HBO Max released the first promotional image from the all new “Sex and the City” spinoff “And Just Like That…” in early July, 2021 fans and fashion obsessives have been dissecting the returning characters’ looks, albeit without sex kitten Kim Cattrall’s Samantha.
The show’s fanbase is eager to digest and discuss the fashion on the show which as always been a large part of the shows allure. Is Carrie her stylish old self? What’s the consensus on Miranda’s silver-gray hair? And doesn’t Charlotte just seem very Charlotte in her blouse, pencil skirt and micro Lady Dior handbag?
The hype around the photo and every snapshot teased since is testament to the original show’s cultural clout. Running on HBO from 1998 to 2004, SATC radically changed the conversation around female sexuality, friendship and modern-day womanhood (although, two decades later, some critics have suggested that not everything has aged well). Just as importantly, the show redefined the role fashion could play in a TV series — and influenced how many women dress along the way.
“The show was the first to name-drop designers and brands on a regular basis,” said Cameron Silver, a fashion stylist and vintage expert in a phone interview. “It taught a generation about designer fashion, and had a tremendous impact on our knowledge of style. Many viewers learned how to say the name Manolo Blahnik by watching the series.”
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Over the years, lead character Carrie’s tiered tulle skirt, Miranda’s bucket-hat-and-hoodie combo, Samantha’s crop tops and Charlotte’s preppy dresses have seeped into our collective consciousness. The four best friends’ sartorial choices were often eclectic, expensive and envelope-pushing, and they inspired some of the most notable fashion statements of the past two decades, like the naked dress, exposed bra straps and sweatpants with heels.