6 of the most stylish characters from children’s films

the artful dodger

When I was younger, one outfit a day was never enough. With every change in weather – or mood – I’d have to return to my bedroom, throw open my wardrobe doors and start again from scratch. Where playing cowboys and Indians with my brother required one look, sitting down to tea with my soft toys called for completely different one. Looking back, it’s no wonder I paid such close attention to the ensembles of my childhood heroes and heroines. Here are six stylish characters from children’s film.

 1. Scout Jean Louise Finch

6 of the best dressed fictional characters

Mary Badham as ‘Scout’

The original tomboy, Scout Jean Louise Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird. Played by Mary Badham in the 1962 cult classic, Scout was one of the first to prove that if men could wear overalls, then women could rock them too.

 2. The Artful Dodger

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Jack Wild as ‘the Artful Dodger’ with Mark Lester as ‘Oliver Twist’

Though he may have been mischievous in nature, the artful dodger certainly had swagger. Played by Jack Wild in the 1968 film adaptation of Oliver Twist, the dodger was known for his cat-like reflexes and his eclectic aesthetic.

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Christina Ricci as ‘Wednesday Addams’

 3. Wednesday Addams

With a wardrobe as dark and tormented as her demeanor, Wednesday Addams was one of the first silver screen characters to prove that girls don’t have to be pretty in pink. Played by Christina Ricci in the 1991 cult classic The Addam’s Family, Wednesday’s low-maintenance, modest and dark aesthetic continues to influence and inspire young girls, women and minimalist designers alike.

 4. Mary Lennox

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Kate Maberly as ‘Mary Lennox’

Perhaps one of the first to rock an oversized floppy beanie in winter, The Secret Garden’s Mary Lennox proved that cold weather couldn’t deter good, old-fashioned style. Played by Kate Maberly in the 1993 screen adaptation of the classic fairy tale, Lennox’s bitter disposition could never spoil her dainty, effortless style.

 5. Richie Rich

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Macaulay Culkin as ‘Richie Rich’

One of the most dapper little boys of all time, Richie Rich proved that you’re never too young to start wearing suits. Whether he was doing his homework or playing with the family dog, Richie always looked sophisticated and suave.

 6. Charlie Bucket

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Peter Ostrum as ‘Charlie Bucket’

Charlie Bucket of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory may not have come from wealth, but there’s no denying that the kid knew how to rock a turtleneck. Played by Peter Ostrum in the 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale, Bucket proved that less is more, roaming the streets in casual chinos teamed with high collared sweaters.

Kathryn Carter is a freelance writer based in Melbourne. She writes about art and fashion, and enjoys collecting peculiarly shaped leaves during long walks in the park.

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