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Jenna Ortega Is On The Cusp Of A Style Evolution

Jenna Ortega may have been working in Hollywood since childhood, but her real breakthrough came when she was cast as everyone’s favourite goth teen, Wednesday Addams in Netflix’s Wednesday. From there, the actresses star power has risen exponentially – her recent leading lady turn in Scream 6 just cemented her position as one of the top emerging stars this decade.

Naturally, Ortega has had some, erm, interesting fashion choices over the years – which former Disney star hasn’t? But since 2022, Ortega and her style team have been toying with goth-chic and now, a blend of androgyny, Old Hollywood and retro. It feels as though Jenna Ortega is yet to find her footing in terms of personal red carpet style, but it feels as though that day is imminent.

Here, we take a look back at the Wednesday star’s best fashion looks over the years, and her style evolution.


DISNEY CHANNEL PRESENTS THE 2017 RADIO DISNEY MUSIC AWARDS – Entertainment’s brightest young stars turned out for the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA), music’s biggest event for families, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 29. “Disney Channel Presents the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards” airs Sunday, April 30 (7:00 p.m. EDT). (Image Group LA/Disney Channel via Getty Images)

This has to be the most Disney fashion moment of all time. Jenna Ortega literally looks like she’s embodied Minnie Mouse for the Radio Disney Music Awards, which fits the memo exactly.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 29: Actress Jenna Ortega attends the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on April 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)\

For the same event, Ortega had a style change that, honestly we’re coveting. That Gucci shirt! The McGuire Denim flares! It’s giving 70s western with a hint of Disney.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 09: Actress Jenna Ortega attends the Los Angeles Premiere “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

Attending the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere in Los Angeles, Ortega had a Hollywood red carpet moment in Gosia Baczyńska Fall 2016, a gown that felt appropriate given the galactic nature of the film.


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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 27: Jenna Ortega attends Just Jared’s 7th Annual Halloween Party at Goya Studios on October 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

It’s abundantly clear that Ariana Grande was a style influence on Jenna Ortega in 2018 – the thigh-high boots, oversized hoodie, even the lollipop are all classic Grande circa the late 2010s.


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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 18: Jenna Ortega attends the premiere of Focus Features’ “Emma.” at DGA Theater on February 18, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Attending he Emma premiere in Los Angeles, Ortega chose a Raisa Vanessa mini with Giuseppe Zanotti heels and Swarovski accessories.


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US actress Jenna Ortega arrives for the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, June 5, 2022. (Photo by Michael TRAN / AFP) (Photo by MICHAEL TRAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Ortega was absent from red carpets through 2021, but 2022 was her year – the launch of Wednesday saw her star power catapult and she became an event mainstay. Here, she attended the MTV VMAs in Santa Monica, wearing Valentino Fall 2022 with Tiffany & Co jewels and sky-high platforms Wednesday would absolutely approve of.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 15: Jenna Ortega is seen at “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on November 15, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Throughout 2022, Ortega embodied her character of Wednesday Addams – just make it grown up and chic. For an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the star wore Dion Lee and Christian Louboutin heels, looking every bit ‘Wednesday in the fashion world’.

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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON — Episode 1768 — Pictured: Actress Jenna Ortega during an interview on Friday, December 16, 2022 — (Photo by: Todd Owyoung/NBC via Getty Images)

One of Jenna Ortega’s most talked-about outfits of late has been this Dolce & Gabbana dress. Cinched at the waist with a metal and patent leather corset and finished with a black silk tie and oversized collar, it’s reflective of the star’s current penchant for adrogynous, gothic style.

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PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 02: Jenna Ortega is seen during the Paris Fashion Week – Womenswear Spring/Summer 2023 – Day Seven on October 02, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images)

On a completely different note, Jenna Ortega has also been playing with retro silhouettes and styling, like this Valentino mini which she paired with a glossy, 1960s blowout and platform heels.

PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 02: Jenna Ortega wears black laced dress, black coat outside Valentino during Paris Fashion Week – Womenswear Spring/Summer 2023 : Day Seven on October 02, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)

For the Valentino show, Ortega chose this lace slip and black leather trench, once again leaning in to gothic style.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 13: Jenna Ortega attends The Critics Choice Association’s Celebration of Latino Cinema & Television at Fairmont Century Plaza on November 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association)

More recently, the star has been blurring gothic with modern silhouettes, like this sheer black naked dress by Saint Laurent.


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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 10: 80th Annual GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Jenna Ortega arrives at the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. — (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC via Getty Images)

Many would consider this appearance from Jenna Ortega wearing Gucci the pivotal moment where her style became her own. Moving away from goth toward Old Hollywood, the gown is reminiscent of major movie stars of the 1960s and 1970s.

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PARIS, FRANCE – JANUARY 17: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY – For Non-Editorial use please seek approval from Fashion House) Jenna Ortega attends the Saint Laurent Menswear Fall-Winter 2023-2024 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 17, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

That’s not to say that Jenna Ortega isn’t absolutely in love with goth style. This look for the Saint Laurent Menswear Fall/Winter show was a stand-out.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 26: Jenna Ortega attends the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on February 26, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Wearing vintage 1994 Versace for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Ortega oozed confidence and Hollywood royalty. “It has been an honor, and you are too good to me,” she captioned her Instagram post on the night, thanking both Versace and Tiffany & Co for her accessories.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 06: Jenna Ortega attends the world premiere of Paramount’s “Scream VI” at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on March 06, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/FilmMagic)

For the world premiere of Scream 6, Ortega wore a Jean Paul Gaultier Couture tuxedo mini dress, once again leaning into androgyny and a dash of gothic chic.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 07: Jenna Ortega is seen outside Lattanzi Cucina Italiana on March 07, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images )

Out in New York, Ortega’s off-duty style feels more 1970s than gothic. We haven’t seen a lot of the star’s street style as yet, but if this look is anything to go by, she’s a retro fan. Here, she teamed denim flares with a button-up vest and Dior quilted down jacket.