Miranda Was Actually Sex and The City's Best-Dressed Character and Here's Proof

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Please be upstanding for TV's most underrated wardrobe.

It’s not just Miranda Hobbes the character who was undervalued first time around, it was her wardrobe as well. Understandably. It was hard for her to stand out in the original series of Sex and the City when pitched next to the cartoonish glamour of her co-stars: what chance does muted tailoring stand next to ‘50s housewife cosplay (Charlotte), sexy-on-steroids power dressing (Samantha) or a woman with a literal bird on her actual head (you know who)? Their looks might each have been ‘fabulous’, but Ms. Hobbes’ sartorial choices have aged well.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, allow us to present exhibit A: Miranda was doing normcore before the rest of us. Critics might say some of that suiting was shapeless and dowdy, but look at it through the lens of today, give it a Samantha Jones PR spin and wouldn’t it be rebranded ‘slouchy and pared-back’? Not that she didn’t know how to turn up the tailoring when required: a buttoned- up to the neck shirt and skinny ties that would make Hedi Slimane proud were, quite simply, before their time. She might not have thought she was 'sexy', but these looks are - albeit in a quieter, less predictable way than the rest of her gang. Shout out too to some excellent shirting, leather blazers and defiantly sensible shoes.

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Think of the Miranda colour palette and you might think ‘grey’ (which, by the way, is a very chic choice and we applaud it). But that wasn’t the full story. She also had some killer colour moments, none more so than when she eschewed white on her wedding day for a plum burgundy coat. How modern, how Miranda.

Speaking of modern, she was carrying a reusable cloth tote long before they became the humble brag bags they are in the And Just Like That era. Similarly, she wasn't afraid to flex her intellect (been to Harvard, got the hoodie) and was extolling the virtues of comfort dressing prior to us all getting the memo in lockdown.

Still not convinced? Remember this: Miranda in a printed silk headscarf and giant hoop earrings is the only good thing to come out the second Sex and the City movie. We rest our case.

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Carrie dressed up a swishing floral maxi dress with this sequinned bag from Paco Rabanne. The exact style is sold out, but the brand has plenty more options when it comes to disco-ready accessories.

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Sporting another Fendi Baguette, this time the dinkier Nano.

A surprising outfit for girly-girl Charlotte, but we love these clean-cut overalls.

Batsheva's pink-and-white housedress is a lot nicer than what we wear to do the washing up.

Lisa is earning a reputation as the group's boldest dresser, pairing this puff- sleeved fuchsia jacket with some sunflower shorts from Max Mara. For a winter alternative, try this leather pair from COS.

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Carrie's tutu is back in business. OK, it's not the same pink style she wore in the original show's opening credits, but this long swooshing number is still fetching.

Charlotte looks sunny side up, despite the grey skies, in this egg yolk yellow skirt and matching pumps.

Seema Patel, played by Sarita Choudhury, appeared for the first time on set wearing this criss-cross jumpsuit from Ralph Lauren.

We love this combination on Carrie; a fabulous blue-and-orange dress (vintage), a modern-day boater (Rodney Patterson) and towering platform sandals.

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Is that socks and sandals we see on Carrie?! Her hip surgery in episode five explains the choice of footwear, but it's still a first from our stiletto-loving heroine.

Charlotte does modern power dressing in this nipped-waist tweed dress in powder pink from St John.

The last time she wore a 'bird' on her head, Carrie was marrying Mr Big (/ hitting him with a bouquet of roses when he left her at the altar). If you've seen the first episode, you'll know that this meeting is something of a head- scratcher...The outfit however is 10/10. (The polka dot skirt is Carolina Herrera; the hand-painted bag is by artist Rebecca Moses.)

Carrie's flowing maxi dress (an usually bohemian choice it must be said) caused much confusion when some sources said it was vintage and others that it was Forever21.

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For her confrontation with Carrie, Bridget Moynahan was styled in a polished shirt dress from luxury sustainable label Gabriela Hearst.

For a scene filmed outside the Lyceum Theatre, Kristin Davis looked exceptionally 'Charlotte', wearing a flower-embroidered cocktail dress from Lela Rose, a powder blue handbag from Louis Vuitton, and a watch from Cartier.

In the best revival yet, SJP was spotted wearing those peacock blue pumps - Manolo Blahnik's Hangisi - that she last wore for her low-key wedding to Mr Big.

As well as digging out her beloved Fendi Baguette, SJP's also resurrected this studded belt from Streets Ahead. As eagle-eyed fans will remember, the eye- catching accessory made its debut in the first movie, cinching the waist of the rose-printed dress that she wears to go apartment-hunting.

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For a cafe catch-up, Charlotte ventures into the world of print with a white sundress patterned with blue sailboats from Emilia Wickstead.

This is the second pair of wedge sandals spotted on Miranda - proof, if you needed it, that they've come a long way since being the type of shoe your old headmistress would wear in summer.

Miranda's berry red jumpsuit scores a perfect 10 in our book and is from homegrown label Likely NYC.

Saint Laurent's Farrah platforms prove that our heroine hasn't lost her love of heels (or serious height).

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LTW is the show's new ambassador for power necklaces (this one is from Monies).

Charlotte was seen in princess pink dialled to its punchiest max in this blouse, a $154 number from Gosilk.

Carrie was always game for a fancy hat - her fascinator once caused a fight between her Berger, remember? - and this jaunty straw style is no exception.

We shudder at the thought of the costume department's shoe wardrobe (it must be similar to when our heroine found herself let loose in the cupboard at Vogue), and love these patent and super stacked Mary-Janes. The necklace has become a new signature of Carrie's, and is from Fry Powers.

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