Barb from Stranger Things and Her Famous Glasses

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Google “Barb Stranger Things” or simply just “Barb” and you’ll soon realise that this Netflix character is an internet sensation. Other than Madonna, Beyonce, and other mononymous celebs, no-one pulls up so many relevant search results on a first name basis.

But Barb, she’s in a league of her own. Some would say that Stranger Things fans have all lost their minds. You could even deduct that Buzzfeed and Mashable have gone absolutely Barbonkers going overboard with Barb-related listicles and tributes. And there have even been numerous spoof edits on Youtube too. Case in point, see example ‘spin-off’ below…

So it’s no secret that Barb is the real celebrity here. Forget the curly-haired Gaten Matarazzo who plays Dustin or Millie Bobby Brown who plays key character Eleven. Netflix viewers are all about the side characters who feature in the subplot.

Even after her gruesome death (and the categorical veto of her ever coming back), Barb-mania lives on.Whether it’s through fandom art (such as the below), ridiculous fan theories, real life memorials (don’t be alarmed if you stumble across actual missing posters or RIP graffiti walls), cool Barb-related merchandise, or the endless memes which circulate the internet, the Barb bug is not about to die down anytime soon.

#ImWithBarb Artwork by @goryango

A photo posted by @strangerthingstv on


If you love Barb and her 1980s school nerd look, here are 3 pairs of vintage-look specs that will help you recreate an uncanny Barb resemblance. A great Halloween costume idea for fans of this Netflix sci-fi series!

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Blue Ribbon BR5 Glasses

These granny glasses are totally Barb-inspired. They’re almost an exact match and available in 4 retro colours, you can choose one that channels your best inner Barb. They come in a men’s size but can also be worn by women and feature a slightly larger design, best fit for larger heads.

Shop these 1980s oversized Blue Ribbon BR5 prescription frames now for under £60!

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Blue Ribbon BR5

Tradition 7009 Glasses

For a bold 80s school nerd look, these Tradition 7009 Barb-inspired specs are a great choice of eyewear.

Whether you’re dressing up as your favourite character for an upcoming Halloween party or you just love vintage fashion and Barb happens to be your style hero, these frames are super affordable coming in at less than £30.

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Tradition 7009

Matrix 818 Glasses

Clear acetate was a big trend in the 1980s and it’s the transparent full rim plastic that makes Barb’s glasses so iconic.

If you want to recreate her signature look, try these super chic and stylish Matrix 818 prescription glasses, available in Brown or Purple.

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Matrix 818

Happy Barbing everyone! Until next time when Season II finally comes out and we can see if she really will rise back from the dead…

And if you’re wondering where our feature image came from, make sure you check out the super fun Stranger Things Name Generator.

For more spooky spec inspiration check out our favourite Halloween make up ideas for glasses wearers!

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