Can Someone Please Tell Me Why Carrie Bradshaw Is Wearing Forever 21?

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Photo credit: James Devaney - Getty Images
Photo credit: James Devaney - Getty Images

New photos from the set of the upcoming Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That..., has fervent fans of the original series in a sartorial uproar.

In the images, the show's star, Sarah Jessica Parker, is seen filming a scene wearing a bohemian-inspired printed dress layered over a baby blue chambray button-down. The ensemble itself isn't what fans are nitpicking, however, it's more so where the dress came from: According to the fan-documented Instagram account @justlikethatcloset, the folksy frock is from the nostalgic mall retailer Forever 21. The accessories paired with the look—a pair of glittery platform heels courtesy of Terry de Havilland and a printed logo handbag from Gucci and Balenciaga's joint collection—are more on par with the aesthetics of Carrie's character.

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Photo credit: MEGA - Getty Images

While there's nothing wrong with a bargain fashion find now and then, fans couldn't help but express their discontent with the style selection on social media. After all, Carrie Bradshaw is known for her luxe fashion sense; her name became attached to Manolo Blahnik stilettos and Fendi baguette bags. And though Carrie absolutely spent time scouring vintage stores and thrift shops for marked-down pieces, longtime fans of the series aren't buying that their favorite character would ever willingly purchase something from Forever 21.

Part of Carrie's style evolution is due to the fact that Sex and the City's longtime costume designer, Patricia Field, is not participating in the upcoming reboot due to scheduling conflicts.

"The main reason was a time conflict," she told WWD of not returning to the series. "I wasn't able to be in New York doing that and be in Paris doing Emily in Paris. But I told them to call my very dear friend Molly Rogers, who also worked in my store back in the day. She did Sex and the City with me from start to finish. She knew it well so she's doing it. My dance card was full."

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