Looks from Literature: Outfits Inspired by The Dark Artifices

May 29, 2017
Janine Perez
Riveted Editorial Board

I have finished reading Lord of Shadows and I am not ashamed to say that I am OBSESSED with The Dark Artifices series. I’ve always been a huge fan of Cassandra Clare, but I think she’s really outdone herself with these characters in particular because I just can’t stop thinking about them!

One of the things that has always intrigued me about the Shadowhunter world is the fashion. I know clothing isn’t too important to them, after all, everyone is more concerned with fighting than looking good (though we know they do all clean up rather nicely).

What outfits would properly reflect who they are as people? I’ve done some serious soul searching and I think I’ve found the perfect outfits for each of my favorite Shadowhunters! So next time you feel like channeling your inner Shadowhunter, you’ll know what to wear!

Inspired by Cristina

Cristina is beautiful on the inside and out. She carries herself with wisdom and grace, but she isn’t just gentle. She can fight with the best of them, and her fashion would have to reflect all aspects of who she is. Elegant, clever, and stunning, it makes sense that she would have a mostly black ensemble with a pop of color. Her shoes would be top-notch but dependable, and her bag would be fashionable and useful. Plus, how can anyone be in LA and not have sunglasses? This outfit encompasses Cristina perfectly.

Inspired by Emma

Emma has an effortless beauty about her. She’s definitely more concerned with fighting than fashion, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t look good without even trying. Of course her work wear would be mostly black, but how could she not have a T-shirt that showcases her sarcasm? Her shoes would have to be light ad useful, and she knows how important it is to be prepared, so the perfect messenger bag is a must. Also, Emma is definitely a ray-bans type of girl. And I wouldn’t be surprised if she had a fashion accessory (like a bracelet) that also doubled as some kind of weapon.

Inspired by Julian

Julian is nothing if not practical, and he’s too busy being responsible for his three siblings (four if you count Mark) to be concerned with fashion. He definitely sticks to black, and a comfy tee for his everyday look. I also wouldn’t be surprised if he happened to “accidentally” match with Emma on a regular basis.

Inspired by Mark

Mark has an otherworldly quality to his looks, and that would definitely extend to his wardrobe. Yes, he is a Shadowhunter and he finally accepts that, but that doesn’t mean he’ll fit the mold perfectly. Everything about his outfit would say Shadowhunter, but in a different way. He’d stick to dark colors, but probably wouldn’t be as into black as the rest of them. He’d wear a leather jacket, but would likely go for a color like deep burgundy instead of black. This outfit just screams “Mark.”

Inspired by Diana

Diana has traveled, seen the world, and seen some things. She’s also incredibly beautiful. Her outfits would definitely reflect all aspects of who she is. She would have a more mature look about her, having probably grown out of her fondness of leather jackets. Chances are she’s moved on to something more elegant, like this long black coat. She’d have practical but fashionable shoes, and an outfit that says “I’m put together and look great, but I also have better things to do with my time than put together extravagant outfits.” This outfit sums all that up perfectly!


 What do you guys think of my outfit choices? Let me know in the comments!

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