Paz de la Huerta

Photograph: Ruven Afanador

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Paz de la Huerta, who plays a Ziegfeld Follies chorus girl turned mistress on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, has a sexy style she dials up or down as needed: "I like the way clothing lets you be a blank canvas." For an audition, she might wear a tight dress so the director can see the shape of her body; leg-lengthening platforms heighten the effect of the alluring ruched dress. The other way to play it: subtly seductive, in a proper three-piece suit that speaks to de la Huerta's serious side. "I think it's important to wear what you're feeling," she says.

Blazer, vest, and slacks, Norma Kamali for Walmart. Shirt, Dolce & Gabbana. Tie, Paul Smith Accessories. Shoes, Opening Ceremony par Robert Cleregie. Platforms, Alejandra Ingelmo. Dress, Norma Kamali.