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Featured Product: Crinolines

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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4 Easy Steps to Convince your Boss to have Tutu Tuesdays

Working in an office sucks when you’re not a muggle.  You have to come and go according to someone else’s schedule.  You have to sit at a computer without browsing the internet.  You have to make small talk with people who have no idea that you are secretly a weirdo.  Worst of all, you have to wear stupid, ugly office clothes. The annual Christmas party gives you a little bit of a break from the monotony but that’s only once a year.  What you need is Tutu Tuesday.  Here’s some tips to help convince your boss that Tutu Tuesday is what your office needs.

  1. Do it for Charity.

    Find a pretty politically neutral charity like the food bank or the SPCA.  Go to your boss and propose that everyone could donate $5 per week to participate in tutu Tuesday.  Your boss can feel good about the company giving back to the community and the people in your office can feel good and donating to a good cause. And you can feel good about wearing a tutu.

  2. Do it as a morale booster.

    In my office experience, people can get fall into a slump at work especially when the workload is overwhelming or the coffee machine is broken.  When one person gets down, they drag the whole office down with them.  The cheapest and easy fix to changing the mood of the office is by adding tutus.  It’s pretty hard to take yourself or any problems too seriously when you’re wearing a tutu.  Copier is broken again?  That’s sucks, I’m just gonna grand jete out of stage left and it’s no longer my problem.  (Grand jete is a ballet term for big jump.  I did research).

    tutu tuesday

  3. Remind your boss that tutus can still look professional.

    This may seem crazy but it’s true.  For example if you wore your tutu with a peasant blouse and vest you would look more professional than someone in yoga pants, flip flops and a loose shirt.  I’ve seen people wear yoga pants in professional settings.  You will never be able to convince me that looks better than a tutu. NEVER.

  4. Clients will love it.

    Here’s the truth, when you have new clients, it’s sometimes hard to find common ground to talk about.  Making small talk about the weather and traffic can only go so far.  Want to really make an impression and have your company stand out in the client’s memory, get them to come for a meeting on Tutu Tuesday.  There is no way they’ll forget about your company then.

Feeling nervous about talking to your boss face to face, why not share this post with them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter?  Or if you want to get them indirectly, sign your boss up for the for Steampunk Tempest.

How are you gonna convince your workplace to adopt Tutu Tuesday? Let us know in the comments below.

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3 STYLES TO TRY WITH YOUR NEW CORSET

Last week we talked about the most frequent question we get asked when it comes to wearing a corset, which is of course, How do I tie this by myself? So this week I thought we could tackle the second most frequent question we get asked about corsets: Is this only for the bedroom?

The answer is Heck No!

You can totally integrate a corset into your daily wear. Step it up when you go out to the bar or club and try wearing your corset with a pair of skinny jeans and heels.  If you want extra coverage add a shrug or sleeves.  If you work at an office without a strict dress code try wearing a corset over a blouse with a pair of dress pants or a pencil skirt.  If you’re feeling a little shy add a blazer.  Alternatively, you can wear your corset under that dress that you have that is a fraction too small to make it fit.  Come to think of it, you can wear a corset under  just about anything if you want a little bit more of an hourglass shape or you want to be undercover sexy.

See how easy it is?  Now let me suggest three styles for you to try with your new corset if you want to take one giant step outside of your comfort zone. I’ll be using the same corset in all three looks.

Steampunk Corset Outfit

1. Steampunk

Okay so you must have know that was coming.  I love steampunk so much.  There is so much room for creativity and I really feel like it is one of those genres that you can dip your toe into by wearing goggles and carrying a pocket watch or plunge head first into the deep end by creating a steam-powered car and living the fantasy 24/7. To create a steampunk look with your corset try wearing it over a peasant blouse, add a rail pull skirt, some striped stockings and a pair of boots.  If you really want to blow people away thrown on a pocket belt, a top hat, some goggles and of course a pocket watch.

Goth Corset Outfit2. Goth

I was a preteen in the nineties.  Grunge and the movie Clueless has probably had more influence on my style than anything else but my ultimate 90s fashion dream is the Romantic Goth.  Is there anything more gorgeous than the drama of white makeup with deep red lips and smokey black eye?  I don’t think so.  If you want to goth or vamp up your corset look try a black velvet a-line skirt with some black velvet sleeves add in black fishnets and some stompy boots to be the ultimate queen of darkness. Don’t forget to add a black velvet cloak and maybe a lace choker to hide the vampire bites.

Cosply Corset Outfit3. Cosplay

Okay so I know cosplay is super open ended and that what you wear will totally depend on the character you are dressing up as but corsets are great for helping you achieve the (sometimes unrealistic) shape of your favorite character.  They can also work as a focal piece in your ensemble especially if you are interpreting the outfit in a way that differs from the source material.  For example, if I was dressing up as everyone’s favorite DC bad girl Harley Quinn I would wear my corset with a pair of red gloves, throw on a black and red crinoline, add a black and red pair of jester tights and top it off with a pair of black boots. To really make it over the top I would use some white foundation with really red lips, put on a black mask and throw my hair in pigtails.

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 stay up to date on what we’re up to? Join our mailing list to get weekly blog posts delivered to your inbox. Or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Catch you later!

Devon