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18 of Carrie Bradshaw's most stylish outfits and how to recreate them

The fictional fashionista is forever our style icon

Carrie Bradshaw wearing a cream waistcoat, black tie, pink striped shirt, tailored trousers and holding a round hat bag  © Getty
Orin Carlin
Content Writer
Updated: August 10, 2023
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When it comes to on-screen heroines, there is surely no character more infinitely stylish than Carrie Bradshaw. Played by Sarah Jessica Parker, the star of HBO's Sex And The City is known for her incessant smoking and questionable taste in men, (any Aidan fans in the room?) but above all else, her lust-worthy wardrobe is one of the show's greatest assets. Costume designer Patricia Field showed off her keen eye, curating some truly remarkable outfits that will go down in fashion history.

Hello! Fashion shares Carrie Bradshaw's most stylish outfits and how to recreate them:

1. Richard Tyler ruffle dress

Carrie Bradshaw Richard Tyler Ruffle Dress© Photo: Getty Images
Carrie's dress took a plunge in a pond

 Carrie found herself taking an unexpected dip in season 3 – straight into Central Park's pond. Whereas we, on the other hand, found ourselves falling head over heels for her Richard Tyler Resort 2001 ruffle dress. Carrie would no doubt be pleased to know that clear mules are having a moment thanks to the Gen Z-adored Y2K trend, but if, like us, you're in the mood for a whimsical asymmetric midi, look no further than Philosophy Di Lorenzo.

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Aleena tiered printed crepon halterneck mini wrap dress - LoveShackFancy
Aleena tiered printed crepon halterneck mini wrap dress - LoveShackFancy

2. Dior newspaper dress

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John Galliano's famed newspaper dress, from Dior's autumn/winter 2000 collection, made for the perfect apology outfit. While Carrie's attempt to absolve herself of guilt for having an affair with Big while he was married to Natasha didn't go down too well (ruining someone's lunch as well as their marriage is really not a vibe), at least she looked seriously stylish.

Newspaper print cami dress
Breaking News Mini Dress - Dolls Kill

3. Dolce & Gabbana floral dress

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It's not hard to see why the Kardashians are so obsessed with ultra-slinky Dolce & Gabbana dresses – Carrie, too, was bowled over by the incredible floral maxi that was dangled in front of her as she prepared to take part in a fashion show. Sadly, the story had a less happy ending when her dress was swapped for a bejewelled pair of knickers, and she stacked it on the runway. To add insult to injury, Heidi Klum famously stepped over her, prompting Carrie's BFF Stanford to exclaim: "Oh, my god, she's fashion roadkill!" Excruciating doesn't quite cut it.

4. Black circle skirt and fur coat  

Carrie Bradshaw Black 50s Halter Dress© Photo: Getty Images
She was giving 1950s starlet in a wide circle skirt

 Legendary designer Alber Elbaz was responsible for this stunning halter neck circle skirt worn by the character in a promotional shoot. In true Carrie style, she topped things off with some major har volume and extremely covetable shoes.

5. Slip skirt and bum bag

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Hands down, one of Carrie's most killer outfits was her cropped black micro sweater and her knee-length slip skirt worn in season four, both from Prada's spring 2001 collection. Paired with her monogram Gucci bum bag, a relaxed side-pony and some incredible abs, our love for this look knows no bounds.

Belt bag with interlocking G - Gucci
Belt bag with interlocking G - Gucci

6. Belted shirt dress

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Big's oversized white shirt + a Hermès belt = sartorial perfection. Enough said.

Thea Mini Dress - Free People
Thea Mini Dress - Free People

7. Pinstripe knickerbocker suit

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Only Carrie Bradshaw could pull off Pirate chic in a pinstripe knickerbocker co-ord. Her striped extravaganza served us a masterclass in proportion. But the retro braces? We might give those a miss.

8. Fur flamboyance

Carrie Bradshaw in the snow on the streets of New York wearing pyjamas with a fur coat © Getty
Pyjamas have never looked so chic

 Carrie's fur coat will go down in SATC fashion history as one of the character's most adored pieces of outerwear. She wore the longline coat on numerous occasions, but most memorably threw it over her an unconventional pyjama ensemble on New Year's Eve so she could go and visit a lonely Miranda. A string of pearls, a diamanté bag, and white booties – we only wish our sleepwear game looked quite so glam.

9. The waistcoat moment

Carrie Bradshaw wearing a cream waistcoat, black tie, pink striped shirt, tailored trousers and holding a round hat bag  © Getty
Waistcoats are bang on trend for SS23

For the show's entry into cinema, Carrie went for a super sharp tailoring moment and the look has been etched on our mind ever since. It's giving preppy elegance, and we love the three-piece layering that she's got going on. Time to bag a waistcoat of our own…

Single-breasted wool-twill waistcoat - Raey
Single-breasted wool-twill waistcoat - Raey

10. The high drama skirt

Carrie Bradshaw walking down steps wearing a white tiered skirt © Getty
Carrie wore a white frothy skirt to meet "The Russian"

Understated is rarely part of Carrie's sartorial repertoire, and this look worn to meet her Russian artist boyfriend Aleksandr Petrovsky is a case in point. Comprised of a red draped top, multi-strand pearls and a voluminous tiered skirt, this look is unapologetically high impact.

11. The plaid mini 

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So much to unpack here. From the micro-length plaid skirt and pom-pom hair tie to the string of pearls (a Carrie accessory classic) and socks-stilettos combo, this season four look has so much fashion content, and yet, the overall impact is a resounding success.  

Blue mini skirt - Viper London
Blue mini skirt - Viper London

12. Smoking hot 

Carrie Bradshaw smoking in a pink gingham dress with a headscarf © Getty
Fashion fans fell hard for Carrie's gingham Batsheva dress

No, this is not your official warning that Grandmacore is the trend du jour, instead Carrie's unconventional And Just Like That outfit was curated to help her manage her smoking habit. She had limited herself to just one cigarette a day but needed a way to prevent the tempting scent from lingering on her hair and fingers, hence the bright pink rubber gloves and several headscarves. Perfection.

13. Snakeskin splendour 

Carrie Bradshaw wearing a snake print mini dress© Getty
We'd defo wear Carrie's animal print mini

The spaghetti strap mini dress is a party classic - and we can't get enough of Carrie's ruched snakeskin version. Take a leaf out of her book and style yours with a curly half-up, half-down 'do, delicate pearl studs and a black clutch.

14. Washerwoman chic 

Carrie Bradshaw wearing bandana and long shorts © Getty
This look is polarising, to say the least

Where to start? This look is certainly an acquired taste. The bandana is giving Tomato Girl summer, and the black visible bra beneath the airy, white cami is actually kind of a mood. Mesh shoes are actually bang on trend for SS23, but the jorts? We require a little more convincing...

15. Mottled polo neck and mini skirt 

Carrie Bradshaw wearing a pink polo and mini skirt © Getty
This outfit would be ideal for the transitional dressing period

The ever-tricky transitional dressing period is just a stone's throw away, and there's no time to waste. Get your wardrobe in order and take your style cues from Carrie. Her mottled pink polo neck looks cosy and cool, and we love the boho-esque mini for a free-spirited touch.

16. The glitzy bandeau dress 

Carrie Bradshaw being hugged from behind by Mr Big © Getty
The bandeau and updo is still a solid combo today

Strapless necklines are super noughties, and yet, we can't get enough. Carrie's rich red piece, embellished with black sequins, catches the light and echoes the lustrousness of her beaded clutch. 

17. The statement corsage 

Carrie Bradshaw wearing a tank top with a flower corsage © Getty
3D florals? Carrie knows what's up...

Corsages and rosettes are experiencing a major comeback for SS23, and Carrie deserves a round of applause for her continued commitment to the cause. Team yours with a minimalist tank top and a printed Dior Saddle under your arm to pay sartorial tribute.

18. The slinky slip

Carrie Bradshaw wearing a white lace slip © Getty
Carrie's lingerie game is top notch

Every occasion is a fashion opportunity, even if you're just lounging in bed. Seek a lace-trimmed slip, tousled hair and your own Mr Big to replicate.

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