Sarah Jessica Parker on the set of Sex and the City Season One in one of the simple, bodycon dresses favored by her character, Carrie Bradshaw. Sarah Jessica Parker on the set of Sex and the City Season One in one of the simple, bodycon dresses favored by her character, Carrie Bradshaw.

Sarah Jessica Parker is one of fashion’s most influential personalities and the same can be said about her alter-ego, Carrie Bradshaw.

Two decades after it premiered, Sex and the City is being called “a show that redefined how women dressed,” by Vogue. “If there’s one woman who taught us everything we know about fashion, it’s Carrie Bradshaw,” stated PopSugar.

Coming up on its 20th anniversary this June 6, Sex and the City made SJP a household name. What’s interesting is that people talk reverentially about her character Carrie Bradshaw as if she was a real person, too. There are actually an amazing number of similarities between Sarah’s wardrobe and that of her fictional counterpart. That said, there are crucial differences, as well.

To start with, simple and lightweight dresses were Carrie’s forte and a mainstay through all six seasons of Sex and the City. In real life, Sarah Jessica has a knack for LWDs all her own, sometimes paired with Manolo Blahnik pumps, just like in the show.

Another Carrie favorite? Fun and flirty dresses with vivid floral prints. Again, Sarah Jessica has been known to wear similar confections from designers like Emilia Wickstead.

However, the actress has also made one Best Dressed list after another for fairytale ballgowns that are quite a bit more ambitious than Carrie ever attempted onscreen. SJP has turned to Narciso Rodriguez, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, and more top notch designers for her most jaw-dropping red carpet moments.

One of the many, many trends spearheaded by Carrie involved oversized floral accents, especially on her dresses. In turn, Sarah Jessica is fond of beautiful flower embellishments, usually worn in her hair to finish off her lovely Met Gala ensembles.

And although she is best known for carefree, feminine looks, Carrie was also an expert in edge. With a little black leather and some cool shades, SJP is equally capable of turning up the intensity in the streets of New York.

One of the show’s most memorable outfits is the green tulle dress Carrie wears on a dramatic night in Paris. Once again, SJP has mirrored this effect with her own wardrobe, opting for puffy midi dresses on more than one occasion. The Oscar de la Renta piece she took to the 2001 EMMYs was even accented with a Carrie-style flower accent!

It’s safe to say that this celeb is a stylish two-for-one in the sense that both she and the character she played are a couple of the most indisputably fashionable women of all time. Two decades on, we owe both of them so much! — jas