Thursday, October 17, 2013

Carrie on casuals: Sarah Jessica Parker shows that simple can be chic

Ever since her turn as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker has become something of a style icon. Whether she’s strutting down the red carpet in the latest catwalk creations or enjoying an autumn walk around glamorous New York, the actress always manages to look right on trend. It was in the Big Apple that SJP was spotted working this cool off-duty look: the comfy loose top and stylish skinny jeans make for a laid back yet trendy outfit, which is finished off with oversized shades (a celeb must-have) and low wedged sandals. With a careful eye and a few staple pieces in hand, you won’t need a stylist and a New York budget to channel Sarah’s casual chic. 

In her jeans

The slim fit of skinnies makes them versatile and smart for a polished but relaxed daytime look. SJP's trendy rolled-up design are in fashion this season, keeping her looking stylish while showing off her shoes. We all know that finding the right pair of women's jeans can be really difficult, especially if you’re going for a skinny style like SJP. Get them a size too small and you’ll never get them on, a size too big and you end up with sagging fabric adding bulk to your legs. Thankfully these Vero Moda jeggings combine the sleekness of skinny jeans with the comfort of leggings, and can be teamed with everything from floral tunics to oversized tees and loose knits as the weather changes.  

Understated but never underdressed

SJP teams her blue skinny jeans with a loose grey peasant top for pretty but subtle style. Weatherproof this look for winter with this glam sweatshirt -  the jewelled embellishments give the top a cheery festive feel, while the grey colour keeps it looking sophisticated. Big jumpers with skinny bottoms is set to be a big trend for the autumn/winter fashion season, and this sweater ticks all the boxes. Layer a t-shirt or camisole underneath to stay extra warm in the cold weather.

Happy feet

Wearing sandals in Britain beyond September is only for the mad and brave, so for the rest of us it’s a good idea to team your sweater with a pair of winter boots instead. For fuss-free elegance grab a pair of South's Moran calf boots: the relaxed, slouchy style compliments the tones and feel of the rest of the outfit, while the suede fabric and grey shade make for a classy look. SJP has stuck with minimal accessories but if you feel like adding a bit of bling, finish your outfit with a long necklace and statement cocktail ring. You might not be able to wear a pair of shiny black sunglasses every day, but you can still look chic in the city.