Sex and the city reruns have dominated my down time in the past few weeks. The SATC kicks that I have a few times a year, calls for re-watching the whole series, quoting one liners, and of course admiring, what is universally known as the fifth star of the show -fashion. There is no other fashion icon and lover of fashion like Carrie Bradshaw and her outfits throughout the series reminded me of that, and spawned me to theorize how her character growth can be seen through Carrie’s fashion and you can say vice versa, her fashion choices reflect the many of her character themes and different points in her life.
The Beginnings: Fur Rules All
Carrie donned the big fur coat often when we first met her. Always seemed like she just happened to throw it on sloppily on top of whatever she was wearing, it didn’t matter. Seemed as if it was an excessive statement and you get the feeling that she thinks she has something to prove. I always thought at this point, Carrie was more sarcastic and cynical and not put together, just like her outfits.
More Demure, Still a Mess
At around midway through the series you see her in more sophisticated, dressy pieces such as tight fitting gowns or evening cocktail dresses that she wore to various social events and parties to accompany other men, or because she had ulterior motives involving Mister Big. The outfits seem to say ‘I’m trying to be confident and prove my independence, whilst dating various odd men, and then finding the perfect guy, then cheating on him with my ex’.
Ms. Published Writer
Ahh, this is when I feel like she starts dressing her best and be her best. The outfits were some of my favorite pieces of hers throughout the whole series. She looked cute and flirty, feminine, and her outfits would have some unique feature that made her look stand out but wasn’t too crazy, and looked put together. She was starting to finally figure things out, and was more mature, and sure of who she was more than ever before, which was a result of accomplishing a huge feat of having her book published. She also softened up on the cynicism and was more open to the idea of romanticizing in a rational way, which I think was reflected by her fun outfits. She even sported a cute, polished shorter haircut!
All Things End in Paris
I specifically wanted to highlight the series finale (the Paris episodes) because she had a lot of outfit changes that were all very beautiful. A lot of it was definitely high end for sure, very lavish, haute couture, which I think was because she was consciously paying homage to the fashion capital of the world that is Paris. I think it officially marked her as the fashion icon that she is and showed how much respect and love she has for fashion.