6 summer trends that made Carrie Bradshaw famous and 6 that she would give up today

6 summer trends that made Carrie Bradshaw famous and 6 that she would give up today

I may not be very good at many things like DIY, time management, math and map reading, but when it comes to the wardrobe of Sex and the City Carrie Bradshaw, I’m an expert. I can name episodes, recite quotes, and even identify moments in Carrie’s life just by her outfits. Some might consider this a trivial skill, but for someone who grew up with Carrie’s iconic 2000s fashion, her style had a significant cultural impact. Corsets, Blahniks, and logomania were trends she popularized, and many of us have followed her lead. Given Patricia Field’s incredible influence as the show’s costume designer, it makes sense to examine how Carrie would shop today, beyond her signature tutus and quirky accessories.

6 summer trends that made Carrie Bradshaw famous and 6 that she would give up today
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Many of Carrie’s standout outfits, like the New Year’s Eve fur coat and sequin beret, the beach cowboy hat and bandeau top, and the rain-soaked red coat and rainbow skirt, are still in style today. However, her summer style really shines with tank tops, pretty sandals, micro shorts, and men’s shirts worn as dresses. In summer, Carrie opts for classic pieces with unique twists that serve as great inspiration for our own wardrobe.

If you’re looking for summer fashion inspiration that Carrie Bradshaw would approve of, here are six timeless staples for your summer wardrobe – and six she’d probably throw out. Expect a chic color palette, stylish accessories and long-lasting dresses that will outlast her short-lived Petrovsky era.

REMOVAL: Flirty undershirts
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Style notes: While Gen Z loves embroidered tanks with skirts and pants, Carrie knows the humble tank top is a versatile staple. From dinner dates with a pin-up tank top to casual errands with a crossbody bag and jeans, the tank top is a timeless summer essential.

Buy tank tops:
Arket – Rib Racer Tank Top – £17
Toteme Compact Knit Tank Top Dove Blue – £230
Klayd Square Tank Top – £45
H&M Ribbed Cami Top – £7

REMOVAL: Straw hats and summer dresses
KEEP GOING: Bandeaus and bandanas
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Style notes: Carrie is known for her varied hat and hair accessory choices, although she probably won’t opt ​​for a floppy straw hat with a simple dress. Instead, designer scarves repurposed as bandanas paired with bandeau tops or dresses give her look a fresh and unique vibe.

Shop bandeau tops and bandanas:
TOTEME – Printed cotton silk blend scarf – £170
THE FRANKIE SHOP – Winona Stretch Knit Strapless Crop Bandeau Top – £93
LE SCARF – Paisley Print Silk Satin Scarf – £75
Anthropologie Bandeau Ponte Top – £48

REMOVAL: Tailored shorts
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Style notes: Carrie was ahead of her time with long denim shorts, also called “jorts.” These shorts bucked the trend of the early 2000s and are still relevant today as a dressy weekend outfit.

Buy Jorts:
Reformation Raye Mid Rise Relaxed Fit Denim Shorts – £128
Gap – Mid Rise Longline Denim Shorts – £40
LOULOU STUDIO – + Net Sustain Isu Organic Denim Shorts – £165
Abercrombie Longer Length Low Rise Baggy Denim Shorts – £29

REMOVAL: Puff sleeve dresses
KEEP GOING: Spaghetti strap dresses
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Style notes: Many of SATC’s iconic moments are defined by form-fitting dresses. From brunch minis to white slip dresses and of course the newspaper dress, Carrie shines in strappy midi dresses paired with statement heels. While oversized dresses are on trend, timeless spaghetti strap dresses are a worthwhile investment.

Buy strapless dresses:
Rouje Daria Dress – £185
SKIMS Soft Lounge Rib Stretch Modal Long Slip Dress – Oxide – £80
ZARA Open Back Draped Dress – £36
NEVER FULLY DRESSED – Faro Printed Chiffon Ruffle Maxi Dress – £130

REMOVAL: Chunky sandals
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Style notes: While chunky sandals have been popular recently, heeled mules are making a comeback. Ideal for both everyday wear and evening events, these stylish shoes embody a more elegant fashion choice in true Carrie style.

Buy mules:
ZARA – Patent heeled mules – £36
MANOLO BLAHNIK – Lolloso 50 ruched leather bow mules – £645
Charles & Keith Orly metallic leather strappy slant heel mules – £95
MANGO – Leather pointed toe slingback shoes – £56

REMOVAL: Linen trousers
KEEP GOING: Capri pants
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Style notes: While most people reach for wide linen pants in hot weather, Carrie often reaches for capri pants. Whether paired with fine knits, high sandals, sports jerseys or denim jackets, these mid-rise, cropped pants have become a staple in her wardrobe.

Buy capri pants:
MANGO – Capri Leggings – £18
ASOS DESIGN Bengaline pedal pusher in dark grey stripe – £24
MANGO – Striped Capri Jeans – £36
Reformation – Posie Pedal Pusher Pants – £128

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