While it’s been two decades since Sarah Jessica Parker first stepped into Carrie Bradshaw’s most iconic looks, from her Manolo Blahnik heels to her signature nameplate necklace, the Carrie’s fashion legacy looms large. Though Parker has moved on (and even launched her own shoe collection), we can’t help but wonder if she channels her Sex and the City character in real life through her style or attitude. The answer might surprise you.

For her role as the new brand ambassador for Italian lingerie brand Intimissimi’s fall campaign, Parker is bringing back a major Carrie Bradshaw-approved trend: lingerie as outerwear. But the style similarities between Parker and her fictional counterpart stop there.

She told People, “I always say we look alike but everything else is different.” Still, Parker is never annoyed by the constant comparisons to Carrie, saying, “For me it’s an association which doesn’t feel like a problem. I don’t feel encumbered by it. I have had amazing experiences with designers and working in fashion myself or collaborating and those experiences have been very meaningful to me.”

She adds, “I have friends in the industry, I’ve watched them as they were emerging designers become globally recognized. I’ve had designer friends who are passed because of age or tragic circumstances. If there is an association with me and fashion, I don’t mind it. It doesn’t feel limiting. It’s my job to make choices professionally to remind people that I am an actor and I can do lots of things.”

As for one way her own personal style mirrors Carrie’s? You guessed it — wearing lingerie outside the bedroom. She says, “I’m so happy because I never stopped doing it. It’s one thing that we did [on the show] that did overlap with me and the character Carrie.”

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