Every fashion girl encounters those trying times when nothing in their closet seems to speak to them. After spending years curating each and every beloved item in your wardrobe, suddenly it all feels, well, stale. One fix to an underwhelming closet could be a complete and total wardrobe revamp, but a more realistic solution is to reflect on the eclectic and unpredictable nature of Carrie Bradshaw's style.
As the bonafide fashion icon of Sex and the City, Bradshaw kept viewers guessing when it came to what she wore. One day she'd be sporting the most over-the-top tulle skirt, and the next, she'd be effortlessly slaying a pinstripe power suit. A true style chameleon, the hopeless romantic of the group clearly kept her relationship with fashion thriving at any and all costs, starting with regular $400 splurges on Manolo Blahniks.
So, before you succumb to the dreaded style-induced breakdown of feeling like you have nothing to wear, consider the staples that worked for Bradshaw time and again. By inducting a few of these no-fail items into your closet, you'll feel instantly updated and might just have your girls pulling out their iPhones to take notes.
Anyone who watched SATC knows Carrie's deepest, most genuine romance was that which she shared with shoes. From Jimmy Choos to sky-high Louboutins, the fashion maven's love of footwear knew no bounds. Her most treasured style of them all was likely the strappy sandal, which is great news for you, because it pairs well with pretty much everything. From cocktail dresses to relaxed denim, these barely there babies deserve a spot on your shoe rack, stat.
These little black heels look like basic strappy heels until you notice the beaded detailing, which immediately takes them up a notch on the style spectrum.
Leather High Heeled Strappy Sandals
Even though Carrie was a fan of stilettos, she'd surely approve of these baby pink kitten heels that are a bit easier to walk in.
Scottie Snake-Effect Leather Sandals
Step into the snakeskin trend with these earthy sandals. Wear them now with a pair of thick-knit socks, and later with a pair of cropped jeans — no layers needed.
No risk was too daring for Bradshaw, as proven by her affinity for hot pants, mixed prints, and unexpected headwear. From newsboy caps to top hats, the style exhibitionist has made a serious case for hats you might have never before considered. Why not start now?
Faux Fur Bucket Hat
Carrie's been known to rock a bucket hat from time to time, and this furry version is the 2019 update you need.
Floppy Brim Fedora
Rag & Bone
Fedoras have a tendency to result in early 2000s flashbacks, but this bohemian version from Rag & Bone still feels relevant.
Mattie Fisherman Hat
Give the newsboy cap a go while adding color and texture to your look with this soft, emerald green option.
From voluminous tulle to Flapper-esque fringe and everything in between, Carrie knew how to rock a statement dress. Even her minimalistic "naked dress" was a statement in and of itself, but one trend you see her wear time and again is a floral print. Whether donning an actual structural flower the side of her head, or a '90s-inspired motif, she never veered far from a blooming pattern.
Floral Print Dress
These deeper hues are totally appropriate for winter time, and the prairie-inspired silhouette will feel so right with combat boots.
This long-sleeve style is just as great for the office as it is for a date, and will transition seamlessly from winter into spring.
Ruffled Floral Dress
Get your color fix with this romantic pick from Simone Rocha — the unique ruched detailing has Carrie written all over it.
Even though Bradshaw wasn't one to pinch pennies for style, she was no stranger to unique vintage finds. From glamorous fur coats to painterly dusters, the writer opted for special outwear that spoke for itself. Treat yourself to one of the statement coats ahead, and do less with the rest of your outfit.
Floral-Print Cotton-Blend Faille Trench Coat
Chances are you already own a basic trench, so why not invite a fun, whimsical one to join the fam?
Snow Knight Faux Fur Coat
Fuzz Not Fur
Who could forget the famous fur coat Carrie was wearing when she ran into Mr. Big on Episode 1? Channel the classic look in no time with this faux alternative.
Stella Asymmetrical Coat
This neutral checked option's double-breasted design and notch lapels add that classic sensibility that will never go out of style.