If you're a fashion lover like me, Sex And The City wasn't just about learning how the New York woman juggles work and life, but also about what she WEARS. If there was one person (ok, two if you count Fran Fine) we could count on to serve us designer looks every episode, it was Carrie Bradshaw.
However, after living in New York for over two years, I've seen just how expensive things really are, and Carrie's spending habits raise some red flags for me. To see just how unrealistic Carrie's budget was, I decided to do a deep dive to break down the numbers.
With one column a week at a top pay rate, Carrie was probably bringing home around $4,000 pre-tax a month.
After receiving her check, Carrie has some things to pay. Feeling gracious, I deduced only 30% of her check for taxes, which left us with $2,800.
One of the hardest come-ups for New Yorkers definitely is real estate, and somehow Carrie's apartment had a walk-through closet, a large bedroom, and a spacious kitchen/living room. That alone would cost her over $2,000 a month.
The nitty gritty comes when we assess Carrie's shoe problem: Those Manolo Blahniks, yes, THOSE $40,000 worth of Manolo Blahniks in her closet.
Next, we have to address the fact Carrie doesn't cook at all. So we need to count up the costs of three meals and a TON of alcohol.
Moving forward, Carrie's smoking habits were no joke — at $7 a pack (which was the NY cost back in '02), Carrie would be spending around $196 a month on cigarettes alone.
We can't forget the insane amount of transportation costs she likely billed at the end of each month given the fact she was ALWAYS taking cabs.
Oh, but if y'all are ready for the REAL tea, let's get into Carrie's outfits.
Given what we already know about Carrie's finances, I'm going to show you just how much her clothes cost. Example A:
Then Carrie wore this John Galliano for Christian Dior newsprint dress, which definitely caused a stir, but not for the reason you'd think.
And this dress that I absolutely loved when Carrie went on a McDonalds date with The Russian, was one where she went the ~inexpensive~ route, which in Carrie's world, is still painful in mine.
But honeeey, Carrie is living well above her means — in season four ALONE, the grand total of Carrie's outfits — not including unaccountable vintage pieces — came out to just under $175,000.
So yes, Carrie's amassing a MINIMUM of $17,000 worth of debt a month and a grand total of over $200,000 in debt a year. Yikes.
Don't think that I don't like Carrie Bradshaw or that I am in any way shunning her for her style. Trust me, I wish I had a CB-esque wardrobe.
And that Vivienne Westwood dress she wore for her wedding day (the first one)? Honey, my imaginary wig was snatched and out the window.
All I'm saying is that there seems to be a bit of an issue between Carrie's luxurious living and her meager earnings, but whatever. We can still enjoy all the fashion and hope for our own personal Mr. Big.
What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below, and heck, tag me on IG so we can keep this discussion going!