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Dare to wear bold ‘SATC’ styles

From the small screen to the sequel, the “Sex and the City” franchise has inspired women everywhere to consider cutting-edge ideas from the catwalk. So in honor of “Sex and the City 2,” where style itself plays a starring role yet again, TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com’s Bobbie Thomas is here to help you dare to wear fashions that push the envelope. So without further ado, here’s a flash into the future of what you may wear next time you step out with the girls:

Day glowCarrie would surely agree that in coming years, fashion will rely not only on trends but technology. While you may not want to break the bank on the $2,500 light-up Jimmy Choos Fergie recently rocked, or be ready for the spotlight-stealing gown Katy Perry wore to the Met Gala, you can still shine like a star. Get inspired by that Carrie Bradshaw confidence (remember when she went clubbing in fluorescent underwear?) and revisit neon this summer. Balance the burst of color with a classic ensemble. Wear white denim with a striped tee and layer a highlighter yellow tank underneath to give nautical a new look. Even if you opt for an electric shade of nail polish to accent your outfit, fashion’s forecast is looking bright. (Shelly Steffee mesh top, $39.99, Loehmanns.com; Oonagh by Nanette Lepore Bret striped tank, $68, Revolveclothing.com; Clean skinny jeans, $79, Kennethcole.com)

All-weather leather
Women today not only work, but work it year-round — so practical personalities like Miranda, who looks at her wardrobe for both fashion and function, will support the seasonless style wave we’ve been riding. This look is all about all-weather leather. What was once a faux pas for anything but fall is now being lightened up and refined for warmer months, thanks to advances in modern manufacturing. You can find luxe-looking synthetics in new hues — from pretty pink to soft neutrals — or stick with classic black. And bonus, shop the sale racks for a deal on a fall dress! Either way, springtime leather makes a fresh, striking statement, especially when you add the contrast of organic accessories. (Signature blazer, $39-$79, Erynbrinie.com; BCBGeneration coral tank, $58, Rachel by Rachel Roy scalloped trim shorts, $79, Macys.com; AK Anne Klein Iflex nude wedge, $59.99, Dsw.com)

Socks and the cityAnd last but not least, Charlotte and her ladies who lunch can embrace a nostalgic throwback to ladylike silhouettes. A softer, fuller skirt is a way to nod back in time to 1950s femininity and can be flattering on almost any body type. But it’s the unexpected combination of socks with sandals or stilettos seen on celebrities that actually offers us some fashion foreshadowing. While Prada sent cable-knit knee-highs down their Fall 2010 runway, sheer ankle peds with a pretty pump or kitten heel will make a playful, sweet statement this summer. (Pink T-shirt, floral skirt, $12.90-$59.90, Zara.com; Anklet socks, $8, Jessicasimpsoncollection.com; Captivat Blush pumps, $79.95, SteveMadden.com)

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