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Few characters are as woven into their clothes as Carrie Bradshaw. And as proven by Monday’s premiere of The Carrie Diaries, the CW prequel to the iconic Sex and the City, the teenage, suburban version of the heroine is no slouch when it comes to oversized ’80s style. USA TODAY chatted with the show’s costume designer, Eric Daman — who helped make tights cool again, thanks to his gig on Gossip Girl— to get a glimpse at some of what young Carrie wore. In classic Carrie fashion, it’s an effortless mix of luxury labels and basic brands (though far heavier on the latter — she is a high-school junior, after all):
C pendant necklace, the precursor to her signature nameplate: Alex Woo’s little letter C in 14-karat yellow gold; Woo was “kind enough” to swap out her typical, modern beaded chain for something more ’80s appropriate, Daman says.
Carrie’s mom’s structured black bag, which Carrie Jackson Pollocks with nail polish: Mark Cross Scottie satchel; the company will customize it for you.
Silver sequined dress (doctored up with vintage crinoline): Topshop
Blue floral printed jeans: Topshop
Lavender hoodie: Topshop
Tan kitten-heeled slingbacks: Delman
Tan-and-white two-toned oxfords: Lucky Brand
Floral print bow blouse worn to law firm: Derek Lam
Black pumps worn to law firm: J.Crew
Multi-pastel cardigan: Marc Jacobs
Chambray blue full skirt with front patch pockets: Current/Elliott
Red and blue polka-dot and striped sweater: Cardigan
Lime leopard-print cardigan: Autumn Cashmere
Orange pointy pumps: Alice + Olivia
Sorry, fans: Some of Carrie’s accouterments are strictly vintage finds
Pink and black poufy dress worn to Indochine: an original ’80s Scaasi creation, recut for AnnaSophia Robb’s body and layered with new black crinoline from Theory
Her mom’s Jackie O-esque ’60s shades
Pink bracelet with matching heart locket
Mini-, pre-City Carrie flower pin worn with the lime leopard-print cardi
Rainbow belt with heart buckle
Woo’s design includes seven leaves, which represent each day of the week, as a “reminder to live each day to its very fullest.” Net proceeds from the pendant will go to Applegate’s foundation Right Action for Women, which helps women at increased risk for breast cancer get the information and testing they need to beat the disease.
First came the Carrie nameplate necklace, worn by Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw. Then arrived the initial pendants bearing the letters of the wearer’s name.
And today’s hottest new neck accessory? New York designer Alex Woo’s Little Numbers line, worn by stars such as Kelly Ripa, Eva Longoria and Hilary Duff.
Stars don their digits of choice, which hang from delicate silver or gold chains or suede cords. Ripa wears a 3 to represent her three children. Longoria sports a 9 in honor of the jersey number of her boyfriend, Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs. Celeb mom Courteney Cox has a 1 and 3, symbolizing daughter Coco’s birthday June 13.