The Chic List: It’s suits and the city for me

Fashion columnist and influencer Joanne Hegarty shares her thoughts on Sex and the City‘s reboot style.

I love a dress, a blow-dry and a pair of heels as much as the next gal. And I’m excited for a glamorous party season to dispatch all the bad memories of recent times.

All those lockdowns are why we’re so ready for And Just Like That, the new Sex and the City reboot, which will be hitting TV screens in December and be packed with fabulously frivolous fashion to gobble up.

From the blizzard of social media photos of the show’s famous trio – Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte – filming in New York over the past few months, I feel I’ve seen lots of the wardrobe content already. It’s definitely not short on huge heels or fantastic frocks – the Norma Kamali bodycon dress Sarah Jessica Parker has been snapped in (below) has already been declared the ‘new Carrie’ frock.

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But one thing that’s struck me as odd is how little these kick-ass women in their 50s have borrowed style-wise from the boys. Not a crisp shirt with a modern half tuck or a tailored trouser suit in sight.

Apart from Miranda, who occasionally gets to wear the trousers, it’s all looking very girly.

As a woman dressing for whatever life throws at me in 2021, I love mixing it up – dress one day, blazer and tailored trousers the next. And who doesn’t love a trouser with a
killer heel?

I’d be exhausted (and very cold) if I had to wear Carrie-esque dresses and stilettoes every day. And I’d dearly miss the things that are just too good not to pinch from the male catwalks.

Jo Hegarty
“I could never live in New York without my trouser suit”. Jacket and trousers by Cos, Shirt by Toteme, Bag by Bottega Veneta

For example, the Sex and the City girls are missing out on stealing a tank top and shirt combination. The return of the humble tank, worn with a fitted shirt, trousers and fisherman sandals, has been championed for both men and women.

There’s also the trend of jazzing up suits with the latest must-have accessory – a brooch. Forget stuffy, this jewellery piece has been given an update and will add extra chic to tailoring.

The girls have also sidestepped the new corpcore style – which is normcore (dressing not to stand out from the crowd) meets corporate styling. Key combinations include baseball caps and suits, briefcases and tees and jeans with a blazer.

It would have been fun to see a more modern-day suit-clad Carrie. But I guess we’ll just have to treasure the tulle.

Hey Carrie, team this with jeans for a casual look. Blazer, £189, massimodutti.com

Just add a trouser suit. Cap, £39, cosstores.com

A sleek maxi by one of Carrie’s go-to brands. Dress, £175, Norma Kamali, net-a-porter.com

Pep up a blazer with this fab piece. Brooch, £245, Pearl Octopussy, net-a-porter.com

Carrie’s famous blue Manolos are back. Shoes, £795, Manolo Blahnik, net-a-porter.com

A perfect pairing for tailored trousers. Cashmere vest, £99, cosstores.com

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