you try being a space pirate. Replace that poet shirt with a sparkly skinny tee and add a ray gun. Now you’re ready to misbehave in space.
Listen, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel with your Halloween costume. Classic costumes are classic for a reason. Add your own flare and elevate something people have seen a million times to a brand new standard. If you want more costume suggestions, be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.