‘Sex and the City’ Fans Accuse Reboot of Being a ‘Caricature of Itself’

The much-awaited Sex and the City revival, called And Just Like That… is filming in New York City. The women-centric drama, during its run, introduced many impressive looks for its audience through its main characters’ wardrobes. But the fashion in the current series hasn’t been very well received. As more and more pictures from the current shoot have popped up in the past few days, many fans have had a curt reaction to some of the style choices.

Why is ‘Sex and the City’ considered synonymous with style?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 20: (L-R) Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon are seen on location for "And Just Like That..." on July 20, 2021 in New York City.
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In the late ’90s, Sex and the City was able to impact the way women saw and approached dressing. From heels with sweatpants, chic designer dresses, and pantsuits to grungy capris and even baggy jumpsuits — the drama became the inspiration for many looks and fashion trends. 

The characters, Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes, Charlotte York, and Samantha Jones, wore great outfits that complemented their personalities and further, brought out their individuality. While Carrie was famously known for her love for thrift clothes and designer shoes, Miranda owned the girl boss and the casual look. Charlotte had a more prudent style but she never hesitated to invest in a classic dress and Samantha could rock any hat in the world. 

These clothes, over time, became synonymous with the show, the characters and became wardrobe fixtures that women loved and wanted. There were criticisms from the beginning, as well, that the show glorified a standard of fashion that was inaccessible and unrealistic for, say, a working woman in New York City.

Despite the criticisms, the show succeeded in creating a name for itself as one of the biggest influencers and platforms for the most recent trends in fashion. The movies, while were further criticized, the 10-episode series in the works right now is being called out for making uncharacteristic fashion choices.

What are the fans saying about ‘And Just Like That’ fashion?

With what the characters have been pictured wearing on the sets of And Just Like That… A Tik-Tok user posted a video calling the revival’s fashion a “caricature of itself.” The user explained that the last two movies and pictures from the reboot set reflect a departure from individual and character-defined wardrobes to “tackiness that has become the Sex and the City fashion.”

The user pointed out that even though the show developed an inclination toward designer labels in the later seasons of the show, the first couple of seasons depicted characters in their sartorial best, with a combination of realistic and luxury fashion.

In the recent movies, however, clothes for Miranda and Charlotte have slowly transitioned from what their characters wore in the early seasons to “labels for the sake of labels,” with outfits that characters would never otherwise wear. 

Changes that were noticed by the critiques

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 26: Sarah Jessica Parker (L) and Cynthia Nixon are seen filming "And Just Like That..." the follow up series to "Sex and the City" in the Midtown on July 26, 2021 in New York City.
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In the absence of Patricia Fields, the lead costume designer for the series, some critics, in a recent CNN article, questioned if the reboot would be able to achieve the same level of noteworthy and impactful style statements. Deduced from the pictures, the article noted, some of the outfits looked great but “none really break new ground.”

Rebecca Weinberg, who worked with Fields as a designer on the show told CNN that she missed a good balance of both high and low fashion which is an important staple in street fashion today. 

“There are plenty of big names, but I don’t see a lot of smaller, sustainable, or indie labels alongside them yet — which you’d imagine Carrie would have embraced,” Weinberg added. “I think that’s a missed opportunity.”

While some critics have appreciated vintage clothing and accessories along with some more environmentally conscious pieces, a large question still looms about whether the style of the three best friends (since Samantha will be missing from this series) will be able to recreate any iconic moments as the original show did.

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