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Winter Hours

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

Holidays:
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.

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Costume Suggestion: Characters

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.

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Costume Suggestion: Classic Costumes

Costume Suggestion: Classic Costumes

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. 

Vampire

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.

Witch

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. 

Pirate

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.

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Costume Suggestion: Steampunk

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Countdown to Halloween. You have three more weeks to perfect your costume ensemble. This week we’re focusing on our most popular costume request: Steampunk. Grab your pocket watch and start up your airship, it’s time to get your steampunk on.

What is Steampunk?

Steampunk is a specific sub genre of science fiction. Imagine the future in the past, that’s basically steampunk. It draws  heavy inspiration from the Victorian era and the industrial revolution but in a more fantastical universe. Picture pirates on air ships, tinkers making clockwork men, and lots of steam. Stempunk fashion draws on those same inspirations so corsets, goggles, waistcoats and pocket watches.

How do I put together a Steampunk Costume?

Steampunk can be a lot of different things. We suggest starting with a character. Are you going to be a high society lady/ gentleman or a clockmaker or an adventurer? As all those characters would wear different things, it will give you a good starting point. If your stuck creatively, try making a steampunk version of your favorite character from a book or movie. For example, steampunk Tinkerbell, steampunk Batman or steampunk Santa Claus. The only limit is your imagination. Pinterest and Instagram are also great for inspiration.

What makes it Steampunk?

There’s lots of ways to steampunkify your costume. Top hats, goggles, corsets and waistcoats are a good start. A lot of people think of browns, coppers and bronzes as the main steampunk colours, however, steampunk can be colour you want as long as you’re picking Victorianish pieces. If you want to mix in pieces from different time periods, just make your steampunk character a time traveler. 

Steampunk gives you lots of room for creativity with your costume. So have fun putting together your steampunk look! If you want more steampunk outfit ideas or costume suggestions, be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

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Costume Suggestion: Demon

Happy Hallow-month! It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s time to hoard candy, carve pumpkins and most importantly dress up. Do you get costume anxiety? No worries, we’re here to help you. Whether you’re looking for a low-key costume to wear to the office or an extravagant costume to win first place at a party, we’ve got you covered. We’re starting off with a low effort suggestion this week to ease you into it. Here’s how to rock a demon costume.

Just Wear Horns

Horns are great. You can wear them with jeans and a shirt and it’s still obvious that you’re wearing some kind of costume. Which makes them perfect for the office or if you’re going to a Halloween party that didn’t specify if you should wear a costume. It’s the lowest amount of effort with the greatest reward. They also make a good starting point if you want to step up your costume a bit. For example, wear your yoga pants and a workout top with your horns and voila, you’re an exercising demon. 

Add Contacts

Horns are a great start to realizing your demonic potential but if you really want to sell your look then we suggest adding contacts. The 17mm contacts make your pupil and iris look bigger which really helps to sell that creature from the underworld vibe. If you want to stick with ‘normal’ sized eyes then yellow, red, black or white will help make everyone around you feel a bit uneasy. You can unnerve your friends without having to really wear a costume. Although, if you’re going to stick with jeans then we suggest pairing a metal band tee (or Taylor Swift shift if you’re feeling sassy) to bring home those demonic vibes. 

Wear Whatever You Want

The great thing about demons is that they don’t really have a set outfit. Want to where all red like devil? Go for it. Want to wear a tailcoat like Black Butler? We support you. Have you always wanted to buy a corset but never had the occasion to wear one? Fantastic, demons totally wear corsets. Let your creativity run wild. Give your demon a back story. Make up a fictional world and wear an outfit that makes you feel good. 

Demon is a great costume idea and horns are an excellent addition to any tickle trunk. You have the freedom to make your demon whatever you want. Don’t worry if you can’t think of anything, you can always just tell people you’re from Buffy. Want more costume suggestions? Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.