Miranda Was Actually Sex And The City’s Best-Dressed Character – And Here’s Proof

Please be upstanding for TV's most underrated wardrobe.

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by Laura Antonia Jordan |

‘I’m such a Carrie’: for anyone who's watched Sex and the City from pilot episode to its latest iteration And Just Like That - and endured the films in the process - those words should instantaneously raise red flags when considering the merits of a potential friendship (unless, of course, you want ‘bullshit bagels’ or to be bullied for not stumping up the cash for their house deposit). Rather, consider looking for mates with Miranda qualities. Not just someone whip-smart, funny AF, and who shares your appreciation for fried chicken and battery-operated devices, but a cut-through-the-crap friend who's willing to tell you how it is, and risk their own popularity in the name of your best interests.

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Miranda Hobbes: Queen of Normcore ©Sex and the City

And while you’re there, go dig some cake out of the bin and consider being more Miranda while you’re at it. The founders of viral Instagram account @everyoutfitonsexyandthecity, Chelsea Fairless and Lauren Garroni, clearly agree. So much so that in 2019 they published We Should All Be Mirandas, a satirical self-help book that sets out its stall in the subhead: ‘Life Lessons from Sex and the City’s Most Underrated Character’.

It’s not just Miranda Hobbes the character who was undervalued first time around, it was her wardrobe as well. Understandably. It was hard for her to stand out in the original series of Sex and the City when pitched next to the cartoonish glamour of her co-stars: what chance does muted tailoring stand next to ‘50s housewife cosplay (Charlotte), sexy-on-steroids power dressing (Samantha) or a woman with a literal bird on her actual head (you know who)? Their looks might each have been ‘fabulous’, but Ms. Hobbes’ sartorial choices have aged well.

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Miranda in a chic shirt? Cheers to that ©sex and the city

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, allow us to present exhibit A: Miranda was doing normcore before the rest of us. Critics might say some of that suiting was shapeless and dowdy, but look at it through the lens of today, give it a Samantha Jones PR spin and wouldn’t it be rebranded ‘slouchy and pared-back’? Not that she didn’t know how to turn up the tailoring when required: a buttoned-up to the neck shirt and skinny ties that would make Hedi Slimane proud were, quite simply, before their time. She might not have thought she was 'sexy', but these looks are - albeit in a quieter, less predictable way than the rest of her gang. Shout out too to some excellent shirting, leather blazers and defiantly sensible shoes.

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Hello, hypebeast! ©sex and the city

Think of the Miranda colour palette and you might think ‘grey’ (which, by the way, is a very chic choice and we applaud it). But that wasn’t the full story. She also had some killer colour moments, none more so than when she eschewed white on her wedding day for a plum burgundy coat. How modern, how Miranda.

Speaking of modern, she was carrying a reusable cloth tote long before they became the humble brag bags they are in the And Just Like That era. Similarly, she wasn't afraid to flex her intellect (been to Harvard, got the hoodie) and was extolling the virtues of comfort dressing prior to us all getting the memo in lockdown.

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Miranda's wedding in Sex and the City

It's Miranda off duty that earns her unexpected hypebeast status now. White framed sunglasses with a Fendi logo bomber jacket? Tick. Croc-style clogs with flared jeans? Tick. A hoodie with a maxi slip skirt? Yep. Tick and tick. These are just the sort of get ups you’d see all over Instagram today; not that she'd care. Baggy trousers, mesh vests, bucket hats: Dua Lipa’s probably wishlisted them already. And as one Grazia staffer pointed out, you could swap Miranda’s head for Hailey Bieber’s on a baggy dungarees + Adidas sneakers + puffer jacket + baseball cap lewk and not know it wasn’t taken last week.

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Miranda in Sex and the City 2 ©Sex and the City 2

Still not convinced? Remember this: Miranda in a printed silk headscarf and giant hoop earrings is the only good thing to come out the second Sex and the City movie. We rest our case.

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SHOP: The Outfits From And Just Like That

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Carrie dressed up a swishing floral maxi dress with this sequinned bag from Paco Rabanne. The exact style is sold out, but the brand has plenty more options when it comes to disco-ready accessories.

Paco Rabanne, Nano Disc Mini Bag, £670
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Sarah Jessica Parker
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Sporting another Fendi Baguette, this time the dinkier Nano.

Fendi, Nano Baguette Charm, £550
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Kristin Davis on the set of SATC
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A surprising outfit for girly-girl Charlotte, but we love these clean-cut overalls.

Free People, Marci Coverall, £118
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Carrie Bradshaw
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Batsheva's pink-and-white housedress is a lot nicer than what we wear to do the washing up.

Batsheva, Victoria House Dress In Pink Peony, £166
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Lisa Todd Wexley
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Lisa is earning a reputation as the group's boldest dresser, pairing this puff-sleeved fuchsia jacket with some sunflower shorts from Max Mara. For a winter alternative, try this leather pair from COS.

COS, Leather Bermuda Shorts, £225
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Carrie Bradshaw
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Carrie's tutu is back in business. OK, it's not the same pink style she wore in the original show's opening credits, but this long swooshing number is still fetching.

Needle & Thread, Florence Ruffle Ankle Skirt, £295
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Charlotte York
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Charlotte looks sunny side up, despite the grey skies, in this egg yolk yellow skirt and matching pumps.

LK Bennett, Floret Yellow Suede Closed Courts, WAS £195 NOW £78
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Seema Patel
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Seema Patel, played by Sarita Choudhury, appeared for the first time on set wearing this criss-cross jumpsuit from Ralph Lauren.

Seren, Shani Jumpsuit, £620
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Carrie Bradshaw
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We love this combination on Carrie; a fabulous blue-and-orange dress (vintage), a modern-day boater (Rodney Patterson) and towering platform sandals.

Sandro, Kaela Ruched Printed Silk-Satin Midi Dress, £252
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Carrie Bradshaw
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Is that socks and sandals we see on Carrie?! Her hip surgery in episode five explains the choice of footwear, but it's still a first from our stiletto-loving heroine.

Birkenstock, Madrid Birko-Flor, £55
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Charlotte York
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Charlotte does modern power dressing in this nipped-waist tweed dress in powder pink from St John.

St John, Tweed Boucle Knit Dress, WAS £1,600 NOW £635
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Carrie Bradshaw
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The last time she wore a 'bird' on her head, Carrie was marrying Mr Big (/hitting him with a bouquet of roses when he left her at the altar). If you've seen the first episode, you'll know that this meeting is something of a head-scratcher...The outfit however is 10/10. (The polka dot skirt is Carolina Herrera; the hand-painted bag is by artist Rebecca Moses.)

Carolina Herrera, Gathered Polka Dot Silk-Organza Midi Skirt, £465
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Carrie Bradshaw
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Carrie's flowing maxi dress (an usually bohemian choice it must be said) caused much confusion when some sources said it was vintage and others that it was Forever21.

Mango, Flowy Printed Dress, WAS £59.99 NOW £39.99
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Bridget Moynahan
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For her confrontation with Carrie, Bridget Moynahan was styled in a polished shirt dress from luxury sustainable label Gabriela Hearst.

COS, Wrap Shirt Dress, £69
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Charlotte York
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For a scene filmed outside the Lyceum Theatre, Kristin Davis looked exceptionally 'Charlotte', wearing a flower-embroidered cocktail dress from Lela Rose, a powder blue handbag from Louis Vuitton, and a watch from Cartier.

Rixo, Aurelia Embroidered Voile Maxi Dress, £171
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Carrie Bradshaw
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In the best revival yet, SJP was spotted wearing those peacock blue pumps - Manolo Blahnik's Hangisi - that she last wore for her low-key wedding to Mr Big.

Manolo Blahnik, Hangisi 105 Buckle-Embellished Satin Courts, £795
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Carrie Bradshaw
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As well as digging out her beloved Fendi Baguette, SJP's also resurrected this studded belt from Streets Ahead. As eagle-eyed fans will remember, the eye-catching accessory made its debut in the first movie, cinching the waist of the rose-printed dress that she wears to go apartment-hunting.

The Kooples, Black Leather Belt With Studs And Eyelets, £85
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Charlotte York
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For a cafe catch-up, Charlotte ventures into the world of print with a white sundress patterned with blue sailboats from Emilia Wickstead.

Emilia Wickstead, Galen Dress, £1,495
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Miranda Hobbes
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This is the second pair of wedge sandals spotted on Miranda - proof, if you needed it, that they've come a long way since being the type of shoe your old headmistress would wear in summer.

Russell & Bromley, Headspin Woven Espadrille Wedges, £155
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Miranda Hobbes
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Miranda's berry red jumpsuit scores a perfect 10 in our book and is from homegrown label Likely NYC.

Safiyaa, Miriana Sleeveless Jumpsuit, £1,138
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Carrie Bradshaw
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Saint Laurent's Farrah platforms prove that our heroine hasn't lost her love of heels (or serious height).

Saint Laurent, Bianca Sandals In Smooth Leather, £660
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Lisa Todd Wexley
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LTW is the show's new ambassador for power necklaces (this one is from Monies).

Monies, Palermo Necklace In Polyester, £415
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Charlotte York
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Charlotte was seen in princess pink dialled to its punchiest max in this blouse, a $154 number from Gosilk.

Kitri, Bretta Pink Floral Cotton Top, WAS £85 NOW £65
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Carrie Bradshaw
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Carrie was always game for a fancy hat - her fascinator once caused a fight between her Berger, remember? - and this jaunty straw style is no exception.

Emily London, Provence Hat, £645
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Carrie Bradshaw
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We shudder at the thought of the costume department's shoe wardrobe (it must be similar to when our heroine found herself let loose in the cupboard at Vogue), and love these patent and super stacked Mary-Janes. The necklace has become a new signature of Carrie's, and is from Fry Powers.

Fry Powers, Turquoise & Malachite 14kt Gold-Plated Necklace, £595
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