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See Sarah Jessica Parker's Style Evolve From Square Peg to Fashion Icon

Prepare for big hair, little outfits, and enviable couture creations.

By Tamara Palmer

With the recent debut of her new HBO series Divorce, we're seeing Sarah Jessica Parker in a whole new light. Your next favorite LBD designer has been making fashion headlines throughout her career with fantastic hair, fearless flair, and an unfailing aura of poise, kindness, and grace. Let's welcome in a new era of SJP with a trip down fashion's memory lane.


Her first major television role was in the teen school series Square Pegs. But, it appears that her personal style wasn't miles away from her character Patty Greene's, as evidenced by this 1982 date night.


She discovered early on that hair was perhaps her greatest fashion accessory. . . 


 . . . Ditto for larger-than-life hats.


The early Nineties saw a briefly tame phase. This zip-up-sweater-wearing woman is not the SJP the world would come to know.


She was onto the copper trend decades before it popped off — and years before she wed her future husband, who has always been her style.


Carrie Bradshaw didn't make her debut until 1998, but there was some foreshadowing that seems so obvious, looking back on it now.


Carrie came out of the gate with teeny, curve-hugging dresses—a style that SJP was also clearly comfortable with.


Oscar de la Renta turned her into a floaty ballerina for the Emmys at the height of Sex and the City mania, but she let it all hang out as host of the MTV Movie Awards that same year.


By the time SATC wrapped after six glorious seasons, couturiers were clawing each other's eyes out for the chance to drape the star. Okay, maybe not, but she was a gorgeous muse for top houses like Chanel Couture, her designers of choice for the Emmys in 2004. That year, she took home the gold for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.


SJP became a designer in her own right in the years following the series finale. She launched her own casual clothing line Bitten in 2007 with the now defunct retailer Steve & Barry's. A big hit at the time, some key throwbacks from the collection including jeans, mini skirts, and maxi dresses are still available via Tradesy.


The first feature length Sex and the City movie provided new opportunities to pay tribute to Carrie's whimsical look, beginning with an Alexander McQueen dress and Philip Treacy hat at the premiere.


Forget statement necklaces: Treacy's eye-grabbing headgear remains her Sarah Jessica's go-to accessory.


SJP has often been seen walking with her kids in the streets of Manhattan in jeans and relaxed tops. On WWHL, she revealed that she hardly ever wears makeup when she's not working. But this mom also knows how to show some punk edge when the occasion calls. She wore a Philip Treacy mohawk, frilly knickers, tartan thigh-highs and a Giles Deacon gown to the 2013 Met Ball. She pulls both looks off effortlessly.


Her lengthy fashion love affair with Oscar de la Renta reached its zenith with this exquisite black-and-white ball gown, which he made for her Met Gala appearance.


 Front row at Calvin Klein with Anna Wintour? Safe to say her place in the fashion world is solid.

SJP can always be counted on to bring the panache to the Met Gala with sharp ensembles like this. Here, she wore a Chinese Philip Treacy headpiece paired with a dress by H&M's Conscious CollectionAnd after almost 20 years of marriage, she and hubby have settled into a relaxed yet coordinated couple style.


Frances, Sarah Jessica's Divorce character, wears lots of soft vintage clothes found on Etsy and eBay, but SJP flashed a little bit of Bradshaw by choosing a Dolce & Gabbana dress (and her own SJP Collection footwear) for the premiere. Looks like all her characters claim a place in her style.

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