I was particularly inspired by the quirky, child-like lens of A Series of Unfortunate Events and wanted to take a cue from my visual inspiration. Here’s an outfit inspired by the show with a little bit of writing so it doesn’t seem completely random!
The inordinately smart Baudelaire orphans are forced into adulthood at a young age — not only because of their unfortunate circumstances, but also because of their prodigality in lieu of their unique upbringing. They manage to unionize workers, ask piquing questions about equality, and even have conversations about naturalism and existentialism with a cab driver. Despite the constraints of maturity, their childish imagination and desires surface through the animated villains with their imaginative schemes, whimsical and grand sets and colored outfits with mature silhouettes. I found this dichotomy between adulthood and childhood very fascinating and centered my outfit around it.
I paired sombre outerwear — the coat & stilettos — with bright yellow inners, belted to emphasize constraint. The coat, heels, and belt represent the serious and adult-like take the Baudelaire’s aspire for, while the colored insides and free flowing, lose form are a betrayal by their youth. The obvious symbolism is also a tribute to the blatant aspects of the show, for example, the ad about Netflix where Olaf winks at the camera while lauding the benefits of in-home entertainment.
There’s something very adult about the show – the preppy tunes with notes of child-like variety have a mad genius aspect to them, the humorous negligence of Poe is a scathing commentary on bureaucracy, and his wife’s carelessness is a criticism on the media’s apathy and disregard for fact. There’s also something very childlike about the show in the animated characters and the desire to solve mystery. I love that there’s something in it for both, and that it represents the adult’s desire to see through a kid’s eyes and a child’s desire to see through an adult’s.