Runway to Your Way: So SATC

Okay, the reviews aren’t good, but that’s okay – I’m still lining up in my best high heels to see Sex and the City 2, because it’s not about the onscreen conversation, it’s about the couture. Just from seeing the commercials, you can tell that it’s going to be an absolute visual feast. Thank you Patricia Field!

Similar to haute couture, Sex and the City has always featured fashion that the average woman would probably not wear on a daily basis, but that’s part of the fun! Like runway , SATC outfits help inform fashion. And if you are like me, helped informed the viewer. For someone who gravitates to shoes first when putting together an outfit, I found that SATC and its homage to fine footwear was right up my alley. From Manolos to Jimmy Choos and, now in this movie, to Brian Atwoods, SATC unlocked a whole new world of coveted coverings for the feet. Though I haven’t made a similar investment myself quite yet, I like to think that a pair of Louboutins are in my future.

SATC 2 Movie Still

So knowing that this bit of pop culture will be one of the greatest fashion influences of the summer, I wanted to cover ways to incorporate this high level of fabulousness in your every day wardrobe, without emptying your wallet. Let’s look at the leading ladies and how to be haute like them.

Channeling Charlotte: Prim, proper and very Park Avenue, Charlotte always looks polished. She’s tailored. She’s groomed. And this summer, she’s perfect in flowing tops ideal for the season.

A mom to two young girls, Charlotte has her hands full but she still wants to look fashionable. To keep the ease in her wardrobe, it’s all about separates that mix and match easily. For a great summer look, think easy tops that go from work to play as simply as removing your cardie. How about a $91 BCBG tie-front halter in a stunning purple? Charlotte would certainly like the ruffle detail at the neckline that can dress up her overall outfit.


Or the $38 Ann Taylor top with trompe l’oeil necklace? You don’t need your pearls with this applique’ design.

Ann Taylor

And Charlotte is all about the hat. Think Jackie O white straw hat with big round sunglasses and you will have the look.

Mirroring Miranda: Legal eagle Miranda finds comfort in dresses that do dual duty. Though buttoned up during the day with knee length skirts and structured jackets, Miranda lets her personality come out through the color that she tucks under those tops. Remember, just because you are at work, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun through fashion.

Looking to recreate this great mustard in a summer style? How about Robert Rodriguez’s golden top for $125 that would look great with a skirt or a skinny pair of jeans.

Robert Rodriguez

Simulating Samatha: The sexy siren of the group, Samantha prefers eye-catching outfits that showcase her confidence and charisma. She loves glitz and sparkle, adding metallics to just about every look, including her bathing suit. Want to emulate her style?

How about a gold bathing suit by ModCloth? For $90, this suit harkens back to the Harlow days, giving you a bit more cover but every inch of the glam.


Or ready for a night out with the girls? Sam is all about the one-shoulder dress, so how about this $51 dress from Missguided, with its sparkling touches at the shoulder and waist.


Carbon Copy Carrie: The ultimate mixer of kitsch and couture, you never know what Carrie might wear, which it is such a surprise to see her in a clean, white dress. Perfect for summer, this dress is totally fresh. Carrie’s version is a Halston Heritage (of which Sarah Jessica Parker is the creative director, natch), available at $325.

Halston Heritage

My search for suitable substitutes included this cotton voile kaftan by Philip Lim that would perfect on the beach, boardwalk or in the bars – just ditch your flips for strappy brown leather platform wedges and you are good to go.

3.1 Philip Lim Voile Kaftan

I also found a cute dress, inspired by the movie, on Fashion Junkee – a great color against tanned skin and a steal at $45.

Since all of the ladies make a trip to Abu Dhabi, where they awash themselves in glorious color and fabric, expect to see a slew of patterns and prints on more than just towels this summer. Think animal prints, floral, interesting shapes and colors, all mixed up and layered in sheer fabrics. Want to join in the fun? How about swapping that short beach cover-up for a longer version? This floor length Tory Burch (just $49 at Twice The Style) will look smart on the sand or elegant walking around town.

Tory Burch

And thank you for the tip from NY Times writer Stephanie Rosenbloom on the new Sex and the City closet webpage, where you ogle all of the characters’ costumes and find similar options for sale. Enjoy!


May 30, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Runway to Your Way.

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