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Before there was Carrie Bradshaw, there was Sarah Jessica Parker.

While the star's iconic Sex and the City character cemented her status as a fashion legend on-screen, SJP's personal style is arguably even more enduring than Carrie's. 

For decades, Parker, who celebrates her 55th birthday on March 25, has proven to be one of Hollywood's most daring and dependable style MVPs. When she chooses to hit a red carpet you know you are in for a treat. 

Whether it's her jawdropping moments at the Met Gala each year or her ahead-of-their-time ensembles from the '80s, the Divorce star always manages to find the perfect balance of trendy and timeless, effortless and fabulous.

"Style is what the individual brings. More often than not, we are drawn to people because they have personal style," Parker once told Harper's Bazaar. "Fashion is what is offered to the consumer. Style is what you make of it."

And she's arguably made more of it than any other Hollywood star over the years.

While we happily and easily could've chosen well over 100 looks from SJP's fashion history, we managed to narrow the list down to 30 of her most impactful red carpet moments.

Imagine if we had included her impeccable street style, too? The woman has turned the streets of New York City into her runway.

Sarah Jessica Parker, 1986

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Sarah Jessica Parker

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 1987

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 1988

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 1991 For The Boys Premiere

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Sarah Jessica Parker

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Golden Globes, 2000

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Oscar de la Renta, 2000 Emmy Awards

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2000 SAG Awards

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2001 SAG Awards

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2001 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2003 Emmy Awards

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Sarah Jessica Parker, First Met Gala, 2006

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2008 Sex and the City Premiere

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2008 Sex and the City Premiere

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2009 Oscars

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2010 Oscars

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2010 Sex and the City 2 Premiere, New York

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2011 Russia

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2012 MET Gala, Sarah Jessica Parker

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2013 MET Gala

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2014 MET Gala

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Met Gala 2015

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Met Gala 2016

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2016 Parsons Benefit

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Divorce Premiere 2016

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Sarah Jessica Parker, New York City Ballet 2018 Fall Fashion Gala

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2018 Met Gala, Red Carpet Fashions

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2019 New York City Ballet Fall Fashion Gala

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2019 GLAAD Awards

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