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Sex and the City: Style

Sex and the City: Style
Written by
Samantha Robinson

From the moment the credits began to roll after the first Sex and the City film ended, we’ve all been eagerly anticipating the release of a fabulous sequel. Sex and the City 2 will undoubtedly be the most talked about film of 2010, but storyline aside, what we really want to know is what will they be wearing?! 

Movie stills prior to its premier portraying Carrie as an 80’s Madonna-esque material girl, along with pictures of the girls effortlessly working desert-chic in Abu Dhabi, have certainly indicated that the fashion stakes are higher than ever. Sex and the City has undeniably helped to change the way in which we view life, careers, and relationships, breaking the social taboo of being a single woman who’s dating in her forties. More importantly, it’s emphasised the fact that no matter what we go through in life, we can get through it as long as we have the love and support of our friends.

Furthermore, although Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte’s characters couldn’t be any more different from each other, their friendships still work. Their personalities are further projected by their individual styles; from Samantha’s boldness exaggerated by her sexy yet glamorous wardrobe comprising of skin tight body con dresses and fearless high heels, to the more refined Charlotte depicted by her timeless dresses and sweater sets.

If you’re looking for inspiration to help change your style, then you’ll definitely find it from the outfits and trends cavorted in Sex and the City 2. You could opt for stylish and safe like Charlotte, or fearlessly fashion forward like Carrie, it all depends upon how drastic of a change you’re looking for. Take a look below.


Miranda’s style is that of a typical city girl with a high flying career, and the key to her look is practicality. She is most often seen in her work-wear; smart and sleek, clean cut suits accompanied by sensible yet stylish mid-low heels. Contrastively to her work attire, she ups the fashion stakes in her free time, maintaining an air of practicality but injecting life with bold prints and brighter colours.


In Sex and the City 2, Miranda often opts for long flowing maxi dresses in vivid tribal or paisley prints, as a means to achieve a stylish yet sensible holiday look. Fig 2 This floor- length green marble effect maxi dress with a ruffle front neckline is available at Wallis for £50, and furthermore, its colouring would ideally complement hair and skin tones similar to those of Miranda’s. Team it with a mid-low heeled gladiator sandal, ideally in tan, in order to stay on trend and help give you that extra little lift that stops your dress from trailing onto the floor. Fig 3 Wallis’ heeled gladiators with stud embellishment are available for £40. Finish the look with Accessorize’s set of six multi beaded bangles in turquoise for £18 Fig 4, and volià a Miranda style holiday outfit for just over £100, which can be worn day or night.



Carrie is undoubtedly the most fashion forward of the friends, and it’s her fearless dress sense that has probably seen her star rise more than the others over the years. Anything goes for Carrie, be it mismatched patterns that theoretically shouldn’t work but somehow she manages to pull them off, or quirky fascinators that instantly set new trends. Carrie’s pink asymmetric ruffle dress from SATC 2 is a girly and flirty choice, and ASOS offer a similar yet slightly shorter pale pink frill front dress for only £30. Fig5 This dress alone is not the most daring of choices, but Carrie gives her look a quirky edge by teaming it with a fashion-forward turbin which instantly infuses vintage glamour. Turbins however, are not the easiest of things to find on the high street at the moment, but perhaps more so if sufficient demand is created by fashionistas after seeing the film. Alternatively, you could create an edgy look by adding an oversized headband or fascinator to your outfit. Fig 6 Try Topshop’s vintage, woven twist-front, bird print headband in white, for £6.

High heels are part of Carrie’s religion, so finish the outfit with a pair of Kurt Geiger’s Helix, metallic, high-heeled sandals Fig7. They are more of an investment at £130, but possibly more justifiable given that the dress is only £30.



Samantha’s choice of clothing is the sexiest and most striking of the four. She’s confident enough to choose figure hugging outfits with plunging necklines, and her work wardrobe focuses on power dressing. Samantha also doesn’t shy away from bright colours, and animal prints, and often opts for heavy embellishment to exude fabulousness. Fig 8 Pepe Jean’s wrap front playsuit with sequin embellished belt is available in khaki for £70 at ASOS, and its plunging neckline makes it a sexy yet comfortable and fashionable alternative to Samantha’s usual slinky dresses. Fig 9 Team it with French Connection’s Connie Crepe Frill jacket in barley sugar at £150, which creates a statement with its waterfall drapery and adds a flirty edge to Samantha’s typical power dressing style. As Samantha’s look is all about extravagance, no look is therefore complete without some form of diamante or oversized jewelled embellishment. So, add Fig 10 Oasis’ Booble Bead demi wedge in metallic pewter, costing £40, and complement with oversized bangles, and eccentric diamante earrings to add a little sparkle.



Charlotte’s style is timeless and elegant, and most importantly exudes her femininity. Her look is heavily influenced by the classical dressing of the 40s and 50s, and her subtle sexiness is created via accentuating her silhouette rather than baring lots of flesh. She mainly chooses pretty pastel shades and romantic floral patterns, but can also work her magic to transform a pair of skyscraper red heels from slutty into stylish. Steal Charlotte’s style with Fig 11 this red, gingham halter dress by www.taraStarlet.com, a vintage inspired clothing line, for £56. Then, add Fig 12 Aldo’s Whitsey red leather peep toe high heels for £80. To cover up a little more and emphasise her preppy personality, Charlotte would typically finish the look with a cardigan, such as fig 13 Monsoon’s white, smock, shoulder detail cardigan, available for £38. Finally, no vintage inspired look would be complete without a brooch, so pin Fig 14 Accessorize’s faux pearl bow shaped brooch, costing £8, to the cardigan, and this outfit will have Charlotte written all over it.


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