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Nancy Wheeler Costume Guide

Nancy Wheeler Stranger Things DIY Costume

Nancy Wheeler: DIY Cosplay

On the retro sci-fi drama ‘Stranger Things’, Nancy Wheeler is your typical high school girl in a small town who becomes involved in a mystery once her friend Barb disappears at a party.

Coming from a large family, Nancy often seeks solace from her friends instead, trying to solve the mystery of Barbara Holland, a girl in town who strangely vanished without a trace. Nancy grieves Barbara, but at the same time she meets the other characters of Stranger Things and finds an accepting and loyal team to help her unravel the mystery.

Check out the links below to make your own DIY Nancy Wheeler costume for cosplay or Halloween.

Nancy Wheeler Costume Ideas

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Nancy’s hair is a throwback to the 1980’s, down to her shoulders in a wavy shag style. It’s dark brown in color. You can either style your own hair to resemble Nancy’s, or you can wear a brown wig.

Check out Halloween shops and costume websites for the right one, and to add that 80’s volume, use hairspray before wearing it.

She often ties it back with an elastic, so remember to buy a few plain hair elastics or hair scrunchies for your costume before you start working on your hairstyle!


Nancy usually dresses in simple vintage-looking clothing. One of her most iconic outfits includes a pastel plaid rainbow blouse under a light purple knitted sweater, a pair of black slacks, a white shirt with horizontal gray stripes and gray gloves. She’s also been seen wearing a wool gray duffel coat, a gray turtleneck sweater and a brown suede jacket lined with white fur.

You can find similar clothing items online from retail websites, or locally from thrift stores and shopping malls.


Nancy doesn’t have a whole lot of accessories, but she does have a few memorable items you’ll definitely want to add to your costume.

This includes the simple gold necklace she is often seen wearing, the pistol she aims in some episodes and her shoes, which are a simple brown color.

For the necklace, you can use any thin gold chain you’d like. Browse jewelry shops or retail websites for a good one. To complete this iconic costume, visit a costume shop, toy store or Halloween store and get a fake pistol resembling Nancy’s.

In a few episodes, Nancy also wears a simple brown wristwatch. Check out accessories shops and retail websites to see if you can find one like Nancy’s.

Stranger Friends:

Nancy is a character who truly values her group of friends. Get your own friends and family to dress up as other characters from the cast of Stranger Things before you hit the streets for Halloween or your upcoming convention so you’ll have the whole gang behind you from Hawkins, Indiana!