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Sex & the City is the show that made the character Carrie Bradshaw one of the most recognizable names in pop culture. Carrie is true New Yorker by heart with an exemplary eye for style. Every woman aspires to be just like her, while the men are smitten by her charm.
The Carrie Diaries, the CW’s latest drama and prequel to HBO’s Sex & the City, follows a 16-year-old Ms. Bradshaw during her suburban Connecticut high school years while juggling an internship in Manhattan. The new series definitely has its share of fashion and excitement. If the show is anything like its predecessor, The Carrie Diaries exhibits the potential to become an extremely influential part of fashion, society, and culture.
How does any of this relate to menswear? And why should we be interested in what is seemingly a total chick show? Well, because The Carrie Diaries isn’t just about some girl. It’s about the culture and the history of fashion, which greatly affects both men and women.
When watching the series premiere I felt the television acting as a gateway into the world that is Carrie Bradshaw. The year—1984, a time when bold animal prints, bright neon fabrics, and badass leather jackets were the epitome of true style.
The Carrie Diaries’ influence on fashion, in my opinion, will be much more inspirational than literal. For instance Carrie’s love interest, Sebastian Kydd has a subtle rockabilly meets punk vibe. His seamlessly executed nonchalant style makes Sebastian a more relatable character.
Something worth noting is how well tailored the clothing is on everyone. The approach is about recreating classic ‘80s nostalgia without being ostentatious. Simply put, there are a few fashion lessons we can—and should be taking—from the young Ms. Bradshaw and her friends.
Be sure to check back soon. We'll be taking a closer look into the featured menswear as the season unfolds.