Tonight is the big premiere of The Carrie Diaries, the CW show that aims to tell the backstory of New York's favorite fictional sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw as young girl who apparently grew up in the Connecticut 'burbs. With Gossip Girl star stylist Eric Daman on board to provide the beginnings of Carrie's theatrical, over-the-top style, we have high hopes for the 80s-inspired clothing that young Carrie as played by AnnaSophia Robb will wear.
But as on-point as we're sure the new show's wardrobe will be, we're having a hard time envisioning us trying to cop a 1980s teenager's style--even if she is Carrie Bradshaw. So we thought we'd reminisce about the amazing outfits of OG CB, played to iconic perfection by Sarah Jessica Parker--and recreate them for all you modern-day Carries out there. Let's be honest: Sex and the City might have been a story about a woman and her soul mates (and the men along the way), but her closet definitely deserved top billing.
From being mugged for her Manolos to passing out at the opera, here are our top ten Carrie Bradshaw style moments, and where to get 'em for yourself. Don't forget to check out The Carrie Diaries tonight on the CW (if you're not too busy watching The Bachelor, which is sadly airing in the same time slot. Damn you, basic cable!).
Is there any look more quintessentially Carrie than the one from the opening credits? We think not. And obviously you've got to crib Carrie's trademark nameplate necklace (Carrie would totally get her Twitter handle today).
Tank Top: American Apparel, $18 Skirt: Carrie's was a $5 bargain bin find, but we think she'd upgrade with Lanvin, $2,270 Heels: Kate Spade, $175.99 Personalized Necklace: Bauble Bar, $88 Curl Conscious Reactivating Mist (You'll need it after being splashed by a bus!): Bumble and Bumble, $24
Fresh off Carrie's (first) breakup with Big, Miranda drags her and the gang to the Yankees game to check out the New Yankee. Her two most important accessories for a baseball game? A fur coat and cheap beer, natch.
Fur Coat: The Row, $20292.10 (Or, you know, you could just buy faux/vintage) Floral Dress: Madewell, $160 Bag: TopShop, $120 Heels: KORS Michael Kors, $250.00 "Cheap" Beer: $9 (Whoa, Yankee Stadium! Not so cheap!)
Oh, Carrie. She thought things with Big would be different--how very wrong she was. Still, her attempt at a French outfit was cute--'til she threw greasy food at Big's tv.
Black Beret: Parkhurst, $24 Red Bandana Print Dress: Forever 21, $24.80 Eiffel Tower Pin: Betsey Johnson, $38 Filet o' Fish and Big Mac (It's up to you whether you'll throw them or eat them): McDonald's, about $3.50 each
Fashion is finally Carrie's downfall--literally--when she gets roped into walking in a charity fashion show. Rather than the Dolce and Gabbana number she was expecting to wear, she was presented with... well... this. Just try not to become fashion roadkill when you replicate this one.
We all get a little confused south of Houston Street, so we can't really blame Carrie for getting lost--but then she's mugged by a very fashion savvy criminal. We'd be inconsolable if we lost our Manolos that we scored half price at a sample sale!
Wrap Dress: Diane von Furstenberg, $195.02 Gold Hoop Earrings: ABS by Allen Schwartz, $55 Woven Satin Baguette: Fendi (Obviously), $2020 Heels (We're paying tribute to Carrie's other pair of stolen Manolos here as well.): Manolo Blahnik, $755 (Whoa--that's a big change from $485!) Paper Salon Slippers: Hopefully free from a sympathetic pedicurist!
This is what Carrie wears to Bed (as in, the nightclub), unaware what an eventful night it would later become. What starts as the day Carrie got dumped via a Post-It note ends as the day she was arrested for "smokin' a doobie!" Hang on to that Post-It; it's your "Get Out of Jail Free" card.
Top: Giles, $135 Pants: Vince Camuto, $79 Necklace: Giani Bernini, $220 Bobby Pins: Sephora, $5 Heels: Christian Louboutin, $3395 Post-It: Staples, $5.79 for a 4-pack "Doobie": (We are not actually suggesting you buy drugs! What kind of site do you think this is?!)
When Big moves to Napa (instead of taking a nap-a), Carrie puts together a sexy outfit for their last night out in NYC. Her plans are foiled when Miranda goes into labor, her water breaking on Carrie's shoes. Hopefully these will avoid that fate!
We're guessing if Carrie could have predicted just when Aiden would propose, she would have worn something a little different for this walk with Pete. But it probably doesn't matter much since the engagement didn't exactly work out (Why, Carrie?!).
Red Tube Top: Victoria's Secret, $14.99 White Jogging Shorts: American Apparel, $22 Flip Flops: Old Navy, $2.50 Non-Pear-Shaped-with-Gold-Band Engagement Ring: B. Brilliant, $90 Plastic Bag (For picking up after Pete--or later, picking up the broken pieces of Aiden's heart): Recycled--be responsible!
Who can forget the Russian and his too-romantic overtures? It may have been overkill for Carrie, but we wouldn't have said no to the gift of that gorgeous Oscar de la Renta gown, even if we only wore it to McDonald's.
Pink Dress: Tibi, $525 Black Bolero: Oscar de la Renta, $890 Patent Black Belt: Banana Republic, $29.50 Silver Sandals: Via Spiga, $139.99 Supersized Fries: McDonald's, no longer available (RIP--thanks Morgan Spurlock).
If this isn't one of the most memorable outfits--let alone moments--in the series for you, well, you were watching the wrong show. Carrie was "The One" for Big (FINALLY) in this vintage mint prom dress.
Now, if only we could go to Paris...