Secrets of Their Style

updated 10/26/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/26/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Susan
The single mom who works from home is an artist who dresses the part

GARNET HILL
Ballet wrap top, $58 (garnethill.com)

BENETTON
Purple asymmetrical hemmed skirt, $99 (800-535-4491)

SPLENDID
Pink scoop-neck tee, $38 (nordstrom.com)

FREE PEOPLE
Cardigan, $88; lace camisole, $38 (free people.com)

SPLENDID
Green cotton Henley, $85 (lisakline.com)

LEVI'S Corduroy jeans, $40 (levi.com)

Fab Accessories

FLAGCream crochet beanie, $28; scarf, $48 (866-247-7701)

KATHY VAN ZEELAND
Paisley hobo bag, $69 (kathyvanzeeland.com)

CARLOS BY CARLOS SANTANA
Brown leather boots, $169 (shoes.com)

Susan's Brands

Clothes: Costumers' picks include Anthropologie, Hudson, Yaya, Velvet, Vince, James Perse.

Bags: They range from couture clutches to an embroidered Indonesian import from Santa Monica's Yellow Lotus boutique.

Jewelry: Small pieces ahd semiprecious stones. Chains with little pieces of hammered silver.

Bree
Trying to keep her world together, she wears clothes that say "tailored" and "trapped"

FROM THE SHOW!
Bree's closet is filled with sweaters from J.Crew.

NANETTE LEPORE
Pink wool blazer, $395; skirt, $200 (212-219-8265)

J.CREW
Wool-blend argyle sweater, $88 (jcrew.com)

H&M
Chinos, $29.90 (hm.com)

Fab Accessories

MAJORICA
Fresh-water pearl necklace, $98 (800-347-9171)

HIGHLIGHTS FORPAYLESS SHOE SOURCE
Teal faux-suedif slingbacks, $17 (paylGss.com)

MINNUCCI FOR PAYLESS SHOE SOURCE
Green faux-crocframe bag, $21 (877-452-7500)

Bree's Brands

Clothes: Milly, Theory, Ralph Lauren, Tahari, Armani, Nanette Lepore, Neiman Marcus, Charter Club sweaters.

Shoes: Charles David.

Accessories: "Bree's a pearls-and-diamonds kind of gal," notes costume designer Cate Adair. "But she'll also wear a cameo. She'll wear gloves or a lovely Liberty scarf."

Gabrielle
Fun, young and sassy, she acquired her expensive taste from modeling

FROM THE SHOW!
Her body-hugging tracksuits are from Juicy Couture.

ARDEN B
Keyhole dress, $88 (ardenb.com)

JUICY COUTURE
Velour jacket, $88; track pants, $75 (neiman marcus.com)

BEBE
Tank, $39 (bebe.com)

Fab Accessories

STUART WEITZMAN
Stiletto sandals with rystal embellishment, $285 (310-860-9600)

IONA
Bangles, $35 each (401-383-0723)

ARDEN B
Clutch pucse $58 (ardenb.cdm)

FROM THE SHOW!
Stuart Weitzman gold thongs are her sexy standby.

Gabrielle's Brands

Clothes: Diane von Furstenberg, Eduardo Lucero, BCBG Max Azria, Catherine Malandrino, Armani Exchange and Frankie B. jeans. "She's just come from the city, and her clothes reflect that," says costume designer Cate Adair.

Accessories: "She loves short skirts and heels," says Adair. "She loves her jewelry and her purses that match."

Lynett
Her wardrobe tug-of-war pits frenzied mom against high-powered ad exec

BROOKS BROTHERS
Men's button-down shirt, $75 (brooks brothers.com)

OLD NAVY
Jeans, $29.50 (oldnavy.com)

GAP
Camisole, $14.50 (gap.com)

ANN TAYLOR
Gray chalk-stripe blazer, $218; trousers, $128 (ann taylor.com)

EXPRESS
White blouse with Lurex pinstripe, $45 (express fashion.com)

Fab Accessories

FROM THE SHOW!
Costumers buy gold hoops from Claire's "by the dozen" for Lynette.

NATURALIZER
Plum suede tote bag, $59: (866-746-3748)

CLAIRE'S
old-colored hoop earrings, $5.50 (claires.com)

NINE WEST
Dark teal mules with hardware bits, $69 (ninewest.com)

Lynette's Brands

Suits and Dresses: Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Nanette Lepore and Valentino as well as vintage pieces rehemmed close to the knee.

Career Look: For going back to work, Lynette "needs to dress like a shark," says costume designer Cate Adair. "She'll be flawlessly put together. Very tailored, very sleek, in a lot of darker colors."

Edie
The real estate agent wears Italian suits for day, provocative sportswear for play

MERONA AT TARGET
Blazer, $27.99; skirt, $17.99 (target.com)

ANN TAYLOR
Lace-trimmed camisole, $58 (anntaylor.com)

BEBE
Camisole, $69 (bebe.com)

ESPRIT
Embroidered jeans, $129 (esprit.com for store info)

Fab Accessories

FROM THE SHOW
Watch for this ""Campbell" tote from Lorelei.

LORELEI
Gold metallic leather bag.$334 (loreleinyc.com)

EVITA PERONI
Sunglasses, $24 (evitaperoniusa.com)

BANANA REPUBLIC
Stiletto sandals, $118 (banana republic.com)

Edie's Brands

Clothes: Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Gucci. "Edie's very good in Italian designer clothes," says costume designer Cate Adair. "They're very fitted and curvaceous." And when Edie wears jeans, says Adair, "her jeans have embroidery on them."

Jewelry: Sheridan has only one pierced ear and often wears a single earring.

The Men
They may look like everyday guys. But each puts his own spin on style. Here's how they differ-and how to do it yourself

John

FROM THE SHOW!
John the gardener works in jeans like these from 7 for All Mankind.

MOSSIMO AT TARGET
Rugby stripe shirt, $14.99 (target.com)

7 FOR ALL MANKIND
Distressed jeans, $209 (blooming dales.com)

Mike

FROM THE SHOW!
Mike wears Banana Republic stretch T-shirts

BANANA REPUBLIC
Cotton fitted tee, $16.50 (banana republic.com)

LEVI'S
Dark rinse 517 jeans, $40 (levi.com)

Carlos
Out of his orange prison jumpsuit, high roller Carlos prefers tailored suits by Ted Baker and expensive pink and lavender shirts. "My character spends a lot of money on clothes," says actor Ricardo Chavira.

Tom
"When you put a guy like Doug Savant in worn jeans and an old T-shirt, he looks hot," says costume designer Cate Adair, who has big plans for Mr. Mom. "If you add an apron and tuck in a towel, girls start swooning. It's very sexy."

The Dresser
British-born costume designer Cote Adair shares her Housewives shopping strategies

Where do you buy the clothes for the show?
"Everywhere and anywhere. Swap meets, secondhand shops, boutiques, little shops, big shops, some designer labels. We'll buy stuff at the Gap. Susan wore a pale yellow Banana Republic scarf we found on sale. The inside-out jacket Bree wore when Rex had his heart attack was vintage."

Do you shop according to the script?
"We can anticipate that at some point Bree is going to go to church again or Lynette is going to have another feud with a mom at school. I go out with the characters in mind."

What look are you going for?
"I try to go back to a mid-century feel. We have these wonderful traditional pieces mixed with modern."

Are you influenced by clothes you are sent by designers?
"I'm trying very hard not to be. This is a suburban world, and if the clothes became very high-end, we'd lose something for the audience. It's sweet when we get mail saying, 'I've had five babies, and it was nice to realize that I too could wear a cute pair of jeans and a T-shirt to drop off my kids at school instead of an old tracksuit that is 10 sizes too big.' "

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