Dripping in 1980s nostalgia its a tribute to the sci-fi and horror classics of the era and references a horde of films and tv shows, including Back to The Future, Stephen King, Star Wars, and Twin Peaks to name just a few. Unlike much entertainment set in the 1980s, Stranger Things is subtle in its references, and its fashion, which is spot on early 80s perfection. The adults clothing is rather boring but the two groups of kids have some great looks.
The younger children, a nerdy group of Dungeon and Dragons playing boys, the mysterious disapearace of one of their number is the crux of show, wear the sort of casual clothes you'd expect on pre-teen boys but with lots of references to earlier sci-fi works. The vest on the right is clearly a Marty McFly tribute.
Their t-shirts, corderoy jackets, and sweatshirts are authentic 1980s, but would look very stylish today. (I think the camo head band is a Rambo reference and I'm crazy about the turquoise explorer hoodie)
The boys mysterious friend Eleven sports a baby dress and denim jacket that recalls the early day of grunge.
The older group of kids, led by the teenage beauty Nancy, have a more defined sense of style.
The girl in the pink sweater on the far right, Barb, Nancy's best friend has become something of an internet and instagram style icon, inspiring the hashtag #weareallbarb. Her geeky chic: all pie crust necklines, mom jeans and grandma glasses, is strangely compelling:
Sadly Barb makes an early exit from the show. Leaving Nancy to investigate her dissapearance while wearing a range of high neck sweaters and 80s jeans.
The clothing on the two lead teenage boys hi-lights their respective popular jock and shy loner stereotypes perfectly.
It's one of those shows where every frame looks perfect. If your a sic-fi or horror fan or a child of the 80s or a combo of all three then this is something you have to watch.