AnnaSophia Robb on the Set of “The Carrie Diaries”

Posted on October 29, 2013

More on-set pics from the CW’s hit show, Baby Carrie in the Land of the Blind & Nauseated.

AnnaSophia Robb on the set of “The Carrie Diaries” in New York City. AnnaSophia is wearing a Dolce&Gabbana coat accessorized with a Paula Cademartori bag and Sophia Webster pumps.


It saddens us that a generation of tweens are growing up thinking their parents dressed like insane clown hookers when they were young. It was ever thus, we suppose. Tom’s mother was a secretary in Manhattan in 1960 (named Peggy) and she can’t even sit through Mad Men. “We never wore our clothes that tight. And we weren’t all sleeping around, either. How do these people get any work done?”

We’ll say this in its sort-of defense: Once the novelty of pointing out the inaccuracies wore off, we kept featuring set pics from this show, mainly because there are a lot of really great pieces in the costuming. It’s just that they’re all grouped in these weird ways.





[Photo Credit: Dara Kushner/]

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  • sagecreek

    Great. Now I want cake.

  • hughman

    I never knew the “Carrie Diaries” was written in braille.

    • mjude


  • HM3

    My only quibble is with the coat…and even that, paired with something else, may have worked. I love the hose, the shoes, bag, and hair.

    • purpleprose78

      The coat with a solid top, skinny jeans, and cute flats, I think.

      • Sunraya

        I don’t think we had skinny jeans. In the 80s, we had high waisted pants, and we often wore them tucked into books or somewhat skinny jeans on the bottom with high heels.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          We had leggings and stirrup pants in the 80s. Skinny jeans had a brief appearance around ’88 or ’89, but they weren’t a huge fashion trend like they are now. Plus, they were usually capri length/cropped, in pastel colors and with an ankle bow or zipper. They were a nightmare.

          • Sunraya

            Haha!!! That’s right!! I wore those leggings with stirrups, and a kind of suede Peter Pan bootie. I was so cool!!! And much skinnier!!!

        • purpleprose78

          Yeah, I agree. I just think the coat would be cute with those things now. (I lived through the 80s. Tapered jeans were what we had as I recall.)

    • FeminineLipstique

      All of these cute accessories could work really well if paired with more muted components. Right now they’re all fighting for the spotlight.

  • RussellH88

    The cake is the only thing in this picture that doesn’t offend my senses.

  • marlie

    In one of the pictures, AnnaSophia even looks dubious about what she’s wearing. That coat has potential, and so does the bag, but the shoes should be burned. And it still baffles me that they (the show’s stylists) think that the 80s means “throw all of the colors and patterns in at once!”

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      You hit the nail on the head for me about why I find the fashion on this show so infuriating. It’s like they just decided, “Take any and all crazy patterns and colors, throw them all together, whether they match or not, and you’ve got the 80s!” And no – that is certainly not how we dressed back then. I mean, yes, we had insane patterns and colors, but they matched. And we made fun of people who got too “jumbled up” like that, because the patterns and colors alone were wild enough – you didn’t need to pair them up. If you were wearing bright pink flowered jeans by Bongo, you certainly didn’t need a polka-dotted top to go with it.

  • Blair Sylvester

    not being a adolescent of the 80s I can’t weigh in on the accuracy but I do buy this girl as being a forerunner of SJP’s Carrie. I mean her whole style boiled down to great pieces paired in crazy ways sometimes it was sublime and sometimes it was crazy. And I assume like most people she started out even crazier and ulitimately settled down so it feels right on that level

    • boweryboy

      As someone who was a teen in the ’80s that’s the only way I can approach the styling on this show, because ’80s fashion looked nothing like this – not even close.

  • I need those tights. And I feel so old fashioned saying this but….Annasophia Robb, while tiny, is having some trouble holding her face. Ever since I had a photo taken with a beloved celebrity where I looked…not so much that I had a neck, but my face was emerging from a neck tube, I’ve practiced.

  • JR Labrador

    Granny’s couch gave its life to make that coat.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    I don’t think we ever wore kitten heals that tall. I was strictly a booties gal myself. I remember one day I had put together an outfit I loved (short circle skirt over leggings with an over-sized t-shirt and crazy socks). I stopped to get gas and the attendant asked if I was in costume for something. No, I wasn’t.

    • Imasewsure

      Circle skirts, over-sized shirts with leggings and ugly ass boots… that was the 80’s for me (oh yeah and huge thrift store jackets with leggings)… sigh

  • decormaven

    It’s like the regulator is broken and the fashion needle just keeps spinning on this set. I lived through this era and cannot recall a single time these elements were paired in an ensemble.

  • DuBey2

    I Gasped when I saw the shoes closeup. Thank you, again, TLo, for showing me fashion I would never see (since I will never watch Carrie Diaries ever)

  • OrigamiRose

    “Insane Clown Hookers.” Gentlemen, I thank you in advance for the name of my next fantasy sports team.

    • Anna Vasquez

      And my next bar trivia team.

  • Sarah

    No one in the history of mankind would have paired those items together. I am in awe of that shoe and bag, let alone the clothing. Nutz.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    Those shoes are ugly on purpose.

  • JasmineAM

    Tom’s mom sounds ADORABLE.

  • DuBey2

    1. Want the shoes
    2. Tights/hose bagging and wrinkling at the ankle does NOT make one look like a “Young” Carrie B.

    • YoungSally

      I think she has tights on under the stockings — look at the odd coloring between her foot and ankle — so it probably doesn’t help with the bagging.

    • MRC210

      With the tights being polka-dotted and the shoes being polka-dotted, it looks weirdly as though the tights are covering the shoes. I never want to see this again.

  • I’m judging this pretty girl’s fashion sense on her own without having her represent other people her age because there are girls with good fashion sense.

    This is just awful. The colors are hideous. In addition, the colors do nothing for her. Can she not see this when she looks in the mirror?

    There are so many things going on here that if I were on LSD and I saw this girl dressed like this, I might jump out a window or ask a friend to put me in the nut house.

    My eyes! My eyes!

    • Allison

      While I agree about the ugliness of the outfit, I’m not sure it’s fair to judge the actress for it, as I’m pretty sure it’s a costume for her TV show.

      • You’re so right. I’m glad you pointed this out because I didn’t realize this was for the show. I need to read more carefully. SORRY.

        • Allison

          It’s funny, because you’re comment made me do a double take – I had to go back to the top of the page to check the caption. “It’s for the show, right? No one would actually wear that. Right?” 🙂

        • CT14

          THIS! You can’t tell she’s supposed to be in the 80s, because she’s an anachronism.

          It’s totally possible to tell when Mad Men actresses are in costume and when they are on their own.

          • I haven’t seen the show so I don’t know if the young Carrie has any kind of fashion sense. In other words, I don’t know who is doing her wardrobe. This outfit doesn’t look fashionable or even quirky. Also, doesn’t SATC show early Carrie in the intro show and they’re all dressed in 80s clothes? This show doesn’t seem to have much validity, but I’m sort of thinking out loud. I’m going to check out the show and see what I think. I agree with colleenjanel; some big bangs would help the hair considerably.

  • colleenjanel

    Those tights, with PLAIN green metallic shoes actually could have looked 80’s. The floral coat could have worked if it were an all-over Laura Ashley-esque floral, and not arranged in a chevron pattern. And if they would clip in some BIG bangs, the hair could work.
    The purse by itself could work, but most girls were either floral or geometric. They wouldn’t have mixed the two.

    • filmcricket

      Yeah, the tights are about the only part of this that look right to me. The shape of the toe on the shoes isn’t bad, but the heels are too high and the embellishments don’t look like anything I remember from that era. It’s possible the skirt might be in the neighbourhood of correct, too – can’t tell without seeing more.

      • colleenjanel

        I don’t think the heels are too high, I think they’re too thin. I remember my older sister wore sky-high heels frequently. I agree that the embellishments were all wrong though.

        • CT14

          Yes, they aren’t the right heels. And the embellishments should not exist.

    • Imasewsure

      My roommate in the 80’s had a closet full of Laura Ashley stuff… that was definitely 80’s and luckily it disappeared not too long after that

  • Town

    The Carrie Diaries costume people need to hire the people from the TLC movie….they got the 90s right (down to the beeper on Chilli’s hip) so they could probably get the 80s right as well.

    • MilaXX

      That was a surprisingly good movie and yeah they got it right.

    • ashtangajunkie


      Sorry – my brain just exploded. Oh my God. I need to find this.

  • BayTampaBay

    How could the costume director get it so wrong. Just get old archive copies of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and go to town.

    It is not that difficult.

    • Sarah

      This does make one tend to conclude that they are purposeful in their misrepresentation. So I’m guessing you can get everything Anna Sophia is wearing at the mall right now, and hang whether anyone wore it in the eighties.

      • marlie

        I was starting to wonder that too. It’s 80s-ish, using current collections.

      • Little_Olive

        ITA about the apropos-iness. I think it’s a consumer-driven show, pushing items you can find now disguised as 80’s drag.

        • Sarah

          Well, I guess we can probably assume that most stuff on TV is consumer driven, but especially on the CW. I mean, the only show I watch on there is ANTM and that is just chock-full of product placement.

  • MilaXX

    it looks like they have her wardrobe in one of those grab a toy machines and whatever gets grabbed that week is what she wears. Honestly the only thing I wore in this look is the tights.

  • Irish Rodriguez Reyes

    It’s pretty much hopeless now, isn’t it?

  • oklund

    I haven’t watched the Diaries, but the “real” SATC Carrie always had on these wacked-out, kids-don’t-try-this-at-home combinations that nobody else in the 00’s ever wore. So maybe, though this isn’t strictly 80s, it is 80s Carrie?

    • filmcricket

      If the things looked vintage, or – more accurately – like they were from a thrift store, that would be one thing and would make that a plausible explanation, but they don’t. They mostly look like anachronisms. Carrie would definitely be far out in her clothing, but even she with all her sartorial gifts would not be able to go forward in fashion time.

      • colleenjanel

        Exactly. It’s not so much the combination of pieces that are so bothersome. It’s that the pieces individually are wrong for the time period.

        00’s Carrie wore pieces that were current for the time, but got creative with how she wore them and what she wore them with. 80’s Carrie’s pieces aren’t current for the time period.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    The cake is the best accessory here.

  • Nancer

    So – lived through the 80s and these outfits are definitely WTF! Ah well. Fiction based on reality is still fiction!

  • teensmom99

    If anything, we over matched but the shoes & tights are a bridge too far.

  • boweryboy

    Ugh. What a wasted costuming opportunity.

    • alyce1213

      Every week, so it seems.

      • boweryboy

        And it’s not like the ’80s are that hard to do.

  • stellamaris73

    I wore those hose in the 80s. They still make your legs look diseased, I see…

    That said, CAKE!

  • Trickytrisha

    Silly overblown dreck.

  • it’s like they’re determined to get it wrong on this show. Not just the wretched clothes, which don’t look even slightly 80s, nevermind a fashion-crazy girl in the 80s, but c’mon, give us some tall hair! Nobody had hair that flat on top in the 80s. And the heels are always too high. Sheesh.

    • colleenjanel

      I want this girl to have BIG HUGE AQUANET BANGS! The kind that you curled with your curling iron, teased as high as possible, and sprayed to kingdom come!

    • Pril Wood

      The hair is definitely wrong, way too flat. And yes, in the 80s, typical high heels were 3″! Any more meant you were probably a drag queen or a hooker. And Candees, Jellies, princess
      pumps and ankle straps, but not these things. And dresses were Salvation Army style 50’s vintage, or boxy-big shoulder-pad solid bright color sheath-with-sleeves types. Blouses had asymmetrical closures and turned-up high collars, and sometimes ruffles, sweaters were over-sized off-shoulder Flash Dance sweatshirt style things. Leggings had just been discovered as well thanks to FD. I graduated from high school in 1983. It’s definitely is all wrong. The Geico commercial does a better job on getting the 80s right.

  • RebeccaKW

    I wish we could see this without the coat. Maybe I would agree with that skirt or dress with those hose. The shoes without all the stuff on it would work, but the heels seem too high. But that coat is actively assaulting me. (It’s a cute coat, but it is clashing so hard)

  • prettybigkitty

    I have Betsy Johnson polka dot tights that are similar to these. They are actually super cute with the right outfit. Like a shirt dress and boots or booties. However, in the case of this outfit. .ridiculous clown hose.

    • alyce1213

      In the closeup, these look almost like bad support hose with dots. I’ve worn dotted tights and I know Betsy J still makes them. But these — are just weird.

      • prettybigkitty


  • Imasewsure

    Keep the cake and ditch everything else. No one in NYC would have worn any of this crap in the 80’s. We had totally different types of crap then

  • acevedob

    Oooh tell us more of Momma Peggy’s take on Mad Men. Have you guys mentioned it before? I haven’t been paying attention if you have. I’ve asked people who lived in the early 60s and did office work at the time. They can’t even remember! Tell us more..

    • MRC210

      i’m intrigued too. Was there anything about Mad Men that Mom did like or think was realistic? Would love to know.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Yes, I would love to hear it. I can’t ask my Mom anything about the 60s because she was always too busy being pregnant.

    • OrigamiRose

      That would be fun, a guest written “Mad Style.”

  • RedRaven617

    Hot glue gunned shoes.

  • allcapsERINN


  • another_laura

    Jeebus, that’s ugly.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    if Michelle Trachtenberg is an uncomfortable Victorian settee, then Carrie/AnnaSophia is a chintz easy chair. And, yes, they both look upholstered.

  • I want cake now. : (

  • Adrianna Grężak

    Ironically the only thing I think the Carrie Bradshaw as I know her would wear are the shoes – the rest of the outfit belongs on someone else

  • It’s a damn shame they couldn’t consult with anyone who actually lived through the 80’s.

  • JaCory Deon

    There’s something vaguely Adele-esque about her in these picks. Anyway, this is ridiculous.

  • MW

    Love the coat, like the bag, hate everything else. These alternate universe 80’s seem to have been even more messed up that the ones in this world.

  • Terri Terri

    Lol, My mother is the exact age that Joan from Mad Men would be today, and she says the exact same thing about the clothing on that show. This really cracked me up!

  • Anne

    I want Carrie to be wearing Candees shoes, because there’s a line somewhere in Sex and the City where somebody says they knew Carrie when she was still wearing Candees.

    • OrigamiRose

      Stanford says that, when he finds Carrie out cheating on him with the cute Australian shoe guy!

  • Dagney

    “…insane clown hookers…” I almost spit out my afternoon coffee.

  • lobsterlen

    As someone who came of age in 80s I am horrified. I certainly remember wearing patterened hose but no one put it together like that.

    I remember my mother going on about Happy Days. She hated how they dressed on that show. My mom was not a fan of the poodle skirt. I wondered what my mother’s thoughts of Mad Men would have been. Thank you for sharing your mother’s impression.

  • Sunraya

    Nothing matches, especially that dreadful purse and those shoes. I never had a coat like that either. Where do they get their costume ideas? They are ridiculous!!!

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I’m so glad I don’t watch this show. As a young 20 something in the heart of the 80s, I’d just be yelling at the TV 99% of the time.

  • Danielle

    I really REALLY want her bag.

  • pop_top

    I imagine the cavalcade of colors and patterns that escape when you open AnnaSophia’s Carrie wardrobe must knock you off your feet.

  • I feel you guys. Yet, as terrible as this is, it’s Janie Bryant-level work compared to the costume shit show that is Reign. I have never seen such a gross mess of modern clothes and inappropriately anachronistic period costumes thrown together in a period drama since…since ever, actually.There were baroque gowns and modern prom dresses and early Victorian ball gowns and zone-front dresses and Regency styles and generic renaissance faire-type garb and outfits more appropriate for music fests like Glastonbury all hanging out at the same ball. A ball that was supposed to be happening in the royal court of 16th century France.

    And no one had their damn hair up, much less covered. COME ON, CW. WHY ARE YOU SO BAD AT THIS? >:(

  • amanda lynn

    yes, it’s pretty obnoxious, but her clothes (and her portrayal) are very much leading to the Carrie of S1E1 of SATC.

  • DeTrop

    Somebody should have the nerve to slap Dolce & Gabbana. They get away with too much crap.