Fashion, Movies, Lookbook

Here’s everything Jenna from ’13 Going on 30′ would wear if it was filmed in 2019

Tissue-stuffed bra not included.

13 Going on 30 turned 15 years old, and all the anniversary tributes and nostalgic look-backs have given me an excuse to revisit the movie that made every kid living outside of America desperate to get their hands on some Razzles (they’re a candy and a gum, you guys).

For many years after the film’s release, I searched in vain for a straight male best friend in the hopes that I would initially reject his romantic advances, we would grow apart, I’d reappear with straightened hair and force him to perform a popular dance routine in public (‘The Ketchup Song’, ideally), we’d confess our true feelings and have a small wedding at my childhood home.

None of these things happened, but the small wedding thing was probably the least likely.

Looking back on the film that really should have listed Mark Ruffalo’s arm hair as a separate cast member, it’s clear that fashion has come full circle since the spring of 2004. So many of Jenna’s hallmarks – pastel shades, shoulder bags, satin, culturally insensitive hair accessories (hello, chopstick buns!) – would still be chic as ever in 2019.

If you woke up one day to an unlimited wardrobe and zero restrictions (parental or otherwise) in springtime in New York City, what would you wear? Below are a few suggestions.

1. A slip dress your mother would never have approved of.

A woman with dark blonde hair in waves poses in a peach coloured satin maxi dress with black lace detail. The dress is sleeveless and has a thigh-high side slit.
[Image description: A woman with dark blonde hair in waves poses in a peach coloured satin maxi dress with black lace detail. The dress is sleeveless and has a thigh-high side slit.] Via ASOS.
Probably the most recognisable look from the entire movie, Jenna’s sleepwear-as-daywear outfit is something your mom would have deemed ‘too grown-up’ for a Year 9 social, which is exactly why you should wear it now.

2. A spring-time classic.

A woman with short blonde hair looks back at the camera. She is wearing blue high-waisted denim shorts and a puff-sleeved crop top featuring a yellow, green and pink floral pattern.
[Image description: A woman with short blonde hair looks back at the camera. She is wearing blue high-waisted denim shorts and a puff-sleeved crop top featuring a yellow, green and pink floral pattern.] Via ASOS.
Jenna Rink looked Miranda Priestly dead in the eyes and said that florals for spring were, in fact, groundbreaking.

3. For when you and your niece want matching jewellery.

A beaded choker featuring a pattern resembling daisies on a black mannequin.
[Image description: A beaded choker featuring a pattern resembling daisies on a black mannequin.] Via Etsy.
No disrespect to those heart-halves attached to charm bracelets that have ‘best’ on one half and ‘friends’ on the other.

4. This very refreshing shoulder bag.

A mint green crocodile-effect shoulder bag with gold accents.
[Image description: A mint green crocodile-effect shoulder bag with gold accents.] Via ASOS.
I purchased this bag 2 days after putting it on this list because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It’s like a scoop of mint ice cream that won’t ever melt.

5. An update to the ‘Thriller’/’The Ketchup Song’ dress.

A woman wears a sequinned sleeveless mini-dress. The top of the dress features rows of pink, red, blue, yellow, green and grey sequins in the shape of an arrow pointing downwards.
[Image description: A woman wears a sequinned sleeveless mini-dress. The top of the dress features rows of pink, red, blue, yellow, green and grey sequins in the shape of an arrow pointing downwards.] Via ASOS.
A little more adult than the original, but would still pair well with a giant butterfly necklace and an initially-disgruntled-but-eventually-enthusiastic Andy Serkis.

6. This versatile pastel Alice band.

A pastel pink satin headband lies on a white surface.
[Image description: A pastel pink satin headband lies on a white surface.] Via Etsy.
An accessory you’d still be able to wear if you were to time-travel back to your 13th birthday party. An investment!

7. This sunshine skirt.

A bright yellow mini skirt with a broderie anglaise hem and tie waist.
[Image description: A bright yellow mini skirt with a broderie anglaise hem and tie waist.] Via ASOS.
Broderie is my new favorite thing, and this skirt is the best possible example of why.

8. A top for sitting on a park bench and thinking about your crush.

 A woman wears a brown off-shoulder corset top with a lace-up front.
[Image description: A woman wears a brown off-shoulder corset top with a lace-up front.] Via Pretty Little Thing.
Jenna wore a lot of corsets for someone not attending Renaissance Fairs, not that I am complaining.

8. Satin! Pink! Mules!

 A woman wears a pair of satin pink mules.
[Image description: A woman wears a pair of satin pink mules.] Via ASOS.
I am dangerously close to having another minty shoulder bag situation with these heels, so I’m going to have to spend as little time describing them as possible. I will say that are very, very cute and you should definitely get them.

9. This wraparound wonder.

A woman wears a red satin wraparound top with balloon sleeves and a blue floral pattern.
[Image description: A woman wears a red satin wraparound top with balloon sleeves and a blue floral pattern.] Via ASOS.
On your way to your first love’s house minutes before his wedding to confess your love while having a good cry and don’t know what to wear? Here you go.

10. This red and pink cutie.

A shoulder bag with a red top and piping, gold detail and a red and pink pattern on the bottom.
[Image description: A shoulder bag with a red top and piping, gold detail and a red and pink pattern on the bottom.] Via ASOS.
Another shoulder bag, because Jenna was obsessed with them. Hold it by the strap for when you’re feeling carefree and tuck it under your arm when you have to get down to business saving your fashion magazine.

11. A climatically ambiguous cardigan.

A woman wears a short-sleeved wraparound cardigan with a tie waist.
[Image description: A woman wears a short-sleeved wraparound cardigan with a tie waist.] Via ASOS.
Your transitional dressing-related anxieties can’t come to the phone right now. Why? ‘Cos they’re dead.

13. Heartbreak pyjamas.

A woman wears a matching set of pink silk pyjamas featuring a unicorn pattern.
[Image description: A woman wears a matching set of pink silk pyjamas featuring a unicorn pattern.] Via Pretty Little Thing.
For when you have your little cousin over for a sleepover and she saw her crush hug someone else that day so you both lip sync to ‘Gotta Go My Own Way’ from High School Musical 2.

14. This satin halter crop top.

A woman with long braided hair tied in a ponytail wears black high-waisted jeans and an ivory silk halter top.
[Image description: A woman with long braided hair tied in a ponytail wears black high-waisted jeans and an ivory silk halter top.] Via ASOS.
Similar to the one in that scene where Matt asks Jenna to dance and holds her in a manner that made me need to pause the movie and take a walk around my house.

15. Flowers you should buy yourself.

Three pairs of stud earrings resembling sunflowers in different sizes against a textured brown fabric.
[Image description: Three pairs of stud earrings resembling sunflowers in different sizes against a textured brown fabric.] Via Etsy.
To wear while spring unexpectedly runs head-on into summer and summer slowly simmers down into autumn, to remind you that spring – and everything new and fresh associated with it – can be year-round.