Women of the Year

The woman who dressed Carrie Bradshaw is dishing out career advice

And it's surprisingly easy AF to follow.

By Natasha Harding
career

When it comes to people we want to bug for career tips, Patricia Field is definitely up there. Haven’t heard of her? Well she’s the woman responsible for dressing one of the most fashionable chicks in history: Carrie Bradshaw. That’s right, Fields was the costume designer for Sex And The City, so it’s safe to say she knows a thing or two about killing it career-wise.

Now she’s handing out her wisdom at FashionistaCon and we’re taking notes.

“Do what's easy for you,” she says. Yep, you heard that right, she’s actually recommending taking the easy route and it makes total sense.

“If it's easy, you'll do it well; if you do it well, you'll succeed. Don't go where it's difficult, because you'll compete with others who [have it] easy,” she explains.

“Go with what you feel confident and strong in. That, to me, is one of the best pieces of advice I could give you.”

^ This is the fabulous lady in question by the way.

Fields also advises against getting into the mindset of viewing roles as ‘big breaks’ which also kinda surprised us.

“I'm not sure thinking in terms of 'first big break' is healthy because it's focusing not on the content, but on the outcome, and I think that might be sending you a little off in the wrong direction,” she says.

“In my career it wasn't about some first big break, it was about a step-by-step process of growing my career,” she said. “When I started at Sex and the City I already had a reputation in fashion, it wasn't like I was new on the block.... It's hard to call it my first big break because I was already in the business 30 years.”

Fields instead recommends concentrating on working hard and things will start to come your way.

“What my accountant told me when I first went into business was 'just pay your bills.' That was my big break.”

In short, do what you find easy, work your butt off and you’re on track for an incred career.