"West Side Story's" Maria felt pretty (and witty and bright, and pitied the girls who weren't her tonight, especially the girls whose boyfriends were about to knife their brothers in a rumble). It's good to feel pretty.

"This summer's 'pretty' appeals to even the edgiest, least prissy among us, because it's lovely without being fussy, and feminine without being girly," says Dannielle Romano, editor-at-large of DailyCandy, a fashion/style/gadget/travel newsletter and Web site. This means pretty is no longer owned exclusively by size 0, or J. Lo glam, or corseted, '50s-looking things.

"It's a very grown-up, well-traveled pretty. Bohemian silhouettes, ethnic embroidery and detailing, frothy fabrics. . . . It's a thinking woman's pretty," she says.

And best of all it flatters, says Romano, "and draws on the likes of Ali McGraw and Joni Mitchell, rather than the cliched, insipid stuff one usually envisions when thinking 'pretty.' "

-- Janelle Erlichman Diamond

Alex Woo 14-karat yellow gold heart pendant ($418), at alexwoo.com. Yomphana Designs "Envy Earrings" with Swarovski crystals and green glass drops on sterling ($40), at www.yomphana.com.Plenty sequined bolero jacket ($232) and Jana Feifer hobo bag ($144), at Daisy Too, 4940 St. Elmo Ave., Bethesda. Crocheted ribbon-tie top in honeysuckle ($78), at Banana Republic stores or bananarepublic.com. DKNY silk sequin halter top with side zip ($225), call 800-231-0884 for DKNY store locations.