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Carey Lowell, 52

She may have been a model, Law & Order star, and Bond Girl, but Lowell was a reluctant celebrity: "All eyes are on you when you're modeling and acting, and I just didn't want the attention when I wasn't working," she says. "But as I've gotten older, I've become more comfortable with my body and am taking more fashion risks."

Fashion Crushes
Katharine Hepburn and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Favorite Things
A men's-style shirt and jeans. "I've always had a tomboy look. But I wear more high heels now."

Wouldn't Be Caught Dead In Sweatpants or thigh-high boots and a miniskirt.

Style Secret
"I've been gluten-free for ten years, and it makes such a difference—it keeps my skin clear," says the actress, a ceramics artist who also owns Bedford Post Inn in New York with Russell Hernandez and husband Richard Gere.

Note to Younger Self
"Don't be so hard on yourself! I used to always buy clothes too big, but I should have showed off instead of covering up."

Dress, Nanette Lepore, $448. Bracelet, Lele Sadoughi, $250. Belt, Boden, $38. Shoes, Nicholas Kirkwood, $1,240; 646-559-5239.