LOS ANGELES -- With "Sex and the City," Sarah Jessica Parker and Carrie Bradshaw became fashion trendsetters. Viewers tuned in every week to watch what the frenetic, shoe-obsessed Bradshaw would wear next, while in the real world the paparazzi snapped pictures of everything Parker had on, be it a gown at the Met Ball or jeans at the grocery store. The infamous Carrie Bradshaw may have been just a character, but the HBO show gave the actress who portrayed her ubiquitous style power.
Parker, 46, has been on the cover of Vogue six times, including this month's issue in a Burberry Prorsum cable-knit trench coat. With her lithe frame, she is the perfect model, and her affinity for classic designs with a twist makes her wardrobe a sort of style bible for fashionistas at any age.
Parker, who can next be seen in the film "I Don't Know How She Does It," slated for a Sept. 16 opening, recently made an appearance at the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" premiere in New York City with husband Matthew Broderick and son James Wilkie. One who never shies away from taking risks with her clothing, Parker ditched the expected fancy premiere gown in favor of a languid, flowing silhouette. She looked resplendent in a patterned maxi dress, navy boyfriend blazer and gathered handbag.
Be ready for your summer soiree in a long, colorful maxi such as the Fire chiffon overlay maxi dress for $52 from Nordstrom, Willow & Clay print maxi dress for $39.97 from Nordstrom Rack or the Aqua Racer back maxi dress from Bloomingdales.com for $88.
Parker could have gone the traditional route and covered up with a small cardigan or shawl, but the boyfriend blazer makes a bold statement and is a nice contrast to the flowing dress. Get a similar look with the Asos boyfriend blazer for $94.81, a gold-buttoned blazer with turn-back cuffs from Zara for $49.99 or a style with patch elbows from H&M for $39.95.
Parker's gathered bag is a refreshing change from the classic party clutch. It's still small in size but a piece you can easily sling over your shoulder while dancing. Zara makes some similar looks with a gathered messenger bag for $49.99 or a smaller version with a chain strap for $29.99.