Sex and the City might have ended in 2004 (2010 if you count the movies), but Carrie Bradshaw’s iconic style will live on forever, thanks in part to Dan Clay, better know as Carrie Dragshaw.
Clay has developed quite a following on Instagram over the last few months recreating some of the character’s most memorable looks. Not only does he dress up as her; he also writes lengthy captions in her voice. And they are so dead on, you can hear her voice as you read them.
“It started simply as a little Halloween costume. The Saturday of Halloween, my friend and I went around the West Village taking some pictures, just having fun,” Clay tells Yahoo Style.
His first Bradshaw reincarnation was her signature tutu look.
“I posted the first picture for my friends, but I also went off ‘private’ because I had what I thought was an unrealistic fantasy that possibly Sarah Jessica Parker might see it and have a laugh,” he adds. Well, it turns out his fantasy wasn’t all that unrealistic. “That picture ended up getting a lot of really positive attention, getting reposted, getting a comment from SJP herself. I loved it, and I’ve always been a huge huge fan of Sex and the City (even more as I’ve gotten older and realized just how true so much of it is!),” he gushes.
The positive reinforcement gave him the courage to keep going, and that’s how Carrie Dragshaw was born. Now, he posts recreations of her looks regularly.
The business school grad and strategy/innovation consultant had no plans to go into drag. “Instagram drag was never really part of the plan. But it’s making people smile, and the world isn’t all smiles right now, so I’ll keep it up,” he promises.
One of the best looks so far has to be his version of Bradshaw on the phone in her purple bra, tights and skirt — a look only Bradshaw could pull off. But the caption takes it to the next level. “It can be hard out there for a single girl, but there are a few words that provide instant comfort: ‘Vogue September Issue,’ ‘2-for-1 Cosmopolitans,’ ‘Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale,’ and ‘Perfect First Date Follow-Up.’ PFDFU,” Clay…we mean Dragshaw wrote. “It’s flirty and funny. Easy, breezy, and cool. He’s clearly into it and you’re like a pair of purple control top pantyhose: fun and holding it all together.”
Damn. Dragshaw might be even more insightful than Bradshaw! Or, better yet, he’s filling the void Bradshaw left, perfectly nailing what so many single New Yorkers feel.
To become Carrie Dragshaw, Clay rustles through Amazon and vintage stores. “Thank god for Amazon, eBay, and vintage shops,” he says. “I have a bunch of favorite outfit pictures on my phone, so I’m just always casually, in the background on the hunt.” Right now he’s looking for one dress in particular. “If anyone can help me find this green Versace, I’ll be forever indebted,” he begged. That’s the one Bradshaw so gracefully laid down in waiting for Aleksandr Petrovsky during her stint in Paris. We would love to see Dragshaw’s version of this classic Carrie look, so fingers crossed he finds it.
Of course, he can’t always get the exact same item, he just has to find a good enough lookalike. “I’ve found that symmetry and attention to detail is the most important! It doesn’t have to be a perfect fabric match, just has to follow the same lines and catch the right vibe.”
Clay’s alter ego has been such a success that it was featured on another blossoming Sex and the City dedicated Instagram account, @everyoutfitonsatc, which digs up all the characters’ crazy clothing creations and provides commentary. They shared Clay in Bradshaw’s Dior look from season two episode 18.
If you’re looking for a laugh, don’t binge watch old episodes of SATC — scroll through your Instagram feed instead.