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Candace Bushnell’s ever-stylish characters have provided plenty of fashion inspiration over the years.
But despite the aspirational closet of her onscreen alter ego, Carrie Bradshaw, the “Sex and the City” author wants you to dress like your own leading lady.
“I love the [show’s] fashions, but I think that one should wear what one feels comfortable in,” the writer, 63, told Page Six Style, noting, “There’s certainly a lot of things that Carrie wears that I couldn’t wear.”
Still, Bushnell said that one particular look from “And Just Like That,” HBO Max’s “SATC” reboot, made her downright emotional.
“When Carrie put on the white tutu, I really got kind of teared up,” she said of the new series’ nod to the character’s iconic opening-credits outfit. “That was really one of my favorite moments.”
Continued Bushnell, who was not creatively involved in the reboot, “Carrie’s back in her old apartment with all her old clothes … which is something that I really understand. At a certain age, you go vintage shopping in your own closet.”
And as the curly-haired columnist-turned-podcaster would surely agree, there’s no reason to tone down how you dress over the decades.
“I don’t think that there is such a thing as ‘dressing for one’s age,’” Bushnell said. “One has an inherent style, and it really comes down to what you feel comfortable in. I think if you can wear it, flaunt it.”
That extends to dressing for a hot date, too. Bushnell recently partnered with dating site Match to help singles find new love in the new year, and said that when an online match leads to an in-person meetup, it’s all about letting your personality shine through in your outfit.
“I think it really goes back to expressing yourself and feeling comfortable,” she said.
“And the great thing is, as you get older, you feel more comfortable with your style. When you’re younger, you try a lot of different styles — some of them work, some don’t. When you get to be older, you know what works.”
After all, with age comes wisdom — and, in Bushnell’s literal and figurative book, style.
“My fashion and beauty philosophy is: Just remember, we’re all only getting older,” she quipped. “Enjoy where you are now and try not to be too critical.”
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