If you are watching Sex and the City (or set in reboots), you’ve probably been into fashion as much as you were into sex. Watch to see what Carrie Bradshaw has been wearing the way we browse Instagram in the age of influencer fashion. Carrie gave us inspiration for an outfit that was both high-fashion as well as down-to-earth, a brand by Patricia Field, best known for her wardrobe for the original series. It’s the eclectic hallmark of Carrie’s style and every woman has tried to emulate it. Thankfully, the reboot is on the fashion front once again (though I’m the only one waiting to have sex?).
With Molly Rogers, Fields’ long-time teammate, and Danny Santiago behind the costumes and like thatFashion, once again, is central to the show, though early criticism from fans was quick to rip some of the leaked costumes off the set. To that, and specifically the fury that erupted over a suspected Forever 21 fan dress (it wasn’t, in fact, a Forever 21, but an antique piece that was carefully pulled over by Rogers and Santiago for the sake of the story), Molly told me, “There’s a reason she’s wearing this dress.” “. In fact, there’s a reason for most of Carrie’s fashion choices—a story behind every look (which isn’t evident in the paparazzi photos leaked and shared on Instagram).
We were so nostalgic for and glorified fashion, in a way that we wouldn’t let Carrie continue experimenting the next chapter.
What the show demands – and has always asked – from its viewers is an appreciation of Carrie’s sense of style as part of her identity: someone who loves fashion for fashion’s sake and takes risks. When we talk about the first episodes of and like thatMolly reminded me of this:[The women] She has evolved because the world has evolved, but Carrie is still experimental. “So, Sarah Jessica Parker too. From her collaboration with the actor, Molly told me, ‘Well, from season one, Sarah Jessica is a very helpful and enlightened character, her makeup is very lively and creative, and she welcomes opinions.’” It takes all of us to look at clothes racks and say, “Let’s try this one,” and she’s very good at trying everything. This way, Molly explained, Sarah Jessica is willing to do much we won’t: “I don’t think any of us are like that. I think we walk into a store and look at something and say, “Okay, I know color won’t work for me.” That never stops Sarah Jessica. She tries everything, you give it a chance, and then you push it to the curb if it doesn’t work, and I think that’s really exploratory, and I think it’s very cool, and it’s rare.”
In fact, it’s not often a single character’s show or fashion impacts the cultural zeitgeist as Carrie Bradshaw did — and continues to do so two decades later. So, as an explanation for this, I offer this: We probably asked a lot from Carrie (and the show’s designers). We were so nostalgic for and glorified fashion, in a way that we wouldn’t let Carrie continue experimenting the next chapter. Our quick reaction was collective criticism, not enthusiasm, or even appreciation for what the show gave us: a chance to see Carrie in her fifties, and more than that, a rare opportunity to celebrate elegant women ageing and evolving. Great TV show. What’s more, in the age of designer fashion on Instagram, have we forgotten the joy of seeing fashion unite in a way that expresses personality rather than trends? Let’s not forget that Carrie was never “fashionable,” even though she definitely became a trendsetter. We won’t see her wearing the new Bottega shoes or designer sneakers from head to toe, even if it looks like the chic women all over your IG feed are. At the end of the day, I’m relieved to find that while the internet and the fashion scene have definitely changed, Carrey, thankfully, hasn’t.
Here, we take a look at more perfect Carrie Bradshaw fashion moments to come from and like that.