If, like us, you binge-watched all eight hours of Stranger Things when it was first released last summer, the return of Season Two will most likely feel well overdue. In the 16 months since the cult sci-fi drama first aired, it has not only drawn huge critical acclaim and won innumerable television awards but its retro sartorial vibe has had a remarkable influence on the fashion industry. From Off-White’s Virgil Abloh teasing his Spring ’17 collection using the show’s now-iconic font to the show’s cast perched at the front row of Coach 1941’s Spring ’17 NYFW show, the cult appeal and nostalgic ‘80s aesthetic of Stranger Things has influenced the imaginations of some of the world’s biggest fashion designers and consequently wardrobes around the world.
As our binging habits are resumed this weekend, we draw sartorial inspiration from Stranger Things 2 and show you how to incorporate Stranger Things styling into your Autumn/Winter wardrobe.
Undoubtedly one of the definitive fabrics of the ‘70s and ‘80s, the Stranger Things set is heavy on great cord pieces. Virtually every character has now worn corduroy at some point over the first two series which is up there with plaid and sherpa collars as one of the defining style traits of the show. Whether it be cord trousers, jackets, or detailing in the way of cord collars and rucksack panels, cord is ubiquitous throughout the series which shows off its versatility.
It’s no coincidence that AW17 has seen a resurgence in cord across both womenswear and menswear. Cord has been incorporated as a key fabric in this season’s collections by the likes of Oliver Spencer, A.P.C., and PS by Paul Smith whether in the form of relaxed-fitting chinos, chunky cord coats, or—the Stranger Things staple—the trucker jacket.