80s fashion in St. Elmo’s Fire, part 1
Judd Nelson is wearing a yellow foulard tie, the quintessential 80s power tie also worn by Charlie Sheen in Wall Street. Is Judd Nelson reflecting an existing fashion trend or did it start in this movie? Also notice the pastel blue shirt with contrasting white collar, a style rarely seen today. In fact, someone in Judd Nelson’s position (a low-level assistant to a U.S. Representative) would probably not be wearing a suit at all today.
Andrew McCarthy wears an ill-fitting tweedy jacket to demonstrate that he’s a creative writing type (he works as a journalist writing obituaries and dreams about writing something more meaningful). I think these things were already out of style by 1985. Today, writers are hipsters and you’d never see them wearing a tweed jacket unironically like that. I think that smoking is also out. Especially in a hospital!
And of course, in the 80s, men wore their hair longer than they do today.