08/06/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT
Unlike boxy cargos, these give good leg. They're like the Pilates of pants: They lengthen and strengthen.
the color red
Nancy Reagan wasn't wrong. You can never underestimate the power and the wow factor of five-alarm red.
These are Hall of Fame classics, elegant and sexy at the same time. Plus, the fabric makes me feel cozy.
You learn this in Glamor 101: Nothing is more alluring than satin. Subconsciously it's saying, "Look at me in my nightie!"
There's a jauntiness to fedoras, a je ne sais quoi quality and enduring appeal. They're nostalgic but have street cred, too.
Learn from Doris Day: It's all about a touch of mink. Whether faux or real, vests hit the adorable-ski-bunny mark.
An urban girl's best friend is her trench. Clean, streamlined and repels rain and sleet.
SARAH JESSICA PARKER
You don't want blinding Day-Glo color head to toe or you'll look like a crayon, but a splash can perk up an outfit.
Casual yet sassy, and you always look ready for a touring production of Oliver! Street-urchin chic is hot as ever.
You don't need a cocktail napkin strung with dental floss to show your sexy side. Marlene Dietrich knew a good thing when she saw it.
This old-fashioned accent creates instant drama. Any star would rather go without transportation than the right brooch.
the pencil skirt
Bye-bye things that resemble parachutes. This is not a fashion-victim skirt; it's a flattering wardrobe staple that has legs.