Carrie Bradshaw single-handedly made roots chic, brought back the nameplate necklace, and turned Manolo Blahnik into a household name. She also wore some crazy-ass outfits — daytime tutus, do-rags, caplets paired with cargo pants — the kind of stuff that would land anyone else on the worst dressed list but somehow turned her into a fashion icon. Here are 15 of her most out-there, never-to-be-repeated, Carrie-Bradshaw-only looks of all time. Warning: Do not try this at home.
1. Island-Time Carrie
Only Carrie Bradshaw could wear a belt on her bare midriff as if it was NBD. Notice how she shoved her shirt up under her bra for maximum midriff exposure? Loving the half-finished beach knitting project that doubles a clutch.
She's like an '80s disco party girl who fell from heaven and brought a storm cloud down with her. Very nimbus chic.
It's Pretty in Pink meets "shiver me timbers" with jewelry that could only have come from the most demented of Etsy stores.
It's hard to make tie-dye Capri pants and a turquoise do-rag look expensive. That's why Carrie turned her shirt around and left it unbuttoned. So you can see the label. You know, in case the interlocking Cs printed all over the place weren't cue enough. See that little black rectangle just under her shoulder strap? CHANEL. Aka real expensive shit. In the immortal words of Dolly Parton: "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap."
Who says a children's playroom rug can't also be a dress? And turning that old rocking-horse head into a cross-body lunchbox? So creative!
She really should turn that little red caplet around if she doesn't want to risk getting pizza sauce on her nude sheer top and formal cargo pants. That's the great thing about caplets; they make excellent bibs.
It's Barnum & Bailey meets the boardroom. With a neck bow.
At first, Carrie was uncomfortable with the idea of wearing nude panties on the runway, but once she saw the way that smattering of modesty crystals on her crotch played off the rich blue satin of the coat, she knew there was no other way.
Carrie wouldn't normally limit herself to such a subdued color palette, let alone such a matchy-matchy hat and sarong pairing, but this was a fancy Hamptons party, so she decided to be a little more conventional than usual.
Carrie wore this newspaper-printed minidress the first time she saw Natasha after calling off her affair with Big. John Galliano, who designed this dress for Dior, said the print was inspired by the homeless who wrap themselves in newspaper for warmth. That's not a joke. That's really what he said.
It's the saggy-bottomed look that launched a thousand boy shorts.
Don't be fooled by all that chiffon. Carrie may look like she's coming home after a long night on the town, but really she just threw this on to grab her morning coffee. You can tell by the hat—very Early-Morning-Errands Carrie.
Carrie would never wear just one strand of pearls when she could wear 20. Also, all those necklaces are good for covering up the engagement ring she can't bring herself to wear on her finger.
Carrie loves a pair of pants so high they double as a shelf bra.
It's Carrie at her most pure—just a tiered tulle miniskirt and a sheer, nipple-exposing tank top. Provocative, yet elegant in its simplicity.
This post originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com.