I’ve watched and rewatched Sex and the City more times than I can count. I grew up tuning into the show, and the life Carrie Bradshaw lived as a writer in Manhattan always captivated me. Ahead of moving to NYC to pursue my career as a fashion editor, I thought back on Carrie’s life in NYC—it had, after all, inspired me to find a similar path for myself, at least in part.
Those Paris episodes have to be the ones I’ve watched more than any others, though. I lived in Paris myself years ago, so I have a strong connection to the French capital and carefully studied each scene for the landmarks, from the streets of Saint-Germain to the hallways of Plaza Athénée. Carrie’s vision of Paris is tied up in her romantic idea of the city and the life she imagined living there, so her outfits rely heavily on iconic French fashion staples like Breton stripes and boater hats. It all comes together in a perfect wardrobe for the City of Light. Want to get the look for yourself? Ahead, shop Carrie Bradshaw’s 15-pieces Parisian capsule wardrobe.
Carrie Bradshaw leaned into iconic French fashion items when she arrived in Paris, including a boater hat and tweed jacket.
What is more Parisian than Breton stripes?
Carrie really doubled down on classic Parisian fashion staples, including the polka-dot print she was spotted wearing here.
This outfit is built around tall leather boots, which happen to be one of the biggest shoe styles we're seeing this season.
This outfit is an homage to Carrie's infamous tulle skirt from the Sex and the City opening credits.
An off-the-shoulder top feels on brand both for the city in question and for Carrie's sense of style.
The pièce de résistance? The Oscar de la Renta gown Carrie unboxed in her hotel room.
Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.
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