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How to Dress Like Wednesday Addams This Fall

Thanks to fashion moments like Prada Fall 2019, it's easier than ever to channel the iconic Halloween style figure.
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The Halloween season brings with it some of the most excessively dark looks of the year. Prada’s Fall 2019 collection, which premiered this past February, offered a slew of perfectly haunting pieces. The muse of the collection? The one, the only, Wednesday Addams.

Confirmed by designer Miuccia Prada, Wednesday Addams was the inspiration behind the spooky styles. The eldest daughter of Morticia and Gomez on the fictional 1964 TV show The Addams Family, Wednesday has an iconic look including her double braids, black dress, and strange-but-sweet attitude. Bringing in elements of her classic look, the collection showed that her aesthetic hasn’t lost its striking appeal, even across generations. 

Described as “Frankensteinish” by Vogue, the collection brought everything your closet needs for the Halloween season — tons of lace, bubblegum pink and slime green dresses, and plenty of synthetic neon fur. At its core, the collection oozes Halloween energy. Several of the pieces even featured Frankenstein’s cartoonish face, printed on long-sleeved black dresses and midi skirts. Alongside Prada’s realized visions were even more eye-catching details, down to the Wednesday-like braids that many of the models wore as they walked down the runway. 

Just in time for spooky season, we’ve compiled a lucky 13 incredible goth-chic pieces to complete your Wednesday Addams-inspired look. After all, who wouldn’t want to look like one of horror’s most recognizable fashion icons? From statement dresses to lace stockings, these pieces would definitely be Wednesday-approved. Check out our picks below.

Prada

As the weather gets chillier, everyone needs a dramatic coat to throw on before they head out to haunt. This black structured trench by Prada will add a perfectly gothic touch to any outfit while still maintaining a classic feminine silhouette. Even Wednesday Addams gets chilly sometimes!

 

Natté gabardine coat, $3,900, available at Prada

Prada

For your dressier days, put a more mature spin on Wednesday's classic collared black babydoll dress with this lace alternative from Prada. With a flattering silhouette, midi length, and beautiful lace pattern, this dress is perfect for spooky fall days.

 

Lace dress with scroll motif, $4,200, available at Prada

Prada

If you want to go a more casual route, this black blouse from Prada will easily pair with a skirt or pants. With its high collar and huge bow, you can totally channel dramatic vampire energy.

 

Crepe de Chine top, $1,120, available at Prada

Gucci

This beautiful black dress from Gucci is the personification of Wednesday Addams — sweet and simple, but dark. The heart cutout on the chest adds a cutesy element, while the large sleeves and shift silhouette are perfect for if you need to make a pit stop at a funeral or a graveyard, as one does.

 

Jersey dress with cut-out heart, $3,600, available at Gucci

Gucci

With a pop of red, this dress from Gucci balances Wednesday's iconic all-black aesthetic with the second spookiest color—red. The delicate embellishments and flattering sleeve ruffles bring an aspect of femininity back to the simple A-line dress.

 

Viscose jersey dress, $1,980, available at Gucci

Renaissance

This pleated silk top from Renaissance is a perfect piece for fall layering. Throw on a  leather jacket, a pair of boots, and, of course, two braids, and you're all set.

 

Corday top, $420, available at Opening Ceremony

Paris 99

If Wednesday Addams lived in New York, she would totally wear this dress. With luxurious elements of snakeskin and velvet, this dress transforms her iconic look into something much edgier.

 

Hunters In The Snow dress, $450, available at Opening Ceremony 

 

Saint Laurent

This dress from Saint Laurent stays true to Wednesday's classic one, using a similar silhouette and collar, but adding crystal embellishments for an element of class. If you're heading out to a Halloween party in a creepy abandoned ballroom, braid your hair (do not let it down as you might otherwise) and hit the dance floor. 

 

Embellished Wool Mini-Shirtdress, $3,490, available at Barney’s

Comme des Garçons

For fall nights where the weather's just right, grab this cardigan from Comme des Garçons before you head out. The silky ruffles add dimension and depth to the simple black cardigan, which makes it perfect for any date night or horror movie (same thing, right?).

 

Tiered Ruffle Wool Cardigan, $835, available at Nordstrom

Moschino

Even Wednesday needs a bag. This simple but statement backpack from Moschino will go with any outfit, from dressy to casual. Never underestimate the power of a tiny backpack. 

 

Quilted nylon backpack with logo, $525, available at Moschino

Off-White

These Off-White leather boots are perfect for skull-smashing. With their metallic accents and high laces, they're just the right amount of grunge to make even the fanciest of outfits look hauntingly cool.

 

Leather hiking boot, $1,000, available at Off-White

Christian Louboutin

For that perfect blend of glitz, goth, and glam, these studded boots from Christian Louboutin are the perfect middle ground. With their thick, sturdy soles, they're sure to hold up through all of your Halloween shenanigans.

 

BY THE RIVER boot, $1,245, available at Christian Louboutin

Gucci

Who could go wrong with more lace? These lace tights from Gucci are subtle but entrancing enough to have anyone caught in your spell. Pair them with your favorite collared black dress for the ultimate Wednesday Addams look.

 


Black Lace Tights, $265, available at SSENSE

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