That ‘70s Show
The title of the series may seem a little lazy to onlookers haven’t heard of this fun-loving teen comedy, but there is simply no better way of putting it. Following the family and friends of lovable loser Eric Forman in Wisconsin during the age of flower power and free love, this easy to watch series that began in the ‘90s is a loveable reminder of the time for those who lived it; and a delightful looking glass for younger viewers who are curious. Right from the get-go this show shines a light on the pastimes of teens way before texting, before videogames were huge and when the internet was nothing but a dream. Spending time in Forman’s bedroom, basement and garage gives us a long and intimate look at what posters coat his walls, what patterns made up his wallpaper and of course the coveted vehicles of the time. Thanks to being accompanied by his friends almost constantly we get to see the fashion of the time that includes some head turning jackets, tight fitting sweaters and of course lots of flared jeans. This should be your non-stop shop for all things ‘70s, and one which you won’t regret.
One of the most popular shows of the last few years exclusive to the streaming service Netflix, this science fiction/horror/comedy has quickly found a place in the hearts of those who grew up in or around the 1980s. Making sure it hits every possible ‘80s bone in your body the show opens up with some classic sounding synthwave music that works wonderfully with the neon lit titles it thumps behind. Meanwhile stars of the decade aren’t far behind as Winona Ryder, Matthew Modine and Sean Astin all provide familiarity to the plethora of ‘80s clothing, language and sensibilities. Whether it’s the board games the boys spend most of their time playing, the chopper bicycles they can’t stop riding, or the far from subtle nods to favourite franchises of the past including Ghostbusters, Gremlins and Never Ending Story, this show really drives home what it was like to be a kid in the age of Walkie Talkies. Hairstyles make up and even social norms are all tackled in this celebration of the early electronic age that has already driven many to pay tribute.
Saved by The Bell
An anomaly in this list but for good reason, if you want to get an authentic representation of late ‘80s/early ‘90s fashion then why not pick a show that aired over that period. This school set comedy brings together all the different types of students in an idealised American environment, for us this means we get to see jock fashion as much as nerd favourites on show giving you a platter of clothing options. Take a realistic look at the styles, designs and brands that dominated this time by simply watching a handful of episodes. This show is not just adored because of its easy-going nature and archetypal characters but has often been used as a style guide for anyone looking to find some retro ‘90s look gems.