When stranger things Released on screens in the summer of 2016, it stole the hearts of millions and became one of Netflix’s best series of all time with its nostalgic 80s movie feel, touching moments and storylines. inspired by horror. One of the key elements of the show is the realistic aesthetic of 80s America, and the clothing is arguably the most important aspect to set the tone. With Season 4 fast approaching and releasing on May 27, fans are waiting for many more iconic style moments from their favorite characters.
Tom Fordy for FashionBeans commented that “the on-screen retro costumes transformed the show’s young stars into pre-teen style icons” and that’s likely because so many of the styles depicted are still popular today. High waisted jeans, varsity jackets and neon colors have all made a comeback in recent years, spurred by the obsession with the 80s aesthetic that stranger things is partly responsible. From puff sleeves to fluffy hair, here are some of the best looks from the show.
Eleven’s Mall Playsuit
In Season 3, Eleven – played by Millie Bobby Brown in her breakthrough role – can finally partake in the teenage experience she’s been missing. While shopping with Max, she picked out this black ’80s playsuit with neon geometric detailing and paired it with white socks and sneakers – something that’s still in style today. It’s a bold choice for Eleven who had never had a sense of personal style.
She’s usually seen in more subdued colors and ill-fitting borrowed clothes, but this is the first time viewers have seen Eleven show off her personal style and the bold theme continues throughout the season as we see more of her personality. Let’s not forget this is the outfit she wears when she dumps Mike. Cold as ice.
Dustin’s Snowball Costume
This is an unforgettable outfit from an unforgettable episode. In the Season 2 finale, the kids are getting ready for the Snow Ball at school, and Dustin’s look is the most notable. He wears a navy jacket, blue shirt and bow tie with brown pants and sneakers – but the most important detail is his hair.
In an adorable scene earlier in the season, Steve gives Dustin the secret to his bouffant hairstyle – “Use shampoo and conditioner, and when your hair is damp, it’s not wet, okay? When it’s wet, you do four puffs of the Farrah Fawcett spray— and it’s clear that Dustin uses those tips when creating his dance look. Incredibly sweet, and a small nod to the budding friendship between the unlikely couple.
Billy’s Double Denim
The first time we see bad boy and unexpected fan favorite Billy in the Season 2 opener, he’s sporting that iconic double-denim look reminiscent of rockers and heavy bikers. Double denim was a huge trend in the 80s, but Billy manages to make this look bold with the classic white unbuttoned shirt, collar and black combat boots.
Her mullet hairstyle also draws inspiration from the 1970s, with rockers like Rod Stewart and Keith Richards sporting the hairstyle as part of their signature looks. It’s a dramatic look that gives us a good indication of Billy’s personality: his embrace of the more edgy biker and rocker trends of the time shows his desire to look tough.
Mrs. Wheeler’s Swimsuit
Mrs. Wheeler sports this extremely ’80s swimsuit while hanging out at the local pool in the Season 3 opener. It’s sort of equal parts glamor and “mommy.” The swimsuit is a blue and pink color block number – playing in the 80s trend of bright neon colors – and she wears chunky white jewels which were very fashionable at the time. The bouffant bun and matching blue eyeshadow complete the outfit.
It’s a very cohesive look that works great for a busy, slightly uptight mom, but it also adds a sense of fun to the character that has one of the best character arcs ever. stranger thingswhile alluding to her boredom in her marriage and subsequent flirtation with Billy.
Steve’s Scoops Ahoy uniform
Fans were thrilled to see the usually deft Steve – played by the excellent Joe Keery – in his dumb work uniform in the Season 3 opener – but somehow he pulls it off. Steve, Stranger Things’ the friendliest main character, retains his bouffant hairdo, but otherwise it’s a complete change from the trendy ensembles he usually wears.
The “Scoops Ahoy” sailor suit with matching shorts and hat is kitschy and perfectly captures the novelty of the thriving mall scene of the 1980s. The fact that Steve is virtually only seen in this outfit for the entire season adds to his memorization as one of the best outfits in the series.
Nancy’s red jacket
This Season 1 Episode 5 outfit is Nancy’s first departure from her cute girl-next-door aesthetic, and it’s the outfit she wears when she and Jonathon attempt to confront the creature that has took Will. She pairs a red trucker jacket, blue sweater and shirt, and brown cords with brown boots. She also sports a practical updo.
It’s a tougher, bolder look for Nancy and with other hidden details throughout stranger things signals her growth as a character – from prissy older sister to badass monster hunter. Not to mention that this outfit would still be in style today.
Dustin’s Roast Beef T-Shirt
Dustin’s fun sense of personal style makes many of his outfits more memorable than those of the other kids, and this is one of his best from Season 3 Episode 6. He wears a bright yellow t-shirt with a design animated cow with a funny pun with a denim vest and his Camp Know Where baseball cap.
It’s delightfully silly but also sums up Dustin’s personality. His sense of humor shows in the fun t-shirt and he proudly wears the cap from his summer getaway to camp. Add some 80s denim to that and here’s the ultimate Dustin outfit – colorful, quirky and a little bit funny.
Core Four Ghostbusters Outfits
Although these are technically four outfits, they are essentially the same. It’s Halloween at Hawkins in the Season 2 opener and Mike, Lucas, Will and Dustin dress up as characters from one of the funniest comedies of the 80s, ghost hunters, for school – only to get there and realize all the other kids are now too cool for Halloween costumes. Not only are the outfits adorable, but they also symbolize the boys’ desire to hold on to childhood a little longer. and single them out as strangers at school.
Another detail that makes these outfits so good is that they are highly customized based on the resources each child has access to. While Mike, Lucas and Dustin’s suits all look the same with the same tan color, custom fit and legit-looking proton packs, Will appears to be a complete DIY job – a bittersweet detail that indicates his struggle to follow his friends. due to his single mother’s low income.
Eleven’s punk makeover
In Season 2 Episode 7 Eleven gets a makeover for her best outfit yet. So far, she’s only had access to loose, boring clothes that likely belonged to Hopper at some point. When she visits her “sister” Eight, Eleven gets more than just a fashion makeover, finding herself on a perilous personal journey that makes her realize she wants to use her powers for good.
It’s a step up for her in terms of fashion. Her short hair is slicked back and she wears an oversized blazer and jeans with dark eye makeup. It fits perfectly with the dramatic punk looks of the other characters in this standalone episode and shows a more rebellious and edgy side to Eleven’s personality.
Eleven’s Snowball Dress
In a moment that warmed viewers’ hearts in the Season 2 finale, Eleven attends the Snow Ball and has her first kiss with Mike on the dance floor. It’s a truly adorable scene between the young lovebirds, and the directors pulled out all the stops to make it a moment to remember, using the iconic Cydni Lauper’s “Time After Time” for the couples to dance to.
It’s a very sweet moment of a caterpillar that has become a butterfly. Eleven wears a denim puff sleeve dress with polka dots, ruffles and a purple belt with matching eyeshadow and has her hair slicked back the same way she did after her Eight makeover. It’s the epitome of the 80s and signals Eleven’s approach to adolescence perfectly.
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