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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sex and the City for Less

This week heralds the UK premiere of ‘Sex and the City 2’, which raises the pulses of many for one reason...
No, it’s not the naked men. It’s the outfits.
Yes- by turns both crazy and fabulous, the wardrobes of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte has delighted and excited global audiences. But, being that devastatingly fashionable comes at a price- you’d be lucky to find a single piece in these fashionistas’ wardrobes that doesn’t come with at least a triple-figure price tag.
So, I got to thinking... surely these looks can be recreated for the girl on a budget? So, I decided to try and recreate four looks from the film, using only items costing under $50 (roughly £35)- and let me tell you, it wasn’t easy.

Sex and the City for Less- MirandaFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

This look (as with many of the SATC outfits) rests on a killer dress. Now, whilst you can’t expect the sort of fabulous shoulder detail of Miranda’s dress for less than £35, you can expect a strong, orange shift dress that channels the DKNY Spring/Summer Collection. Step in Reef- this dress is pretty much an exact colour match to Miranda’s (and will perfectly compliment us redheads). It comes in at $49- just shy of the upper limit- but for a dress this versatile, it’s worth every penny.
Finished off with some bangles and a leather bag (to channel the ethnic trend), and a pair of classic white peep toes, you’ve got a look worthy of a designer price tag.
BASIC OUTFIT (Dress, Belt, Shoes)- £90
PLUS EXTRAS (Bangles, Bag, Earrings)- £140

Sex and the City For Less- SamanthaFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

This outfit was probably the easiest to recreate- thanks in no small part to the purple dress, coming in at only $10 (or £6.89)- thanks to a website called With that solid foundation placed, the look was completed with a wide leather belt and leather shoes, both in bright blue- a slightly kooky colour to give it that designer feel. And, what Samantha outfit would be complete without some kick-ass lingerie? This nautical set from Topshop continues the blue theme, and exudes stylishness
BASIC OUTFIT (Dress, Belt, Shoes)- £47.89
PLUS EXTRAS (Lingerie, Sunglasses, Clutch, Bracelets)- £153.03

Sex and the City for Less- CharlotteFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

From the easiest to the trickiest- Charlotte’s mature-with-a-hint-of-prep style pretty much hinges on exquisite tailoring. So, I had to cheat a little bit- rather than basing the outfit around hot pink (a shade which is apparently reserved for the wealthy), I went for baby pink- pretty much the colour of choice this summer. The ‘suit’ was made up of an ASOS oversized blazer (a key trend this summer), and a gorgeous floral print skirt from Forever 21 (my new favourite shop). Underneath this, I added a cream top with emphasised shoulders from John Lewis, to inject a little elegance and maturity to this look.
It’s not hardcore Charlotte, but it’s a good look nonetheless.
BASIC OUTFIT (Blazer, Skirt, Top, Shoes)- £102
WITH EXTRAS (Charm Bracelet, Tote, Necklace)- £149.95

Sex and the City For Less- CarrieFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

This outfit has been splashed across posters up and down the country, and is a complete classic. At its heart, a simple white dress- such as the one above from Quiz Clothing, costing £25. Then, layered up with bling- a pair of metallic sandals with cork heels, to make them beach-ready; gold jewellery and sunglasses (or yellow sunglasses, if you’re on a budget, such as these from Urban Outfitters), and a classic silk clutch. Simple, yet brilliant.
BASIC OUTFIT- (Dress, Shoes)- £57
WITH EXTRAS- (Necklace, Bangles, Aviators, Clutch)- £121.99


peter said...

i loved all these dresses. hope you will post more fashion articles for men..

Alias said...

some men's fashion would be greatly appreciated - some of us are terribly unfashionable and looking for some summer clothes

Eileen said...

Our first male-fashion article is now online- it's definitely a column we'd like to continue with. Read the article here:

Thanks as always for your suggestions, guys!

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