By InStyle Staff
Updated May 13, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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The word itself—housewife—still seems almost shockingly retro. But it's having something of a renaissance, thanks in no small part to Desperate Housewives, whose series finale airs tonight at 9/8 on ABC. So the time seems right to salute the small screen's most fashionable female homemakers—read on to see who made our list!