How Max’s Clothes Matched Her Character’s Arc in ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4

Published 07/16/2022, 8:30 PM EDT

Whenever we look at any art, it is the little details that we focus on. The same details distinguish Picasso’s art from Vincent Van Gogh’s or Fernand Leger’s paintings. Well, these minute characteristics aren’t just limited to drawings and paintings. From literature and theatre to the fashion and film industry, it is these details that add up to set the entire mood. If you are a little lost here, we will tell you exactly what’s happening. We are talking about such exquisite elements because the fashion designer of Stranger Things discussed how she created costumes for each and every character of the series.

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Among many others, the one which caught our attention was the costume design of Max, as the fourth outing was very much about her journey. Sure, Dear Billy has crossed heights when it comes to viewership. Sure, the fourth outing of Stranger Things almost crashed the streaming giant, Netflix. But have you ever pondered your thoughts upon why and how they chose certain colors and a certain type of fashion sense? Well, give us the privilege to draw your attention to that.

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Do you know why Max wears Dark and Baggy clothes in the latest episodes of Stranger Things?

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Well, we all know that in Chapter four of Stranger Things 4, Max confessed how much guilt and regret she has clubbed inside her after her brother Billy’s death. Now, if you remember her clothes, she was wearing a grid-patterned t-shirt and a blue sweatshirt. If you pay close attention to it, maybe the grid pattern of her t-shirt showcases the thoughts and fears she has boxed in her mind for so long.

Moving forward, in the later chapters of the same season, we have observed Maxine in dark baggy clothes. Amy Parris, the designer, explains to GQ that this signifies that she is still in the stage of mourning. The darker shades of her clothes, for instance, may also hint at a dark turn coming in her life. And the baggy fitting, per Parris, manifests the fact that she was hiding behind those clothes and hence, trying to protect herself in a way. Yes, it is truly mind-blowing. By the way, she was wearing a Hang Ten Corduroy jacket with a target shirt, just in case you are interested.

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What are your thoughts about this? Do you have any similar theories about other Stranger Things characters? Bring out that critic from inside of you and pour it all in the comment section below.

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Prithvi Shah

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Prithvi Shah is a writer at Netflix Junkie. Currently pursuing her Bachelor's in English Literature at St Xavier's University, Prithvi, who is a brown belt in Karate, adores Cobra Kai; her other favourite shows include The Witcher, Emily in Paris and Gilmore Girls. Home Alone and Harry Potter have been her go to movies since childhood.

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