Happy Birthday, Sarah Jessica Parker! Shop the Star's Style Signatures

Today marks Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker's 48th birthday—and we think the actress otherwise known as Carrie Bradshaw has never looked better. Over the years, SJP's launched a number of groundbreaking trends—nameplate necklaces, Manolo Blahniks and flower brooches, anyone?—and even though nearly a decade has passed since her hit HBO series ended, the superstar has continued to wow us on red carpets around the globe.

So what's SJP's secret? Although she's quick to change up her famous hair (one year it's long and curly, the next it's stick-straight and bobbed), the actress sticks to her favorite style standbys like, well, Carrie to her five-inch heels. Click through to learn which wardrobe staples SJP swears by—and shop them, too!

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Statement Necklaces

There's nothing like a chainmail choker, strand of shimmering crystals or string of bold beads to amp up an outfit—a fact SJP knows full well.

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Princess Skirts

Sure, it might've been Sex and the City's iconic opening credits that forever linked SJP to the ballerina skirt—but still, we never tire of seeing the actress in an A-line tulle number.

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Eye-Popping Patterns

Think mixed florals, head-to-toe stripes and all-over polka dots are something new? No way—SJP's been wearing all of the above throughout her whole career.

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Dramatic Maxidresses

With her enviable legs, you'd assume Sarah Jessica would wear minis 24/7. Not so—when it comes to the red carpet in particular, the star favors floor-sweeping hemlines over daring, skin-baring designs.

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Colorful Heels

Considering that Carrie Bradshaw helped put Manolos and Louboutins on the fashion map, it's no surprise that SJP enjoys contrasting, eye-catching footwear in real life, too. Just don't tell her to slip into a cheap pair of heels, OK?

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Bold Brooches

Yet another trend that made the transition from SATC to the streets, Sarah Jessica loves pinning bold, bejeweled pins onto her favorite cocktail dresses, jackets and gowns. Who says brooches are for the over-70 set?

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