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.