Stephanie Hallett
January 10, 2017 12:37 pm

There are few skirts more iconic than the tutu worn by Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City‘s opening credits. You know the one we mean: It’s white, two-layered, and gets covered in filth when a bus drives by and sprays our heroine with dirty rain water. Ring a bell?

Well, it turns out the skirt we’ve been coveting for nearly two decades (!!) cost a mere $5 and was found in a showroom bin by the show’s beloved costume designer, Patricia Field. Imagine how much money we could have saved on tutus over the years if only we’d known to look in the discount bin!

Speaking to Women’s Wear Daily about her more than 50 years in the fashion biz, Field revealed that Sarah Jessica Parker, who played Carrie Bradshaw, was more than happy to wear the flippy skirt, but the show’s producers took some convincing. Luckily, they eventually trusted her vision — because that skirt has since been a style inspiration to millions of budding fashionistas.

Field, herself a designer and shop owner in New York (she closed her eponymous boutique in 2015 after 50 years in business), continues to create and sell replicas of the Sex and the City skirt on her website starting at $140 for a two-tiered design (a longer version and one with three layers of tulle are also available).

Patricia Field

Get it here for $140.

Ever the entrepreneur, Field’s Sex and the City collection also features replicas of Carrie’s stunning black diamond engagement ring from Big ($10,000) and Carrie’s gold nameplate necklace (starting at $140).

In her WWD interview Field reflects on her career and offers this atypical advice: “I always tell people, ‘Do what’s easy. Don’t do what’s hard.’ Because if it’s easy, you’re going to do it well and you’re going to be good at it.”

We can’t argue with that logic!