Friday, October 26, 2012

Dress Like Your Favorite TMI Character!

Halloween is less than a week away. If you are a last minute costume shopper like many of us are, you may need some help to spark a few ideas. As fans of The Mortal Instruments, it is an amazing thought to be one of the characters a year before the film hits. We can be trendsetters together!! So, we wanted to give you a few hints on what you can do to dress like the TMI characters. If you don't have some of these items in your closet, we've provided links to the sites so you can start shopping now!

Classic Clary: 
A hooded jean jacket for $41.99 hereClary's plaid shirt to layer under the jean jacket from Abercrombie and Fitch for $49.00.
Abercrombie and Fitch Plaid Women's Red Shirt
You can wear any cute sleeveless top under the plaid. I chose a nod to both the best songwriter ever and NYC at a great price of $14.80 from Forever 21.A pair of 1969 curvy jeans from the Gap. Junky brown belt that goes with the outfit. Finally, to get the classic Clary hair without the permanent effects, go with the Blackheart red temporary hair color at Hot Topic for $5.50.


Dark Brown Stud Women Wide Long Extra Large Belt Blackheart Red Temporary Hair Color Sku 520986

Simon's style is pretty simple to replicate. Start out with the Brooklyn Industries MADE IN BROOKLYN graphic tee ($34.00).  I found a classic red hoodie like we've seen Robert in when signing autographs at for $15.99.
We would pair it up with a pair of Men's Slim-Fit Jeans from Old Navy for $25 and a pair of DC Shoes men's Gatsby 2 sneakers for $55. You can't be Simon without glasses. Hot Topic has a perfect pair for $9.99.
Jace as a Shadowhunter: There is nothing quite as sexy as a guy in leather, and no one who can quite do it better than Jace. If you want the Jace look, here's what you can do.

Start with a Coated Faux Leather Jacket for 47.90.Under that wear a royal blue Ribbed V-neck T-shirt for $7.90. The blue helps bring out a pop of color. And of course leather pants. Stylish Zip Fly Button Closure Faux Leather Pants for $24.18. Boots are very much need for any Shadowhunter. These black Force Boots for $26.49-45.70 go with the costume perfectly.The jacket and T-shirt are from Forever 21 Men. The boots and pants from Amazon. Jace also carries swords so you can too. Party City has the perfect ones for you with Criss-Cross swords with sheathing that goes on your back, just like Jace for $16.99.

Double Ninja Swords 24in

An Isabelle as a Shadowhunter costume is a very stylish costume indeed! All parts of the costume could be reused and worn as elements of an outfit so don't fret too much about the dollars you might spend, you'll have some great wardrobe pieces to work with in the end!!

First, you'll want to find a black leather or faux leather blazer. Look for something with 3/4 length sleeves so you can show off any arm accessories, like Izzy's whip coiled around her arm.

Under the leather jacket opt for a short black dress like this one found at here for $26.99
Or you could pair your leather jacket with an equally stunning leather dress with black lace sleeves inspired by Isabelle's zeal for old world style. Better yet if you can find something like this leather half dress half jacket combo you're set.
A pair of thigh high black stiletto boots are must, tight, sexy, protecting the legs from demon ichor...

A gold whip will help complete the look. Gold would be best rather than a black whip to help give the illusion that the whip is enchanted. A gold snake shaped bangle around the wrist can also give the illusion of the whip being coiled around Isabelle's arm as she so often wears it. Check out for gold whips and here for this snake shaped bangle.
Complete Isabelle's look with her ruby necklace, you can't forget the ruby necklace! Pick yours up at

Don't forget Izzy's long flowing dark hair.

And then cap the look off with a smokey eye and either a neutral lip or...
A sultry red lip. And there you have it! The perfect Isabelle ready to kick some shadow butt!

Alec as Shadowhunter:  Alec is equally as swoonworthy as a Shadowhunter, so here's the steps you need to create your own style like Alec's. Alec's costume consists of Zip Pocket Bomber Jacket for $39.90 and Plain black T-shirt runs for $5.90 at Forever 21 Men. Black Ripple Sole Jungle Boots $36.85-$62.40 and Stylish Zip Fly Button Closure Faux Leather Pants for $24.18 both from Amazon. We all know that Alec is amazing with a Bow and Arrows and you can get those from Hot Topic for $9.75.

Magnus costume: Get a studded leather jacket from Ebay for $60-$100. Magnus, being the High Warlock of Brooklyn wears things that are risque. Crinkle shirt from Etsy for $40.00 Mid Calf Black Lace Up Combat Boots from Amazon at $44.49. Of course you need a few accessories. Hot Topic has a good variety of things that Magnus would wear. Like Three Row Pyramid Belt or Spike Wrist Cuff starting at $8.00. To pull of the Magnus look you need lots and lots of glitter and hair gel. Magnus likes to wear his hair up in spikes. Party City also has Glitter Spray for $2.99. You could also wear fingerless gloves like these from Amazon for $19.99.

Men's crinkle gold short sleeve

Non-Leather Three Row Pyramid Belt Sku 107348
Like these Red Plaid Zip Skinny Pants from Hot Topic Tie Die Skinny Jeans or Black Zipper Skinny Pants starting at $44.50 from Hot Topic.

Royal Bones Black Zipper Skinny Pants Sku 147379RUDE Black Tie Dye Skinny Fit Denim Jeans Sku 179524Royal Bones Red Plaid Zip Skinny Pants Sku 182976

Hodge Starkweather: This is a classic look that is easy to purchase, and you may be able to find this style in your dad or grandad's closet. Gray Tweed jacket from Etsy for $15.00. Ebay has jackets here and a few full tweed suites like this one for $39.97. We of course know that Hodge doesn't go anywhere without Hugo. We found one on Amazon for $39.99.

Harris Tweed Herringbone Mens Maize and Blue

“Faeries are fallen angels," said Dorothea, "cast down out of heaven for their pride."
"That's the legend," Jace said. "It's also said that they're the offspring of demons and angels, which always seemed more likely to me. Good and evil, mixing together. Faeries are as beautiful as angels are supposed to be, but they have a lot of mischief and cruelty in them.” City of Bones
"She could see why they were called the Fair Folk, for they were fair indeed with their pale lovely faces, their wings of lilac and gold and blue..." 
"She looked again-and froze. The faces that had seemed so lovely to to her were still lovely, yet behind them lurked something vulpine, almost feral. The girl with the pink and blue wings beckoned, and Clary saw that her fingers were made of twigs, budded with closed leaves.  her eyes were entirely black without iris or pupil." City of Ashes

So the Fair Folk, while fair, aren't always as they seem.  While it would be quite easy to don a ready made fairy costume (I wouldn't suggest Tinker Bell though), you could get creative starting with a pair of wings and some make up.  Wings do vary in price, but you can find them just about anywhere, and most of the time for under $20.  I really like these.
Amethyst Sparkle wings at

Make up of course varies, but instead of going straight for costume makeup you could search of cheaper brands at places like Walmart or Target. Incorporating things like twigs or leaves in your hair, as "tattoos" or on your body would also work well too.  Just remember, the Fae of TMI aren't just cute fairies, they have a menacing look underneath, which could really lend itself to some wonderful interpretations.

I love all of these looks, and just imagine what you could do!  I think the Fae are a fun choice because you can really put yourself into it! And what is great about the internet is tutorials! If you aren't great at make up I found tons of tutorials to show you how.  So, if you don't want an off the rack costume grab that cute little dress you never wear!  Get a pair of wings! Come up with some fun and funky makeup!  Grab a wig! Put flowers or glitter or twigs in your hair!  And don't forget that mischievous Faerie attitude!

Let us know which character you are dressing as. You can even leave us a picture of you and your friends dressed as Shadowhunters or Downworlders in your costumes in the comments below.

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