When “Sex and the City” burst into our homes in 1998, suddenly the tutu was acceptable daywear, and everyone could pronounce Manolo Blahnik perfectly. As Jennifer Keishin Armstrong notes, “If the Sex and the City women were consuming something, viewers coveted it, stalked it, bought it, made it, or devoured it.” Here’s a look at the trends that were born thanks to Carrie and crew.
1) “He’s Just Not That into You”: The bestselling book, which became a movie, was penned by two “Sex and the City” staffers after that phrase was used in an episode.
2) The Cosmopolitan. In the spin-off film “Sex and the City,” Miranda sips a Cosmo and asks, “Why did we ever stop drinking these?” Carrie replies, “ ’Cause everyone else started.” Truth.
3) Magnolia Bakery cupcakes. A cupcake from this West Village haunt appeared on screen for only 30 seconds, but it was enough to start the global cupcake craze, with the Magnolia Bakery at its epicenter.
4) Manolo Blahniks. Five hundred dollar shoes? The women of “SATC” made it seem as if buying expensive footwear was just another way to flex their feminism.
5) Sologamy. Speaking of Manolos, Carrie registers for a pair in season 6 when she declares that she’s marrying herself. It wasn’t the first look at sologamy, but “SATC” put the concept on the map.
6) Fendi Baguette bag. It was tiny, flashy and cost a few grand. What? You think that’s expensive? Carrie wore an outfit in Season 3 that cost $23,000. As Armstrong points out, sometimes “the show just gave into the glamour, reality be damned.”
7) Brazilian bikini wax. After Carrie had one in Los Angeles, the less is more look was popularized.
8) Nameplate necklace. When Carrie started flashing her Carrie with pride, the gold necklaces were deemed perfect to pair with pajamas or haute couture.
9) 66 Perry Street . Carrie’s rent-controlled brownstone on East 73rd is actually in the West Village. Twenty years later, it’s still selfie central.
10) Post-it Note break-up. There were many dating low points on “SATC,” but Carrie getting dumped by seven words on a Post-it Note was epic.
Karin Tanabe, a former Politico reporter, is the author of four novels, including her latest, “The Diplomat’s Daughter.”