It may have been 20 years since episode one of Sex and the City aired, but we’ve never felt more inspired by Carrie Bradshaw’s wardrobe. We can thank the show for giving us a truly modern fashion icon—with eclectic taste and an enviable wardrobe to match. As well as SATC’s stellar writing and depiction of female friendships, fans tuned in week after week to see what Carrie would wear on the streets of Manhattan.
Did every episode leave you with serious shoe envy and an overwhelming urge to shop? We thought so. The legendary lead’s one-of-a-kind style started trends that are still influencing our wardrobes today. Unexpected layering and a more-is-more mentality? Totally Carrie inspired. Her unmistakable flair for style means she remains a Who What Wear muse to this day. Mention that fur coat or that tutu dress, and fashion fans’ ears prick up.
Everyone has their favourite Carrie look (it’s the white dress all the way for this writer), and we know we’re the only ones who added a flower corsage to a dress after Miss Bradshaw did it in the noughties. This week, whilst browsing the new-in sections, we got to thinking—so many of the hottest dresses this season seem incredibly Carrie-esque. Keep scrolling to see our picks, inspired by our favourite print-clashing, Manolo-obsessed protagonist.
In our opinion, this pink Oscar de la Renta dress was one of the best things to come from the Alexander Petrovsky romance.
This pink number will be a staple of your Carrie-worthy wardrobe.
Die-hard fans will remember this outfit from season two’s “Hubble” moment. We think such a simple white dress is perfect heat-wave attire.
Silk, corseted and neutral? Three Carrie approved trends in one dress.
Carrie was never one to shy away from a bold print, and neither should you.
This is everything we want in dress form.
Glamourous looks like these cemented Patricia Field as the costume designer of the moment. Dolce and floral? We love.
For a date with your Mr. Big?
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The rainbow trend? Carrie had that down long, long ago.
This dress is begging to be worn in the sun.
Check-printed dresses are trending right now, we suggest you get one, pronto.
This bow strap dress is top of our new-in wish list.
Ah, the snakeskin minidress. This might have been worn by Carrie back in 1998, but it’s so now.
We could see Carrie wearing this with a pair of statement heels—of course!
The “naked” dress is something every Carrie wannabe should have. Barely there but never boring.
We can see our favourite New York writer (and you) wearing this for Friday night drinks.
Floaty, floral and off the shoulder—perfection in dress form during any given year. Can we have those Perspex heels too, please?
If you haven’t already, it’s time to get on board with the slip-dress trend.
We don’t know what we’re enjoying more—the green striped dress or Charlotte’s bucket hat.
A striped dress is a summer must-have. Extra points if it’s in colour-of-the-moment green.
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She might be famed for her OTT outfits, but we think Carrie works the romantic trend just as well.
We adore the cut of this full-skirted dress. Consider your wedding-guest outfit sorted.
Carrie wore this asymmetric floral fringe dress on a trip to Los Angeles in season three. We’d like it to appear in our wardrobe immediately.
A weekend wonder if we ever saw one. Wear for brunch, drinks or Sunday strolls.
As Carrie famously said, you should keep your money where you can see it: hanging in your closet. We couldn’t agree more.