What do you wear when you rent a beach house in the Hamptons and your friend Charlotte gets crabs, and a guy named Berger shows up and seems promising, but then you go to a beach party, and the man you love is there with a pretty girl, and he tells you he’s engaged to her, and you throw up?

If you are Carrie Bradshaw, you shake out your curls, slip your feet into open-toe Manolos, and rely on a closetful of summer classics to cheer you up—tanks and crop tops, printed shorts and tees. Twenty-one years ago today, the very first episode of Sex and the City aired, and for many of us, the adventures of Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte seem to echo and illuminate our own fraught, crazy lives.

In honor of this special occasion, we pay homage to Carrie and her hot, hot weather looks. So squeeze your svelte self into a shrunken sweater and sally forth to get that mythical $5 a word at Vogue! Button up in a patterned coat and go meet Stanford’s grandmother! Pair on a bra top and a printed skirt and sneak into Soho House with Samantha! Swan around in sexy trousers and pick up a sailor for Fleet Week!

And while you channel her outfits, keep Carrie’s words of wisdom uppermost in your mind: “The world is made up of two types of women, the simple girls and the Katie girls.”

Have a great summer, Katie.

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