8 Basics Even Carrie Bradshaw Deemed Necessary

Even the most adventurous dresser can benefit from a closet adequately stocked with outfit basics. These slightly less flashy (but ever-so-helpful) pieces include staples like T-shirts, tanks, jeans, and the like and come in handy far more than any trend item you've got your eyes on. Take, for example, Carrie Bradshaw (yes, we're still talking about her because Sex and the City is still free to stream on HBO Go and HBO Now). The style icon mixed and matched her basics with bold items ranging from floral tube tops to tulle skirts, always proving that a classic can be made more interesting depending on how you wear it.

Ahead, we've rounded up all the times Bradshaw proved the versatility and necessity of investing in basics and included a shopping pick for each in the event you're in need of a refresh. Enjoy the fashion flashback and don't forget to buy your basics.

Classic White Button-Down

Whether under overalls or paired with a feather-embellished skirt, Bradshaw's crisp white button-down is a bonafide staple.

City Sneakers

Carrie Bradshaw Sneakers


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Though we typically associate Bradshaw with a pretty pair of Jimmy Choos or Manolo Blahniks, her character also knew the power of a cool pair of flats.


Bradshaw proved time and time again the power of having a LBD in your closet at all times.

Striped Tee

Carrie Bradshaw Striped Tee


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The perfect way to finish off a pinstripe suit? A striped tee and strappy sandals, according to Bradshaw.

Wrap Dress

Carrie Bradshaw Wrap Dress


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A wrap dress will always be a New York City girl staple.

Slip Dress

Carrie Bradshaw Slip Dress


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You'll get a lot of mileage out of a silk slip similar to Bradshaw's.

White Tank

Carrie Bradshaw White Tank


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Who knew a white tank top could look so chic? 

Black Jeans

Carrie Bradshaw Black Jeans


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Bradshaw was wearing the crop-flare jeans trend long before any of us were, it seems.