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Soft-goth glam is trending thanks to Wednesday Addams

Netflix recently announced that ‘Wednesday,’ starring Jenna Ortega, is returning for a second season. 

Since premiering on November 23, the show has become the streaming service’s most-watched debut for an English-language series.

Whether or not you’re a fan, there is no denying that Jenna’s depiction of the moody teen has inspired a new trend in fashion and beauty – soft-goth glam.

Since premiering on Nov. 23, ‘Wednesday’ has become the streaming service’s most-watched debut for an English-language series. And whether or not you’re a fan, there is no denying that Jenna’s depiction of the moody teen has inspired a new trend in fashion and beauty – soft-goth glam

The color black is a major component of Wednesday’s distinct sartorial flair and has been since the world was first introduced to her over 80 years ago.

Effortless, chic and efficient, head-to-toe black is the city of New York’s unofficial uniform.

But it’s Wednesday’s glamourous twist on the shade that has fashionistas everywhere excited. 

In the month after the show’s release, there was a 1,000% increase in searches using the keyword ‘lace’ by shoppers on Stylight – the world’s leading online search platform – compared to the month prior.

A 26% increase in search interest on platform boots like the ones worn by the character, and a 5% increase in searches for ‘black’ items after the release of the successful series.

To promote the hit series, Jenna looked stunning channeling her beloved character. Her most eye-catching look came on December 16, for her appearance on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

To promote the hit series, Jenna looked stunning channeling her beloved character. Her most eye-catching look came on December 16, for her appearance on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Jenna further cemented the relevance of goth-core while promoting the hit series in multiple designer ensembles that paid homage to her beloved character.

Her most eye-catching look came on December 16 for her appearance on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.’

The 20-year-old donned a Dolce & Gabbana ensemble consisting of a sheer black dress with a white collar and cuffs, over a satin bodysuit, accessorized with a metal corset belt and a silk necktie.

Everyone has taken notice, even cool girls like Kendall Jenner have absorbed the trend wearing beautiful all-black looks out and about. 

The 27-year-old was spotted in Los Angeles in a silk-satin Rodarte dress featuring a lace bodice and puffy sleeves in the same vein as Wednesday’s prom look.

It-girls like Kendall Jenner are embracing the gothic look. The 27-year-old was spotted in Los Angeles in a silk-satin Rodarte dress, which featured a lace bodice and puffy sleeves in the same vein as Wednesday's prom look

It-girls like Kendall Jenner are embracing the gothic look. The 27-year-old was spotted in Los Angeles in a silk-satin Rodarte dress, which featured a lace bodice and puffy sleeves in the same vein as Wednesday’s prom look

The character of Wednesday Addams is known for her long pigtail braids. For the spinoff on Netflix, the show's hair and makeup designer Tara McDonald, together with the show's director Tim Burton, gave the iconic character's hairdo a modern twist with bangs

The character of Wednesday Addams is known for her long pigtail braids. For the spinoff on Netflix, the show’s hair and makeup designer Tara McDonald, together with the show’s director Tim Burton, gave the iconic character’s hairdo a modern twist with bangs

True to character, Jenna recently debuted a new Wolf Cut on her Instagram. The Wolf Cut is part equal parts mullet and shaggy bob with a gothic-chic vibe

True to character, Jenna recently debuted a new Wolf Cut on her Instagram. The Wolf Cut is part equal parts mullet and shaggy bob with a gothic-chic vibe

Along with her signature black clothes, Wednesday Addams’ braided pigtails are iconic.

For the Netflix spinoff, the show’s hair and makeup designer Tara McDonald, together with the show’s director Tim Burton, gave the character’s hairdo a modern twist with bangs and freckles.

And fans can’t help but be inspired. 

According to Look Fantastic’s Beauty Trend Report, Curtain Bangs saw 90,500 average monthly searches in 2022. 

The series has even had an influence on car enthusiasts. 

Donning an all-black look, made complete with a tulle veil and lace-up platform boots, Vanessa Hudgens shared photos of herself posing on the Addams family’s famous 1950 Cadillac hearse as part of a collaboration with Turo, the Airbnb for cars.

‘When Wednesday hands you the keys to her hearse on a Wednesday,’ Vanessa captioned her post.

The series has even had an influence on car enthusiasts. Donning an all-black look, made complete with a tulle veil and lace-up platform boots, Vanessa Hudgens shared photos of herself posing on the Addams family’s famous 1950 Cadillac hearse as part of a collaboration with Turo, the Airbnb for cars

The series has even had an influence on car enthusiasts. Donning an all-black look, made complete with a tulle veil and lace-up platform boots, Vanessa Hudgens shared photos of herself posing on the Addams family’s famous 1950 Cadillac hearse as part of a collaboration with Turo, the Airbnb for cars

While all-black is easy to pull off, Wednesday’s soft-goth glam takes a little finessing.

Costume designer Colleen Atwood told Bazaar that she used black fabrics that were semi-reflective, and incorporated white pieces when possible to give the character’s costumes dimension.

While Wednesday’s Alaïa prom dress stole the show in season 1, her school uniform featuring Tim Burton’s favorite pattern – stripes – is a masterpiece.

For an elevated spin on dark academia, layer a black and white jumper (stripe or polka dot) with a blouse featuring a sharp Peter Pan collar, and pair it with a ladylike silk skirt. 

Top your feminine separates with the season’s hottest outerwear- a leather trench coat. 

And complete the look by slipping into a pair of Mary Jane heels or a chic combat boot.

Accessorize with black diamond jewelry and reach for your trendiest designer bag. 

Lucy Boynton was goth glam at a recent event

Janelle Monae has mastered the black and white look

For an elevated spin on dark academia, layer a black and white jumper (stripe or polka dot) with a blouse featuring a sharp Peter Pan collar, and pair it with a ladylike silk skirt

Punk Striped Pattern Shrug Sweater by ROMWE, $12; shein.com

Punk Striped Pattern Shrug Sweater by ROMWE, $12; shein.com

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