From 13 Going On 30 To Pretty Woman, Here Are Pop Culture’s Most Iconic Dresses

13 Going On 30

ICYMI, 13 Going On 30 is celebrating its 20th anniversary today. It tells the story of a 13-year-old girl, essayed by Jennifer Garner, who in 1987 wakes up to find herself 30 years old and working as a fashion editor in 2004. Out of the countless memorable things the widely-loved flick boasts of (looking at you Mark Ruffalo), the iconic Versace number trumps them all. The vibrant minidress is synonymous with anything 13 Going On 30 – you type the movie name to peruse through its streaming availability and you’ll be greeted with countless fashion forums dissecting the cultural impact of the said outfit.

Akin to the 13 Going On 30 number, the green dress from Atonement, Grace Kelly’s sultry blue chiffon gown in To Catch A Thief, the two iconic creations from Pretty Woman also rank high when there’s talk of dresses that shaped the sartorial sphere of pop culture. And their appeal simply refuses to fade. Here’s taking a look at some memorable ones:

13 Going On 30

13 Going On 30

The vibrant minidress debuted on Versace’s spring 2003 catwalk and later made an appearance in the 2004 romantic comedy 13 Going on 30. It featured thick stripes in tones of turquoise, lime green, and scarlet, as well as crystalline straps and an adorable empire-waist cutout. The look gained massive popularity when Jennifer Garner’s character Jenna Rink performed the Thriller dance at a work party.

Sex And The City

Ah right, the one where she fell into the pool! Synonymous with Ms. Bradshaw’s effervescent yet understated style, this silky satin bias cut dress has undoubtedly gone down in history because of her chemistry with Mr. Big in that very moment (side-eye), and the obvious beauty of the piece. Albeit created in the ‘90s, today’s Gen Z girlies will resort to wearing this in a heartbeat.


Most Atonement viewers can’t get enough of this gorgeous green dress donned by Briony’s older sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley) during a very pivotal sequence in the movie. As the tempo quickens and the mood heightens, the sumptuous backless gown, blends effortlessly into the film’s visual design. From the pattern and strap combinations to this specific shade of green used, everything was iconic to the nines.

Pretty Woman (There Are 2)

The deep-red gown Vivian wears to the opera is easily one of the most eye-catching outfits featured in Pretty Woman. With a sweetheart neckline and an off-shoulder make, the long white gloves and matte red lip added to the elegance.

And that’s Vivian in her prime for you. What could be summed up as a hodgepodge of clashing aesthetics that seemingly find middle-ground (only because it’s Julia Roberts), this risky cutout number with latex boots and untamed hair is one of pop culture’s favourite sartorial moments. I like this one more than the red dress, to be honest.

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The romcom girlies will have a ball with this one. Having birthed plenty knockoffs and being on almost every girl’s radar for Halloween (for recreation purposes), this minimal yet stunning yellow number is our favourite for a number of reasons. Kate Hudson being the obvious one. The back of the dress is equally mesmerising, with the crisscross detail and a deep, tasteful cut.

To Catch A Thief

The blue chiffon outfit, designed by renowned costume designer Edith Head, was inspired by Christian Dior’s ‘The New Look.’ Featuring exquisite draping and a relatively progressive make for the ‘50s, Grace Kelly’s image as an eternal style icon was cemented right here, in this moment.


13 Going On 30

Elvira Hancock’s dress, with its plunging neckline, open back, and dizzying slit from the top of the thigh to the ankle, has become an iconic film piece in and of itself. Her deadly charm is not diminished in the slightest by the dress’s simplicity. In contrast to Tony Montana’s ostentatious attire, Michelle Pfeiffer’s understated yet seductive clothing emerges as the real star.

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- Digital Fashion Writer


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