Out at a hip and trendy bar, four fashionable women make an entrance asking for a round of cocktails. Dressed in designer wear, they sip their drinks and talk about their late-night encounters with the men of Manhattan. This is not the start of a lengthy and atrocious joke but of an era of style that has yet to end. Sex and the City created a world of style where empowered women were confident and expressed themselves through fashion. It has had such a lasting impact on today’s society and especially in the trendy urban setting. As the four empowered women live out their romance-filled, fashionable lives in the Big Apple, they remind us how to live without a damn and with an incredible aura of style.
By and large, friends Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte have different styles on the show — both in fashion and in way of life. They manage to bring that collective style to life every day onto the streets of New York. And in doing so, they never shy away from exuding the great levels of confidence that more people should have when they go out into the world to pull off a great look. One can say that fashion itself plays a large and separate character on the show. From Carrie’s must have Manolo’s to an eye-catching fur coat, the key appearances that fashion itself makes on the show are some that simply cannot be forgotten.
Fashion made appearances throughout the show in club scenes with silky slip dresses and matching pumps. It was seen on brunch dates with bright color palettes and huge sunglasses after a night out. It was even seen when the girls reluctantly attended their friends’ baby showers and had to dress it down out in the suburbs. In a way, fashion is what truly makes the show. Because if we’re being honest, without the amazing outfits the ladies pull off, the show would just be like every other show about friends on their quest for love.
“What is it about God and fashion that goes so well together?” This was the strange question that pondered in Carrie’s mind on a particular episode. As she walked past a church, she noticed church-goers wearing designers like Valentino, Escada and Oscar De La Renta. Though she never quite got to the bottom of it, this was just one of the many examples of how fashion stole the spotlight during the production. In a sense, fashion basically was the show. Manolo Blahnik designer shoes, for example, were so famous on the show they practically could’ve been the fifth member of the famous fictional gal group. Crops tops, mixing patterns and prints, fanny packs and oversized coats were some of the others among the many trends that lived on after the show. The popularity Sex and the City had gave rise to a platform that further granted women the freedom to wear outfits that brought them life and invigorating confidence.
Closets full of clothes and nothing to wear — one of the many issues that women can still relate to. It’s also one of Carrie’s most common issues throughout the show. Granted this is really a first-world problem yet the show continues to ripple an effect in the fashion world and still permits most women to claim they have “absolutely nothing to wear.” For many people, fashion is a form of self-expression, whether they have a lot or a little to work with. They wake up every morning and get dressed for themselves. With that comes the opportunity to express individuality and reflect personality through style. If we’ve learned anything from our dear friends on Sex and the City, it’s that love makes life pretty complicated. But the clothes we wear and display to the world can truly make us feel alive. When you live a life where you can express yourself every day without giving a damn, that’s something really special. That’s something worth holding onto. •
by: Alejandra Terrones
Graphics by: Izellah Wang
Photography by: Caitlin Rounds
Models: Claren Moyers, Leonor Martins, Julienne Bajusz and Kristine Wang
HMU by: Cameron Kelly and Mariam Ali
Styling by: Megan Arimanda