Sarah Jessica Parker: 'So You Choose a Dress People Think Is a Disaster. In the End, Who Cares?'

01/07/2014 at 09:30 AM ET

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You might expect a fashion icon like Sarah Jessica Parker to be very serious about style, but her latest interview in the February issue of InStyle totally disproves that notion — and makes her seem like all the more a fashion genius for it.

Though she admits to ruling a few things out (tube tops, for instance) as she approaches 50, she has no real hard-and-fast guidelines for what she’ll wear. “I think pulling it off or not pulling it off, that almost doesn’t exist for me, because I’m looking for experiences, not some report card,” Parker says. “I do love fantasy, color and the idea of no rules … So you choose a dress people think is a disaster. In the end, who cares?”

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Her lighthearted approach to fashion belies the seriousness with which she approached her upcoming shoe line, SJP, soon to be sold at Nordstrom. “If I’m going to ask people for their hard-earned dollars, I’d better be making shoes I want to wear,” she says. “My real dream was a smaller line, my name, built in Europe, at a reasonable price point.” And she got everything she wanted (you can check out photos in this magazine, or on this site later today!) in a line of classic, classy and wearable footwear and handbags.

For much more from the star — including whether she identifies with Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe fixation and her super-romantic early dates with husband Matthew Broderick — pick up the new issue of InStyle, on stands Friday, and be sure to visit the site for more on her changing looks, best red carpet moments and to try on her hairstyles.

What do you think of Parker’s approach to fashion? Are you excited to check out her shoe line?

–Alex Apatoff

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Eli on

“You might expect a fashion icon like Sarah Jessica Parker to be very seriously about style…”


gmgmgm on

Can’t make the shoes in the U.S. ?

Smithy on

I think she’s great.

Girlcantdance on

See how much better you look when you just age naturally, ahem, Courtney Cox! Don’t screw with your face and be more like SJP

KiKi on

I love Sarah Jessica – she’s so real.

Dawn on

Reasonably priced. *eye roll*

DaisyMoon on

Whatever happened to her REALLY affordable line called “Bitten” that she showcased on Oprah years ago?
I think everything was around $14.95??

susan on

Nordstrom is a bit outside my price range. Good for her though on thinking about accessibility.

susan on

@DaisyMoon: It was sold at Dave & Barry’s, which closed a few years ago.

Libby77 on

Holy photoshop on the crippled hands !
Her face too– I’m surprised she condones all this photoshopping after saying how much she loves her hands

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