Call it the Stranger Things effect, but it seems like every hyped new Netflix show comes clad in the sort of sweet retro gear that send you racing for the ASOS Marketplace button. Sex Education is no exception — despite seemingly being set in present day England, the coming-of-age comedy is a riot of faded, tonal color, '80s prints and old-school Americana. Keep scrolling for our favorite 'fits, plus an exclusive video from cast members Emma Mackey and Ncuti Gatwa as they play sex myth or sex fact.
STYLE AND CULTURE
STYLE LESSONS FROM SEX EDUCATION
By Steven Potter, February 15, 2019
With a sex therapist as a mother, Otis (Asa Butterfield) is understandably conflicted about his own hormonal teenage feelings. Naturally shy, he likes life out of the spotlight but his gear say otherwise. Blending color-blocked puffers, striped tees and corduroy pants, his style is a mash-up of '80s-inspired realness that scores him top style marks on the regs.
Has the street styler above been taking notes on Otis’ style? We’ll never know, but we do know that color is key for 2019, so this eye-catching corduroy two-piece is going straight to the top of the class. Extra credit for toning the look down with that camel coat too.
Luckily for awkward Otis, he’s got a supportive, outgoing and hilarious best friend in the form of Eric, played by Ncuti Gatwa. Eric's embrace of bold-is-best pattern clashing reflects his energetic persona. With both those trends brightening up 2019, he’s quickly becoming our SS19 style icon.
Pattern mash-ups can be tricky, but when done right they really pay off. Take the guy above, flexing with a multi-colored jacket and camo pants. It shouldn’t work, but it really, really does. The rules have gone out of the window for 2019, so get creative. Bravo, sir — Eric would be proud.
Introduction to punk
Side-eye queen Maeve is the rebellious lone wolf who befriends Otis and has the genius idea of making some cash by running a secret sex clinic for their peers using Otis' reluctantly acquired expertise. Style-wise, her pink highlighted hair, biker jacket and stompy boots result in a punky vibe that matches her fiercely independent spirit.
Let’s be fair, biker jackets are always gonna be cool, but teamed with carpenter-style denim and matching boots? This street-styler has taken the timeless look and updated it for now by tapping into the utility trend that’s dominating SS19 runways. We give this an A+ for effortlessness.
Every series set in high school needs a jock, right? But far from the macho stereotype, Jackson here is actually a model student, leading the swim team with class and composure, and generally looking out for fellow students. His look? Classic varsity jackets (of course), tonal sweats and washed-out denim.
The basics of layering
With jocks, rebels and geeks aplenty, Sex Education wouldn’t be complete without a resident bully. Connor Swindells plays Adam, the troubled son of the school’s headmaster who pretty much has a problem with anything and anyone, particularly Otis’ best friend, Eric. What he doesn't have an issue with, however, is layering up some classic staples like washed-out leather jackets, hoodies and relaxed T-shirts.
For these chilly, transitional days, it’s worth taking note of Adam’s textbook layering game and piling on the pieces like the dude above. He’s teamed a longline bomber with a hoodie and T-shirt, and finished with ripped jeans and the sort of done-with-this-BS expression that Moordale Secondary's resident bad boy would be proud of. Fashion Week lines will do that to you.
The cast of Sex Education play sex fact or sex myth
Catch up with Eric and Maeve (aka Ncuti Gatwa and Emma Mackey) while they get some sex education themselves — and maybe learn a few things at the same time.