Sex Education is Netflix’s latest smash hit series that follows socially awkward high-school student Otis Milburn, played by Asa Butterfield.
The coming-of-age teen comedy has been extremely popular on an international scale, and despite being set in the British countryside, has adopted an Americana aesthetic that confused many Brits. Overlooking that, it’s been a huge success that many believe was helped by the stylish and relevant 80s fashion that themed throughout. And you can easily achieve this style too with these 6 hacks.
Following in the footsteps of Netflix’s other hit show Stranger Things, Sex Education has an array of characters following an 80s fashion aesthetic despite being set in the modern day. No one adopts the 80s style more than Otis, as he continuously sports colour-blocked puffer jackets, striped tees and corduroy trousers.
All round rebel Maeve Wiley, played by Emma Mackey, is serving up some serious punk vibes with her pink highlighted hair and unique personal style. Her go-to wardrobe pieces include a black biker jacket and stompy boots.
Otis’ outgoing and extroverted best friend Eric Effiong, played by Ncuti Gatwa, is another of our favourites. His style involves the pairing of some bold patterns to create some loud outfits that perfectly reflects his personality. Mixing up patterns can be tricky to pull off, but achieving it will result in a visually interesting look.
Keeping to the strict 80s aesthetic, many of the character’s outfits included desaturated colour tones. One of the biggest lovers of this is Otis, who frequently sports a colour-blocked puffer with a muted yellow, red and blue to create a pastel tone.
School bully Adam, played by Connor Swindells, isn’t afraid to enhance his style with some basic layering. Some of the classic staples he layers so well include washed-out brown leather jackets, hoodies and relaxed T-shirts.
With the series featuring high school lockers and American footballs in the corridors, it’s no surprise the Americana aesthetic filtered into the fashion too. No one embodied this in their personal style more than Jackson’s character, as he frequently appears in a classic letterman jacket, tonal sweats and washed-out denim throughout the series.