This Vintage Website is Basically Selling Carrie Bradshaw’s Closet
07.25.17

The Jersey Shore was never better than in its first season, when the castmates were so far away from even an iota of fame that they were at their most authentic. They were so themselves that the question of whether they were hamming it up “just for the cameras” didn’t exist, and there was never any doubt that Snooki was “a real person.” Of course she was, even if the Snooki she portrayed on the show already was a character of her own making.

(Aren’t we all, in some way?)

There was an innocence to their unapologetic ridiculousness, which is almost exactly how I feel about Carrie Bradshaw’s early Sex and the City fashion. Before she was pegged as a style icon, Bradshaw was a New Yorker who dressed well — a sub-plot shoe-fetishist. She wore incredible things throughout all of the seasons, of course, but there’s nothing like stylist Patricia Field’s early flexing. I remain charmed by Carrie-the-character’s “young writer budget,” no matter how unrealistic. Suspend your own disbelief for a moment (okay, I know, her apartment…) and consider that she dressed as though she were a fantastic thrift store/vintage shopper on a scrappy budget with a cool aunt who passed down a few key pieces.

Another part of the fashion charm is that the show first aired in 1998. Things were a little tacky back then, and it was great.

It’s a hard look to shop for, even though I’ve been “craving” it lately. 1990 metropolitan kitsch looks too contrived when designed in this part of the 2000s and I am a bad/impatient shopper of vintage boutiques. So god bless the internet: Re-sale site Vestiaire Collective has a whole collection of 90s vintage, and when I say whole I also mean hole, as in, get ready to fall down it and never come out.

Here are a bunch of examples to get your heart racing:

+This floral Versace Jeans dress (that’s on sale for $174).

+Or this one!

+This Thierry Mugler tea dress (for $139.70, attn. anyone with a summer wedding!)

+This Lanvin LBD with built-in floral brooches!

+A Gucci one-piece anyone?! (It’s $244 but you can also wear it as a shirt.)

+Or Hermès?

+What about these Céline earrings for $81.49!!!

+And if this Christian Dior saddle bag is sold out by the time you click it’s because I bought it, so what about this Céline bag for $75.00 (YUP) or this velvet Miu Miu bag for $90? Forget your man, come get this Gucci bag with a bamboo handle for $100!

I AM HAVING AN EXISTENTIAL CRISIS OF JOY. Come join me. It’s very Carrie Bradshaw/Snooki of us.

Photo via HBO.

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  • HELP I need everything!!! Why do you do this to me

    • Amelia Diamond

      idk 🙁 wanna time share stuff??

  • Ugh I used to LOVE Vestiaire, but I’ve had some really bad experiences with them. I bought a coat and then it turned out the seller didn’t have it, but Vestiaire still took my money and took weeks to get it back to me (this happened 3 times with different sellers). Then, I sold something and they lost the item on their end in the “checking for authenticity” phase and took over 2 months to pay me out. I’m less than thrilled.

    • Adrianna

      I normally don’t plug the company I work for (I have zero financial incentive), but 1stdibs has entire departments and procedures in place to protect both the buyer and seller. Unfortunately, you wouldn’t be sell your items on there, but that’s one of the reasons it’s a safer place to shop. (You have to be a business entity with an inventory, and the vetting process takes 6+ months.)

      • That actually sounds way better from the buyers standpoint!

  • Mira G

    loove Vestiaire:) sold some of my vintage treasures there, too:) your selection rocks!

  • Darlings having been a costume designer it ain’t a cake walk . A wardrobe like that of Carrie Bradshaw takes time and talent ! Thank you Patricia Field.
    Jandrew
    Dress The Part
    http://www.jandrewspeaks.com

    • Leandra Medine

      a true legend, right? but tell me more about being a costume designer! highs, lows, best and worst?

  • Lane Alves

    Nominating Pauly Shore’s style circa 1993 (more so as his character Crawl in Son in Law) to be the center of a piece. He deserves the recognition.

  • Sarah

    Check out cool vintage eyewear http://www.inframeeyewear.com

  • jiggahava

    Vestaire Collective is where it’s at. A lot of my most coveted pieces from previous seasons are there(for amazing prices), and I’ve had some good luck selling pieces too.

  • Caroline Christianson

    Bought that first dress. Right after two purchases from the office apropos article. Amelia, you’re making me poor but <3