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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Jenna wore a lot of corsets for someone not attending Renaissance Fairs, not that I am complaining.
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.
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.
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.
Your transitional dressing-related anxieties can’t come to the phone right now. Why? ‘Cos they’re dead.
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.
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.
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.