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What to Wear in Quarantine

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We’re going through some uncertain times right now what with this global pandemic and all. It’s important and serious and everyone needs to do their part whether it’s washing your hands, social distancing or taking care of people who are vulnerable. It’s also a super anxious and stressful time and quarantine can be boring. Sometimes you need a little distraction from all the panic. What could be a better than a fashion distraction? 

Dress for the Job You Want 

If you’re lucky enough to be working at home, this is your time to shine. We’ve all heard the phrase “dress for the job you want not the job you have” and now is the perfect time to put that into action. Let me ask you this, do you really want to be an assistant or a lawyer or marketing director or do you actually want to be a Ranger raised by the mountain people who is secretly the one true King or Queen? If you didn’t answer the Ranger, you’re lying. It’s time to whip out a cloak and poet shirt and cut through paper work like Aragorn cuts through Orcs. 

Your Sweatpants aren’t Curing Corona 

If you’re not working from home but you’re still in quarantine, I’ve got some news for you: your sweatpants aren’t curing corona. In fact, you’re probably doing yourself more harm than good by living in your pjs and not showering for days at a time. It’s so easy to get depressed right now so do yourself a favour and dress like a boss ass bitch. You can wear anything you want right now so why aren’t you in sparkly leggings and a corset? 

If You Have to Go Outside 

Lots of people still have to work right now and we need them to so that society doesn’t collapse. If you’re one of those people, it’s probably not super practical for you to wear sparkles and cloaks but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun. I say lean into that apocalypse fashion and Mad Max your wardrobe. Goggles look badass and stop you from touching your face. Holsters make you look like you mean business and have many pockets for hand sanitizer. Plus, won’t you feel so much cooler roaming the empty streets dressed like Furiosa? 

Listen, no matter what you do, you need to take COVID-19 seriously but you also need to have a little bit of silly in your day so you don’t just curl up in a ball and cry. It’s time for less panic attacks and more dress up. Have a quarantine fashion show! Our physical location is currently closed but you can still shop online 24/7. We’re offering free shipping within Canada so that you can live out your steampunk, cosplay, Lord of the Rings fantasy. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for outfit inspirations. 

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How to Steampunk at Any Price Point

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Steampunk is a really cool and interesting way to do a take on a costume but it can also get really expensive. We are here to help. Whether you’re going to a Halloween party or a convention, here is how to Steampunk at any price point.

Cheap and Easy Steampunk Costume

You probably already have pieces at home that will work for a steampunk costume. Start with 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. 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. 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 outfit 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 may also consider adding some jewelry like a choker or a necklace.

Bougie 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. If you’re really into you can even steampunk your car or house or anything! Don’t believe me? Just Google Steampunk + whatever comes to mind and enjoy the results.

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 always a fun twist. Show us your steampunk looks on on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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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