A few episodes into And Just Like That... it's clear a lot has changed since the last time Carrie Bradshaw, Charlotte York Goldenblatt, and Miranda Hobbes appeared on our TV screens. (Just how much, we won't spoil here.) Their fashion choices, however, haven't been diluted or adjusted because they've aged—and that was essential, And Just Like That... costume designers Molly Rogers and Danny Santiago tell BAZAAR.com.
"We had a very simple and very well-documented roadmap to follow," Rogers, who worked alongside Patricia Field on the original series, says about the approach to dressing Carrie and company for the revival. "Because with the new show, the girls are the girls. They don’t switch their style up just because it’s later in their lives."
Anyone who watched the premiere noticed other style signatures—like remixing of up-and-coming designers with names like Manolo Blahnik and Miuccia Prada, and combining new pieces with thrift and vintage—are staying put. But this time around, they're easier to shop: Rogers and Santiago have curated three stores for ThredUp, gathering hundreds of secondhand pieces for all the self-identified Carries, Charlottes, and Mirandas watching the revival to peruse.
You'll find a shop dedicated to each leading woman's recognizable aesthetic: colorful Tanya Taylor dresses and boxy Prada bags for Carrie, laid-back Theory and Helmut Lang suiting for Miranda, and romantic Carolina Herrera and Chanel pieces for Charlotte.
The store is more than a chance to shop handpicked designer finds, including items that appear on the show. ThredUp will donate 100% of the proceeds from the shops to the Willie Garson Fund, a charity honoring the actor and And Just Like That... cast member who died earlier this year.
Rogers and Santiago sourced costumes from ThredUp before any talk of a shopping partnership. And Just Like That... filmed its first season during the Covid-19 pandemic, when supply chain disruptions limited store inventory—and sometimes, online thrifting was the only way to find their characters a waist-cinching belt or a purple pair of pants.
It was a convenient workaround, but one that's true to Carrie's style in particular. "Carrie is one of those people who does like to go on adventure or mine for something she hasn’t worn in a while and rewear," Rogers says.
Pulling costumes from secondhand also speaks to fashion's evolution since Sex and the City first aired. "If you’re at all versed at what’s going on in the world, you want to give back in some way," Rogers continues, referencing the fashion industry's growing interest in sustainability (or the optics of it). "Even the characters on the show are in this state of mind."
In addition to scouring thrift stores, Santiago and Rogers also plucked items from Sarah Jessica Parker's personal archives. Eagle-eyed viewers have already spotted Carrie shopping her closet, twice in one outfit. For Charlotte's daughter's piano recital in episode one, Carrie rewears her wedding Manolo heels, as well as a flower brooch she pinned to a fur coat in season three of Sex and the City.
"The minute [Carrie] wore it on the streets and there were paparazzi shots, people were identifying where it was worn in the original show," Rogers says. "That was really fun, that people are such huge fans, they can tell you the episode number for that flower and when she wore it."
You'll see Carrie pulling more sentimental items from her past into her present wardrobe, but not in every outfit. "We try to reuse the pieces from SJ’s archive in important moments where they meant something, because we wanted to honor them," Rogers explains.
Before new episodes start streaming, Rogers and Santiago want to clear up a costuming misconception. You may have caught glimpses of outfits like the new Carrie dress through paparazzi photos, but you haven't seen the real looks—thrifted or otherwise.
"Sometimes the pieces they saw outside weren’t complete," Santiago says. "They saw them with a comfort coat or a shirt over their outfit or comfort shoes on. And when you’re taking [paparazzi] pictures, you’re not getting the full context."
"I think fans need to be really careful about thinking they’ve seen it all," Rogers agrees. "Because the story line really threw them for a loop. So I think we have some mysteries also in the costume department. They didn’t see everything even if they felt like it was overshared."
We'll keep a close eye on the full outfits as And Just Like That... continues, and likely, shop them afterward.
Molly Rogers's and Danny Santiago's curated shops for ThredUp are available now at thredup.com/thecity.