Is it even possible to speak of Sarah Jessica Parker – who turns 55 today – without mentioning her on-screen counterpart Carrie Bradshaw in the same breath? When Sex and the City premiered in 1998, the TV character single-handedly inspired women worldwide to clash patterns, take risks with fashion, and add a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels to their closets – which is why Parker remains a style icon to this day.
Even though the actress has long tried to separate herself from the somewhat flawed columnist she depicts, it’s clear that the two women have one thing in common: a love for dressing up. Both appreciate a little tulle, love a risqué cut, and know how to work a bright pump, which has become more evident in the 16 years since the show’s finale. We couldn’t help but wonder: are Sarah Jessica Parker and Carrie Bradshaw the same woman when it comes to style?
We know that Bradshaw is partial to tulle, and this has clearly rubbed off on Parker. At the 2006 Met Gala, Parker went full Bradshaw in this one-shoulder Alexander McQueen number that paired tulle with tartan and lace.
Reminiscent of SJP’s outfit in the opening sequence of Sex and the City, this feathered Oscar de la Renta dress is peak Bradshaw. Accented with a massive floral armband and gold stilettos, this ballerina-inspired look exudes Aiden-era vibes.
No, this colorful ensemble wasn’t spotted in a SATC scene, it’s actually from 1991! Long before the show’s debut, Parker’s personal aesthetic was just as eye-catching as that of the Manhattanite she depicted.
Lady in Red
Even after six seasons, a very successful first film, and a sequel we’d rather not discuss, SJP’s style never fails to impress. While the actress rarely wears red on the red carpet, she managed to showcase volume, the 80s, and unexpected detailing with this striking ensemble.
Sparkles? Check. Fringe? Check. A magnificent Gabriela Hearst bag? Check again! Taking a cue from her on-screen personality when it comes to a statement party look, Parker isn’t one to shy away from trying something bold.
How often was a slinky slip spotted on the show? We’ll give you a hint: too often to count. For the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2012 show, Parker paired this lacy slip dress with white gloves, a powder-blue coat, and va-va-voom hair. Bradshaw would approve.
Bradshaw in Black
Shy about baring a midriff? Not this girl. Instead of going for a little black dress, Parker went with a little black sequined tube top and an A-line skirt for the SAG Awards in 2001, looking like she had just walked off the Sex and the City set.