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New Year, old look: Style Inspiration from Marty McFly

Marty McFly, Back to the Future, 1980s style

The high-tops, the stonewashed jeans, the Calvin Kleins…if Annie Hall was everything sartorially great about the 1970s, then we’ve got Michael J. Fox’ career defining turn as time travelling Marty McFly to thank for everything great about the 1980s.

After endless recommendations from my dad, I watched Back to the Future, aged approximately ten years old. Alongside finding it the funniest thing – like, ever – I took away with me three things; 1. A lightning bolt is 1.21 gigawatts and that will power a time machine. Duh. 2.  I quite fancy Michael J. Fox. 3. I really want to buy a puffer jacket gilet.

Twelve years on, all of those things are still true – and with slightly better dress sense, I now understand Back to the Future as the source of all the best, most transferrable, most popularised aspects of 80s fashion (as well as a school disco favourite Busted song that actually features the phrase ‘flux capacitor’). If Whitney Houston-come-Dynasty-come-Lady-Di isn’t really your style, then you’re probably part of the McFly pack, a look that has trickled down into 21st century dressing by way of scene kids, Levi’s jeans, country bumpkins and Avril Lavigne. Now what we have is the coolest interpretation of 1980s fashion; part California cool, part supermodel, part Breakfast Club. Key features include light denim jeans, preferably in a Mom cut, sneakers or high topped Converse, a good white tee, a checked shirt, yet more denim, a ‘life preserver’ and some mean skateboarding skills.

They might not have been ready for it back then, but their kids sure do love it.

Gilet, Marty McFly, Back to the Future, 1980s, Fashion, 2014

Lee Cooper Buttoned Front Gilet, Sports Direct, £14

Shirt, Marty McFly, Back to the Future, 1980s, Zara, Fashion, 2014

Printed Blouse, Zara, £9.99

American Apparel, Grey Sweatshirt, Marty McFly, Back to the Future, 1980s, Fashion, 2014

Unisex Classic Crew Sweatshirt in Zinc, American Apparel, £55

Cheap Monday boyfriend jeans, Marty McFly, Back to the Future, 1980s, Fashion, 2014

Slim Boyfriend Jeans, Cheap Monday at ASOS, £49

Reebok Classics, High Tops, Trainers, Marty McFly, Back to the Future, 1980s, Office

Freestyle Hi Top White Silver, Reebok at Office, £54.99

Herschel Backpack, Marty McFly, Back to the Future, 1980s

Settlement Backpack, Herschel at ASOS, £55

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2 comments on “New Year, old look: Style Inspiration from Marty McFly

  1. annawilliamson117
    February 3, 2014

    Love High top Reeboks!

  2. ewaldjennen5
    August 19, 2015

    Reebok Classics, High Tops, Trainers, Marty McFly, Back to the Future,. Freestyle Hi Top White … bbackpackr.wordpress.com

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