In the fourth season of Netflix’s beloved Stranger Things, it’s 1986, and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is now living with the Byers family in California. Like seasons past, her wardrobe has changed drastically in new episodes. Throughout the season, Eleven, a.k.a El, a.k.a. Jane sports a combination of what seem to be hand-me-downs from her adoptive family, Joyce, Will, and Jonathan Byers. Essentially, a lot of flannel shirts, mixed with vintage tees, sweats, and mom jeans (literally).
According to the hit show’s costume designer Amy Parris, “she’s still figuring herself out” and, in the meantime, “her style is weird.” In a conversation with Netflix’s Tudum, Parris explained El’s style further. “She’d bought stuff with Max [in Season 3], but Max isn’t there with her to help her accessorize and guide her in how she might want to dress, so she’s uneasy,” she said.
The designer also revealed that, when prepping for season 4, she drew inspiration from Sarah Jessica Parker's character Patty Greene in the early-'80s sitcom Square Pegs. (Do yourself a favor and Google image search that quick.)
Ahead, we broke down all of Eleven’s delightfully whimsical outfits from season 4 of Stranger Things. Plus, lookalike pieces for you to shop.
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In the first episode, Eleven wears a teen look so timeless, it could easily be from 2022. She donned a vintage graphic tee and colorful sweats, complete with a flannel shirt she definitely copped from Joyce’s closet.
Parris shared that when Millie Bobby Brown first stepped onto the set in this look, she told her: “Well, I don’t really feel like myself, but I think that’s good.”
In a roller rink scene, Eleven strangely (pun very much intended) paired a drop-waist dress featuring a funky striped design over a plaid button-up. It’s a mystifying layering choice, to say the least — but, hey, that’s just where Eleven’s at right now. She styled the bemusing ‘fit with classic white crew socks and a pair of vintage sneaks that she wears throughout the season.
In a sporty, blue striped rugby-style shirt and sweatpants, El nails the relaxed-cool vibe, yet again. I guarantee you she plucked this entire outfit from one of her new brothers’ closets.
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This outfit brings another quote from Parris to mind. “There's times where I was like, ‘This is so bizarre,’ but I think that's the right feeling because she doesn't know where she's going,” she told Tudum.
Eleven rocked another flannel (this time of the blue variety), which she layers over a floral print waffle shirt and a navy V-neck. White mom jeans, likely stolen from her actual mom, complete the casual look.