‘Carrie Diaries’ makes retro look trendy


The Carrie Diaries Pictured (L-R): Freema Agyeman as Larissa, AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie, XX as Seth, and Ellen Wong as Mouse — Image Number: CD103a_0046b.jpg — Photo: Barbara Nitke/The CW — © 2012 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Olivia Rajska

Carrie Bradshaw is back: to the ’80s.

“The Carrie Diaries” brings ’80s fashion up to date with fashion trends that are still in style for the 21st century. It simply goes to show that fashion always comes back.

According to Julia Rubin of HuffingtonPost.com, the costume designer of the new hit show, Eric Daman, used stores like H&M, Topshop, Urban Outfitters and Etsy for vintage-inspired pieces that recreate the ’80s vibe.

Watching the first few episodes of the season provides great outfit inspirations for both men and women.


The men in the show have a truly put-together style. They choose to dress up with classic yet casual pieces.

During the school day, the men dress up in crewneck sweaters with a collar popping out from their button-up shirts. The men roam the halls in polo shirts and denim or khaki pants. Big-rimmed glasses give a studious look and are a current trend to wear now.

The show emphasizes a lot of outerwear for men that seems to never go out of style: motorcycle, letterman and denim jackets, pea and trench coats, vests and blazers. A lot of men’s shirts were tucked in with an additional tie for a more professional approach.


The women in the show embrace a bright side to fashion. They like to wear big, chunky jewelry, along with signature necklaces and bags.

Carrie, played by AnnaSophia Robb, is seen wearing a signature necklace with a “C,” and her mother’s bag, which she created herself, with “Carrie” painted across the front.

Cardigans and sweaters in bright colors are classics that the women wear in and out of school. High-waisted pants and skinny jeans were all the range in the ’80s alongside bright colors and prints. For times outside school, the women like to dress up in full-skirted dresses and tops tucked into their skirts or pants to emphasize their waist. A popular look seen throughout the show and now are bow-tie blouses that work wonders for work when tucked into a pencil skirt or high-waisted trousers.

According to USAToday.com, Daman said clothes define Carrie so much that part of the fun of the show will be watching the wardrobe evolve as she grows and establishes her identity.

Carrie is inspired by mixing her style with pieces from her mom’s closet. It is a fun idea to mix the old with the new with use of vintage and current fashion trends. It never hurts to try something new for your style, especially while experimenting with your look in the school years.

Watch “The Carrie Diaries” on the CW for more ’80s fashion inspirations–see for yourself that fashion then is fashion now.