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Sex and the City aired its first episode in 1998. Six years later, fans bid four good friends goodbye, but Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes, Samantha Jones, and Charlotte York live on in reruns. Their fashion choices do, too. Rewatching the series has allowed fans to pick up some of the more subtle parts of the series. During a rewatch, one may notice that the fashion in season 1 is much different from the fashion seen in subsequent seasons. Patricia Field, the show’s famed stylist, once explained why that was the case.

Clothes on Sex and the City became a part of the storyline

Sex and the City, at its core, was about four independent women who could lean on each other when the men in their lives didn’t live up to expectations. The fashions displayed on the show might not have been the main point of the series, but it did become an important backdrop. Carrie and her pals’ fashion choices have been discussed in the years since the show went off the air. There is a good reason for that. According to Field, the clothing was actually part of the storyline.

Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall on the set of 'Sex and the City: The Movie'
Kristin Davis as Charlotte York, Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, Cynthias Nixon as Miranda Hobbes and Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones | James Devaney/WireImage

Each character was dressed in a way that helped explain who they each were. Charlotte, for example, was often dressed in timeless and elegant pieces. She was the traditionalist of the group. Samantha’s fashion choices melded with her liberated persona, and Carrie’s often crazy outfits helped highlight her free-spirited nature.

When the series took off, designers got onboard

The looks seen during the show’s first season were markedly different from the garments that would eventually take center stage in latter seasons. Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and even Miranda found themselves in far more expensive garments beginning in season 2. Field explained that there was a good reason for that; the show became popular, and designers noticed.

Patricia Field launches her new collection at Marks & Spencer on October 15, 2008
Patricia Field | Mike Marsland/WireImage

By the beginning of season 2, she told Repeller, designers were clamoring to get their clothing on the air. While some of those pieces certainly made it into the series, they had to fit in with Field’s vision for the scene to make the cut. She said that, in the end, clothing was picked when it helped propel the storyline because the show was never about selling clothing.

Sarah Jessica Parker has one prized possession from the series

When all was said and done, Parker walked away from the series with a pretty impressive wardrobe. She has freely admitted she kept about 95% of what Carrie wore during the show’s six-season run. However, there is one item that she finds particularly meaningful, and it’s far from the most expensive thing she ever put on while portraying Carrie.

Sarah Jessica Parker in 'Sex and the City'
Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw | Bill Davila/FilmMagic

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According to Glamour, Parker’s most prized possession from her time on Sex and the City is the simple, gold “Carrie” necklace that she regularly wore. The same style of nameplate is for sale on Field’s website for $270.00, which is downright cheap compared to some of the other jewels Carrie wore. The necklace that her artist lover replaced the nameplate with was valued at $55,000.