October 26, 2005 12:00 PM

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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