fashion . Styling Tips

Steal Her Style: "Sex And The City's" Carrie Bradshaw

Back to the '90s and '00s

Like many remarkable protagonists on TV, Carrie Bradshaw's character is polarising. Through the years, popular sentiments about her have shifted from "I want to be her" to "Wow, she was a hot mess". She went from being an aspirational icon to becoming the poster girl for the female anti-hero. But whether you love or hate Carrie's personality, there's one thing that we can all agree on — her style is impeccable. It's the one aspect about her that has aged well. 

A GIF of 3 different fashion sketches

Artworks by Tisha Esquejo/@tikyaesquejo

From the tutu skirt to the newspaper dress, Carrie wore some of the most iconic fashion pieces to ever grace television. And 20 years after the pilot of Sex and the City aired, Carrie's bold, wacky style, which is heavily influenced by the trends of the late '90s and '00s, still continue to be an inspiration to fashionistas the world over. If you're one of them, here are some tips on how you can steal her style.

Mix camisole tops with one-of-a-kind bottoms

From top left, clockwise: A black satin camisole, a pair of diamond droplet earrings, a white tulle maxi skirt, and an embellished glittered leather platform sandal

HAIDER ACKERMANN Satin camisole, USD655; NEEDLE & THREAD Tulle maxi skirt, USD160.85, Gucci Embellished glittered leather platform sandals, USD980; Pandora Spring 2018 Nature Chandelier Droplets earrings, Price unavailable

Carrie's style is always a mix of eccentric and sexy pieces with just the right amount of playfulness. To adopt her signature fashion to 2018 style, swap the tutu skirt for a midi tulle bottom. For the top, opt for a camisole or a tank top. It's the 2000s piece that's making a comeback nowadays, and one that was often sported by Carrie as well. Add in some glittered shoes and statement silver earrings to complete the look.

Pair spaghetti-strapped dresses with bold shoes

A blue silk-trimmed velvet spaghetti-strapped midi dress and black lace-up heels

TIBI Silk-trimmed velvet midi dress, USD695; Cult Gaia shoe collection (exclusive to NET-A-PORTER); Price unavailable

We know how much Carrie loves her spaghetti-strapped dresses. They're usually body-hugging and paired with exquisite shoes. It's a simple, easy-to-wear ensemble that gives off that effortlessly elegant look. 

Master the art of wearing crop tops

A sleeveless black and white striped bustier, a colorful vertically striped wrap midi skirt, and white laced-up wedge espadrilles

VERONICA BEARD Gina metallic striped cotton-canvas bustier, USD295; Diane von Furstenberg Striped silk crepe de chine wrap midi skirt, USD185; CASTAÑER Carina canvas wedge espadrilles, USD120

Confidence is key when pulling off this look (or any Carrie B. look, for that matter). We may not have Sarah Jessica Parker's abs, but we sure can still sport awesome crop tops. Usually, we see Carrie wearing crop tops with flowy midi skirts. To update this look, go for trendy wrap skirts and bustier crop tops. It's still very Carrie but more in tune with current fashion.

Pick asymmetrical pieces

An asymmetric shoulder maxi dress, and an asymmetric stretch-knit mini dress

MARYLING Autumn/Winter 2018 Collection Asymmetric shoulder maxi dress, Price unavailable; STELLA MCCARTNEY Asymmetric stretch-knit mini dress, USD995

Sometimes, all it takes is a little deviation from the usual to stand out. While most of Carrie's choices are flamboyant, you can also see that she's a fan of simple details that catch the eye. One of those is asymmetrical shoulders. Think about that pink ruffled dress that she wore when she fell into the water and that black dress when she played spin the bottle. 

Go the extra mile

Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw turns around to face the camera

If there's anything that we can learn from Carrie, it's to not be afraid to go big (pun intended) and all-out when it comes to expressing ourselves through fashion. Add that little sparkle to your outfit, whether it's an oversized corsage-like flower pinned to your top or going for a big ruffled dress. Just remember not to go over your budget!