Although it’s been more than a decade since the finale of Sex and the City, its four main characters are still pop culture mainstays—which is why you’ll still hear people say, “I’m a Carrie with a little bit Samantha.” (Guilty as charged.)
And while the cosmo-drinking foursome may be best known for their dating adventures, shopping prowess, and friendship cred, I couldn’t help but wonder…what kind of leggings would they wear?
I couldn’t help but wonder…what kind of leggings would they wear?
Always on top of the fashion game, these ladies wouldn’t have rolled into their yoga class wearing just anything—and you know they’d be rocking leggings with heels to all those long, chatty brunches they somehow made time for.
While the fan fiction sites dream up dialogue for a scene at Bandier (Carrie definitely would have spent quality time at the boutique activewear store), here are some athleisure predictions for the women of Sex and the City.
Scroll down to see activewear looks that Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda would definitely rock—which one are you?
Although Carrie Bradshaw famously coined the phrase, “Shopping is my cardio,” she was also always down to try a new workout with her friends—and you are, too, especially if it comes with a side of gossip. Your fitness game is supercharged by your clothes, and nothing gets you into the gym faster than a cute new outfit.
As for workouts, you get way too bored with just one studio—so services like ClassPass or FitReserve are your saving graces. And although you’re still a heels gal at heart, you’ve found a way to love the sneaker trend, opting for the most high-fashion options available—from fur-accented to wedges. And when you show up to sweat, you show up to be seen, opting for classes like 305 and AKT in Motion, where your leopard leggings and ripped-up tank won’t go unnoticed.
The Carrie spring look:
Fendi Roma Stretch-Jersey Sports Bra, $270
Bodyism I Am Bold Stretch-Jersey leggings, $215
Isabel Marant Black Suede Bekett Wedge Sneakers, $655
Eddie Harrop The Voyager Bag, $1,235
Fitness isn’t a fad to you—you’ve been honing your skills and toning your body way before it was trendy. But that doesn’t mean you’re just in it for the sweaty side effects. You’re all about trying the hardest workouts in town, while still looking as chic as possible (cue the strappy sports bras, ab-baring crop tops, and booty-sculpting leggings).
Plus, you have all the right connections—from snagging a bike in Akin Akman’s SoulCycle class (alongside Kelly Ripa, no less) to scoring the latest high-fashion activewear (hello, Prabal Gurung Sport) before they go on sale. And just like Samantha, your sexual fitness is just as important as your physical one, so you keep your pelvic floor exercise tracker with you at all times.
Your workout schedule probably looks similar to Samantha’s, but you couldn’t care less about designer labels—you’re all about the physical and mental benefits. Like Miranda, you likely have a high-stress job, and no matter what makes you sweat during the day, you deal with it by sweating even more post-work.
The front-desk attendant at your gym knows you by name, and you’ve logged so many hours on the treadmill that you know which ones to avoid (that weird squeak on the one in the back row drives you nuts). You also mix in outdoor runs in the park, train for work-funded 5Ks, and try out any hot new cardio classes that your friends swear will leave your heart racing. As for clothes, the tried-and-true workhorses of activewear are the only ones you trust, and you turn to Under Armour, Reebok, and New Balance for support in the studio.
A low-impact, high-result workout junkie, you’re always in tip-top shape. But no matter how sweaty you get, you know how to keep your Park Avenue princess cool. Old-school athletic pursuits, like rowing and tennis, are mixed in with newer fitness findings, from barre to Pilates.
And with so many preppy-cute trends out there—from bows and stripes to perfectly coordinated top-and-leggings sets—showing up to a studio impeccably dressed is second nature. That serves you well, whether you’re going for a post-workout green juice or jogging along a picturesque running path—after all, you never know when your knight in shining armor might appear.
Feel like you’re a mix of a few different SATC girls? Find out what your fitness fashion tribe is. And no matter the character you identify with, you’ll want to know about the Birkin bags of activewear.
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