Happy 50th Birthday, Sarah Jessica Parker! We'd Like to Thank You for Your Never-Ending Style Inspiration

03/25/2015 at 12:00 PM ET

Sarah Jessica Parker‘s outfits have been inspiring women for decades. And even if you’ve never seen an episode of Sex and the City, it’s hard to ignore the actress’s amazing, bold, totally unapologetic style. In honor of her 50th birthday, we’re looking back at some of her most memorable looks. (And we hope SJP is sitting on a beach somewhere drinking Cosmos.)

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Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor: Take note of the grosgrain ribbon in SJP’s hair. She’s a teen in this photo and starring as Annie on Broadway. And that hair ribbon plays a huge part, symbolically, in the eponymous shoe line she launched last year. “The thing is, when I was growing up, we really didn’t have two nickels to rub together, but my mother always made sure that my sisters and I had two grosgrain ribbons in our hair,” she said. “The rule was that we ironed them every single morning. We even had a special bureau dedicated to hair ribbons. I have them for my own daughters now, and my nieces wear them too. The grosgrain ribbons make SJPs really identifiable to others and really personal to me.” I was lucky enough to meet SJP, and she sold me a pair of her shoes. (You can’t say no to Carrie Bradshaw!)

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Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: As a fellow curly girl, I’ve always loved that SJP has embraced her mane (without ever being too precious about it). And my favorite cut she’s ever had was the cute bob that played a major part in an episode of Sex and the City. The best part, for me, was how much fun she had with the short cut. One particularly memorable moment was the flippy way she styled it with this custom pink Narciso Rodriguez dress (worn with custom Manolo Blahnik heels) at the Sex and the City fifth-season premiere — a look she called “the reinvention of the maternity dress.”

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Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: SJP arrived at the 2003 Emmy Awards in the most romantic pale pink Chanel Couture tiered gown, which I immediately flagged for the “dream wedding dress” folder on my desktop (this was pre-Pinterest and don’t pretend you didn’t have one too). The look may have seemed understated (for her), but the silhouette was actually quite dramatic (so much organza!) and it showed her love of high-fashion designs. And while I typically prefer her hair down and wavy (she’s my ultimate tress-piration), her chic updo kept the focus on the dress.

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Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: Sarah Jessica Parker is pretty much the queen of pulling off incredibly bold accessories. Case in point: her look at the 2013 Met Gala. The theme that year was Punk: Chaos to Couture. She wore a Philip Treacy headpiece (complete with a black spiky mohawk) and Christian Louboutin plaid boots (a nod to ’90s flannel) with her Giles Deacon gold embroidered dress to make the most perfectly punk outfit I’ve ever seen.

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Sarah Kinonen, Editorial Assistant: Sarah Jessica Parker has always been a fan of the late designer Alexander McQueen, so when she arrived to the Sex and the City 2 premiere in London in 2010, we weren’t at all surprised she decided to pay tribute to her close friend by wearing a black strapless gown with a voluminous high-low skirt. And in true SJP fashion, the actress topped the look with an intricate black-veiled headpiece, sultry smoky eye and her incredibly toned arms.

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Jackie Fields, Beauty Writer: In London, a.k.a. the fascinator capital of the planet, SJP appeared at the world premiere of the Sex and the City movie in a sea foam green Alexander McQueen dress — topped off with a Philip Treacy headpiece. The real-life Carrie Bradshaw’s nature-inspired accessory (complete with peacock feathers) solidified her place in my mind as Hollywood’s biggest risk taker.

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Catherine Kast, Style Writer: Each element of this Prabal Gurung ensemble she wore for a taping of The Late Show with David Letterman in 2011 is tough to pull off. Seriously, get out your tricky trend checklist: Red and pink color-blocking? High-waisted flares? Ultra-billowy long sleeves? White Barbie-esque pumps? You might be asking yourself, “How does she do it?” The answer is (incidentally) the name of her film that came out that same year: I Don’t Know How She Does It. But if you were really hankering for an answer, note her perfect tailoring (see how her pants just skim the ground?), a subtle yet glowing tan and perfectly beachy waves.

What’s your most memorable SJP style moment? Can you believe she’s 50? How would Carrie Bradshaw celebrate her 50th? Share all your thoughts below.

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Rain on

I agree with Alex Apatoff — my favorite SJP hair was the short bob. It really flatters her very long face and defined jawline. I couldn’t stand the lank, oddly colored, badly-in-need-of-a-comb-and-conditioner strings she wore in the last season of SATC and the two movies — the color and style (or lack thereof) do nothing for her face and features. She’s so thin, she needs volume up top (and I’m not referring to the boob job she had).

RTftE1219 on

I’ll admit, she’s had some great outfits.
She has also had other outfits that made me want to gag. She’s a little hit and miss, but happy birthday to her anyway!!

Peach on

I didn’t know Mr. Ed was still alive…….

sharon on

I always thought she was most stunning in the movie “Honeymoon in Vegas” with Nicolas Cage. She was at a really healthy weight & her naturally curly hair so beautiful.

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Whitney on

Love, Love, Love her.

Diana on

Happy 50th SJP! Your are the only reason I watch the E! Channel. I think I’ve seen every episode of Sex and The City 10 times, if not more.

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April on

Haha I agree with you Diana! I can’t stand E! so I only ever watch it if I see on the channel guide that they are playing SATC. Love SJP and her style. The one drawback is knowing she is friends with Kim Kartrashian *GAG* since when I saw SJP’s ice bucket challenge I saw that she nominated her. Otherwise you’re golden in my book SJP!

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