AnnaSophia Robb on the Set of “The Carrie Diaries”

Posted on July 31, 2013

We’re probably featuring this show a bit too much lately, we realize that. It’s a little embarrassing.

But look!


AnnaSophia Robb on the set of “The Carrie Diaries” in New York City.

BabyCarrie is almost dressed like she lives in a version of the eighties that actually happened! Sort of!

Okay, sure. The wedges are wrong and so is the top, for that matter. But at least the little overall-romper thingy is dead on. The jewelry and hair’s not bad either. Basically, if you showed us these pictures and we didn’t know anything about the show, our first question would be a dubious “Is this supposed to look like the ’80s?” And that’s actually an improvement.



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  • zenobar

    I guess the Actual 80s were just too ugly to consider accurately recreating.

    • Little_Olive

      Maybe, or maybe because we compare it to todays fashion. But, (even) being a child of the 80s, I reckon it was a time of fashion groundbreaking, in many aspects.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        This, absolutely. The stuff we wear now is going to look silly in 25 years, remember. But at the time, most of the stuff in the moment is fashionable. I blazed many fashion trails in my neon shaker-knit sweaters and fake leather pants, ha ha!

        • TAGinMO

          Yes, but the ’80s and early ’90s seem to have quickly achieved a special kind of dated-ness that prior decades just didn’t. I mean, if you look back at pictures from the ’70s, ’60s, ’50s, ’40s, etc., you’ll see certain classic elements that still appear in current fashions–or at least have been appropriated in recent years as trendy. That just doesn’t seem to have happened with any elements of ’80s fashion.

          I suppose one could argue that not enough time has passed yet, but I think even in another 10, 20, or 30 years, we just won’t see the fashion world look to the ’80s for inspiration to the degree that it looks to earlier decades.

          ‘Course, I’m probably 100% wrong, and by 2025 or so women will look like pastel linebackers again.

          • Rhonda Shore

            I don’t know…i find the 70s clothes far worse, the decade of wide everything and equal opportunity bad taste. When we wore that stuff there weren’t pictures of people looking ridiculous in it, to reenact it…there’s no excuse!!!

          • julnyes

            and cameltoe was abused by all genders indiscriminately. the 70’s was rife with it.

          • Rhonda Shore

            There’s that too…

          • CT14

            There has been such a love fest for the 70s for so long, and, as a child of the 70s, those were some godawful ugly clothes. It’s like every other year, someone tries to be original by bringing them back. I dislike most Prada patterns because they give me flashbacks.

            Jewelry was cool and big in the eighties. Saturated jewel tones look nice on most people.

            A lot of what I see in stores and on kids today is pure 80s, or modified 80s. I giggle at the kids. Especially the faux hawks.

            Inner wear as outer wear is an 80s trend that has never really gone away.

            The 80s had a lot of looking back to past silhouettes and exaggerating the hell out of them. To be honest, I can’t think of much in the 90s that wasn’t trying to do the 70s again, even the grunge/plaid stuff. I would not be able to dress for a 90s party. Slightly younger Gen Xers! What were you wearing? I was stuck in suits.

          • Really? I still stand by a lot of new-wave, post/punk and Ducky Dale styles (and have the oversized blazers and men’s clothes to prove it). The more I look back to 80s and 90s fashion, the more I really love the general oddness of it, though I am interested more in subculture styles which I don’t think have moved on that much over the years.

    • Lori

      The problem is that the wardrobe on this show isn’t better than the actual 80s, it’s just a different kind of bad. If your star isn’t going to look good then her outfits should at least be authentically unfortunate.

      • Cz

        Authentically unfortunate, yes.

      • jen

        Spot on! And there is no real recreation of the 80s without giant curled bangs!

        • Lori

          OMG, the bangs. There was about a year and a half when I had the most insane bangs. Just this ridiculous roll on my forehead. It causes me physical pain to look at the pictures. I can understand why an actress would balk at doing that to her head.

          • jen

            Ha ha, I know, 80s bangs were insane and would look too crazy to today’s eyes. But the period inaccuracy of this show just drives me a little nuts! ๐Ÿ™‚

          • KateShouldBeWorking

            One time, my mom decided I was using too much hairspray and took it away for a week. I was so desperate for my bigass bangs that I used a mixture of coke and spray-on bug repellant in my hair.

          • Lori

            That’s commitment. You have me beat.

          • formerlyAnon

            I strongly suspect you are one of the girls I was afraid to talk to in the girls’ restroom. (ETA: Or would have been, if I hadn’t been long out of high school by the ’80s. But it was your early ’70s counterparts who intimidated me.)

          • AuntHo

            I feel like that’s an odd … punishment? Was it concern about all the chlorofluorocarbons or was she just sick of looking at you ๐Ÿ™‚ I salute you for the awesome batshit response.

          • KateShouldBeWorking

            I think it was that I wasn’t leaving enough for her and she was tired of buying more. I doubt it was because she didn’t like the outcome because, for the next week, I looked pretty busted. I mean, it was a really ugly hairstyle executed extremely poorly.

          • CT14

            My sister went through that with my niece in the early 90s. She was sick of buying cans every week and the stench in the bathroom.

            CFCs were rarely the worry.

          • H2olovngrl

            And the stickiness! There wasn’t a surface in our bathroom that wasn’t coated in tacky Aquanet! I was never very good with a curling iron, so I never had the terribly unfortunate bangs. It was pretty well teased though.

          • Danielle L

            Pinterest needs this recipe.

        • sweatpantalternative

          Agreed! I feel like I’ve seen a lot of “safe” 80s hair in recent movies set in the 80s and early 90s, and it bugs. It’s like the directors are aiming for a more palatable version of this era, especially when it comes to hair. But the 80s were ridiculous and extreme. You either sported a terrible perm, a crimp, stiff bangs, feathers, some sort of punk style, or a combination of all the above. All we have to do is look back at movies, tv, music videos, and our own personal photos to confirm! Appropriate to the times, but looking back, we all looked hideous.

          • twocee

            I literally cannot look at my junior year high school picture without wanting to cry. It was so, so, so awful. Short hair, which I then proceeded to perm. I look like a SpaceBall.

          • Adriana_Paula

            Or a Jheri curl (shudder)…

          • formerlyAnon

            Oh my god, I had forgotten the days that you could catch teen boys wearing the shower caps around the house because their mom couldn’t break them of letting that awful product Jheri curls required get all over everything. (Somehow, I don’t remember girls having the same struggles with that as their brothers . . . maybe it was just the little brothers I knew? – little! strapping lads between 16 and 20, all taller than me.)

          • CT14

            The bob came back in the 80s.

            1985 senior prom was the prettiest I ever was. Perfect little bob, bangs slightly feathered across , black Grace Kelly spaghetti strap dress with black gloves with rhinestones up one side.

            My date wore a cummerbund his grandmother needle pointed with penguins. Good times.

            We will not speak of the hair I had as a sophomore or junior.

          • H2olovngrl

            By the time my prom rolled around in 1988, I decided to do a more swept back curled, Marilyn Monroe/ Rita Hayworth inspired ‘do with my auburn hair. THANK GOD. Unfortunately, I was also wearing a red sweetheart necklined strapless satin ruched mini dress with black HIGH heeled pumps and black opera length gloves. So there is that.

        • Where I come from, those bangs were still going in the mid 90s (I was born in 1980 and don’t remember much if anything at all about actual 80s fashions) – I had a friend with curled bangs so large and stiff you could have slid a can of pop in on its side.

          • TAGinMO

            Yup. My small-town-Kansas senior yearbook from 1992 is littered with cinnamon-roll and waterfall bangs.

          • twocee

            Kentucky was the same. I don’t think the bangs really left til the late 90s. And really even now I sometimes see someone in their 40s who is sporting the high feathered hair.

          • CT14

            I remember going to my 10th high school reunion in Indianapolis in 1995, and everyone still had mullets that were only permed in the back, so you could feather the front properly and not worry about what the back looked like.


          • H2olovngrl

            By the time the mid nineties rolled around in California, we all thought we were living the grunge lifestyle, straight out of the movie, Singles. So long, big hair! hello, hippie locks and the “Rachel”!

          • AuntHo

            This. We had a family friend with flaming red hair who sported a 4-inch vertical on her bangs; she was a goddess to us 10 year olds. This was going strong in 94 or so.

    • iheartbuffy

      the whole Reagan and AIDS thing sounds shitty to re-create

      • Guest

        At least we still had a fourth amendment.

  • Eric Stott

    That purse!!!

  • Insidiously

    Whatever her beautiful co-star is dressed in ( on the bottom) is hideous. That skirt/short thing is insanely unflattering.

    • Cz

      And yet completely spot on for the 80’s.

  • purpleprose78

    The makeup is way too modern as well, right? I remember a lot of blue eyeshadow in the eighties.

    • MilaXX

      Blue mascara. I wore this royal blue mascara and thought I was hot stuff.

      • NinaBoo

        You were!

      • Julie

        I wore blue mascara in the nineties. I guess I didn’t get the memo that I was living in the wrong decade.

        • MilaXX

          I was still in undergrad and I graduated in 85.

        • MoHub

          A girl in my 1969 high school class wore royal blue mascara to school. They sent her home to wash it off.

      • girliecue

        Blue mascara! Girl, you are taking me back! I also used clear mascara to keep my eyebrows in place. They couldn’t move and now that I think of it, may have inspired someone to develop Botox. There’s no place like the 80s…

        • formerlyAnon

          Lord, I had completely. forgotten. the clear-mascara-on-the-eyebrows thing.

      • drdarke

        I would have totally tried to make out with you then, @MilaXX .

        • MilaXX

          I would have let you. I was pretty flrty back then?

      • Mrs. C

        I totally remember going to the drug store with my college roomie in ’84 to buy Physician’s Formula blue mascara. To this day, every time I pass the PF display in the Rite Aide I think of her.

      • Celandine1

        I wore Covergirl teal mascara and thought I was hot stuff!

    • NinaBoo

      Blue eyeshadow was more of a ’70s thing here in Southern California. Teal blue eyeliner in the inner rim, black eyeliner outlining, and blue mascara to top it off. Oh, how I loved those creamy fat eyeliners…

      • Lanus

        I remember heating my eyeliner on my curling iron, so I could get a nice thick line with my 99c Wet N Wild pencils, which were rock hard at room temperature….

    • Morales Mike

      Completely. Where is the horrible green and blue eyeshadow?!

    • kmk05

      I was actually going to say that the clothes may be slightly 80s if you squint, but one look at her face and you’re in 2013. That eyeshadow application with the liner and the really subtle cheeks… yeah, not the 80s. And the hair may be piled up, but it’s definitely 2013 flat and neat.

      • iheartbuffy

        Note to all re: Botox:
        it started as a treatment for migraines (true! and it works!) and they discovered that it also paralyzes muscles on the forehead that cause wrinkles. Now it is abundantly used on the fabulous. So if you see a young lady unable to raise her eyebrows very high, she’s probably got migraines and had Botox for them.

    • CT14

      Not light blue eyeshadow, that was too 70s. Blue mascara. Purple and green and dark blue eyeliner with blue mascara. And you did your eyes vertically, with a lighter color toward the nose, a medium color in the middle and the darkest at the edge, all blended together like a rainbow and angling into a cat’s eye.

      She needs a bit more blush and her lipstick should be a much brighter pink. Fuscia would be best.

      TMI? Yeah, her makeup is totally wrong.

  • elemspbee

    heart the shoes, even if anachronistic.

  • The Versatile Chef

    I remember a lot of ballet flats in the 80s. Metallic. I still have some of my boots, which I’m hoping will come back in style so I can drag them out of the closet and dust them off.

    Those wedges I wore back in the 70s and would not have been caught dead in them 10 years later.

    • Amy Downer

      I wore converse shoes, different color on each foot, different colored shoestrings on each shoes and black tapered jeans and oversized sweaters! My hair is naturally curly so I could do the bangs well. I went on a kick to do my hair all ratted out and messy…it didnt last long only a couple of months and mostly for shock value, I lived in a small town and I did anything that anybody thought was odd.

      • CT14

        I had purple converse high tops with green shoelaces and thought I was the coolest!

        • Amy Downer

          You were! I could never find them! I still have mine. I have blue, black, red and mint green (so 80’s!)

      • H2olovngrl

        We were all about the vans, keds, pumps, penny loafers and faux riding boots at my high school. Oh and creepers!

        • Amy Downer

          Oh and I now remember the boots with the fringe on the backs of them!

    • decormaven

      Those wedges are 70s, through and through.

    • iheartbuffy

      They in fact resemble the shoes my mother wore to her prom in 1973. She tried to give them to me as a kid and even then I said “YUCK”

    • Adriana_Paula

      Yeah; where are the Love Is a Battlefield boots??

  • MilaXX

    Yep, that’s pretty close. I can even forgive the shoe although I think in the eighties it would have been more of a platform and not a wedge. Still, it’s an improvement.

    BTW, I saw her movie about the young lady who had her arm bitten off by a shark. It wasn’t bad. I’m feeling more inclined to give this show another shot because AnnaSophia comes across as so darn likable.

    • Lanus

      Platforms were either 70s or 90s, nobody wanted any thickness in the sole during the 80s.

      • CT14

        She should be wearing booties or high tops.

  • chowwander

    Her calf in that first photo is freaking me out. Thanks.

  • chowwander

    1.) Hair is too soft looking. 2.) Can’t see the banana clip. 3.) Earrings spot on but otherwise, 80s fail.

    • Lanus


  • Morales Mike

    Having been a teen and 20something through the 80’s I think the show seems to be missing the bagginess and bulkiness of the clothes of the era. Where are the huge shoulder pads, giant blazers with rolled up sleeves, shirts with long tails, bunchy socks, etc.? Everything so far is so body-consciously tight on Baby Carrie. Heck if that’s the way we really looked we wouldn’t be so mortified when we see ourselves in pics from that time.

    • 3boysful

      Good analysis. While there is a whiff of 1980s about this, I get a stronger whiff of Elllie Mae.Goes to the Big City.

    • RebeccaKW

      Maybe it’s b/c I was 7 in 1985, but I’m thinking those shorts (on both characters) are too short. It seems like shorts back then were roomy and long, like to the knee. Maybe it’s b/c that’s how little kid clothes were made, but I don’t even remember shorter shorts in movies, etc.

  • girliecue

    Oh good heavens I had one of those romper thingies…in white! I was thisclose to forgetting it completely. Maybe this is one of those false recovered memories…..

  • Cute. Not only is it almost-sort-of-maybe-if-you-squint 80s, it also actually looks like something the character Carrie Bradshaw would actually have worn as a teenager. So that’s also a step up.

  • Lizzy

    Given the mass majority of people who were alive (and teenagers) in the 80’s… I don’t understand why it’s so hard for HOllywood to get that decade right?

  • Abigail Chang

    It’s Knives Chau!

  • Imasewsure

    80’s shoes definitely weren’t this cute but these are close… she is so cute I can’t stand it….love that little thing!

  • YoungSally

    I’ll know the costuming is authentic when someone wears one of those deep V cotton sweaters that were sold (in a rainbow of colors) at the Limited.

    • rkdgal

      And wears it with the V in the back instead of the front. My sister must have had 5 different colors. And where are the knotted bandannas and pegged jeans?!?

      • YoungSally

        In the back was for those “nice dates” — at least in Houston.

    • Hawkeyeglambert

      OMG – YES!! And the Limited house brand of those shaker-knit sweaters was Forenza! I have them on in my freshman and sophomore pictures; With the wife-beater tank underneath. I’m sure I was wearing my Guess, zipper ankle jeans, and Reebok hightops on the bottom. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • YoungSally

        Were you my senior year college roommate??? I forgot about those Reebok high-tops — they were the bomb — especially when Jagger (and I think Bowie too) had them on for “Dancin’ in the Street” Jazzercize anyone?

      • twocee

        Zipper ankle jeans. Now that’s something I had totally forgotten about. I remember finally convincing my mom to get me a pair of Guess jeans (she was anti-label) and I thought I was SO COOL.


        FORENZA! I love you for even uttering that word! Do you also remember Outback Red?

      • Lanus

        And Limited had a WALL of slouch socks behind the register, so you could match them to your Shaker-knit sweater, which you wore loose and baggy over your pegged acid wash jeans.

  • bassfemme

    The top is very 70s. And not the retro-y 70s like the mini skirt was in the 80s. However, the little chambray overalls are pretty 1986tacular. Now all she needs is some enormous, crunchy Studio-line bangs.

  • uprightcitizen

    The madras shirred top actually rings a bell. Could have seen my friends wearing that with pleated cropped pants in one of the colors pulled from it in the 80s. I do not remember much pattern mixing then (floral print romper and plaid top). That seems more of a 70s concept that emerged again in the 90s. This would have been worn with jellies (flats), or leather flats exactly the color of the pants. The idea that something could be too matchy-matchy quite definitely did not exist in the decade of shoulder pads and parachute pants.

  • Michelle Wilson

    Those wedges should be of Jelly material or it’s totally wrong.

  • annrr

    No it isn’t. Everything in the 80’s matched x 10, the idea of mixing prints was unheard of. And the only way your hair was up was with a banana clip.

  • NoveltyRocker

    Weren’t there commercials featuring the gang as 80’s teens when SATC reruns went to TBS? Don’t remember them exactly but don’t remember them looking as completely off as this costuming either.

  • The madras print top looks like shorts the GAP used to sell in the 80s.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Hmm. I don’t remember rompers in the eighties. Off-the-shoulder sweatshirts, yes. Fussy sweaters, yes. Weird matching sweater and leg warmer sets, yes. Rompers, no. I didn’t mind 80s fashion. (It was when I was a teenager, therefore it translates to “normal clothes.”) But most of the things that were supposed to “look 80s” never seemed to look like anyone I remember hanging around with. Little high heeled boots and neon purple and black are really the only things I can think of having that were “80s.” Oh, and one of the aforementioned sweater/leg warmer sets (it was black and white). Most people just wore jeans and tee shirts, sweaters depending on the weather, and — on dress-up day during spirit week — big shouldered business suits. Flannel was also a running theme, judging by my yearbooks.

    • Aurumgirl

      I’m not sure why it’s so hard. Look: any Banarama video from about 82 to 87 is full of the best examples of what everyone I know tried to look like–hair, makeup, accessories, jewellery, the whole gamut. Everything was baggy, padded shouldered, teased, chopped, layered; shoes were platform-less. If you want a concise little visual essay on what men wore, look at their Robert De Niro’s Waiting video. For the record, if you look at their “Love in the First Degree” video on youtube, the brunette’s hairstyle, with wispy bangs and choppy layers around the face–I spent hours literally ironing my hair flat to get it to look like that. But that is what women looked like in that era.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        Right — it’s not like this is a time when we have to put together sketchy evidence. Granted, none of my friends wanted to look like Bananarama (one wanted to look like Simon LeBon), but the pop culture references aren’t exactly obscure. If you don’t want to put your faith in MTV, watch Ferris Beuller or the Breakfast Club. Or I’ll loan them a yearbook, if they want to look at small town fans of Headbanger Ball.

  • Supernumerary

    Every time I see screencaps of this show, all I can think of is that they’re closer to Claudia from The Babysitter’s Club than they are to actual 1980s fashion.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Y’know, I get all defensive about the 80s because I was in high school and college, so that was my era, but that romper really is ugly as hell. I do love those wedges, though!

  • Aurumgirl

    In the 80’s people avoided platforms like the plague. They were DONE, and I remember that everyone felt that was a very good thing. When they started to make a reappearance in the 90’s on people like Lady Miss Kier, I remember people laughing at them, like she was making a big fat joke about the 70’s. Which she was.

    I don’t know why there is so much care being taken to avoid being historically accurate here, but maybe there’s a point I’m missing.

    • Lanus

      YES, thick soled shoes and wide trouser cuffs were “too 70s” and everyone dreaded them. Pegged jeans and flats were THE THING. In fact, if her shirt was a normal length and she were sporting flats instead of those wedges? She’d be coming close to the 80s. To complete the look, she’d need to achieve more height in the bangs. Think Giant Cresting Wave of Bangs.

  • desi_girl

    I’m curious – do teenagers in the US really wear sky-high wedges? I’ve seen it on multiple TV shows. 15-16 year olds wearing six-inch wedges and heels. I’m from Indian, came to the US for grad school and been here for about three years now, but haven’t really had much interaction with teens so far. Back in India, it’s really rare to see school kids wear high heels, unless it’s a really special occasion, like a sister’s wedding or something. So, just wondering.

    • sekushinonyanko

      I wore super high heels in high school just on a regular basis.

      • H2olovngrl

        I went to Disneyland in super high heeled pumps at sixteen. I had on super tight Guess jeans and a blue and black crop top with small shoulder pads. You couldn’t buy a shirt in 1986/87 without shoulderpads of some sort! I remember having to cut them out of some shirts until the fad disappeared completely. Let me tell you, with my big auburn hair, I looked HAWT!

    • formerlyAnon

      My daughter, (she graduated a year ago), who is more of the usually-training-for-a triathlon and mostly-wears-comfy-workout-clothes type, decided to dress more nicely for the last two, two-and-a-half years of high school (so, nearly 16-18 years old). It was a general trend among her friends. She wore 2-3 inch heels or 3-4 inch wedges/platforms about half the time, and ballet flats about half the time. She had higher heeled pumps for dressing up, but didn’t wear them to school.

      I wore moderate heels in high school (decades ago) because our dress code did not allow jeans or sneakers/trainers and I felt I was too short to wear flats. (I never wore a high heel even once in college unless I was dressing up or going to an office job) I also wore more makeup during the last two years of high school and first year of college than ever since.

      I think it is part of figuring out just how close to “conventional” depictions of femininity one will follow, and varies with current fashion and the expectations of one’s community.

      • desi_girl

        Ah, okay. Then maybe that’s just an Indian thing. We were not allowed to wear high heels and moms would tell us horror stories that wearing high heels at a young age ruined your posture and made your ass get huge. Lol!

        • formerlyAnon

          I think (at least in my experience) American moms just fight the heels battle a few years earlier – my daughter & her friends started begging for heels at about age 11, most of them had a simple 1 or 1.5 inch heel sandal for special occasions at 12 or 13, and by 15 or 16 most parents are tired of fighting about it and save their energy to enforce their rules about too-revealing clothing.

          It’s variable. A few girls wanted combat style boots and basketball sneakers instead of heels, and a few of my daughter’s friends owned 5″ high heels in 8th grade (about 13) (I really resented the moms who allowed that, for me it was too early and it encouraged my daughter.) I never heard the “grows your ass” argument, but “too dangerous for school, you’ll break your ankle” “too old a style for you” (NO teenage girl ever likes that one, they KNOW you mean Inappropriately sexy) and “bad for your feet, you’ll get bunions” are mentioned. None of which impress a teenage girl, of course.

  • The ringlets thing wasn’t really an 80s hair thing, though. Those curls would have been looser and more teased.

  • geans

    I had a top just like that in 1993, so they are getting closer!

  • Erin Hines

    I kid you not, I had that romper. Blue denim w/white daisies. Of course, I was 8 or so……

  • crash1212

    I had that romper and that top – only in solid red – in the 80’s. I loved that top and wore it indiscriminately with everything. Wish I still had the body! I do not understand why they keep putting her in wedges…so off.

    • Adriana_Paula

      I assume it’s because Carrie’s “into shoes” and NOW that means heels, but you can’t put teenagers in stilettos all the time. I suppose it’s inconceivable to a 15 year old now that “into shoes” could mean into pink and blue pastel Reeboks.

      • H2olovngrl

        I wore pumps everywhere. I graduated in 1988.

        • Adriana_Paula

          Absolutely (I graduated in ’86), but the heels were lower, so the calf took on a different shape than the one young women think of as appealing now. I think they’re trying specifically for the leg shape a high stiletto heel would give, without putting a teenager into fuck-me shoes.

  • Toto Maya

    Okay, so I was born in the late 80s. Therefore, I don’t have a good grasp on the styles of the time. After looking at stills from this show, I now know the secret to 80s fashion. Apparently you need to pick out the most gaudy, bright-colored shirt, THEN pick out the most gaudy, bright-colored skirt or pants that ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT GO WITH THE SHIRT IN ANY WAY, and then the ugliest jewelry you can find. And then pink sneakers. Am I close?

    • Aurumgirl


    • H2olovngrl

      You need the tightest jeans to go with your big blousy shirt. Even so, things changed drastically over the course if the decade. I always find it silly to attempt to define a decade by one style of dress. Fashion changes too fast, and is interpreted differently all over the globe. Then, as we get older, we dont always remember what was truly in style or how we ourselves interpreted it. Add to that, the movies, then and now, that tried to get it right, and you are left with a whole lot going on that doesn’t easily fall into one category. Watch Sixteen Candles, The Karate Kid and Valley Girl. You will get an idea of what I mean. All those movies have different elements of what was considered “in style” at different time periods in the eighties, without being too overwrought.

      • formerlyAnon

        Along with Sixteen Candles, etc. add in Purple Rain, Desperately Seeking Susan and Flashdance – they focused on post-high school characters, but if I recall correctly it was the high school and early 20s age kids who emulated the styles in those movies.

        • H2olovngrl

          Oh yes, especially Flashdance, because I don’t think anyone really saw it coming, the leg warmer and cut up sweatshirt craze that exploded from that movie was insane at my junior high school! Desperately Seeking Susan, totally played on the fact that so many girls were already mimicing Madonna’s style. Excellent choices!

    • Constant Reader

      I think what you’re seeing is the discord between what, in the pictures, is 80s style and what is current style. It’s a mishmash. (Plus, if memory serves, Carrie in the original show had a tendency to look like she got dressed in the dark, and they are going with the baby version of that, I think.) BUT 80s outfits look crazy to us now because people wore every trend in their closet AT ONCE. So you’d have a tee shirt with shoulder pads in a hot neon color with matching jelly shoes and bracelets, white shorts with the legs rolled up a turn or two, a white belt worn low at the hips over the shirt, white lace-trimmed ankle socks, and hair sprayed upside down with a product called Freez to make it as big as possible. It was, as Uncle Tim would say “A lotta look.”

  • twocee

    This BK thread is so full of memories. I petition for a TLo Mad-Style-esque recap of this show. Not for in-depth analysis of what the clothes mean, but just pointing and laughing at all the ways they get the 80s wrong.


    I don’t care, I love this show and I am so glad it’s coming back. AnnaSophia is a cutie.

  • H2olovngrl

    I had a romper in a similar print as the top she has underneath. It was a big colorful check, in similar tones. I loved it. That would have been about 1983ish, I think. At least with this outfit, you can see the spirit of the early eighties. Those shoes would’ve been way to seventies though. A bootie or flat sandal would have been better. Remember those heavy plastic, wood-looking Dr. Scholl’s sandals? Those would be about right for that point in time.

  • amanda lynn

    While the clothes aren’t 80s accurate, the costumer has done a great job showing how this Carrie grows up to be the Carrie Bradshaw of SATC.

  • librarygrrl64

    It’s better. Her friend looks more authentic, though.

  • kalisa

    They have GOT to dump the wedge heels. No one wore those in the 80s. I doubt you could even buy them in the 80s.