How to Shop Like Barb, Eleven and the Boys from 'Stranger Things' This Fall

The best '80s inspired sherpa-collared jackets, frilly sweaters and mom jeans. Because why not?
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Barb, noted style icon, and Nancy in "Stranger Things." Photo: Netflix

Barb, noted style icon, and Nancy in "Stranger Things." Photo: Netflix

Anyone who's finished binge watching all eight hours of Netflix's "Stranger Things" probably has a lot of questions. For instance: Where is Eleven? What's up with Will's creepy flashbacks? Why did Barb and her awesome mom jeans have to die? Did Winona Ryder get super-dehydrated from all that crying? And, what the eff does Nancy see in that camera-smashing, soufflé-haired alpha jock Steve? 

For answers, we'll have to wait until Netflix releases Season 2 next year. One thing we don't have to wait for: expressing our obsession with the show's nostalgic '80s sartorial vibe. If the recent spring 2017 season is any indication, we're not the only ones who've caught the "Stranger Things" fever: Models walked down the runway to the show's haunting theme song at Monse; Winona Ryder and Milly Bobby Brown sat front row at the Coach show; both Virgil Abloh of Off-White and Joseph Altuzarra teased their spring collections using the now-iconic font from the opening credits; and German model Lina Hoss channeled Eleven in an oatmeal-colored dress and buzz cut.

Eleven! Photo: Netflix

Eleven! Photo: Netflix

Luckily, it's quite easy to channel your inner Barb, Nancy, Dustin and Eleven right now — and not even in a costume-y way. The frilly sweaters, plaid blouses, Sherpa-collared corduroy jackets, penny loafers, high-waisted jeans, ringer tees and mustard-striped turtlenecks that dominate the show's wardrobe are ideal for blustery October days. Just a word to the wise: ill-fitting khaki pants are never a good idea, no matter how fluffy and feathered your coif.

The boys of "Stranger Things." Photo: Netflix

The boys of "Stranger Things." Photo: Netflix

However, if dressing like a gang of prepubescent Dungeons & Dragons fanatics, a telekinetic escapee or a clique of randy teenagers from small-town Indiana circa 1983 isn't your preferred look IRL, at least they make for some killer Halloween inspo. I'm guessing that Eleven's pink dress, blue bomber jacket, tube socks and Chuck Taylor ensemble will be one of the most ubiquitous costumes of this year's trick-or-treating circuit. It's a solid choice, no doubt, but don't forget about Eleven's other stellar outfits. A hospital gown accessorized with a box of Eggos, perhaps. Or better yet, something like that taupe onesie situation she wears for her sessions in the evil doctor's sensory deprivation tank. Very Maison Margiela, no?

The Cool Teens of "Stranger Things." Photo: Netflix

The Cool Teens of "Stranger Things." Photo: Netflix

Read on for our "Stranger Things"-inspired fall shopping guide, and you'll be ready to hit the popular kids' raging weekend house party in no time — or, you know, to attempt to take on the Demogorgon. 

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