Stranger Things: Style Guide
The ’80s are back
If you’ve been watching Stranger Things on Netflix (and if you haven’t, seriously, where have you been? Cancel everything and binge-watch the first season now – since its release this summer Netflix has already commissioned a second series, airing in 2017) you’ll know that the
dorkiest coolest kids in town at the moment are Mike, Lucas, Dustin and Will.
Their Goonies meets E.T. meets Stephen King sci-fi adventures have fuelled an ’80s nostalgia trip thanks to the show’s near-perfect recreation of the era, and we are loving the graphics, the synthesisers – and Winona ‘Forever’ Ryder back at her best.
But since the start our sartorial eye has been on the detail for their retro apparel. And it’s not just us obsessing over the ’80s kids’ fashion – it seems everyone is, with internet searches for mesh trucker caps, navy bomber jackets, sleeveless puffa jackets and even Barb’s ruffled gingham blouse all on the increase.
So if, like us, you’re enjoying the vintage vibe of the Hawkins Indiana gang and quite fancy kitting your kiddos out in a trucker cap or retro trainers, then our Stranger Things-inspired style guide for the boys will be right up your boulevard.
Fussy Bird is also predicting that Eleven’s powder pink Peter-Pan collar dress, tube socks and navy bomber will be this year’s most popular Halloween outfit (for serious cool points).
For a 2016 take on the 1980s it’s all about layering: tartan shirts over long-sleeved T-shirts, lumber jackets and striped polo shirts, straight-legged chinos, corduroys or jeans with a hint of flare and the coolest of accessories (truckers caps, classic backpacks and retro trainers). All that’s missing now is a walkie-talkie, Rubik’s cube and a BMX. Oh, and one odd little girl (kid sisters don’t count). Strangely stylish.
We've already detailed our joy over the new-season bounty in Into Autumn for the girls. Soft knits, cosy hues of mustard and plums, snuggly accessories - we're all in. Conker season is traditionally a time of Good Clothes and wrapping up stylishly (you've seen The September Issue, right? It's the same for kids in our eyes). And there are some fantastic new lines for the boys, too.
Forget seasons of mist, it's all about the season of musts this autumn, as in what we must have for their wardrobes. And yes we do love collecting conkers and kicking through crispy leaves and smelling bonfires in the air on the walk home from school, but we also love all the fab new-season collections. Bring on the soft knits, cosy tights and the warm russets, mustards and plums of autumn...
If you've been watching Stranger Things on Netflix (and if you haven't, seriously, where have you been? Cancel everything and binge-watch the first season now - since its release this summer Netflix has already commissioned a second series, airing in 2017) you'll know that the dorkiest coolest kids in town at the moment are Mike, Lucas, Dustin and Will. Their Goonies meets E.T. meets Stephen King sci-fi adventures have fuelled an '80s nostalgia trip thanks to the show's near-perfect recreation of the era, and our sartorial eye has been on the detail for their retro apparel.
The new term is well under way, and we're just about getting our heads around which day is PE day, when the after-school clubs are, homework, lunchboxes, shoe-polishing and knotting a tie once again. But as smart and lovely as they look in their uniforms, it's always nice for them to have some comfies to throw on when they get home and can concentrate only on stuffing their faces and zoning out in front of Octonauts.