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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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New in Store – Waistcoats, Jackets and Cloaks!

Venus & Mars - new in Shop

Steampunk Waistcoat – Double breasted

Steampunk Waistcoats are a great addition to any wardrobe. Got a wedding to attend? Try adding a Venus&Mars Steampunk Waistcoat to a plain white dress shirt and black pants to elevate your look from everyday Joe to Mr. Darcy. Become the ultimate steampunk master by wearing your vest with a military frock coat, top hat, goggles and a pocket watch. Cosplaying as a character in a three piece suit? Adding a Venus&Mars Steampunk Waistcoat will push your cosplay one step ahead of your contemporaries by adding a subtle uniqueness. Our Steampunk Waistcoats are so versatile that you could wear them to the fanciest of red carpet events or just on a Tuesday with a nice shirt and jeans. You definitely need one of these in your closet.

Steampunk Frock Coats

This is definitely a customer favourite. Steampunk frock coats look great on everyone. You can wear it completely buttoned up for a military look or wear a couple buttons undone for more of a traditional looking lapel. The brown tapestry contrasts nicely with the black canvas giving you a really unique look.  When worn with a dress shirt it is perfect for any formal event. You can also try it with a black tshirt and jeans for a more casual look. We think it looks the best with a Waistcoat and a ruffle poet shirt. Oh and don’t forget a pocket watch for time traveling adventures!

 

Velvet Lined Cloaks

Become the regal person you were always meant to be, get a velvet lined cloak. Velvet lined cloaks are perfect for alternative outdoor wear when you have a special event. They are also great for staying cozy at home. The luxurious velvet will brighten anyone’s day. The deep hood will let you maintain an air of mystery. What’s not to love? Try one with a gown!

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Check Out Our Local Artists!

Venus & Mars- Men's Festival outfit

Did you know that, in addition to making everything with the Venus & Mars label, we carry treasures made by local artists? It’s true! If you’ve ever come in the shop, you have probably marveled at the feather bras or skeleton necklaces or leather masks. We thought it was about time to shine the light on some of our favourite artists!

House of Slaughter

Everyone loves the feathers in the store. House of Slaughter crafts beautiful and sexy handmade feather bras and wraps.  She also makes the light up bras and feather wraps. Transform yourself by adding a feather wrap to a corset into an evil queen. Add a light up bra to a side lace skirt and pocket belt for the ultimate festival look.

Caridwen

Caridwen creates stunning resin cameo necklaces, chokers and earrings. Embrace your darkness with one of her Victorian Skeleton Lady cameos. Bring out your playful side with a kitty cat cameo. Be a pirate queen with a classic skull and crossbones cameo. All of Caridwen’s jewelry is perfect for steampunk cosplay. Add one of her lace chokers to a peasant blouse, waist cincher and circle square skirt.

KWest Costume Art

Regardless of what you’re into, you probably need a good leather mask in your tickle trunk. KWest creates fabulous hard leather masks that are formed to your face. They are perfect for cosplay, fetish, and masquerades. Want to cosplay as steampunk catwoman? KWest has the perfect mask for that! Try his black catwoman mask with a black corset, black velvet capris, boots and a black pocket belt. Whip is optional.

 

Who is your favourite local artist that we carry in the shop? Let us know in the comments below!

Like us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get the latest scoop on what we’re up to. You can also sign up for the Steampunk Tempest in order to get awesome, secret deals.

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Featured Product: Velvet Cloaks

Venus & Mars - Velvet Lined Cloak with Fur Hood

January is cold and miserable. I hate to sound like a downer but it totally is. Christmas is over. It’s rainy. It’s freezing. There’s still at least 5 months until we can comfortably drink cocktails on the patio again. How are you supposed to feel warm and cozy when Eggnog lattes are no longer available?

I have a solution for you that will warm your body and soul.

Picture this, you are walking through a snowy forest looking tragically gorgeous and mysterious. As you step into a clearing, all the chatter and noises of the forest cease and you surrounded by the most serene silence. The snow covers the thick evergreen trees like a veil on a bride. Far above you can see sunlight and blue sky breaking through the clouds. A white fawn steps into the clearing with you. It approaches without fear and nuzzles your hand then walks off back into the woods leaving you standing alone in your wine velvet cloak.

I can’t guarantee that will happen if you get a cloak but the odds of it happening is probably slightly better if you do have one. When you put on a cloak you get to wrap yourself in a warm hug that will keep the January chill off of you. You also get to wrap yourself in a fantasy. You could be an elven warrior, a regal diplomat, or even a superhero. The only limitation is your imagination.

Lucky for you, we have a brand new batch of cloaks fresh out of the studio. Our stunning wine velvet lined cloaks are back in stock. We also have some beautiful royal blueish purple lined velvet cloaks so you stay warm and stylish this winter.

How do you keep warm in January? Let us know in the comments below.

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Unisex Christmas Gifts for less than $50

We’re officially 2 weeks away from Christmas. By now the tree is decorated, the lights are up and you are freaking out about last minute Christmas gifts. It’s okay, deep breaths, we are here to help you figure it out. So sit down, grab some eggnog and sugar cookies because we have our top three unisex gift ideas for under $50. To make things even easier, these are all available online as well as in store so you can shop however you’d like.

Pocket Belts

Give your loved ones the gift of not having to carry a purse or backpack. Pocket Belts let you carry your valuables (keys, phone, wallet, ID) securely without inhibiting your mobility. They are also super stylish and go with any outfit. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who likes to travel, go to festivals or busy parents.

grey faux fur wrist walletWrist Wallets

Got a friend with a wild side? Do they remind you of viking or amazon? Then a faux fur wrist wallet might be the way to go. Faux Fur Wrist Wallets are made of super soft pettable faux fur and are available in white, grey and tan. They lace up which makes the size adjustable. Their small, zippered pocket is just big enough to hold ID, cash and a couple of keys. Perfect for going out dancing! Get it for your friend in the fetish community, ravers, or just people who don’t like to carry stuff.

Venus&Mars $25 Gift CardGift Cards

We all have that one friend who is impossible to shop for. Their tastes are too eccentric to anticipate what they need or want. Or maybe you have a friend that’s got a huge tickle trunk and you just have no idea what’s in there. For those hard to shop for friends, we suggest a gift card. Let them pick out something they really want or need. If you feel like a GC is too impersonal then make it an event. Pick a day and make up an itinerary. Go for lunch at Meat and Bread, followed by shopping at Venus & Mars and end the day with a treat from Pure Bread. What could be more fun than spending an afternoon eating yummy food and shopping at cool stores?

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.