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Stranger Things Style Guide: How To Dress Like Steve Harrington | Man of Many

Over the seasons, we’ve seen Steve Harrington move away from his preppy jock persona over to a more contemporary, adult aesthetic. Depending on where in the Stranger Things story arc you drop in, there are bound to be some tell-tale signs that the former king of Hawkins High is growing up.

Style Evolution of Steve Harrington

When we were first introduced to Steve Harrington in the hallway of Hawkins High, you could already tell that his character was inspired by ’80s jocks and heartthrobs. Much like the Fast Times at Ridgemont High brigade, this look was all about perfect hair and an abundance of manicured accessories, albeit with a few change-ups. Stranger Things costume designer Kimberly Adams described Steve’s style as “preppy and cool … Polo shirts, Levi’s, khakis, and Brooks Brothers basics worn with attitude!”

Season 1

When it came to Season 2 of Stranger Things, we started to see a change in Steve, both visually and metaphorically. Speaking with Vulture, actor Joe Keery revealed that the second season iteration shows some growth for the former jock. “Steve lets his guard down … He’s growing up and becoming a little less absorbed. He’s learning that in order to do what’s best for the ones you really love, you have to put yourself in the backseat. And that’s an important lesson for any age.”

Season 2

In the third season of Stranger Things, we were introduced to Scoops Ahoy Steve. Scoops Ahoy employees wore uniforms designed to resemble cartoonish sailor suits. While what Steve wore this season might be great as a Halloween costume it might not be the best for day-to-day unless you’re a sailor. But it doesn’t mean you can’t take some inspiration. Dressing in a nautical or sailor style has once again become popular, with many brands embracing the style.

Season 3

In season 4 we were introduced to Family Video Steve. The uniform here is less strict than Scoops Ahoy, allowing Steve to show some more of his own personal style. Throughout this season Steve donned many outfits, due to the crazy happenings in Hawkins and in the Upside Down. Some of which – like Military Steve – were more notable than others, but it was still good to see him mix it up a bit. Steve did ultimately go back to his preppy roots, but with an unrefined twist. His hair this season was also notably longer, yet still well maintained.

Season 4

When he’s not in character, Joe Keery is still a style icon in his own right. The American actor is renowned for his casual aesthetic and mix of traditional workwear and, ironically, ’80s accessories. Here are some of Joe Keery’s best outfits.

Joe Keery’s Best Outfits of All Time

Airport fashion at its core is a balance between comfort and style. Joe Keery has become a master and the only evidence you need is this outfit. Taking inspiration from his on-screen character, Keery wore Steves’s trademark jeans and bomber jacket combo. He paired these with classic Ray-Bans, a backpack and a mutated toned duffle. The best thing about this outfit is not only its simplicity but the fact that it can be replicated with almost any colour combo.

Airport Style Masterclass

Another classic example of how basic wardrobe essentials can be effective when used properly. Again Keery’s outfit is easy to recreate and reimagine. Using denim again as a base, Keery builds his outfit around it, pairing it with a simple graphic tee, sunglasses and the iconic low-top Docs.

Out and About

Whether he’s in a modern style or adopts vintage classic pieces, we’ve already established that Joe Keery knows how to dress. So it’s no surprise that he decided to dust off the high-waisted wide-leg pants for the red carpet. His vintage look consisted of a pair of camel slacks paired with a tucked-in short-sleeved, patterned shirt and dress shoes. This is another great combination to reinterpret, as you could dress it up with a suit jacket or dress it down with a crisp, fitted t-shirt or sneakers.

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