To finish up my Sex and the City series, I figured we would end on another fashion post. Here's the rest of the InStyle article I first featured, covering Carrie's craziest looks, and the best of the rest.
The "Around the Way" Look
“Once in a while I think to myself, ‘Oh geez, what was that?’” admitted Field of some of Carrie’s more out-there looks. “Pat would call this an ‘Around the Way’ look,” said Weinberg of the wild Chanel blouse Carrie wore with tie-dye leggings and a bright blue do-rag in Season 3. “Like a girl from the ‘hood.” But this was a TV show, not a fashion show. “This look is Carrie goes to Cartoon Land,” said Rubenstein. “But does it make me laugh? Of course!”
Pat's Patchwork Coat
“Oh my god! This was Pat’s personal jacket,” said Weinberg of the multi-colored suede coat Carrie wore in Season 3. “This is when she’s in a furniture store in the West Village and meets Aidan, so it’s kinda odd-ball.” Polka-dots worn with patchworks is a hefty pairing for even the most fearless, but it didn't impress everyone. “I love the blouse, I love the pants, but I don’t love the coat. This look is more Pat than Carrie,” mused Rubenstein. “There’s a streak of outrageousness that runs through Carrie’s wardrobe and personality, and that, you have to remember, comes from Pat Field.”
Carrie's Not-So-Classic Nautical
“They look like a girl pop group!” laughed Weinberg of Carrie and Samantha’s nod to the high sea. “Sometimes we’d tie their looks together and sometimes we’d clash them. This was definitely an Artie and Eric moment.” She’s referring to the series’ costume assistants, Artie Hach and Eric Daman (Daman is now Gossip Girl’s costume designer). “She could be cruising in Monaco or walking the highline!” countered Daman. "Her snap cap keeps it totally modern."
Carrie's Vintage Striped Suit
Weinberg described the cropped suit Carrie wore to walk Aidan's pup in season 4 as "very Joe DiMaggio, 1939 Yankees. That was my look at the time. She’s wearing an applejack cap, like I always did, it’s got a wider body than a newsboy cap. We bought it at an old hat shop near the 8th Avenue train station.”
The "Running Errands" Romper
To go marketing in Season 4, Carrie wore a Claude Peirlot romper and Prada coat with Fendi shoes and a Dior frame bag. “She could be from the film Breathless in 1959 or a modern day Caroline Kennedy with those little '40s shorts,” said Weinberg. “Carrie was the first [girl] to openly embrace the romper, be it knit, charmeuse or terry,” Daman told us. “Rompers are currently one of the biggest trends going—talk about cutting-edge!”
The Do-Rag/Prom Dress Combo
“Anytime she puts that rag on her head I kind of hold my breath,” said Rubenstein of the Hermes scarf Carrie paired with a pink vintage dress in Season 3. “This looks like something Katy Perry would wear to the Grammys!” said Weinberg. “Those white Manolo pointed-pumps—it was like a Catholic schoolgirl gone bad look. Nobody was doing that then.”
The Visible Bra Look
When Carrie let her black lacy bra peek out of her Marni camisole in Season 5, fashion laws were re-written, as her underwear as outerwear look couldn’t be more relevant today. “Carrie kept it street and chic by mixing urban accessories with a playful blouse,” said Daman. “This look has still got edge!”
The Best of the Rest
Carrie's Fur Coat
“We got that coat at [N.Y.C. designer consignment shop] Ina for $200 and we used it many, many ways,” said Weinberg of the fur Carrie debuted in Season 1 and continued to wear throughout the series. “Ina let us borrow it at first because we weren’t sure if SJP would wear it because it’s raccoon—it stank!”
The "Meet Carrie!" Outfit
"This is Carrie's ‘How do you do?’ moment,” said Rubenstein of the demure Romeo Gigli dress Carrie wore early on in Season 1 and instantly had fans at hello. “This show wouldn’t have been a success if we didn’t fall in love with Carrie." As for Weinberg? “I think she looks like a candy striper,” she said.
Weinberg explained the thinking behind Carrie’s sexy vintage lace minidress from Season 1:. “This was definitely a ‘let’s put her in a sexy, close-fitting dress moment.' Was it spectacular? No, but you could put SJP in a pair of inside-out sweatpants and a pair of Manolo Blahniks and she’d look good,” she said. Offered Rubenstein, “Carrie wouldn’t wear jeans to a club because you want to make an entrance at a club.”
The Masterfully Mixed Outfit
“The mix of the heavy metal belt and the soft feminine floral print is so Carrie,” said Daman of her colorful ensemble from Season 2. “She changed fashion by showing you can belt almost anything and her mixing of metals—the gold bag with the sterling belt—was very fashion forward.” The perfect look for a day of shoe shopping to go with all those $5 vintage dresses! “Carrie taught us that you don’t go shopping in a T-shirt and a pair of jeans, you go shopping dressed as if you’ve already bought something!” noted Rubenstein.
The Fendi Baguette
“This is the beginning of the Fendi metamorphoses when every bag she carried was a Fendi. The store was really great to us at that time. They would just be like, ‘Take whatever!’” said Weinberg. “Eventually, the Baguette became a status symbol. But in that moment, we were literally creating around the Fendi bag: ‘Let’s create an outfit to go with this Fendi bag and then that Fendi bag!’”
“Shazam! Who else could make a sequined caftan so sexy and playboy apropos?” said Daman of sheer vintage tunic Carrie wore on a girls weekend in Miami in Season 3. “The elegance and simplicity of her black bikini with the flash and sheer dash of the cover-up are a perfect demonstration of Carrie's take on fabulous—a timeless mix of class and sass!”
The Engagement Ring Necklace
In Season 4, Carrie paired a classic white Badgley Mischka gown with her engagement ring (worn as a necklace much to Aidan’s dismay). “This look doesn’t really characterize the beginning of Carrie. This is what she evolved to—it was a symbolic time,” said Weinberg. “This look is real New York sophistication,” agreed Rubenstein. “Every girl would love to be Audrey Hepburn for just one scene, and this scene is SJP’s.”
The Forgotten Sweater
“This is such a Roberto Cavalli moment. We had that top for years in our wardrobe. I think we bought it at a sample sale,” said Weinberg. And fittingly the plot followed their lead—Carrie stumbled upon the forgotten sweater while cleaning out her closet in Season 4. “I didn’t love this then, but I do love it now,” added Rubenstein.
Carrie's Statement-Making Coat
Of the nude Calvin Klein dress and colorful vintage coat Carrie wore in Season 6, Weinberg said, “That’s another one of those ‘I threw it on looks’ kind of looks, but she totally made it work!” Indeed, fans everywhere took inspiration from Carrie's style. “This is the Carrie where you start taking notes,” said Rubenstein. “In other cities a coat is just used for warmth and for transportation, in N.Y.C. we see your outerwear, so your outerwear really needs to make a statement.”
The "Date With The Russian" Dress
“Late in Seasons 6, Carrie fell in love with Petrovsky, the Russian artist who wanted her to live in Paris. All of a sudden her world became about ballet, art and Paris and once again the clothes make a shift,” said Rubenstein. Here Carrie wore an Oscar de la Renta dress to the Met on their first date. “The clothes became more serious.”
The Compromising Boots
Shopping in Paris, Carrie wore a pink Betsey Johnson bustier, Lanvin coat and knee-high boots (which were to blame for a horrifying tumble in the exclusive Dior boutique). Said Weinberg: “The boots compromised the outfit's sophistication, and the bustier stood out. This all looks a little bit mismatched to me, which was obviously purposeful.” Agreed Rubenstein: “Carrie never did anything accidentally—she knows exactly what she’s doing!”
Carrie's Home Again Fur
“This is Carrie shaking off whatever she left in Paris,” said Rubenstein of the colorful vintage outfit she topped with her signature coat after Big rescued her in Season 6. “She’s back in N.Y.C. which is all about a series of clashing: mixing high and low, uptown and downtown. This is when Carrie’s real style takes over again.”
The Very Carrie Suit
“There’s an exuberance here,” said Rubenstein about Carrie’s cream Ralph Lauren suit from the first film. “She is so happy to be in N.Y.C. and in love with Big.” Of the city that made Carrie famous, Weinberg explained, “She could be ambiguous here: You didn’t know how much money she had or where she came from. [She could] be anything or everything!”
The Vivienne Westwood Wedding Dress
"Carrie was always the eclectic girl," said Pat Field, so what better dress for her to get married in than an anything-but-ordinary Vivienne Westwood wedding gown. “Pat created the ultimate look for the ultimate day,” said Rubenstein. “I would never want to see anyone in real life wear that blue green feather head dress on their veil, but if Carrie didn’t have some thing so out of the ordinary, I would’ve been incredibly disappointed!”
Carrie's Vintage Prints
“I do love labels, but I love all kinds of intelligent clothing,” said Pat Field, and her continual use of vintage in the first film proved it. Fields must love intelligent accessories too: She added an Eiffel Tower bag by Timmy Woods to the one-of-a-kind outfit—an homage to the city that finally brought Big and Carrie together!
The Mesh Pumps
“The '80s were always important to Pat,” said Weinberg. “She came from the nightlife and club scene and has always been influenced by that.” Leave it to Field to create instant must-haves by adding an edgy, statement belt to a seemingly simple pink shift or putting '80s mesh around a perfectly simple Dior pump.
Tutu Number 2!
“That skirt was actually a slip under a gown. It was so pretty! I was like, 'Let me make this a skirt and put it with a T-shirt,'” Field said of the purple skirt and J’adore Dior T-shirt that Carrie wore in the sequel. “It had that same quirkiness as that short tutu from the series’ intro scene.”
Pictures and commentary from InStyle.
PopSugar TV told me about a recent video they did with Pat Field about the 2nd movie, so of course I thought you would want to see that!
Ok, it took me 2 weeks and a lot of long posts, but that wraps up my Sex and the City series! I had a lot of fun with it and hope you all enjoyed it as well :)