You'd be hard-pressed to reflect on legendary television fashion moments without mentioning Carrie Bradshaw's best outfits. Of the iconic friend group of Sex and the City, Miranda boasted logic and stability, while Samantha always demonstrated how to be bold and tell it like it is. Charlotte was the sensitive, devoted friend, and Carrie served up iconic outfits like it was her job. Though she wrote a column about the woes of relationships in the modern age, you'd actually think she was a fashion editor — because the girl knew how to dress. With holiday season officially upon us, now is the time to lean into glitzy, bold trends, and who better to look towards than Bradshaw herself.
From Carrie's musings on modern love to her love affair with Manolo Blaniks, she was relatable in more ways than one. Throughout the six seasons the show aired, Bradshaw's style evolved, but she never stopped serving up iconic looks. The epitome of eclectic style, Bradshaw broke the "rules" of fashion on the daily. Whether mixing prints, testing out experimental millinery, or casually wearing hot pants to the grocery store, she was in a league of her own stylistically and loved pushing boundaries.
If you're not sure what aesthetic to go for, why not pull from the archives of one of TV's most daring style icons? That means busting out the velvet, and grabbing those glittery, glammed-out pieces you'd generally think twice about. Whether you're searching for the perfect gown for a fancy gala or just want to look chic at the office Christmas party, Carrie's got a look for that. Ahead, take notes from the fearless fashion icon and shop The Zoe Report's Carrie-approved, holiday-ready picks, below.
The Naked Dress
Carrie left little to the imagination on her first date with Mr. Big, but she didn't invent the alluring staple. Everyone from Kate Moss to Kim Kardashian has donned the simple, sexy style — and despite its name, it doesn't have to read too revealing. The best thing about an understated slip dress is that it offers endless opportunity — how you style it is the important part. Paired with Dr. Martens or strappy heels, the '90s-inspired staple is here to stay.
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Cowl Neck Slip Dress
Fleur Du Mal
This satin, cowl-neck style offers a subtle nod to the '90s with its thin straps and mini length, but its rose tone brings more femininity than the OG naked dress on SATC.
Bias V-Neck Midi Slip Dress
Looking for extra length? Opt for this v-neck midi dress, which you can layer over a sleek sweater and pair with sneakers, for plenty of use in the new year.
V-Neck Silk-Satin Midi Slip Dress
This burgundy style is a great option for deeper skin tones, and will give ultimate cool-girl vibes paired with a moto jacket and sock boots.
Harmony Chainmail Cocktail Dress
Alice and Olivia
If you want that extra wow factor, look no further than this metallic, chainmail mini dress. It's simple but eye-catching, and will totally stand alone without much accessorizing.
Tulle can be tricky, but Carrie proved that the material can most definitely be utilized outside of elementary school dance recitals. When styled thoughtfully, the bold, voluminous texture is perfect for holiday festivities, and it doesn't have to come off as extravagant, either. Read on for a few accessible, grown-up options and how to style them the 2018 way.
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Square-Neck Spaghetti-Strap Dot Midi Dress
Aidan by Aidan Mattox
A bit more refined than Carrie's lavender tulle, this elegant cocktail dress has the perfect touch of sparkle for your seasonal soirée.
Cap-Sleeve High-Neck Tulle Top
Even if you aren't headed to a ball, you can still dabble in the dramatic trend. This luxurious but cool cap-sleeve top definitely brings the party.
Feather-Trimmed Sequined Tulle Top
This top is full of drama, but if anyone knows more is more, it's Carrie Bradshaw. Dress it down with vintage denim and strappy sandals for a seriously striking holiday vibe.
Tulle Skirt in Paillette Plaid
Pair this sequin midi skirt with a sleek bodysuit or a graphic tee and watch it catch the light ever so subtly on your next festive night out.
Never forget the time Carrie trekked through a snowstorm all the way to Brooklyn to comfort a heartbroken Miranda. Not only was Bradshaw demonstrating the true definition of friendship, but she also proved pajamas and holidays are totally synonymous. That's right, underneath that long, lavish fur, was a set of PJs, and it was iconic. Ahead, shop comfy but chic PJ-inspired finds that'll make leaving the house in a snowstorm a lot more manageable.
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Velvet Robe Jacket
Barneys New York
This elegant piece is the perfect marriage of cozy and chic — you may not even want to take it off once the party's over.
Piping Trimmed Blazer with Belt
There's nothing like a good power suit, and this emerald-green satin number will instantly command the room. Pair with leather skinny pants or grab the matching trousers to take this look all the way home.
Bernadette Pajama Blouse
This is the perfect choice for your office holiday party, and the best part is you'll definitely reach for it time and time again once the festivities have come and gone.
The Tommy Silk-Charmeuse Wide-Leg Pants
Everyone needs a pair of high-waisted wide-leg pants, and this satin, champagne-colored pair is what versatile staples are all about.