The ladies of Sex and the City taught us about the dos and the do-nots of love, friendship, and, of course, fashion and personal style. It all comes down to confidence and being true to yourself. Carrie Bradshaw didn’t always get it right—in fact, far from it. This is why we love her so much. We can relate to her and her ramblings, scattered brain, mistakes in love and friendship, and her love of everything fashion. My favorite thing about the show is how Carrie was able to take style and fashion and relate it back to what was going on in her life.
In honor of Sex and the City’s eighteenth birthday this past Monday, I’m sharing my favorite lessons, in style and in life, from the one and only Carrie Bradshaw.
1. Don’t be Afraid
…of color, of texture, of bold prints, and of being and expressing who you are. Carrie and the girls rocked every outfit they wore with confidence. If you love it, flaunt it. We would never learn without making some mistakes along the way.
“Maybe our mistakes are what make our fate. Without them what would shape our lives? Perhaps if we never veered off course, we would never fall in love, or have babies, or be who we are. After all, seasons change. So do cities. People come into your life and go. But it’s comforting to know that the ones you love are always in your heart. And, if you are lucky enough, a plane ride away.”
– Carrie Bradshaw
2. You Can Never Be Too Overdressed (or Underdressed)
Feel like throwing on your fanciest gown for a night out at a fast food joint? Like wearing sweats with your heels? Who’s to say what you are wearing is inappropriate? You do you, the way Carrie always did Carrie.
“The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you that you love, well, that’s just fabulous.”
– Carrie Bradshaw
3. Shoes Make the Outfit
A good pair of shoes will bring life to any outfit, and, according to Carrie, possibly even mend a broken heart. Nothing is ever impossible to get through—you may just need a little help from your friends, or from a new pair of shoes.
“When one door closes – another shoebox opens!”
“No matter who broke your heart, or how long it takes to heal, you’ll never get through it without your friends.”
– Carrie Bradshaw.
4. Never Apologize for Being You
Never apologize for wearing what you love the way you love it. And definitely never apologize for loving fashion as much as you do. Everyone has a vice, and, in my opinion, fashion just happens to be the most fun vice you can have!
“You shouldn’t have to sacrifice who you are just because somebody else has a problem with it.”
– Carrie Bradshaw.
“Maybe you have to let go of who you were to become who you will be.”
– Carrie Bradshaw.
With summer comes longer days, and longer days give us more time to revisit those classic summer movies. With summer quickly approaching and the fashion industry’s current obsession with past decades’ trends (specifically the ’70s and ’90s), I’ve created a list of my favorite throwback movies that also have the most enviable wardrobes to inspire your own summer style. Check out my favorite look below from each movie!
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Body suits and the athleisure trend are big in Dirty Dancing. Learn a few things about the decade they originated from, and pick up some style cues along the way. Frances (“Baby”)’s classic denim shorts and bodysuit look will get you through the hottest summer days in style.
Now & Then (1995)
The girls of Now & Then will make you nostalgic for childhood and carefree summer days. As adults with daily responsibilities, it’s harder to recreate those feelings, but you can definitely reinvent your youthful style with cues from this classic film. Pair vintage crop tops or a shrunken tee with high waist denim shorts to keep cool and chic during warm weather.
Clueless is one of the most iconic style movies of the ‘90s. The wardrobe in this movie was on point with the decade’s trends, many of which we are still able to pull off today. And can we all agree that Cher’s electronic closet = goals? So fab!
Pretty in Pink (1986)
A classic tale of teenage love and woes, and an even better tale of a teen’s individual style and ability to express herself through color and print. Andie teaches us that its best to be proud of who we are. I love her use of colors, layering and print. Summer is all about fun, so don’t be shy!
Almost Famous (2000)
The wardrobe in Almost Famous is almost too good. Penny Lane’s wardrobe is the epitome of ’70s bohemian funk, and you will only thank yourself for taking cues from her collection of crop tops, suede skirts, bell bottoms, and flowy mini dresses this season.
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
The adolescent, dreamy look of the Lisbon sisters in The Virgin Suicides looks deliberately thrifted, not overly in your face costume retro. The sisters wear soft, nostalgic and true pieces from the ’70s that, if you’re lucky, you may still find deep in your mom’s closet.
The Notebook (2004)
The romantic wardrobe of The Notebook is perfect for those summer date nights with your beau or your girls! The characters’ playfully innocent style helps create the movie’s retro ’40s vibe and incorporates shapes and sizes that anyone can pull off fantastically.
The normcore trend—or anti-trend, if you will—gained traction in the fashion world a couple of years ago. Was it an inside joke between trendsetters to see how powerful they were and how fast they could make a trend spread? Or were people tired of trying so hard to stand out that they were beginning to blend in?
Perhaps it was a bit of both, but fast-forward to the present day and normcore “non-style” is now a full-blown street style trend. Normcore is dressing exactly how it sounds: normal. Basics, somewhat bland pieces—think middle-aged dads (sorry dads!), tourists in a big city, nondescript labels, sneakers and tees. In a nutshell: clothing to blend into the crows, rather than stand out.
With the way fashion and beauty are sensationalized in the media and how impressionable young viewers are, normcore is important to showcase in the media because it helps balance out the pressure that women feel to look perfect, dress in labels, and spend money they don’t have. Some of the most popular television shows of our time have set the normcore bar high! They showcase real people with real wardrobes, which greatly contrasts current shows that supposedly tell the stories of “real” characters with normal jobs, yet dress in expensive labels and never even repeat a tee. I’m hoping that moving forward, more television shows will embrace the normcore look.
Take a look at my top 3 television shows that celebrate normcore fashion, intentionally or not!
The epitome of normcore in more ways than fashion, Seinfeld is a show about nothing, with its styling following suit. The men dressed relatably, save for Kramer’s eccentric and loud style, and the women approachably.
Friends has remained a favorite for so long because the characters and story lines are relatable among multiple generations. One factor that adds to this is the style. The characters dressed within their means and their way of life, like real-life girls and guys next door.
Gilmore Girls takes place in a small, humble town, so it only makes sense that the styling followed suit. We saw the girls regularly wear nondescript denim, basic sweaters and cardigans, and simple shoes.
The most exclusive party of the year went down this Monday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibit in New York City. The gala was centered around the theme “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” which explored the relationship between clothes created by hand and clothes created by machine. As always, it was a great night for fashion.
Here are the stars that made my best-dressed list on the Met Gala red carpet!
What were your favorite looks from this year’s Met Gala?
As a style and fashion enthusiast, I have always been drawn to the real stories and behind-the-scenes look at how everything comes together. As a stylist I am truly in awe of how fashion empires, whether it be a publication, a design house, or a photographer, came to be, run their daily operations, and how they plan on expanding and innovating for the future.
Check out my list below of 5 films every fashion lover should watch and let us know what your favorite is or what you are most excited to watch! Do you have any other must-watch fashion films on your list?
The September Issue
The September Issue takes us behind the scenes of the American offices for the fashion magazine, Vogue, and right into Anna Wintour’s daily duties, for an up close and personal look at the making of, you guessed it: The September Issue. The 2007 issue was the largest in Vogue’s history at the time, with 820 pages.
“There is something about fashion that can make people very nervous.” – Anna Wintour.
See the trailer for The September Issue here.
Coco Before Chanel
Based on the early life of Coco Chanel, born Gabrielle Chanel, Coco Before Chanel tells the true story of rags to riches, from an orphanage to the heights of the fashion world.
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” ― Coco Chanel
See the trailer for Coco Before Chanel here.
Iris gives us an intimate look into the life of fashion icon, Iris Apfel. From 1950 – 1992, Iris and her husband took part in interior design renovations for 9 Presidents; during this time of international travel and design is when Iris rose to fame in the fashion world as a true icon for her daring and carefree style, which she continues to this day at 94 years old.
“There’s no how-to road map to style. It’s about self-expression and, above all, attitude.” – Iris Apfel.
See the trailer for Iris here.
Bill Cunningham New York
Bill Cunningham has been a fashion photographer for The New York Times since 1978 and has revolutionized what we now know as “street style”. Before bloggers or Instagram, Bill Cunningham was using his keen eye to discover and shed light on fashionistas, celebrities, socialites, and new designers. Bill is currently 87 years young and is still photographing in New York for The Times.
“The wider world perceives fashion as frivolity that should be done away with. The point is that fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you can do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.” – Bill Cunningham
See the trailer for Bill Cunningham New York here.
The True Cost
The True Cost explores the world of fashion and the impact it has on people and the planet, focusing on the effect of “fast fashion”. Fast fashion is a heavy note that we do not typically highlight in the world of fashion; more importantly the working and negative environmental conditions of factories. Go behind the scenes of the biggest fashion companies and learn more about how to support and be a part of the change for the better we are on the verge of.
“I believe these clothes are produced by our blood. I want the [factory owners] to be aware and look out for us, so that no more mothers lose their kids like that.” – Shima Akhter, a Bangladeshi factory worker in the film.
See the trailer for The True Cost here.