In the Beginning…
In season one, Carrie Bradshaw's fashion potential and playfulness is just beginning to percolate as the depths of her enviable walk-in closet are revealed. The character who singlehandedly launches multiple fashion crazes starts to display her signature style with this blue Fendi coat, which she wears throughout the season, and her penchant for high-heeled strappy sandals.
For her adventures after dark, Carrie often flaunts her fabulous figure with body-hugging mini-dresses and sky-high stilettos. In this dress, she turns the head of a handsome French architect.
By the time season two rolls around, Carrie has shown she loves to dress for the occasion—or no occasion at all. For the opening of a hot new S&M-themed club with the girls, Carrie goes to the dark side with this black leather halter-top, full pleated skirt and a top hat (not pictured). But when she drops by Big's apartment afterwards, whip in hand, he's the one who doles out the pain by telling her he's moving to Paris for six months.
Ms. Bradshaw is responsible for starting many a fashion craze, from nameplate and horseshoe necklaces to Blahniks and Fendi baguettes and season three is no exception. For her date with hunky furniture designer Aidan Shaw, Carrie accessorizes a Marni jacket, white tank and pink Chloe pants with a Christian Dior bag and a signature silk flower that instantly inspires fashionistas across the country to run to their local notions stores to pick their own fashionable blooms.
Good Girls Don't
In the first half of season four, Carrie struggles with getting back into Aidan's good graces by attempting to be the perfect girlfriend and then fiancée. When she surprises Aidan at the bar, Carrie wears this sexy-cute combo—a Prada top and skirt and Manolo Blahnik nude pumps with a Gucci fanny pack (trend revival alert!)—only to find him flirting with the sexy-cute female bartender.
After the Fall
By the end of season four, Carrie finds herself single again and more alone than ever after breaking off her engagement to Aidan and unimaginably, Big leaves New York for Napa. A little wiser and a bit wearier as summer turns to autumn, her wardrobe becomes slightly more serious to match her mood and her new cropped haircut. With a new job at Vogue, Carrie does work-wear her way: in a Vivienne Westwood suit.
On Her Own
Even though her love life is in the doldrums, Carrie's professional life is taking off in season five with the publication of her first book and a challenging writing gig at Vogue. Carrie may be taking a hiatus from second-skin slip-dresses, but she hasn't given up her love for high style. For her book party, she wears this feathered Anna Molinari dress, proving that even though she's dateless to her own event, she's still New York's Most Fashionable It Girl.
Bon Jour, Paris!
As the series winds down in season six, Carrie takes a leap—both sartorially as well as romantically—and moves to Paris with "the Russian." Being in the City of Lights gives our heroine the perfect excuse to go haute couture—from Versace and Chanel to Balenciaga, Christian Lacroix, and her beloved Louboutins, mais oui! For her arrival, she chooses this Sonia Rykiel sweater and skirt ensemble. But when the romance goes up in flames, Carrie returns to NYC with Big.