It’s been 14 years since Sex and the City left our screens. Just let that sink in for a minute. I could’ve re-done primary school and high school in that time, and yet I still find myself typing ‘Carrie Bradshaw outfits’ into Pinterest whenever I’m in need of some fresh inspiration. What is it about Carrie Bradshaw that still resonates all these years later?
When Carrie hit our screens in 1998 she gave us something new—’90s minimalism was at its peak in shows like Friends and Seinfeld, but Sex and the City’s stylist Patricia Field gave her something different. She was a fashion girl—a protagonist I could look up to (style wise), and learn from. Carrie knew the power of accessories and colour—something I often forget about when it comes to getting dressed for day-to-day life. I’m a uniform dresser. Carrie Bradshaw was the opposite.
While her wardrobe was clearly unattainable for normal girls (and even herself—remember that time she spent $40,000 on shoes but didn’t have a place to live?), the way in which she’s styled, and consistently makes an effort and tries new things, is what makes her my style hero (N.B. I know she’s a fictional character, but sometimes I get so engrossed in the show, I forget). Carrie reminds me to think outside the box, and not keep reaching for the same pair of jeans and turtleneck.
Keep scrolling to relive some of her most iconic outfits, and be inspired to try something different.
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A slip dress was a recurring piece in Carrie's wardrobe. I'm going to keep adding to my collection. Starting with this asymmetrical Kacey Devlin version..
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This look made me realise it's okay for my bra to poke out under a cami. Now it's my signature weekend look (sorry, Mum!). The key is to make sure you're wearing a pretty bra like this Anine Bing version.
Who says a Sunday lunch needs to be casual? Revisiting fabulous looks like this, reminds me to pull out those special pieces in my wardrobe like this Rejina Pyo dress, more often.
Carrie does a good job at reminding me to make use of all the necklace, sunglasses, bags, and shoes I have sitting in my closet. Starting with these Gianvito Rossi leopard print heels.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Kit Kilroy.