5 Trends Sex & The City Forecasted

Ololade Oriowo, Lyst Editor

With a Cosmopolitan in one hand and Manolo Blahnik's Hangisi pumps underfoot, Sex and The City bounced onto our screens nearly 20 years ago.

Now we know Sex and The City 3 is not happening, it’s definitely time to preserve the memory of the characters as the oracle of contemporary fashion. Here are the top trends that Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte wore first.

1. Off-The-Shoulder Tops

The boldest of the bunch, Samantha Jones was never one to be outdone. Filling the screen with daytime sequins and embellished shoulder pads, Samantha’s outfits were as big as her personality. This look, fitted waist, vibrant color blocking and her signature oversized earrings is quintessential Samantha. We’ve seen [off-the-shoulder tops all over the ‘gram this season and think this silhouette is here to stay.

2. Exaggerated Sleeves

Who didn’t want to dress like Carrie Bradshaw? Showcasing equal parts creativity and confidence, Carrie’s iconic pose-in-her-apartment-hallway looks are always worth the screengrab. This particular outfit, a laidback oversized shirt, is as modern as it is timeless and has to be the influence for Ellery’s billowing sleeves.

3. All Burberry Everything

Sophistication was the common thread in Charlotte York’s style, so who could guess that she would be the trailblazer for streetwear fashion. Collaborating with Gosha Rubchinsky and worn head-to-toe by Rihanna, Burberry is leading the pack. Channel Charlotte and get yourself a checked vinyl mac.

4. Puffer Jackets

The Every Woman, Miranda could work a cowl-neck top and denim flares with sass, and was probably the only person in the early 00s that truly understood the term ‘business-casual’. Her most memorable look, however, is pure functionality. Behold the humble puffer jacket, seen all over the catwalk, this essential has been given a contemporary rework.

5. Embellished Pumps

Carrie Bradshaw’s obsession with shoes is very easy to understand when looking at these barely-there mules. Every inch what Sex and The City girls stood for, an embellished pump is a feminine, statement-making and here for a long time.