In Character: Chris Parker

As far as girls next door go, who outshines Elisabeth Shue in Adventures in Babysitting? Seriously, think about. Everything the unreasonably responsible teenager wears would look age-appropriate on Barbara Walters, but yet she somehow manages to have the sex appeal to lure a sophisticated *college boy* (who supposedly went to University of Chicago, our alma mater). Here, the three key components. —erica

A By Malene Birger camel coat that can keep you warm on the side of the highway and cool on the stage of a blues club.

The sort of super-grown-up Sonia Rykiel brooch that makes Mr. and Mrs. Anderson think you’re trustworthy.

A rainbow scarf by Tara Matthews that helps keep your spirits up when faced with car thieves and L-train gang fights.

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