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If you’re as old as I am, then you will have grown up watching movies on VHS, which you hired for the night from your local video rental store. So for this post, I wanted to take a look at some iconic outerwear (several jackets and a hoodie) that featured in those classic 80s movies.
Although using the word “golden age” is often overused and can sound terribly clichéd in a sentence, I’m going to use it to describe how I feel about the movies from the 80s. From John Hughes’ teen drama The Breakfast Club to the James Cameron masterpiece Aliens, there was certainly something for everyone.
John Bender’s Denim Trucker Jacket in The Breakfast Club (1985)
Who could forget Judd Nelson as John Bender, the angst-ridden rule breaker who really annoyed the hell out of the other students, more particularly Claire Standish, Andrew Clark and Brian Johnson. He wore a Levi’s blue denim trucker jacket over a red flannel shirt, along with black leather fingerless biker gloves and combat boots. It was a scruffy but cool look, and the denim jacket was definitely cool in the 80s.
Elliot’s Red Hoodie in E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
The most iconic scene was, of course, E.T. wrapped in a white blanket sitting in the basket on the front of Elliiot’s bike, more particularly when he rode in front of the moon. Elliot’s red hoodie is certainly iconic, and I just can’t picture the scene without it!
Marty McFly’s Red Gilet in Back To The Future
Back to the Future is often voted for as one of the best movies of the 80s, if not all time. The red gilet worn by Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, was worn over a blue denim jacket with rolled-up sleeves and a check shirt. A truly iconic fashion look from the 80s.
Scott Howard’s leather Beavers varsity jacket in Teen Wolf (1985)
When you think of the original Teen Wolf movie, there are two iconic fashion looks that spring to mind. One is the yellow and blue basketball jersey and shorts, and the other is the leather varsity jacket of the same colours.
It was, of course, Michael J. Fox who played the lead character, Scott Howard, a high school student who found himself slowly turning into a werewolf, which is not ideal when you’re 17 and your sexual hormones are in overdrive.
Pete Maverick’s leather bomber jacket in Top Gun (1986)
With its fur collar and numerous sewn on patches, the brown leather jacket worn by Tom Cruise in Top Gun is one of the coolest jackets of all time. Replicas sell like hot cakes on Amazon, too.
Indiana Jones’ brown leather jacket is Raider’s of the Lost Ark (1981)
No one can carry off a leather jacket quite like Harrison ford, and the well-weathered brown one he wore in Raider’s of the Lost Ark was actually made in England, UK. It looks pretty plain when compared to Maverick’s jacket, but sometimes less is more.
Ferris Bueller’s patterned tank top and leather jacket
Played brilliantly by Matthew Broderick, Ferris Bueller’s main talent is bunking off school and geting away with it. The glossy black and cream leather jacket with quilted shoulders, and the black and brown patterned tank top that he wore underneath it were both highly unusual, but certainly iconic.