Defending Carrie Bradshaw’s New Looks on And Just Like That

If you were watching Sex and city (or tuned to reruns), you were probably introducing yourself as much for fashion as it is for sex. We looked to see what Carrie Bradshaw was wearing in the way we scroll through Instagram in the era of influencer fashion. Carrie gave us the inspiration for an outfit that was both high fashion and down to earth, a high-low brand created by Patricia Field, who famously headed the wardrobe for the original series. It is the eclectic hallmark of Carrie’s style and of every woman who has attempted to emulate it. Luckily, the reboot delivers on the fashion front again (even if I’m the only one waiting for sex to come into play?).

With Molly Rogers, a longtime colleague of Field, and Danny Santiago behind the costumes for That’s it, fashion is, once again, at the center of the show, although early fan criticism was quick to take down some of the costumes that had leaked from the set. To this, specifically the outcry that erupted over a dress that fans suspected was from Forever 21 (it wasn’t, in fact, Forever 21, but a carefully pulled vintage piece by Rogers and Santiago for the story), Molly told me: “There’s a reason she’s wearing that dress.” In fact, there’s a reason for most of Carrie’s fashion choices: a story behind each look (which isn’t evident in the paparazzi photos that have leaked and shared on Instagram).

We had nostalgia and glorified fashion, in a way that didn’t allow Carrie to continue to be experimental in this next chapter.

What the show asks – and has always asked – of its viewers is to appreciate Carrie’s sense of style as part of who she is: someone who loves fashion for fashion and takes risks with it. When we talked about the first few episodes of That’s it, Molly reminded me: “[The women] have evolved because the world has evolved, but Carrie is still experimental. “So is Sarah Jessica Parker. Of her collaboration with the actor, Molly told me:” Well, from the first season, Sarah Jessica is a very collaborative and informed, and her accessories are energetic and extremely creative, and she accepts opinions. It takes everyone to look at the clothes racks and say, “Let’s try this,” and she’s so good at trying everything. “That way, Molly explained, Sarah Jessica is willing to do what many of us won’t:” I don’t think any of us are like that. I think we walk into a store, look at something and say, “Well, I know that color won’t work on me.” This never stops Sarah Jessica. She tries everything, gives it a chance, and then throws it on the pavement if it doesn’t work, and I think it’s really exploratory, and I think it’s great, and it’s rare. “

In fact, it’s not often that a show or a single character’s fashion impact the cultural zeitgeist like Carrie Bradshaw did – and it continues to do so, two decades later. So, as an explanation for the nit, I offer this: maybe we demanded too much of Carrie (and the show’s clients). We had nostalgia and glorified fashion, in a way that didn’t allow Carrie to continue to be experimental in this next chapter. Our instinctive reaction was collective criticism, not enthusiasm, or even appreciation for what the show was giving us: the chance to see Carrie in her fifties, and even more so, the rare opportunity to celebrate women at the fashion that are aging and evolving on a major television show. And even more so, in the era of coiffed Instagram fashion, have we forgotten the joy of seeing fashion come together in a way that expresses personality and not trends? Let’s not forget that Carrie has never been “trendy”, although she has certainly become a trendsetter. We won’t see her wearing New Bottega or sporting a designer from head to toe, even if it looks like fashionable women are all over your IG feed. At the end of the day, I, for example, am relieved to find that while the internet and the fashion landscape have certainly changed, Carrie, fortunately, hasn’t.

Here, a look at other typically Carrie Bradshaw fashion moments to come from That’s it.

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