Following on from why we dress and the thought process behind our choices, I went back into the archives and with a little help from these noughties sirens; I put us into their lives.
As an avid fan of the show, looking beyond the obvious sexual content, their wardrobes have always intrigued me as it often makes their characters more realistic and believable. While we may all have differing views about sexual liberation; our careers, views on life, love and friendships often draw parallels with their lives inevitably putting us into one of their categories.
The clothes in the categories are loosely based on the girls; they’re what we in the real world could possibly wear should our careers and personalities slightly mirror theirs.
The creative, the most irresponsible in life i.e. buy a pair of shoes but can’t pay your rent. She may have no savings; she lives for the minute and tomorrow worries about itself
The artist, the writer, the poet, the renegade
[Clockwise from top left: Cardigan, Topshop £65; Blouse, Oscar de la Renta £615; Dress, Moschino £800; Mesh insert dress, Asos £38; Dress, Phillip Lim $895; Jeans, mytheresa.com £260; Top, Topshop £35]
[Clockwise from top left: Top, Balmain £1705; Jacket, Alexander Wang £775; Corsage dress, Oli.co.uk £40; Dress, Alexander Wang $650; Striped maxi dress, Acne £125; Shorts, Rochas £418.91; Trousers, Gap £35]
The “responsible” one. She has a commanding look, trouser suits, beautifully cut trousers, double breasted, the way forward in a man’s world, Condi Rice.
The professional i.e doctors, lawyers, bankers, entrepreneurs etc
[Clockwise from top left: Double breasted blazer, Derek Lam £805; Striped top, Topshop £37; Print dress, Stella McCartney £740; One shoulder dress, Rachel Gilbert £445; Dress, mytheresa.com £1340; Shoulder detail dress, Moschino £765; Chinos, mytheresa.com £170; Pencil skirt, Asos £30]
[Clockwise from top left: Grey jacket, Dorothy Perkins £45; White shirt, Red Valentino £173.7; Chunky cardigan, Elizabeth and James £350; Print dress, Oasis £40; Blue draped dress, Mango £49; Green dress, Diesel £66; Top, Topshop £25; Trousers, Proenza Schouler £505.76; Pencil skirt, Jigsaw £89]
Quintessential butter wouldn’t melt. Perfect seperates, perfect hair, perfect breeding, and perfect husband.
The stay at home picture perfect mum with her 2.5 kids
Gallery owner, Curator, Boutique owner, Florist, kept woman
[Clockwise from top left: Shoulder detail jumper, Topshop £35; Print blouse, Tucker £175; Classic tea dress, Erdem £675; Black panel detail dress, Just Cavalli £300; Dress, Oscar de la Renta £4630; Shoulder/waist detail dress, Karen Millen £165; Cuffed trousers, Miu Miu £250; Pencil skirt, Gap £31]
[Clockwise from top left: Cardigan,Topshop £32; Tulip dress, Asos £30; Red dress, Marchesa £465; Black waist detail dress, Mango £32; 2-in-1 dress, Asos £40; Neck detail top, Warehouse £30; Skirt, Miu Miu £245]
She needs no introduction.
The go getter, social climber, successful entrepreneur, PR, socialite about town
[Clockwise from top left: Sequined blazer, Vero Moda £65; Draped top, Vionnet £670; Peplum bustier, Derek Lam £525; Plain Power dress, Erdem £769.50; Black Body Con dress, Stolen Girlfriends Club £189.50; Draped shoulder dress, Aqua Couture £85; White skinny jeans, J-Brand £100; Sequined top, Antik Batik £235]
[Clockwise from top left: Sequined silk organza jacket, Stella McCartney £2095; Angular shoulder jacket, Vanessa Bruno £410; Lame cross front top, Donna Karam £990, Body Con striped dress, Herve Leger £715; Print dress, Diane Von Furstenberg £290; Jailie paint-effect skinny jeans, Diane Von Furstenberg £290]
Obviously there are those who will blur the lines and perhaps as we get older, our choices converge towards the more socially acceptable but for the most part, we colour in the lines of our identity.