CHANNEL YOUR INNER CARRIE BRADSHAW
Without a doubt, Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda are the coolest girl gang ever to do it! Sex and the City is one of the most iconic shows in history, and it continues to inspire fashionable women all around the world. Isn't it true that every lady has attempted to channel her inner Carrie Bradshaw at least once?
If you want to up your style game, take a page out of the Sex and the City playbook. Here is a recap of our favorite Sex and the City jewelry trend, gold nameplate jewelry.
In Sex and the City, costume designer Patricia Fields introduced a nameplate necklace in loopy script on the character Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), becoming an instant wardrobe must-have. That's right, veteran fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker placed personalized nameplate jewelry on the map. Thanks to S.J.P.'s status as an incontestable 90s icon, the namesake necklace became a signature of the '90s teen style, although this was not always the case.
Ordering personalized nameplate jewelry in the late 90s was a cinch for those who don't know. If you were a pre-teen, you could go to your local mall and buy a starter necklace kit from Claire's or order one online. The process was simple: you chose the type of chain, metal, and font style you wanted, then typed in your desired text. Most nameplate necklaces were between 16-18 inches in length, usually a plain gold bar necklace engraved with your custom text and came with a complimentary gift box. This is how mainstream custom nameplate jewelry got thanks to S.A.T.C.
Like most fashion trends, it just kept spreading out in the 90s-2000s. Girls everywhere were ordering their own gold nameplate jewelry sets, i.e., personalized necklaces, bracelets, and keychains with their names (or cool phrases) on them. It wasn't just about having a unique and personal piece of jewelry; it was also about the message you were sending. For example, if you had a necklace with your name on it, it showed that you were confident and proud of yourself. But, if you had a necklace with your nickname on it, it showed that you were playful and fun-loving. And if you had a necklace with a phrase or saying, it showed that you were wise beyond your years.
While custom nameplate jewelry existed before the show, S.A.T.C. fans clung tight to it (like Manolo Blahnik heels) after seeing Carrie Bradshaw wearing hers. Originating as part of '80s hip hop fashion, Sarah made it en vogue in the world of haute couture. S.A.T.C fans flocked to designer boutiques and high-end department stores (like Barney's, Bergdorf's & Saks Fifth Avenue) to get the urban-inspired look. Bold and daring, New Yorkers started to sport other inventive styles taken from the show, like tiered ball gowns paired with Adidas sneakers.
Moreover, the gold nameplate necklace was one of the few constant pieces in Carrie Bradshaw's ever-changing wardrobe of fabulous vintage furs, fabric flowers, ballerina skirts, and Fendi baguettes. How could the nameplate jewelry style not become iconic? It was a cool as fuck accessory for any S.J.P./Carrie Bradshaw fan.
The trend is still going strong. Almost two decades later, the craze for personalized jewelry is back with a modern twist and demonstrating staying power. You've probably noticed wordy necklaces -- sometimes spelling out names, initials, or phrases. Personalized jewelry is so popular. Why? Because of its sentimental, nostalgic power. Nostalgia is, after all, the trend that never dies.
One of the most soul-crushing moments on Sex and the City is a perfect example of this when Carrie loses her beloved gold nameplate necklace. Though in her words, "it costs, like, nothing," it remains priceless because she discovered it while shopping with her best girlfriends, and it symbolizes her single, carefree days as a young girl coming of age in Lower Manhattan.
We can't all be Carrie Bradshaw, but we can all appreciate the iconic style that she brought to the small screen. The gold nameplate necklace is just one example of how her personal fashion choices influenced a generation of women. So if you're feeling nostalgic for the 90s (or just looking for a unique and personal piece of jewelry), consider channeling your inner Carrie with a custom nameplate necklace of your own.