7 Iconic Things Carrie Bradshaw Always Wore in the Summer

Carrie Bradshaw was the queen of summer. Not that her style ever dipped in other seasons, but there was always something about her summertime wardrobe that just hit differently. Known for her skin-baring looks and wild accessories, there is so much to unpack when it comes to this fashion icon's seasonal style, and since summer is right around the corner, there's no better time than the present to absorb all the SATC inspiration we can get. Considering the fact that even after all these years, we are still talking about and idolizing Carrie's style, it's safe to say that treating yourself to a few of her summer staples below is a pretty good idea. 

We went through some of the most iconic Carrie Bradshaw outfits that appeared on Sex and the City and were able to narrow it down to a solid seven that always bring back a sweet sense of nostalgia. Ahead, discover some of the timeless staples Carrie coined as summer must-haves, and shop our favorite iterations of each. 

Naked Heels


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We're pretty sure Carrie Bradshaw invented the naked shoe, and this iconic scene from the show is one of our favorite ways she styled the trend—simply, with a crisp white summer dress and a statement bag. 

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Tube Tops


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If you don't remember exactly what Carrie is looking at in this scene, you aren't a true fan. But I digress. This summer-in-the-Hamptons getup was on-theme, yes, but if we're being honest, it was something Carrie would have worn around the city without a second thought. The star here, however, is the tube top. Carrie was rarely seen without one on a hot summer day.

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Body-Con Dresses


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Some of us might cringe at the thought of wearing a body-con dress, but Carrie was the queen of styling them to look beyond chic. With a simple sandal and a classic bag, these little dresses instantly looked so expensive.

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Carrie loved an accessory moment, but in the summer, she frequented the headscarf. This is the perfect piece to throw on to add some edge to every kind of look from the pool to brunch. 

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Underwire Bikinis


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Whether sneaking into Soho House or lying on the beach in the Hamptons, Carrie was often spotted wearing a classic underwire bikini. The style is still just as popular as it was back then, so get to shopping. 

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Printed Dresses


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Carrie was always about prints, prints, and more prints, but particularly in the summer. She was known for scoring cheap vintage dresses to match her designer shoes, and most of the time, they had short hemlines and loud prints. 

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Short Shorts


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Last but not least, short shorts, or as some of us like to call them, hot pants. Carrie was always experimenting with odd pant lengths from pedal pushers to these mini shorts. In case you feel like trying the trend for yourself, we shopped out the chicest pairs on the internet. 

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Editorial Director

Lauren Eggertsen is currently the editorial director of Who What Wear and has worked at the company for over eight years, where she started as an associate editor and has since worked her way up. Lauren has over 10 years of experience in the fashion editorial space, starting her career with internships at Marc Jacobs, Marie Claire, and The Zoe Report, where she was later hired as their editorial assistant. Lauren has worked in the Los Angeles and New York Who What Wear offices but currently calls L.A. home. It is here where she leads and manages Who What Wear's fashion team and oversees all day-to-day editorial content and large tentpole moments. This includes all of the runway, trend, and shopping-driven content that ultimately helps to build a strong brand reputation within the industry. Lauren's role also includes helping to set the fashion direction for all original photo shoots and often styles many of the celebrity cover shoots, including big names like Kaia Gerber, Normani, and Kristen Stewart.

She has also attended multiple fashion weeks, including New York, London, Milan, and Paris, where her personal style has been featured on sites such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and Elle. She prides herself on discovering and supporting small brands and on her knack for a good vintage shopping find. When she isn't working, she enjoys researching and dining at reputable restaurants around both her neighborhood and the globe.