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Style

SEX AND THE CITY: LOAN THE LOOKS

Carrie Bradshaw

“Crazy, sexy, cool” is a phrase that should have disappeared in the 90s, at the same speed Big jilted Carrie with. But if we’re honest about our protagonist, it’s a good arrangement of words to interrogate Carrie’s character and her legacy: the wardrobe we’ve grown to fondly respect, with its wild combinations, alluring attention to skin (midriffs, calves, arms), its built-in Manolo Blahnik museum, and general way of remixing classics through spontaneous (sometimes so-bad-it’s-good) styling.

There were hot pants worn with flat caps. Leggings, fur coats and underskirts. That bloody tutu. The Corsage Phase we will not discuss here. And still, somehow, always, Carrie left her brownstone an absolute marvel; even if the wonder sometimes, was “just how many cigs did she chain-smoke while building up the courage to wear that outside?”

Want to wardrobe play as hard as Carrie did with our gut feelings about cowboy hats? Borrow from the better half of her chaotic-cool by loaning tie-dye, flouncing skirts, and oversized silhouettes. Go crazy with Maggie Marilyn and Farm Rio, make sexy outfits with them for a whole month, then return them for someone else to borrow. Really, really cool.

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CHARLOTTE YORK GOLDENBLATT

If wholesome Hollywood was a wardrobe, it would belong to Charlotte York, who got married, ditched art dealing, got divorced, obtained an Upper Eastside apartment, converted to Judaism and became Charlotte York Goldenblatt — without once dropping the modern day Tippy Hedron aesthetic, forgetting to wash her hair, or venturing beyond that shade of pink.

Her dream of a long-lasting, ‘traditional’ romantic relationship neatly fits her style: quality, timeless items being the basis of her wardrobe, where statement coats (surely you remember the Burberry) were about as bold as things got. While all of Charl’s good girl-interrupted looks revolved around a bandeau top, her day-to-day was a grown up preppy uniform of belted dresses, and skirts rarely higher than the knee, as though she took style inspiration from Princess Diana. And there were countless cardis, alluding to Charlotte’s quasi-school girl innocence – her ‘bad side’ just a few done up-tight buttons away…

To loan her look, opt for classic (or modified) check print, plus midi-dresses that flirt with shins and cinch the waist. Colour-wise, go full Disney Princess in pretty greens, white, lemon, and pink (this is Charlotte, in a top), or this jacquard dress by Hayley Menzies which will channel the 50s Hollywood main character that Charlotte York Goldenblatt set out to be.

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Probably the most underrated style star of the show, is Miranda – with her bossy array of office outfits heavily accessorised by cynical one-liners.

Corporate-cool makes up most of her wardrobe, which geared up throughout Miranda’s journey to making partner at her law firm, and got sassier as she upped her wage bracket. There were large open collars, skirt suits in bold colours, and ridiculously good androgynous looks around the office. But for weekends? Miranda would choose street wear and minimalist dresses; sporty jackets, hoodies, flat sandals, strappy tops and hats worn with the odd A-line skirt.

Later in the series, Miranda increased the volume with print and colour, clashing hues with her signature red hair. She also clarified her love of asymmetric details, a decent-sized bag, and polo neck tops for wearing under everything.

Borrow Soeur’s silk dress or Joseph’s striped trousers to steal Miranda’s ‘woman, working’ style. Else try her relaxed look with asymmetric denim by Baum & Pferdgarten – best worn for deadpan joking in the park, and casting loving judgement upon your friends.

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