The Carrie Bradshaw Effect

Though it may seem cliche to my New York readers, I haven’t been able to shake the Carrie Bradshaw style mystique since moving here. Aside from my own fascination with SJP’s character, I love the no-holds-bar kind of attitude she brings to her idea of style. She takes bold risks, she experiments with color and pattern, and she wears things that only could look good because Patricia Fields makes them look good.

One of her most memorable outfits for me is a Dior tee, a midi length colorblocked princess skirt, and a head full of soft ringlets (shown with two other similarly feminine looks). Maybe its because she’s so unapologetically feminine (and I’m the total opposite); Maybe its because I just cant seem to get enough of women with rebellious curls and waves. Who knows. But that one memory influenced an outfit recently and I was surprised by the feeling—emphasis on influenced. Lord knows I will never be that girly.
Top: ASOS top | Bottom: Pieces leather belt from ASOS, Uniqlo pleated skirt | Hat: Urban Outfitters fedora | Wrist: Burberry leather bracelet, vintage watch | Shoes: Sam Edelman ballet flats | Bag: Annabel Ingall clutch


I wore this outfit to a ladies’ lunch date this past week and I couldn’t help but notice how great it felt to rock something a tad out of my element, i.e. ladylike. I’m typically very comfortable in my standard “uniform” of black, white, leather, rock-star-dom, but since I was meeting a girlfriend at her office and then heading to lunch I thought I’d tone it down and make myself a bit more demure.

I would like to point out: Inspiring style aside, SATC as a whole presented awful messaging to women. Fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone has said, “destructive messaging for chicks is everywhere. it starts with Disney and continues right on up to Sex and the City, which, in my opinion, ruined New York women; there is nothing more depressing than seeing four supposedly liberated girlfriends tromping down the street in thousands of dollars’ worth of clothes looking like they just spent three hours getting ready to go out and meet men.” Stylistically speaking, the show did offer insight on how to embrace your personal look and let you be you, regardless of nauseating luxury price tags.

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Kelly Cutrone quote via her first book If You Have to Cry Go Outside (pgs. 183-184)

Wise Words: Carrie Bradshaw


“I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.”
—Carrie Bradshaw

If you ladies love Sex & the City, this infamous quote may resonate with you. If not, then you’ve realized that this is the unfortunate truth that I live by. I love fashion, it is my favorite art form. While some people may collect modern art or antique tea pots, I curate my closet with the clothing, shoes, and accessories because I thoroughly believe that first impressions are everything, and we should dress as the people we want to be and the positions we want to hold, not the people we are now—unless you’re loving where you are now in life, then congrats!! But this may apply more to fellow undergrads and young working professionals.

In the words of Rachel Zoe, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” I spend money on quality clothing to convey my personal style, to convey how I feel that day, and to increase my wardrobe’s life span. I walk into my closet and love what I see…most days ;)

I spend money on clothes, what are some of your splurges?

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