I think my goal from now on is to dress more sinister once in a while. I wasn’t quite sure about this outfit when I put it on, but then I realized in the middle of the day – does this ever happen to you – that the overall look was a lot darker than I had originally planned. Then I felt sort of silly for wearing my white oxfords. What I really need is a pair of spiky, dangerous-looking black shoes. Or a long, scraggly dress that covers my feet so I can just skip that issue.
Speaking of which (I never know how to move from one paragraph to the next), Morticia Addams is basically my role model for this sort of dressing. I’m not referring to the TV version (which I’ve never seen and wouldn’t even recognize), but the (highly superior) cartoon version drawn by Charles Addams in the 1950’s. I actually take a lot of inspiration from this sort of dark, morbid drawings, especially Edward Gorey. All of his cartoons and stories have a really old-fashioned look and macabre, even disturbing subjects like orphaned children and people flinging themselves off castle towers. The clothes, of course, are dark and beautiful and sort of ghostly, which I really want to incorporate a little of into my wardrobe.
One final note – the illustrations in children’s books like Coraline and A Series of Unfortunate Events are also amazingly dark and creepy. I remember in 6th grade, when I read all the books in the series, I was obsessed with Esme Squalor (the evil, fabulous “fashionable” person) and, in particular, a pair of diabolical lace-up stiletto heels she wore that had actual stiletto knives in place of a heel. There was an amazing illustration of them in one of the books, but I can’t find it. Although I distinctly remember doodling my own version of them all over my notebooks… yeah, I was a pretty weird kid.