Sex and the City reboot: How Carrie Bradshaw's style has evolved in her 50s

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Just Like That Costumes from Sex And The City - GC Images
Just Like That Costumes from Sex And The City - GC Images

As fictional characters go, Sex And The City’s Carrie Bradshaw is perhaps the most lauded by fashion fans. Every detail of her wardrobe, designed by Patricia Field and filled with designer labels, was picked over when the original show aired between 1998 - 2004. For many, the costumes are still a reference point two decades on.

Filming for a new spin-off series, And Just Like That, has begun in New York, with actresses Sarah Jessica Parker (Bradshaw), Cynthia Nixon (Miranda Hobbes) and Kristin Davis (Charlotte York Goldenblatt) reuniting, and costume designer Molly Rogers has taken the reins from Field.

Parker, now 56, leads the pack in midlife, and early images from the set reveal just how Carrie’s style has evolved in the 20 years that have passed.

She may be older and wiser, but she’s still fashion crazy. The eclectic mix of designer trophy items and vintage finds, the quirky accessorising and the originally layered silhouettes are all still there - she hasn’t toned things down in the slightest, which has delighted fans. An Instagram account @justlikethatcloset is already identifying the brands in every single new outfit.

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If anything, the heels are higher. Parker wore Celine’s ‘Melody’ Mary Janes in the first costumed image - a hefty platform that set the tone. And the beloved Fendi Baguette bags which the character carried in her 30s are also back, this time rendered in purple sequins.

The designers who have lent outfits to be worn on the show so far span from established houses (Dior, Carolina Herrera and Dries Van Noten) to up-and-coming brands, showing that shopping from a wide range of places as well as hunting for vintage gems is still important to this character.

For Charlotte and Miranda (Samantha Jones, played by Kim Cattrall, hasn’t returned), the style trajectory has also continued in a logical direction. Miranda, a lawyer, still enjoys soft tailoring, jumpsuits and shirt dresses, while Charlotte’s Uptown wardrobe has softened just slightly, as her signature cream pencil skirts have been swapped for looser silhouettes.

Here’s everything we know about the costumes in And Just Like That so far...

The old wardrobe favourites

Just Like That Costumes from Sex And The City Charlotte York Goldenblatt, Carrie Bradshaw and Miranda Hobbes - GC Images
Just Like That Costumes from Sex And The City Charlotte York Goldenblatt, Carrie Bradshaw and Miranda Hobbes - GC Images

Carrie wears a new fuchsia pink shirt dress by Carolina Herrera, with a vintage studded belt and vintage leather Manolo Blahnik heels. What’s clever about the accessories in this look styled by Rogers is that they could have been in the character’s wardrobe for years - much loved and much worn.

Miranda meanwhile is in a shirt dress by L’Agence, and Maje wedge sandals, while Charlotte wears a sailboat printed sundress by Emilia Wickstead layered over a white T-shirt, and carries a white Fendi basket bag.

The eveningwear

Just Like That Costumes from Sex And The City - GC Images
Just Like That Costumes from Sex And The City - GC Images

Photographed outside a restaurant in a scene depicting one of their famous girls’ nights, the eveningwear choices for both Miranda and Charlotte are interesting. Charlotte’s blouse is vintage Givenchy from 1996 - again an item which the audience might assume has been in her wardrobe since the original shows. Miranda meanwhile is in a jumpsuit by New York label Likely, worn with Saint Laurent platforms.

The Baguette is back

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Just Like That Costumes from Sex And The City fendi - GC Images

Focusing now on Carrie’s outfit, the layering of colours and textures feels very true to Patricia Field’s original designs for the character. The main piece in this look though is the Fendi Baguette bag - the character made the It bag a pop culture phenomenon after being robbed in a Sex And The City scene, correcting the thief who told her to hand over her bag that “It’s a Bageutte.” 20 years later, Carrie is taking one embellished with purple sequins out for a spin.

The eco outfit

Just Like That Costumes from Sex And The City - GC Images
Just Like That Costumes from Sex And The City - GC Images

This outfit also rings true to the original Bradshaw styling. The linen jumpsuit with skirt panels is by Claude Montana from Replika Vintage, demonstrating Carrie’s (or Field’s) original interest in vintage clothing again. It has been layered with a Dries Van Noten floral jacket, and what appears to be a Bottletop bag - the eco-conscious label recycles can ring pulls and turns them into chainmail-like material. Combining vintage and recycled fashion items may also indicate that 2021 Carrie cares more about fashion’s impact on the environment.

Charlotte’s new Uptown look

Just Like That Costumes from Sex And The City - GC Images
Just Like That Costumes from Sex And The City - GC Images

Charlotte’s wardrobe was typically very well tailored, and while the heritage Parisian brands she turns to are largely the same, the overall silhouette has softened a little. This is a Balenciaga skirt and Manolo Blahnik heels, worn with a vanity case bag from Rianna and Nina and a Burberry dispenser bag, for a dog walk scene.

The cast are back

Just Like That Costumes from Sex And The City - GC Images
Just Like That Costumes from Sex And The City - GC Images

This was the first image released of the three characters in their new costumes. Carrie wears a Norma Kamali gingham skirt with Celine’s patent ‘Melody’ Mary Jane platforms, while Charlotte is in Carolina Herrera and Dior, and Miranda is in white Vince trousers and a checked Altuzarra blouse. As a trio they are in a coordinated palette, but each represents their individual take on style.

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