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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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What Kind of Goth are you? (based on your taste in music)

What kind of goth are you

The universe of Goth can be confusing. There’s so many subgenres. How are you supposed to know what kind of Goth you are? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You pick your favorite song and we’ll tell you what kind of Goth you are and suggest something to wear. (Don’t take us too seriously, this is just for fun. We won’t call the goth police on you).

Old School Goth – Bauhaus: Bela Lugosi’s Dead

Do you love Bauhaus Bela Lugosi’s Dead? Then you might be an old school goth. You were there from the very beginning with your Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division and of course Bauhaus records. Old school goths don’t have the same theatricality of some of the other newer sects of Goths but they still rock all black. They lean more towards the punk aesthetic than the spooky aesthetic.  Start your look with a some steampunk bondage pants – in black, of course.

Romantic/ Victorian Goth – Voltaire: When You’re Evil

Does Voltaire When You’re Evil stir your soul? You might be a Romantic/ Victorian Goth! Romantic/ Victorian Goths are tortured souls born into the wrong centuries. They love all things dark, spooky and a little bit macabre. Think of Lydia in Beetlejuice. You can find their collected works of Edgar Allan Poe between their copy of Interview with a Vampire and their DVD of Edward Scissorhands. We suggest a black ruffle poet shirt and a glass of red wine.

Steampunk – Professor Elemental: Fighting Trousers

Are you wearing your Fighting Trousers? You might be steampunk! Some would argue that steampunk isn’t a close relative of Goth. While it made not be a sibling, I think it definitely counts as a cousin. Steampunks love gadgets, science fiction and goggles (to protect their eyes from all the steam powered machinery). Their style is Victorian inspired with a pinch of time travel. Picture the way H.G. Wells would have imagined the future. Don’t forget every good steampunk needs a double breasted waistcoat to house their pocket watch.

We hope  we helped you find some new music to listen to or a new style to try out. At the end of the day, you can wear whatever you’d like but sometimes it’s fun dress in a theme. So what kind of goth are you?

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FAQ: Do you do custom?

Why we don’t do custom work

One of our most frequently asked questions is: do you do custom and/or alterations? It’s a totally reasonable question. If everything with the Venus & Mars label is handmade in store then it only seems logical that we would be set up to do custom but the truth is we’re not. Back in the day we used to do custom but a steady increase in business and customers has made it impossible to continue. The following is why.

Custom is expensive

Custom work is expensive. In the time that it takes to make one custom jacket, we could probably make two dozen steampunk frock coats (more on that below). From an accounting standpoint, it’s difficult to justify charging the same amount for one custom jacket as it would be for one regular jacket that we could produce in a small production run. We don’t think it’s fair to charge $1,000 or more for just one jacket but we wouldn’t be able to survive if we charged the same amount for custom as we do for off the rack.

steampunk frock coat

It is time consuming

Everything we make is made in small production runs. That means that Sanne uses a pattern (of her own design) to cut multiple items at the same time. She then bundles everything together for our sewer and we get shiny new awesome products once they are all put together. If it is a brand new design then Sanne will cut one and sew a sample for our sewer. Depending on what we are making, we generally have a turn around time of a week for multiple items in a size run.  Custom work requires a lot more time.We have to set up a consultation, make a new pattern, construct the garment, provide a fitting, and make any necessary alterations. In the time that it takes to do a consultation alone, Sanne could have cut 6 black wool cloaks.

Bonus: Putting together a cosplay? Check out  What is cosplay for suggestions on how to put something together off the rack.

We don’t want to

Sanne started Venus & Mars in 1993 because she wanted to make her own designs. People come to us with excellent suggestions and incredibly creative ideas that we love to hear about. Sometimes these ideas even inspire us to make new things (for example the ladies tails vest) but that’s on our own terms and in our own designs. What has made the store successful for a quarter century is Sanne’s unique designs and we would like to continue in that vein.

We totally want to make your vision a reality. If you bring in a picture of what your trying to recreate, we can offer suggestions and help you come up with at least a base for your outfit. We’ll try to recommend other places too that might have what you’re looking for. If you do end up getting custom work done then make sure to do your homework. Look up reviews from other customers and shop around for a price that fits your budget.

What has your experience been with getting custom clothing made? Let us know in the comments below.

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