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A drag queen is perfectly recreating Carrie Bradshaw's Sex and the City outfits all around New York

And I couldn’t help but wonder… is this the best thing on Instagram right now?

IT’S BEEN OVER a decade since the final season of Sex and the City aired, and we’re still holding it as tightly as ever. Carrie, we need you right now. And we need Carrie Dragshaw.

As I thought back on another night at the Standard, I couldn't help but wonder: is Halloween really any different than a night out in New York? Before we leave the house, we all put on our masks--some to make us look prettier, or stronger, or sexier, or even scarier, harder to reach. But are these masks really disguises--or dreams? And how far are we willing to go to prevent people from seeing who we really are? #CarrieDragshaw Source: Instagram/dan_clay

‘Carrie Dragshaw’ is the drag queen persona of 32-year-old New Yorker and strategy consultant Dan Clay.

It started on Halloween, when he decided to dress up as Carrie as we know her from the opening credits of Sex and the City – big hair, tutu, and general look of wonderment:

Maybe some women aren't meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with them. I have wanted to be Carrie Bradshaw for Halloween ever since college, when I had HBO in my frat room and girls would come over and watch Sex and the City on Sundays and I would pretend that I hated it because I didn't want to give myself away. Well, the secret's out, and this is the happiest day of my life. @sarahjessicaparker sending you more love than you could even imagine ❤️ #carriedragshaw Source: Instagram/dan_clay

His Halloween exploits as Carrie were hugely popular on Instagram, and eventually caught the attention of Sarah Jessica Parker herself, who commented to say his costume was a ‘triumph’.

Armed with SJP’s approval, Clay decided to continue recreating some of Carrie’s best-known outfits right down to the setting.

Every post also contains a caption loaded with Carrie-style metaphors and questions:

Was love dead? As I thought back on another broken heart, another painful setback, missed connection, defeat for love--I couldn’t help but wonder: In today’s fast-paced world, does love stand a chance? Or is it just another victim of the changing times, as outdated as bell bottoms and record stores? Some say love is a flower. My garden had been trampled on. But for a flower, a storm isn’t the end. A storm is food. A seed needs more than sunshine to grow. It needs dirt, and rain, and sometimes even darkness. And you plant a garden believing tomorrow will be bright—but you don’t stop there. You water it, and care for it, and do what it takes to help the seeds push through the dirt to see the sun. I wasn’t ready to give up on love. Because maybe the secret to finding love is to just keep loving. Even when you’re told that love is not enough, you just keep loving. And maybe it’s less about finding love and more about growing it. It takes work, and dirt, but one day you blossom and color the world with love. ⛈🌼🇺🇸❤️ #carriedragshaw

A photo posted by Dan Clay (@dan_clay) on

And then there are the outfits. Like whatever this was:

In old westerns, the cowboy always saves the damsel in distress. But what if the cowboy is the reason she's distressed in the first place? Who will save the damsel when her hero is her downfall? As I was face-to-face with yet another failure on the wild frontier of love, I couldn't help but wonder: Maybe this was the story of the damsel who learned to save herself. After all, this is not the Old West-this is New York. And there's plenty of giddy up left in my honky tonk. Maybe some girls aren't meant to ride into the sunset. Maybe they're meant to grab their other damsels and dance under the moonlight. #CarrieDragshaw Source: Instagram/dan_clay

Whatever this was:

It can be hard out there for a single girl, but there are a few words that provide instant comfort: Vogue September Issue, 2-for-1 Cosmopolitans, Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale, and Perfect First Date Follow-Up. PFDFU. It's flirty and funny. Easy, breezy, and cool. He's clearly into it and you're like a pair of purple control top pantyhose: fun and holding it all together. It takes you right back to that perfect first date, when the conversation flowed effortlessly, the spark lit instantly, and the first kiss felt like fate. As you flirt on the phone, you float on a cloud that seems to sparkle from the inside, and for a moment you forget your baggage, you forget your past, you forget how many times you've felt this feeling before but it failed to last...and you smile. I couldn't help but wonder: Maybe love is like a mobile phone. When you have a good connection, you've just got to keep talking and hope for the best. #CarrieDragshaw Source: Instagram/dan_clay

One of Carrie’s ‘Parisian’ efforts:

As I lifted up Le Big Mac, I couldn't help but wonder: In an era of fast food, cell phones, and speed dates, does romance stand a chance? When the morning story is yesterday's news by the afternoon, can we really expect love to last? Maybe modern relationships were destined to be like a fast food burger: easy and unhealthy. Love in the Time of Domino's: Quick, convenient, and leaves you feeling cheap. But I still held out hope that, even in a fast food nation, we could be a fancy French restaurant. In a world of Whoppers, he could be my filet. And maybe, just maybe, in an era of urgent e-mails, we could be a long love letter-best read with a side of fries. #CarrieDragshaw Source: Instagram/dan_clay

And the iconic white slip she donned when she told Big “Your girl is lovely, Hubbell” and he hadn’t a clue what she was talking about. Remember that?

Yesterday I did a guest post for the brilliant queens of @everyoutfitonsatc and I wanted to post it too because 1) it's my favorite scene in the show Source: Instagram/dan_clay

He even made the fringed bag to go with it. That’s dedication.

Clay’s account is a must-follow for lovers of Sex and the City (and while you’re at it, follow @everyoutfitonsatc. You can thank us later).

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