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Bridget Moynahan's wardrobe used to include couture dresses and sky-high heels. But these days you're more likely to find the 40-year-old model-turned-actress and single mom in jeans, sneakers, and a chunky cardigan. "I try to keep things simple," says Moynahan, who has a son, Jack, 4, with her ex-boyfriend, football star Tom Brady. "I don't wear a lot of jewelry or makeup. I don't spend hours in front of the mirror. I've got too much going on in my life." Taking up a big part of her day? Playing assistant district attorney Erin Reagan Boyle on the hit CBS cop drama Blue Bloods. Despite long work hours, Moynahan finds time for the occasional evening out, striking a balance between glamour ("I'm into short skirts") and comfort -- a combo that's quick to get her at least one big compliment. "Before I leave the house Jack always says, 'You look pretty, Mommy!' What mother doesn't love to hear that?"
Here: Sequins look elegant, not va va voom, on a sleeveless top with a classic silhouette.
Top, Vince, $295. Skirt, Vince Camuto, $99. Belt, Loft, $34.50. Shoes, Sam Edelman, $130. Top and bottom bracelets, Lia Sophia. Middle bracelet, Ann Taylor.
Beauty tip: It's easy to give your ponytail a party vibe. "The trick is to build volume and texture," says Jeanie Syfu, Tresemme celebrity stylist. Add mousse to clean, damp hair and blow-dry your hair upside down. Tease your roots for extra lift at the crown, then pull your hair back to just below the crown and secure with a hair elastic.