Tamara, Jenna’s bestie on “Awkward”
Photo: MTV/Elisabeth Caren
Sure, teenage leads get all the drama and romance, but since the dawn of history, the style has always belonged to the best friend. Jane Lane. Rayanne Graff. Even Duckie. Intentionally or not, they steal scenes from our main protags with weird belts and great hair, enviable boots and a flippancy our main character’s should envy but usually don’t. Adding to that hallowed hall of besties that we fancy almost more than the star is Awkward’s Tamara (“Spelled TAM-ara, but pronounced TahMARA, like if your birth control fails, you better Plan B it…TAMARA!”), a fast-talking drama queen with a penchant for leopard and IMMACULATE, unbelievable, full-bodied red curls that force us to sometimes lose track of the plot because we just want to watch. Played by the perky and adorbz Jillian Rose Reed, we don’t blame Jenna for being so close with this super-cool gal. So, yeah—Ashley Rickards as Jenna is great, but Team Tamara is the fast-talking, cuff-rocking, accessory-laden side we are totally taking.
FLOUNCY FLORALS AND TONS OF TIERS
To go with her enthusiastic, anything goes attitude, Tamara always comes correct in ’90s-era printed dresses with tons of movement and volume. We love her first episode look where you see the underskirt of her cream-colored frock, but we dig the plaid as well. And the floral bustier dress seems effortless and spot-on.
THE GO-TO PINK/LEOPARD CUFF JACKET
Yo, girl has her favorite jacket FOR SURE (we’ve seen it in every episode thus far), and we love the fact that it goes business caj but then she can cuff it to reveal the leopard print party going on underneath.
KILLER HAIR GAME WITH TONS O’FLAIR
Whether we are checking her out at home (perpetually doing her nails, AS YOU DO) or if she is straightening her gorgeous waves, Tamara’s hair is absolutely enviable. Our favorite part isn’t just her natural-borne curls, but the way she accessorizes with barrettes, bright clips, and headbands (in her favorite leopard print, of course).