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The Costumes in ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ Are Technicolor Masterpieces

Netflix’s new show will make you wanna buy a bright raincoat.

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The cast of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Photo: Netflix

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This Friday, January 13th marks the arrival of the first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events, Netflix’s reimagining of Lemony Snicket’s bestselling, darkly hilarious children’s books. You might remember Brad Silberling’s 2004 film adaptation of the series, which received mixed reviews despite its beautiful visuals and the fact that it starred both Jim Carrey and Meryl freaking Streep. Unfortunate, indeed.

At any rate, Netflix’s take on the woeful tale of the three orphaned Baudelaire siblings promises to be superior in pretty much every way. And while Colleen Atwood’s gorgeously Gothic costumes from the 2004 film are hard to top — they earned her an Oscar nomination, after all — Angus Strathie’s wardrobe for Netflix’s version takes the story in a more realistic, even modern direction. As in, the characters — particularly Violet, the MacGyver of the Baudelaire family — dress in colorful clothes I would gladly wear IRL.


Baudelaire siblings wearing colorful raincoats. Photo: Netflix

Misery loves company, as they say. It also loves glossy, colorful raincoats.

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Violet Baudelaire wears a whale-print dress, cable knit sweater, and knit bag. Photo: Netflix

Zooey Deschanel would probably kill for Violet’s whale-print shirtdress and cable-knit cardigan. As would I.

Shop: Allegra K Whale Striped Dress, $17.35; Lands’ End Cotton Cable Trim Cardigan Sweater, $39.97; Moda Luxe Adalynn Clutch, $60.


Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf and Malina Weissman as Violet Baudelaire in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Photo: Netflix

Don’t let Count Olaf’s (Neil Patrick Harris) ridiculous beard distract you from how cute Violet’s floral blouse is.

Shop: Equipment Slim Signature Floral Silk Shirt, $258.


Catherine O’Hara and Neil Patrick Harris in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Photo: Netflix

Holy Alessandro Michele, Batman.

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