October 15, 2023
Last Updated on October 23, 2023 by Dominique de Merteuil
Thank Goth it’s Friday!
And if you are a true fan of the Addams Family, I’m sure you know what I’m referring to, and if not, you must watch the ‘So You Think You Know Everything About the Addams Family‘ video.
The Addams Family was brought to life by the renowned cartoonist Charles Addams back in the 1930s. Initially, the quirky and eccentric characters made their appearance in occasional cartoons that were featured in The New Yorker Magazine.
Interestingly, Morticia, one of the most prominent characters in the Addams Family, made her debut on August 6, 1938, and even then, her signature slim build and impeccable fashion sense were already evident.
This post, however, is not about the glamorous Morticia Addams but her gloomy teenage Goth child, Wednesday.
I will show you how to dress like Wednesday Addams, regardless of your age or body type because I found the perfect dress and boots that tick all the boxes.
If you are interested in how to dress like Morticia Addams, read my article,
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Wednesday’s Child is Full of Woe
The character Wednesday Addams is named after Monday’s Child, a 19th-century nursery rhyme. In it, we hear that Monday’s Child is fair of face and Tuesday’s child is full of grace but Wednesday’s child is full of woe.
I enjoy funerals. I’ve been crashing them since I was old enough to read the obituary section.Wednesday Addams
From Wednesday to Morticia or the Other Way Around
When I was around six years old, my fascination with old cemeteries began and never waned. As a child with an unusual interest in horror movies, vampires, and death, I enjoyed searching for the oldest grave in every cemetery I visited.
It was thrilling to discover graves that had caved in and to catch a glimpse of what lay beneath (although I never saw anything). My imagination was fueled by horror movies that took place in graveyards. If you added to it my introverted nature, pale skin and the mandatory braided hair, it comes as no surprise that I was often called Wednesday Addams by adults familiar with the 1960s TV series.
As a child, I didn’t dress like Wednesday Addams however, because despite my predilection for black, my mother dearest would force me to wear the grotesque Benneton clothes so vivid in colours, that I could have been spotted from outer space. Thanks, Mom!
Listen, people like me and you, we’re different. We’re original thinkers, intrepid outliers in this vast cesspool of adolescence. We don’t need these inane rites of passage to validate who we are.Wednesday Addams
In my teenage years, I was finally allowed to express myself through clothes and as you can imagine I did that through the colour black. By the time I was in my 20s, I was the quintessential Morticia with a wardrobe to match. In my 30s, I merged my two favourite style icons, Morticia Addams and Joan Crawford.
Even today, my vintage wardrobe is still predominantly black and the 1930s floor gowns and tailored 1940s suits look as if they were made for Morticia and Joan, but Tim Burton’s ‘Wednesday Addams’ show left me with a thirst for a little experiment. Not so much a shift in my style but an added new twist.
A dark, feminine elegance with a touch of Je ne sais quoi that awakens the inner Goth child in all of us. The trick is not to copy Wednesday’s clothes exactly, because, after all, her non-conformism and uniqueness in the way she dresses are part of what makes her special. Instead, let’s look and get inspired by the key elements in her wardrobe and style them with our own individuality in mind.
The Essence of Wednesday Addams Style
Let’s delve into the shadowy depths of fashion as we unravel the secrets of emulating Wednesday Addams’ bewitching aesthetic.
- Mastering Wednesday’s Monochrome Palette:
Wednesday Addams is renowned for her unwavering loyalty to an all-black wardrobe. To truly embody her essence, opt for a black ensemble with splashes of white. Experiment with fabrics such as rayon, lace, velvet, or linen (yes, you heard me right!) to add depth and intrigue to your attire. Remember, simplicity is key in capturing Wednesday’s hauntingly chic persona.
- The Iconic Peter Pan Collar:
No Wednesday Addams look is complete without the signature Peter Pan collar. This timeless fashion detail instantly evokes a sense of nostalgia and sweetness while maintaining the character’s unique darkness. Make sure to choose a Peter Pan collar with a crisp, clean outline for maximum effect. Pair it with a black ribbon or an antique brooch, I particularly like a cameo, invoking Wednesday’s youthful innocence with a twist of darkness.
A detachable white collar looks great with the Son de Flor Classic black dress.
*FASHION HISTORY FACT: Peter Pan collar is a style of collar, flat with rounded corners, named after the actress Maude Adams’s costume in her 1905 role as Peter Pan.
- Wednesday Addam and her Midi-Length Dresses:
Her midi-length dresses strike the perfect balance between modern and conservative. Consider A-line silhouettes or shift dresses that gracefully flow over your figure while maintaining a modest length. Add a whimsical touch with lace or sheer sleeves, reminiscent of Wednesday’s ethereal vibe.
I think the idea of the longer skirt, the sort of Victorian black stockings, the heavy shoes, which give her a real edge and weight to her character and help her with her movement are the things that make it especially Wednesday.‘Wednesday’ costume designer Colleen Atwood
*FUN FACT! Atwood found ‘Wednesday’s’ Prom dress hanging on a mannequin in the Alaïa shop in London. As it turned out it was a one-off, a special project not intended as part of Alaïa’s collection.
- Accessorize with Subtle Elegance:
Pay close attention to the small details when assembling your Wednesday Addams-inspired look. Black opaque tights are a must to complete her enigmatic appearance. Show as little skin as possible.
- Add a touch of darkness to your make-up with smoky eye shadow ( dark brown or deep purple, almost black will work great), reflecting Wednesday’s hauntingly mesmerizing gaze.
I, like Morticia Addams, don’t leave the house without my signature red lipstick from Besame.
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You can opt for something closer to black, but I strongly advise against pure black lipstick, especially in matte.
The Perfect Wednesday Addams Dress from Son de Flor
I rarely get excited about clothes made post-1950s, and If you wonder why, you are clearly new to my blog, so let me enlighten you at once. My wardrobe is filled predominantly with raiment from the late 1930s, 1940s and first half of the 1950s. I also collect authentic Victorian capes and cloaks.
Contemporary garments don’t usually interest me at all, but every blue moon I stumble upon a brand that creates pieces of such beauty that even I, the hard-core vintage wearer, succumb to the temptation of adding them to my wardrobe. It happened last year with the sustainable Polish brand Sistre which makes the prettiest vintage-inspired cardigans, and this year with Son de Flor, the Lithuanian brand that offers the most beautiful, ethically-made linen clothes.
I’ve never owned anything made of linen before, and you won’t find any modern dresses in my closet, except for one couture gown, but when I saw their Classic Dress in black, it was love at first sight as it’s the perfect Wednesday Addams dress!
WHAT I WORE FOR MY WEDNESDAY ADDAMS LOOK!
The most perfect Classic dress for the Wednesday Addams look was gifted to me by the Son de Flor brand.
The iconic Edwardian boots with a pompadour a heel from the retro shoes cult brand, Memery.
Detachable white collar found on Etsy.
Late 1940s, early 1950s patent belt.
Wolford tights from several seasons ago.
The brand’s aesthetic, at least at first glance, is all about Cottage or Dark Academia styles, but if you look closer you will find that it’s also a match made in Gothic Heaven for those leaning towards the whimsigothic mode.
Wearing a Son de Flor dress is like wearing poetry, literally, because I found what I first thought was a poem hidden in the pocket. And no, it wasn’t ‘The Raven’ by Edgar Allan Poe, wouldn’t that be spooky?
It was a quote by the writer and marine biologist, Rachel Carsen, so influential to the advance of the global environmental movement.
To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and the flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.Under the Sea-Wind by Rachel Carson
Sustainability and high-quality garments are at the core of Son de Flor’s philosophy. And all thanks to Vaida and Indre, the sisters and co-founders of the slow-fashion brand that stole the hearts of women all over the world, and they definitely stole mine.
The Classic Son de Flor dress in black twill linen fabric is simple, yet very elegant and the styling possibilities are endless.
The full-circle skirt is incredibly flattering making it the ideal style for any body shape and size.
Lastly, the side seam pockets are surprisingly big enough for an iPhone, or Wednesday Addams’ signature Poison Bottle.
…you taught me how to be strong and independent. How to navigate myself in a world full of treachery and prejudice. You are the reason I understand how imperative it is that I never lose sight of myself.Wednesday Addams
Dressing like Wednesday Addams allows you to embrace both darkness and grace. From her iconic monochrome palette to the Peter Pan collar and A-line silhouette, all the characteristics of the Classic Son de Flor dress, each element contributes to the enigmatic allure that has made Wednesday a beloved character for generations.
The Ultimate Wednesday Addams Shoes from Memery
Wednesday Addam’s choice of footwear echoes her distinctive personality. From her iconic Mary Janes to her effortlessly stylish combat boots, every shoe she dons becomes a reflection of her enigmatic soul.
Since this post is to inspire you to dress like your inner Wednesday Addams and not copy her from head to toe, I want to introduce you to the ultimate Addams shoe style you need in your vintage, retro and Goth wardrobe.
The Edwardian boot with a Pompadour heel from Memery is what Goth dreams are made of. And yes, I’ve been dreaming about those boots for several seasons now.
Mette Emmery, the wonderful woman behind Memery, created a brand of antique and vintage-inspired footwear that’s a faithful copy of shoes from as early as the 19th century. Meticulous attention to detail resulted in quality shoes with comfort to match.
As I saunter into the brisk morning October mist in my brand-new Edwardian-inspired boots, I imagine myself as a new member of the Addams Family. Someone who is the perfect combination of both, Wednesday and Morticia Addams.
Child of woe is wan and delicate… sensitive and on the quiet side, she loves the picnics and outings to the underground caverns… a solemn child, prim in dress and, on the whole, pretty lost… secretive and imaginative, poetic, seems underprivileged and given to occasional tantrums… has six toes on one foot.Charles Addams
Let each step you take in your beauteous Memery shoes be a testament to your unique style and individuality. So, let us bid adieu, Wednesday Addams enthusiasts, and may you forever step into the darkness with grace and style, just like our beloved Wednesday.