PHOTOS: These 13-Year-Old Child Stars Look More Grown-Up Than You

We try desperately to forget what we wore during those awkward, formative middle school years, but every once in a while we get haunted by ghosts of outfits past. Luckily, the looks we saw on the red carpet at the sprightly red carpet for the Variety’s Power of Youth event looked nothing like our Bat Mitzvah get-ups from the 7th grade.

We can totally look beyond the fact that Nina Dobrev was a little too old to be attending the event for the sheer fact that her cherry red Versus Versace Fall 2013 was just the coolest. From the oversized safety pin shoulders, to its modern silhouette, she was an undisputed style role model for her younger, fellow actresses. Kiernan Shipka, who despite being only 13, looked as if she could be her older, angsty and clever Mad Men character Sally Draper in an classic white embroidery dress. And then there was Abigail Breslin who was virtually unrecognizable under her big Brigitte Bardot hair, brown leather fringe jacket, and white maxi dress. While a large part of us aches for the little girl we oohed and awed at on-screen, we love that she’s taking cues from fashion icons of the past.

Perhaps we’re just too old, but we were surprised to find that many of our favorite looks came from young actresses we’d never heard of. The most surprising was Days of Our Lives’ Taylor Spreitler, who looks like she raided Intermix in a 3-D print sweater layered over a yellow print blouse with black shorts and chic ankle-strap heels. Seriously, this looks like something Leandra Medine would wear on a date. Then there was Bailee Madison who looked so ladylike in a red-and-white striped midi dress and pointed-toe heels, that we simply can’t believe she’s only 13. We’re basically oscillating between shock and jealousy.

View all the surprisingly chic looks below, and let us know whether you love or hate that these youngins’ are likely dressing better than you.

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