Fashionably 30-Something

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger and other stars look better today than they did in their twenties – PEOPLE style expert Susan Kaufman explains why. By Emily Fromm

KELLY RIPA, 35

True to her soap-opera roots, Ripa (left, in 1992) gravitated toward big hair and over-the-top clothes. Now the star of two hit TV shows – and in amazing shape after having three kids – she's adopted a sleek and chic style (in New York City this summer). "She's saying, 'I'm feeling better than I've ever felt before, and I want to wear clothes that show off my figure,' " says Kaufman.