Despite ending 17 years ago (wowzers!), Sex and the City is still arguably one of the most fashionable shows of all time.
Discovering SATC was a pivotal coming-of-age moment for millennial women. Although some of the dialogue and casting is dated, at the time it was revolutionary to see four independent women wearing fabulous clothes and having open conversations about subjects that were, at the time, ‘taboo.’
As someone at an age where the pressure to have children has reached boiling point, I sometimes go back to SATC as a source of comfort. Because having an open conversation about when, or if, to have children is still very much hush-hush.
But aside from what was a groundbreaking subject matter not really seen on prime time TV before, there was something else that made the show iconic –
I am currently deep into my annual re-watching of the hit HBO drama and with every re-watch, I pick up something new about the fashion.
Style is a personal thing and you might resonate with one of the characters more than the others.
Me? I’m definitely a Carrie. Addicted to shoes, perennially overdressed and always looking for that perfect piece of vintage.
Whilst I have a very strong sense of personal style, I can see how Carrie’s wardrobe has shaped some of the choices I’ve made through the years.
And so I ‘couldn’t help but wonder…’ – what are the biggest style lessons we’ve learned from Carrie’s wardrobe?
1) High low – “I was looking for a $7 dress to go with my $300 shoes when…”
In my opinion, the mix of vintage with designer and thrift was one of the best things about the SATC wardrobe department. It made thrifting fashionable. Anyone who’s a lover of shopping pre-loved understands what I mean when I describe that heart-stopping moment you find a treasure tucked away on the rails. Wearing something that speaks to who you are, that no one else has, is at the centre of personal style. It’s a refreshing antithesis to the trend-led fast fashion stockpiling that’s been fuelled by social media.
2) Pattern clashing – It just works. Even when it shouldn’t. If you want to know how to pattern clash, look no further than Carrie (season 2 and season 5 have some great pattern=clashing examples). If you’re not sure where to start, pick a colour in one item and match it to a colour in another.
3) Change up your look with accessories – Remember the bandana phase?! Or the giant flowers? Or the feather shoes that Miranda’s waters broke over (the horror!)
Accessories are a cheap way to freshen up your outfits. Whether it’s adding a sparkly brooch to an old coat, or tying a satin scarf on the handle of your bag – you don’t need to spend a lot to get a new look.
4) Look after your clothes – Despite having an unrealistic amount of clothes for such little storage space, what we do see of Carrie’s closet, it’s neat and tidy. There are also scenes where she’s handwashing garments or taking them to the dry cleaners. Whilst clothes are made to be worn, they should also be treasured. And learning some simple storage hacks will keep yours in good condition for longer.
5) It doesn’t have to be for anyone else – Not everyone likes Carrie’s style. But Carrie loves it. She knows what she likes and isn’t afraid to dress for herself. And that is the epitome of what style should be. Unmistakably you.
Were you a SATC fan? What style lessons did you take away from the show?