This adorable little object is a toggle from a coat, made of walrus ivory and carved in the shape of a seal. It was made by an Inuit craftsperson, and accessioned into the Horniman collections in 1903.
I’ve gotten into the habit of doing these shopping guides every year which are quite fun to put together! For Autumn ‘16, I’ve picked out a palette of my favourite fall colours, including old stalwarts like mustard and recent obsessions (rose). I feel like this is quite a versatile palette as well when it comes to colour coordination. Some of my top colour schemes from here would be berry red/ forest green/ midnight blue, mustard yellow/ midnight blue, and rose pink/ forest green/ berry red. It’s quite handy if you’re trying to experiment a bit more with colours.
I’ve added all links to the products below the individual collages. I hope you like them as much as I liked window shopping for them!
Set 6: Yesterday was desert so today I futzed around with Winter gear. Absolute minimal of metal in this set, I can’t imagine metal gear ever being comfortable in freezing temperatures. Instead it’s all leather and furs. Because of how dark the north gets part of the year (over 60 days of darkness/minimal light?) the toggles on the coat as well as the gems tied around the waist are all witchlight to help with visibility in the darkness and snowstorms. ((The Shadowhunter gear concepts I’ve been drawing lately are meant to be gender neutral. There are no “girl versions” of these outfits with mini skirts or cleavage))
With so many fall sweaters and winter coats to choose from, it’s easy to get lost among the different styles, colors and price points. If you’re looking for some new seasonal staples, consider classic toggle-style coats and sweaters. They’re basic without being boring and nice without costing a pretty penny (unless, of course, you want to splurge on a high-end option). Invest in a seasonal standby or save on a simple high street version, and it will be your new closet favorite. Check out our toggle picks below, from J.Crew, Banana Republic, Ralph Lauren and more.
After a successful shopping trip, I came home and began watching Laverne & Shirley - natch. Suddenly I saw my new coat draped on Penny Marshall. So glad Laverne and I are on the same sartorial wavelength. I’m not even joking.