Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda are the coolest girl gang to ever do it: Sex and the City is one of the most fashionable shows of all time and continues to inspire stylish women worldwide. What woman hasn't tried channeling her inner Carrie Bradshaw?
In Sex and the City, a nameplate necklace in loopy script was introduced on Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) by costume designer Patricia Fields, becoming an instant wardrobe must-have. That's right, veteran fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker placed personalized nameplate jewelry on the map. Thanks to SJP's status as an incontestable 90s icon, the namesake necklace became a signature of '80s teen style. Although, this was not always the case.
While custom nameplate jewelry existed before the show, S.A.T.C. fans clung tight onto 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. Fans flocked to designer boutiques and high-end department stores to get the urban-inspired look. Bold and daring, New Yorkers started to sport other inventive styles taken from the show like ball gowns paired with Adidas sneakers.
Furthermore, the gold nameplate necklace was one of the few constant pieces in Carrie Bradshaw's ever-changing wardrobe of cool 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 SJP/Carrie Bradshaw fan.
In fact, 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, sometimes initials or phrases. Personalized jewelry is so popular, why? Because of its sentimental, nostalgic power. Nostalgia is, after all, the trend that never dies.
A perfect example of this is one of the most soul-crushing moments on Sex and the City, 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.
Two decades after the show first aired, Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda are still influencing our wardrobes. They launched many copycat designs that are still being worn by the coolest street-style stars to this day and this goes way beyond nameplate jewelry sets. We all love personalized pieces from our handbags to our knitwear to water bottles, but that wasn't always the case. Bought from a flea market for "nada", Carrie's namesake necklace has shown us that a bit of individuality/personality goes a long way in the world of fashion.