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Priah Ferguson is ready to go back to school—and back to the big screen—in style. After all, stranger things than a new school year have happened for the 15-year-old actress, known for her role as Erica Sinclair—Lucas’ outspoken younger sister—in Netflix’s Stranger Things. Inspired by her character’s on-screen style, Ferguson has started to embrace nostalgic fashion trends by thrifting many of her must-have back-to-school staples from ThredUp.
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Following season four of Stranger Things, Ferguson will contend with even more supernatural forces, starring opposite Marlon Wayans in Netflix’s upcoming Halloween movie, The Curse of Bridge Hallows, out in October. That said, it’s safe to say that as Ferguson’s career has taken off in the last few years, so has her style savvy. “My off-camera style has definitely changed while on Stranger Things, since I got older and am now starting to [develop] my own sense of style more,” she tells us. From trying out trends to thrifting vintage fashion finds, Ferguson shares her back-to-school shopping advice and style staples.
Embrace second-hand shopping
If you’re looking for ways to shop more sustainably, consider forgoing fast fashion for second-hand styles. “As someone who has shopped fast fashion plenty before, the idea of helping others my age quit shopping fast fashion sounded like something I could do in a real, approachable way,” says Ferguson, who partnered with second-hand site ThredUp to launch a thrifted back-to-school collection. The partnership also includes a hotline for callers who want to get more information that features Ferguson’s voice dissuading them from buying fast fashion “When ThredUp told me that one in three Gen Z feels addicted to fast fashion, I thought, ‘oh no, that’s me,’” the actress adds.
Interested in ditching fast fashion? Consider shopping Ferguson’s curated outfits, which range from a glam homecoming look to a stylish class picture outfit. Get camera-ready in the latter look, which features trendy-yet-thrifted cargo jeans and an oversized Dolce & Gabbana blazer. Ferguson calls it one of her “go-to” outfits for “a polished look that’s still comfortable.” Build a similar ensemble on ThredUp, which sells second-hand styles in a range of sizes.
If you’re studying Ferguson’s back-to-school style, the “library session” look is also a favorite in her book. It’s “a cute, casual outfit for studying,” she says of the style, which includes a blazer, hoodie, and Timberland boots reminiscent of current season styles like the Skyla Bay 6-Inch Boots, sold in women’s sizes 5.5 to 11.
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Steal style inspiration from Stranger Things
Throwback outfits are everywhere these days, and Stranger Things itself is at the forefront of the revival thanks to its retro references and ‘80s style statements. “[The show] definitely taught me a lot about 80s style,” says Ferguson. “Some of it is dated, but I picked up an appreciation for older styles that are making a comeback.”
Many labels are incorporating bright colors into collections, including Bruce Glen—a brand Ferguson has previously sported in snaps on Instagram. The Colorblocked Logo Hoodie, similar to the style she wore, is available in women’s sizes XS to L in a rainbow pattern.
Fall for new denim styles this season
When it comes to versatile back to school looks, denim gets an A+. If it’s an ‘80s outfit you’re after, consider shopping jeans from Urban Outfitters, a retailer Ferguson loves to score second-hand via ThredUp. The label’s current collection also includes plenty of retro looks, including the Urban Renewal Remade Cropped Frayed Denim Jacket, sold in women’s sizes small/medium and medium/large.
Dress based on your mood
Shopping for something cool for school? Regardless of what’s “in,” mix and match what feels cool to you. “Sometimes, I’m feeling active and want to dress sporty, and other times, I want to dress a bit more girly,” says Ferguson, who picks outfits “based on [her] mood” and tries not to “overthink” her style selections. “I have more confidence now with what I wear, so I like to experiment with trends and just have fun with it!”
While the star loves pieces from designer labels such as Off White and Gucci, she’s also sported several slightly more budget-friendly designs over the years. During a recent Stranger Things event, she stepped out in a cute, casual skirt from Anine Bing. To mimic her exact style, try the designer’s Connie Fray Hem Organic Denim Cotton Skirt, available in a light wash in women’s sizes 24 to 32.
Regardless of what style mood Ferguson’s in, she’s always in the mood to save on thrifted fashion finds. Whether you’re eyeing Ferguson’s thrifted Golden Goose sneakers or looking for a discount on Anine Bing, be sure to regularly search for designer names on second-hand sites such as ThredUp. “I feel like I can’t go wrong with a thrifted find that has some personality to it too,” says Ferguson, who loves mixing mall brands and high-end designers. “Thrifting is such a fun way to find unique pieces that no one else has.”
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