The Rules of Style as Unofficially Told by Sarah Jessica Parker
Rule #1: There are no rules.
You know what gets old faster than Benjamin Button gets young? Sex and the City posters.
You know what never gets old on the same accord? Looking at photos of Sarah Jessica Parker and her alter-ego Carrie Bradshaw.
It has been said that every piece of writing in the history of the written word as we have known it thus far is derived from what has been called the greatest piece of literature of not just our time but of all time. And that is the bible. Were not, after all, Adam and Eve a totem for the first-of-all-time love story gone awry? What about Cain and Able — were they not the first brothers who foretold of the tumultuously lethal relationships that can exist within a family? And Ruth! Was it not she who first underscored the nuances of a relationship with mother-in-laws for all?
I want to go out on a limb and suggest that Sarah Jessica Parker bears a similar relationship with fashion of the early aughts. She was all about the exposed belly button. And never, I might add, looked naked. The sandal slides of today were the comfort zone of her yesterday. And just last week, while I was tying neck scarves around my wrists to call them arm scarves, it occurred to me that not even that was an original endeavor. Cue season 4, episode 8.
I’m just kidding, I don’t know what season or episode her scarved arms first flaunted themselves but it happened. And I liked it. And whether you want to sign on or protest, there is something profound to be said about the effect she has had on the rules of style. Chiefly, by suggesting that there are no rules. Want to wear a big-ass fucking orchid on your shoulder? Do it, girl. How about a bird on your head or a full white flare legged body suit that may or may not make you look like Gwyneth Paltrow if she were spider? Glow for it.
And why? Because you can.
We all can.
No one has been able to articulately highlight the value of projecting personal style the way that Sarah Jessica Parker has by zealously declaring, sans words, that it’s all a game of trial and error. If you’re always getting it right, you’re not really doing it right. Have fun. Go crazy. Live a little. Wipe back to front.