5 Ways “Back to the Future” Inspired Today’s Fashion

posted: 10/21/15
by: Mara Betsch

In the movie "Back to the Future Part II," Marty McFly and Doc Brown race to October 21, 2015, to save McFly's children. While in the "future," the stars experience crazy new technology, like hover boards, and talk about what's going on in 2015 (the Cubs win the World Series, which, technically, could happen).

They also encounter the current fashion which, at the time of the movie's release in 1989, seemed completely bizarre. But as we look back at the movie's predictions about fashion trends, it seems like they're not too far from the truth. As you can see in the image above, the A-line miniskirts, leopard prints, and all-black ensembles look like they could be on the runway today. Perhaps the hottest designers today were inspired by the movie as kids? Take a look at some of today's current looks that bear a striking resemblance to the cast's costumes.

1. Kendall Jenner walks the runway in Balmain for H&M. The futuristic look definitely draws inspiration from the movie!

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2. A this year Met gala, Cara Delevingne rocked this Stella McCartney ensemble with faux tattoos and body paint. You'll notice that the characters in this gif use face paint, too.

Thank you @stellamccartney @bangbangnyc for my Met ball look! ?

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3. Big prints are in for spring -- it looks like the gang from the movie was ahead of its time.

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4. There's only a hint of leopard print in the ensembles in the movie, but designers like Givenchy are creating entire looks out of this daring pattern.

5. Combat-inspired boots were the shoe of choice in the movie, and now they're also the shoe of choice for millennial men.

But, of course, not everything caught on. Young Elijah Wood's colander-inspired cap still looks, well, really weird.