"Carrie’s messiness, along with her charming mix of high fashion and complete chaos, was the appeal of the series, rather than an element we watched around to enjoy the redeeming qualities of an admittedly flawed show," says Emily Alford. "And Carrie’s often mismatched designer outfits, artfully styled by Patricia Fields, encapsulate the debate around Sex and the City: Were they genius or tacky? Artifacts thrown together in discordant worship of pointless luxury or artistic commentary on the silliness of excess? Nearly all of the outfits that are commonly understood to be Carrie’s borderline psychotic wardrobe fails come in instances where we most see her struggling with the bridge between who she is and who she’d like to be. The outfits, like the show rebooting nearly two and a half decades later, aren’t good or bad. They’re good and bad, just like Carrie and, ultimately, Sex and the City always were."