If you can believe it, Sex and the City has been off the air for 10 years now. Have I made you feel old? Having aired from 1998 through to 2004, the styles and fashions once worn by our favourite leading ladies are now at least a decade old. If I think back to the clothing I was wearing that long ago, I can assure you that even the spirit of the items are not being emulated in any way, shape or form by magazines, designers or even hipsters wearing them ironically. But the fabulous ladies of Sex and the City? They could be picked up off the ’98-’04 Manhattan streets and dropped onto the 2014 ones without raising even the slightest of eyebrows.
We thought it could be fun to look at some iconic looks from each of the SATC ladies and see how their style is still alive and well, starting with…
It’s perhaps least surprising that Charlotte’s fashions are still relevant today seeing as her style was always the most classic. (Editor’s Note: Yes, we have a bias) Often found channeling vintage style icons herself, (remember the Elizabeth Taylor-inspired pink strapless dress and the large sunglasses?) Charlotte has style that is still very much alive today.
What are the lessons we can learn from Charlotte – and more importantly, how is her style still relevant today?
When a style works for you, stick with it. Case in point? Charlotte often wore romantic dresses emphasizing her small waist and ladylike personality. Embracing these dresses, which are timeless, made them a trademark of hers and something that she could rely on over and over again in her closet. If Charlotte had to reimagine her wardrobe for 2014, we can only imagine that it would continue to include some of these silhouettes.
Charlotte was one of those women that managed to pull off trends whilst still looking sophisticated and classic. Case in point was the white polka-dot ensemble worn below which was a subtle nod to polka dots while remaining in a classic colour. Fashion lesson to be very careful with trends and how you choose to interpret them into your look. We think she’d be a fan of many of the subdued ways to incorporate trends now available.
And perhaps the best lesson from Charlotte is that even though you want to build a solid wardrobe of classics in muted, neutral colours – there are a whole rainbow of colours out there for your to experiment with. Build your wardrobe with the classics we all need and then take some time to find the colours that work well for you and your skin tone. Try to work them in slowly until you can graduate to Charlotte’s level of experimentation.