How to get the 80s kid style of Stranger Things

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07 Jul 2022
How to get the 80s kid style of Stranger Things

Keep running up that hill, but do it in style

words Louis Staples

Right now, it feels like half the world is collectively streaming the final episodes of season 4 of* Stranger Things*. And the other half is busy streaming “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush, which the show catapulted to the top of the charts 40 years on. Between these two pop culture milestones, the 1980s feels like it’s having a major moment.

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Beyond the extra-terrestrial drama, iconic soundtrack and Winona Ryder screaming, one of the best things about Netflix’s most-watched TV show ever is its 1980s fashion. A lot of the show’s fans weren’t around the first time and are discovering the weird and wonderful variety of acid wash denim, chaotic prints, vintage sportswear and oversized shades that defined 1980s fashion.

From trippy prints to distressed denim, here’s the Woo edit of Stranger Things-inspired garms to bring the 1980s vibes right into 2022.

THE TRUCKER HAT

 Unisex Trucker Cap

Unisex Trucker Cap

COLLUSION
£ 14.99

A key trend from Men’s Fashion Week SS23 was Hot Trucker Summer, with designers such as Etudes incorporating trucker hats into their collections. And what better place to start than a 1980s inspired hat from Collusion, the unisex brand which is exclusive to Asos. Like many of the most stressful Stranger Things scenes, this accessory is giving psychedelic acid trip vibes.

THE ORIGINAL COOL

The Trucker Jacket

The Trucker Jacket

Levi's
£ 110.00

Continuing the trucker trend is the original jacket from denim pioneer Levi’s. The trucker jacket endures beyond seasons and trends, of course. It’s meant to be worn forever, wherever, whenever, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a jacket with an easier shape, more versatile weight or inherent sense of cool. Lean further into the 1980s vibe by pairing with a vintage band tee.

VINTAGE INSPIRED PANTS

Boxy Oversized Shirt In Vintage Inspired Print

Boxy Oversized Shirt In Vintage Inspired Print

ASOS DESIGN
£ 26.00

The 1980s was a decade of chaotic, striking prints. This ASOS patterned shirt feels part arcade game, part Indiana Jones-style archeological adventure. It’s ideal for layering under a denim jacket, or wearing on its own on a hot summer’s day.

HOUSE OF GUCCI

Nouvelle Vague Oversized Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses

Nouvelle Vague Oversized Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses

Gucci
£ 300.00

Oversized sunglasses were another key trend from fashion week SS23. Rick Owens showed his spring collection in Paris around a caged wrecking ball which was set on fire, showcasing his sunglasses designs. It’s a renaissance that feels part 1980s, part early 2000s. This Gucci pair, crafted in a chic tortoiseshell acetate with a retro-inspired round silhouette, are perfect for living out your 1980s murderous heiress fantasy.

ANOTHER DIMENSION

Camp-Collar Printed Cotton Shirt

Camp-Collar Printed Cotton Shirt

Beams Plus
£ 115.00

Japanese label Beams Plus finds the inspiration for its rich colours and patterns in heritage textiles. The one on this camp-collar shirt is inspired by Batik dyeing methods, which are native to Indonesia. This might not immediately scream Stranger Things, but there’s an acid wash-meets-Pacman vibe to the combination of colour and pattern here which makes this garm feel like it’s from another dimension.

A RETRO CLASSIC

CLUB C 1985 TV

CLUB C 1985 TV

REEBOK
£ 69.00

You don’t get much more 1980s than these Reebok Club C 1985 TV sneakers, which are a true retro classic. Branded with Reebok’s signature moniker, they’re perfect for Running Up That Hill, Kate Bush-style. Complete your high school jock fantasy by pairing with a vintage varsity jacket and blue denim jeans.

TIMELESS ACCESSORIES

F-91W 9AEF Watch

F-91W 9AEF Watch

Casio
£ 28.00

The word “iconic” is used a lot right now, but Casio watch is one 1980s import which earns that description. Despite conjuring nostalgic video game vibes, this gold design has become a timeless classic. It’s water-resistant and has its own alarm, so at just £28, it’s a steal.

RELAXED DENIM

Vintage Mid-Wash Blue Levi's 550 Jeans

Vintage Mid-Wash Blue Levi's 550 Jeans

Urban Renewal
£ 75.00

Urban Renewal by Urban Outfitters revives actual vintage pieces for today’s world. These Classic 550 jeans by Levi's, in a heritage denim style and a mid-washed denim fabric, are straight out of the 1980s. They’ve got that relaxed, mom jean style we’ve seen on everyone from Princess Diana to Winona Ryder in Stranger Things.

CASUAL STAPLES

Striped Logo-Print Organic Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt

Striped Logo-Print Organic Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt

Adidas
£ 45.00

The adidas logo was created in 1971 to reflect the diversity of the brand: its three leaves represent North America, Europe, and Asia. Since then, the sportswear giant’s vintage-vibes tees have become a casual wardrobe staple. Complete the look with vintage jeans or a denim jacket.

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