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13 Reasons Why Costume Guides

Dress like Your Favorite 13 Reasons Why Characters

Browse costume guides for the lead characters of Netflix’s teen drama series, 13 Reasons Why starring Dylan Minette and Katherine Langford. Join Clay Jensen in his search for the truth in the wake of the suicide of one of his classmates, Hannah Baker. 13 Reasons Why features an ensemble cast of high school students whose pasts unravel, revealing the culture of bullying and gossip that lead to the terrible event. Go back to your high school days by dressing up as the Liberty High School student of your choice. Each guide will show you the exact items you need to perfectly resemble your chosen character.

Hannah Baker

Hannah Baker Costume

Most of the events in the series takes place after the suicide of Hannah Baker. She was the new girl at Liberty High School and although pretty, had bad luck finding her place in the school from the beginning. She and Clay both had feelings for each other, but it never came to anything. When she could no longer deal with her tragic life, she decided to get revenge and to not let it be for nothing by creating a set of thirteen tapes to expose the dirty laundry of her classmates and the school discipline system. She worked at the same theatre as Clay Jensen where she also wore the classic movie usher uniform.

Hannah Baker Costume
Hannah Baker Costume Guide
Clay Jensen

Clay Jensen Costume

Clay is the main protagonist of 13 Reasons Why and the series follows his attempts to get to the truth and to expose those who played a role in Hannah’s suicide. He was one of the first to befriend Hannah and eventually fell for her, but was unable to express his feelings. It’s for this reason, and the fact that he once shunned her that he is also the subject of one of the titular tapes Hannah left behind. The typical shy high schoo kid, Clay also works at the local movie theater where he wears an usher uniform and when he’s not working he’s usually decked out in jeans and a hoodie.

Clay Jensen Costume
Clay Jensen Costume Guide

13 Reasons Why Cosplay Costumes

From football jocks to film club nerds, the series features every typical high school character, but with a dark twist. Clark Jensen and Hannah Baker work together at the local movie theater with their classic movie theatre uniforms. There are also all the stereotypical high school cliques, like the jocks, the cool girls, and the AV club. With such familiar and relatable characters, there are plenty of options to go as either alone or in a group.

Just because you want to dress up as a high school student, doesn’t mean you have to go through all that teenage angst to get your costume right. Each of these costume guides breaks the look down into all the most important items and provides step-by-step instructions to put it all together. So, pick your favorite Liberty High School student and find the guide to nail your 13 Reasons Why costume.

13 Reasons Why Costume Tips & FAQs

Explore the complex and poignant universe of “13 Reasons Why” with our FAQ section, dedicated to fans looking to delve deeper into the themes and characters of this impactful series. Based on the novel by Jay Asher, the show explores the aftermath of a high school student’s suicide and the thirteen reasons that led to her tragic decision. In this guide, we’ll navigate through creating costumes that reflect the essence of key characters like Clay Jensen, Hannah Baker, and others, enabling you to embody their stories and the show’s powerful messages during cosplay events or themed gatherings.

Clay Jensen’s look is quintessentially high school and understated. Opt for a blue hoodie or jacket, a plain t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers to capture his casual, everyman style. Adding a pair of headphones around your neck or carrying a backpack can signify Clay’s introspective and solitary nature. For added authenticity, consider using temporary tattoos to replicate the wound on his forehead from the series.

To embody Hannah Baker, choose outfits that reflect her personal style seen throughout the series—feminine dresses or a combination of jeans with simple tops. Hannah is often associated with her dark blue jacket and white sneakers. Carrying a set of cassette tapes or a small tape recorder as props can symbolize the crucial role they play in the storyline. Styling your hair in loose waves and adopting a thoughtful, resilient demeanor will enhance the portrayal.

Jessica Davis’s style evolves throughout the series, reflecting her journey. Initially, her look can be captured with cheerleader attire representing her status at school. As her character develops, opt for more casual, yet stylish outfits like jeans paired with chic tops and boots. Emphasizing Jessica’s strength and vulnerability, especially in later seasons, is key to an accurate representation.

Tony Padilla’s distinct style includes a leather jacket, tight jeans, and boots, complemented by a slicked-back hairdo. His vintage Mustang is a significant part of his character, though difficult to include in a costume. Instead, focus on Tony’s accessories like silver rings, a cross necklace, and perhaps carry a set of cassette tapes to reference his role as the keeper of Hannah’s tapes. Tony’s calm, loyal demeanor and his protective nature should be part of your portrayal.

Including memorable quotes from “13 Reasons Why” can deepen the impact of your costume or interactions. Here are some poignant lines:

“It has to get better. The way we treat each other and look out for each other. It has to get better somehow.” – Clay Jensen
“There’s so much wrong in the world. There’s so much hurt. I couldn’t take knowing I’d made it worse.” – Hannah Baker
“You can’t love someone back to life.” – Tony Padilla
“I think sometimes you judge people. We all do, but I think sometimes you live to regret it.” – Jessica Davis
“I’m trying to do better. I’m trying to be better. But I can’t do it alone.” – Justin Foley

Selecting quotes that resonate with your character and practicing their delivery can add a layer of authenticity and emotional resonance to your portrayal.

About 13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why, or TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY, is a teenage drama developed for Netflix by Brian Yorkey and based on the novel by Jay Asher. It’s largely based on the events in the aftermath of the tragic suicide of new girl to Liberty High School, Hannah Baker and follows her friend and movie theater colleague, Clay Jensen. When she resolved to commit suicide, Hannah made thirteen confession tapes explaining the reasons behind her suicide and implicating those responsible.

Each person in the tapes gets passed the entire set of cassettes with her friend, Tony, in possession of copies in case someone tries to destroy them. The series begins as the tapes are passed to Clay and he becomes obsessed with understanding what happened, clashing with his classmates along the way and exposing a corrupt and demeaning culture in their school. 13 Reasons Why is currently renewed for its third season.

13 Reasons Why Costumes