April 20, 2013 12:00 PM

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Style icon Sarah Jessica Parker may have a wealth of fashion knowledge, but when it comes to dressing her 3½-year-old twin daughters Loretta and Tabitha, she has no input in the matter at all.

“They pick out their own clothes every single day,” the actress, 48, told PEOPLE Thursday night at Tiffany‘s Blue Book Ball in N.Y.C. “They won’t listen. I just provide the clothing and a lot of those dresses they wear are from my childhood or my niece’s young childhood.”

Parker and Matthew Broderick‘s budding fashionistas even have a daily styling session to choose their next day’s wardrobe.

“We have a routine. They pick out their clothes at 3 o’clock when they wake up from their nap,” says the Sex and the City star.
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“We tell them nothing. We just give them the temperature outside and if they don’t pick enough clothing, then we say, ‘You need leggings or pants. You need to add something so you’ll be warm enough.’ That’s all they would listen to.”

Parker adds: “One is more serious than the other. Loretta will sometimes say, ‘Mama, can you help me with my bundle?’ Bundles are what we make for the next morning. But Tabitha is completely on her own. She’s extremely independent. They pick their hair ties, which are Emi-Jay. They only wear Emi-Jay hair ties and insist upon it. They pick their own headbands, pick their own hats. It’s very amusing and entertaining for me.”

The savvy little ladies have even raided Mom’s closet and tried on her Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin shoes.

“They do try my high heels on, but they are forbidden to leave the house in them!” Parker jokes.

— Paul Chi

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