When you think about the history of high fashion on TV, Sex and the City is probably the first show that comes to mind. As Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda, once told People magazine, “The clothes are like another character in the show. They help make it real.” And it’s true—the sartorial sights that costume designer Patricia Field whipped up for viewers every episode were a huge reason for tuning in, even when plotlines occasionally faltered or seemed inauthentic. Simply put, you could ALWAYS count on there being great fashion.
And it wasn’t great because it was always accessible—no, these women held keys to the wardrobes of our dreams, closets filled with an endless stream of the new and fantastic. But amidst all that beauty, they could look downright crazy, too. And, yet, we admired them anyways. After all, they represented the best parts of fashion. Their respective clothing journeys reminded viewers that fashion could allow us to be someone else for the day, trying on different moods and characteristics simply by swapping in a new hat.
A recent bout of nostalgia for the SATC ladies and their one-of-a-kind style had us wondering what each of them might wear today, if the show were still around. Scroll down to see our current picks for Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha.
Known for: Fashion-forward, fearless outfits that mixed designer and vintage items seamlessly—she always looked like a true original.
Givenchy Two-Tone Leather and Shearling Biker Jacket ($6550)
Alexander McQueen Laser-Cut Leather Dress ($6895)
More affordable option: Derek Lam 10 Crosby Sleevless Leather Fit & Flare Dress ($313)
Givenchy Gold-Tone Suede and Marble Choker ($1230)
More affordable option: ASOS Faux Pearl & Ribbon Choker ($11)
Proenza Schouler Pleated Metallic Coated Cloque Maxi Skirt ($1875)
More affordable option: Missoni Pleated Skirt ($413)
Known for: Conservative, preppy pieces with girly undertones—she was the era's definitive uptown girl.
Alexander McQueen Jacquard-Knit Mini Dress ($2355)
More affordable option: Tibi Leopard-Jacquard Mini Dress ($192)
Bottega Veneta Olimpio Intrecciato Leather Shoulder Bag ($2400)
More affordable option: Brooks Brothers Quilted Leather Small Shoulder Bag ($348)
Gucci Embellished Striped Cashmere Sweater ($1500)
More affordable option: LOFT Embellished Striped Sweater ($65)
Victoria Beckham Fluted Striped Stretch-Knit Dress ($2600)
More affordable option: H&M Sleeveless Dress ($50)
Known for: Classic and simple shapes in muted shades, with an emphasis on business attire—she was all work, (almost) no play.
Proenza Schouler Elliot Leather and Suede Shoulder Bag ($1825)
More affordable option: Furla Metropolis Shoulder Bag in Black ($498)
Narciso Rodriguez Athena Leather Point-Toe Flats ($595)
More affordable option: Madewell Pointed Toe Slide Mule Flats ($88)
Known for: Bold, sexy attire most often worn by women half her age—she was so confident that it didn't matter.
Alaïa Petal Laser-Cut Python and Leather Tote ($6450)
More affordable option: Beirn Ronnie Snakeskin Tote Bag in Gray ($325)
Victoria Beckham Leather-Trimmed Stretch-Ponte Mini Dress ($1795)
More affordable version: Narciso Rodriguez Colorblock Crepe Dress ($449)
Jimmy Choo Vanquish Elaphe and Zebra-Print Calf Hair Sandals ($1195)
More affordable version: Gianvito Rossi Crisscross Ankle-Strap Sandals ($419)
So, do you agree with our selections for each character? Let us know in the comments!