STYLE AND CULTURE
STYLE TIPS FROM STRANGER THINGS
By Maybelle Morgan, 26 October 2017
Unless you’ve been hidden under a very secure, impenetrable rock for the last year, you'll have been witness to widespread Stranger Things mania, along with the very well-timed and persuasive return of the 80s to your wardrobe. And, thankfully, the slammin’ soundtrack, nail-biting tension and perfectly on-point retro outfits are back for Season 2 this week, so what better time to look at the series' v cool garms and style inspo?
Granny chic reigns
Oh Barb. We lamented her enduring (and undeserved) loyalty and mourned her very savage end but, most importantly, found ourselves strangely pining for her Gucci-vibes granny-chic garms. Yep, we’ll be having a dig in nan's closet soon, as #JusticeForBarb comes in the one true form of letting her be your style inspiration.
For many seasons now, we’ve been enjoying a vintage revival, involving wallpaper prints, super-girly frills and dear-old-lady saccharine shades. A modern update on Barb’s thing involves this high-necked mini dress, toned down with stripy socks, technical trainers and a retro-kitsch bag.
Corduroy is back
We fully believe in 'Winona forever', because while the actress reigned in the 90s as a style icon, she's now getting major props for her 80s garms in Stranger Things, too. From what we can see, Season 2 will see her return as Will’s mother, taking on some seriously cool corduroy jacket-and-flares combos.
And, what do you know? Your AW17 mac is getting that 80s treatment too, in the form of corduroy in earthy oaky tones. Keep the knee length and play with the silhouette, adding a grey ribbed midi dress and some chunky hiker boots.
Dungarees are timeless
Eleven taught us many things in Season 1, including that a bomber jacket is eternal and frozen waffles are a key diet staple. For the upcoming season? Denim dungarees are the comfy-cool uniform of someone battling aliens and they’re always relevant.
For a chic update, mash up casj and formal influences for an eclectic look. Light-wash dungarees are perfectly paired with high-necked frilled shirting (very Barb) and finished off with oh-so-girly ruby mules.
70s stripes still win
Last season, Nancy confirmed that nice guys finish last (sorry, Jonathan) and also that a good knitted jumper (especially of the retro 80s cropped variety) never goes amiss. Add black flares, a leather-strap watch and a canvas shoulder bag and you’ve got a solid outfit to traverse the Upside Down in.
Fast forward and a stripy coral retro knit has as much style currency now as it did in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, circa 1983. This time, sweeping, white, wide-leg trousers are the perfect Scandi accompaniment, plus some chunky technical trainers and a dainty string clutch.