In the fall of 1998, the world was introduced to four fabulously single New York ladies when Sex And The City premiered on HBO.
The progressive show was the first to showcase women in their 30’s navigating love, sex, relationships, and careers with the seductive city that never sleeps acting as their playground. While the show helped cement the sex-positive society that we live in today, it also had a major impact on fashion going forward thanks to its risk-taking stylist, Patricia Field.
Whether you’re a fan of the original Sex And The City or just diving into the iconic world of Carrie Bradshaw and friends with And Just Like That, there’s no denying the cultural influence the series has had on fashion over the last 20+ plus years.
While Ms. Bradshaw is widely regarded as the show’s resident footwear fanatic, she also has a serious eye for accessories.
To celebrate the season one finale of And Just Like That, let’s take a look at the timeless handbags Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samatha helped to popularize – from the iconic Hermès Birkin bag to that fabulous Fendi Baguette, and find similar looks for less.
Let’s kick things off with that unforgettable Fendi Baguette. A staple in the Bradshaw wardrobe, this bag first made its TV debut in season 2 of Sex And The City when Carrie declared it’s not a bag – “it’s a baguette!” This handbag is synonymous with the show and inspired divas of its’s day like Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez.
While its initial appearances were eye-catching in the early 2000s, the bag has proved its staying power by making an appearance in the recent reboot.
If you’re in the market for a Fendi style handbag that won’t break the budget check out these affordable alternatives:
Judith Leiber Clutch
While we all remember the ~unfortunate~ crystalized Judith Leiber Couture Swan Evening Bag Big gifted Carrie that caused her to finally tell him “I love you,” while internally throwing a fit, Judith Leiber Clutch bags have somehow withstood the test of time. In fact, they’ve become so iconic SJP insisted they incorporate one of these infamous clutches into Carrie’s wardrobe in And Just Like That.
In fact, the craze is so iconic even kids got in on the action, with Charlotte’s adorable daughter Lilly hiding Carrie’s phone in her Cupcake shaped sparkly clutch in a memorable scene from the first movie.
No matter if you’re into the old swan bag, or the new colorful modern clutch, we’ve got you covered with these affordable fashions:
The Lady Dior
Often times when we think SATC fashion, Carrie Bradshaw comes to mind – but many forget that the conservative queen Charlotte York was quite stylish in her own right.
In fact, it was Mrs. York-Goldenblatt that that perfectly paired a pink Lady Dior bag with her pink two-piece throwback 50s inspired skirt suit.
The luxurious bag by Christian Dior epitomizes regality and refinement – making it the most on-brand character/purse combo in the show’s history.
If you’re feeling this structured tote-style handbag, than look no further than AFONiE’s Striped Collection, which offers beautifully hand crafted genuine leather tote bags in red, brown, black, and navy blue.
Check out these affordable alternatives:
The Gucci Belt Bag
We all know how versatile belt bags and fanny bags are. The ease of access and convenient carrying options they provide are why they’ve had such staying power. In fact, they’ve really made a comeback in the last five years.
But just because they’re convenient doesn’t mean they’re always cute. Enter: Carrie’s coveted Gucci Belt Bag. This piece is so iconic it was featured in the original SATC, and brought back recently in the reboot.
It makes sense that Carrie would bring this bag into the next decade(s.) She is the ultimate girl-on-the-go!
If you’re like Carrie and constantly on the run, check out these affordable belt bag alternatives:
No SATC fashion-inspired list would be complete without the holy grail of handbags: the Hermès Birkin.
No one can forget when badass boss woman Samantha Jones attempted to wield her PR powers by name dropping her gorgeous and talented client Lucy Liu to score this stylishly sexy purse. The structured genuine leather bag has been cemented into our heads ever since.
While the Birkin bag originally retailed for $4000, they now go for upwards of $20k (yikes!)
If you’re in the market for a Birkin-like bag, check out these affordable alternatives by AFONiE:
(Middle) Super Soft Genuine Lambskin Leather Purse - $33
(Right) Spacious Leather Tote Bag - $46