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A Definitive Ranking Of Nancy Wheeler's Best Outfits In "Stranger Things"

Our Hawkins homegirl can layer the heck out of a sweater.

Over the weekend, Season 2 of Stranger Things transported us back to the '80s in Hawkins, Indiana, where yes, okay, a lot of spooky things keep happening — but at least the fall fashion is always on point.

Case in point: all these slaydies from the eighties.
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Case in point: all these slaydies from the eighties.

But of course, no one in Hawkins truly does it better than our fave teen queen Nancy Wheeler.

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And so, in honor of her most top-notch layered ~lewks,~ I've created a very important ranking of Nancy's best outfits from Season 1 and 2. (Warning: light spoilers and also pastels ahead.)

19. The 'Neck & Sweater Combo

Actress Natalia Dyer has such a tiny frame that otherwise bulky layers always look impossibly lovely on her. We see this bubblegum pink color on her character a lot through the series, probably to accentuate her role as a bit of an ultra-feminine foil to the show's young male stars.
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Actress Natalia Dyer has such a tiny frame that otherwise bulky layers always look impossibly lovely on her. We see this bubblegum pink color on her character a lot through the series, probably to accentuate her role as a bit of an ultra-feminine foil to the show's young male stars.

18. The Very 80s Sweater

This pastel mini cable knit from the beginning of Season 2 is a great, though very retro, reminder that Nancy has not only continued her serious sweater collection, but also her affinity for delicate jewelry. Still, it's not Nancy at her most memorable.
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This pastel mini cable knit from the beginning of Season 2 is a great, though very retro, reminder that Nancy has not only continued her serious sweater collection, but also her affinity for delicate jewelry. Still, it's not Nancy at her most memorable.

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17. The ~Woman With A Mission~ Coat

Nancy's camel wool coat is anonymous and perfect for those weird Season 2 scenes where she's running around with Jonathan like some kind of Stranger Things/The Americans mashup, but once again, her sweater choice feels dated, even on her. Bonus points for the clutch, though — one can easily imagine two hipsters fighting over something like that at Beacon's Closet.
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Nancy's camel wool coat is anonymous and perfect for those weird Season 2 scenes where she's running around with Jonathan like some kind of Stranger Things/The Americans mashup, but once again, her sweater choice feels dated, even on her. Bonus points for the clutch, though — one can easily imagine two hipsters fighting over something like that at Beacon's Closet.

16. The ~I'm A Cool Teen~ Outfit

Nancy also wears a lot of stripes in the show, but this shirt? sweater? is almost interestingly generic and forgettable. Fitting, since this is the Season 1 scene where Nancy caves into peer pressure from Steve and his goonhead friends.
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Nancy also wears a lot of stripes in the show, but this shirt? sweater? is almost interestingly generic and forgettable. Fitting, since this is the Season 1 scene where Nancy caves into peer pressure from Steve and his goonhead friends.

15. The Flannel Nightgown

Another straightforward case study in pink, in a shade that would make any millennial today very proud.
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Another straightforward case study in pink, in a shade that would make any millennial today very proud.

14. The Snow Ball Dress

As the winter dance's punch chaperone and unofficial stand-in dance buddy, Nancy's character is all but grown up at the end of Season 2. But this crimson plaid dress makes her look just like a straight up different person, especially with her curly hair. Apparently, not even this high school trendsetter was safe from the 80s perm craze.
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As the winter dance's punch chaperone and unofficial stand-in dance buddy, Nancy's character is all but grown up at the end of Season 2. But this crimson plaid dress makes her look just like a straight up different person, especially with her curly hair. Apparently, not even this high school trendsetter was safe from the 80s perm craze.

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13. The Embroidered Nightgown

I generally don't love how movies and TV shows will put female stars in their sleepwear to telegraph vulnerability, but this cornflower blue number is v. Laura Ingalls in the best way, so I'll allow it.
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I generally don't love how movies and TV shows will put female stars in their sleepwear to telegraph vulnerability, but this cornflower blue number is v. Laura Ingalls in the best way, so I'll allow it.

12. The Funeral Outfit

We'll see this moody menswear-inspired vibe on a different female character in full force in Season 2, but it looks great nevertheless on Nancy in Season 1. A refreshing if somber sartorial twist on her ultra-feminine style.
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We'll see this moody menswear-inspired vibe on a different female character in full force in Season 2, but it looks great nevertheless on Nancy in Season 1. A refreshing if somber sartorial twist on her ultra-feminine style.

11. The ~Scrunchie & Brunchie~ Look

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Nancy's emerald cowl neck is going straight to the top of my aspirational holiday dinner party looks, and you know what? SO IS THE SCRUNCHIE.

10. The Ribbon Sweater #1

Catching all of the tiny details in Nancy's early outfits, like this ribbon-tie sweater, is just one more excellent reason to go back and rewatch Season 1. Plus, she and Barb are matching!!!
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Catching all of the tiny details in Nancy's early outfits, like this ribbon-tie sweater, is just one more excellent reason to go back and rewatch Season 1. Plus, she and Barb are matching!!!

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9. The Lady In Gray

How cozily elegant does this mock-neck sweater look though?? This gray-on-gray pairing with another Season 2 wool coat does a much better job than that Snow Ball dress to highlight Nancy's growth and maturity, plus it really wouldn't even look out of place in a 2017 J. Crew catalog like at all.
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How cozily elegant does this mock-neck sweater look though?? This gray-on-gray pairing with another Season 2 wool coat does a much better job than that Snow Ball dress to highlight Nancy's growth and maturity, plus it really wouldn't even look out of place in a 2017 J. Crew catalog like at all.

8. The Rainbow Sweater

Let's discuss the great texture thing going on with this sweater, plus the great rainbow striping, plus the super-close fit that any winter-themed Barbie doll would kill for. An all-around very Nancy look.
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Let's discuss the great texture thing going on with this sweater, plus the great rainbow striping, plus the super-close fit that any winter-themed Barbie doll would kill for. An all-around very Nancy look.

7. The Pink Oxford

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More pink! Styled with Keds sneakers and tucked into cool straight-leg jeans probably from Madewell, Nancy looks put together AF and so ready to square off with lame boyfriends/annoying parents/metaphysical monsters at a moment's notice.

6. The Checkered Coat

A solid purply autumnal ensemble here, with yet another winning sweater. BRB, paging the Duffer Brothers: WHERE CAN A GAL GET THIS COAT??
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A solid purply autumnal ensemble here, with yet another winning sweater. BRB, paging the Duffer Brothers: WHERE CAN A GAL GET THIS COAT??

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5. The Christmas Sweater

We need to discuss this gorgeous rolled collar number that also happens to be in the most festive mustard ever. It's very "responsible older sis," yes, but in a "Hi Jonathan, I know you're in love with me" kind of way.
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We need to discuss this gorgeous rolled collar number that also happens to be in the most festive mustard ever. It's very "responsible older sis," yes, but in a "Hi Jonathan, I know you're in love with me" kind of way.

4. The Classic Cardigan

Another case of a killer collar — this one's a Peter Pan — here on a Season 2 outfit that expertly remixes the shades of turquoise and pastels we know to be Nancy's calling card.
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Another case of a killer collar — this one's a Peter Pan — here on a Season 2 outfit that expertly remixes the shades of turquoise and pastels we know to be Nancy's calling card.

3. The Ribbon Sweater #2

One has to suspend a degree of belief to think Nancy would wear a (probably cashmere) white sweater to a keg party, but it was fabulous to see her ribbon aesthetic again for this scene in Season 2. Plus, you could also read this rare black-and-white combo as a metaphor for her actual feelings about Steve, and their ensuing fight.
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One has to suspend a degree of belief to think Nancy would wear a (probably cashmere) white sweater to a keg party, but it was fabulous to see her ribbon aesthetic again for this scene in Season 2. Plus, you could also read this rare black-and-white combo as a metaphor for her actual feelings about Steve, and their ensuing fight.

2. The Season 1 Layered Look

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This is the outfit Nancy's wearing when we first meet her in Season 1, and I'll never get over the whole Easter-but-fashion aesthetic going on here. That cardigan! That collar! That tiny gold necklace! That skirt! Even those, lol, white tights! This is uptight, keep-your-shit-together-because-I-need-to-study Nancy at the top of her game, and it's been a fascinating character journey to see her literally and figuratively peel off the layers ever since.

1. The ~Demogorgon Hunting~ Look

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Hands down, this mid-Season 1 outfit is Nancy's best from the whole show. The winning combo of this 😘👌 fitted sherpa trucker jacket + a fun turquoise sweater + your typical baseball bat accessory exquisitely captures her moment of transformation from the girl-next-door to the badass monster-hunting heroine of our dreams.

Knock 'em dead, Nancy. We'll see you in Season 3!
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Knock 'em dead, Nancy. We'll see you in Season 3!

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