Julianne Hough: I'm 'Schizophrenic' with Fashion

11/21/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

Julianne Hough
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Taking risks with her look is nothing new for Julianne Hough, who switched up her hairstyle quite a bit last year. But in 2012, the starlet believes she really went bold with her fashion choices.

“I think the last few months is when I’ve really stepped out of the box and have tried to take some risks and chances,” Hough recently told PEOPLE. “I think that I’ve been more comfortable and I’ve felt better and I’ve gotten more response in the last couple of months than I ever have.”

Using her “daring” strapless Georges Hobeika Couture Emmy dress as an example, Hough said, “It could have been a cheesy, Little Mermaid-princess, or it could have been a couture gown. With this beautiful princess dress, I did my makeup more edgy and more French with almost no jewelry.”

But those racy looks aren’t necessarily typical for the new shoe designer, who recently launched a line with Sole Society.

“I want to say I’m schizophrenic with my fashion,” she explained. “One day I’m feeling a certain way and I’m very feminine. And then the next day, I’m a little bit more edgy with leather. And some days I like to wear men’s clothing.”

Hough’s advice for pulling off any look is simple: “Don’t go overboard with trends. Choose one trend at a time. Don’t do like the oxblood, the leather pants and a leather jacket. That might be a little too much. Just wear it sparingly. But my biggest do is just always wear what makes you feel good and what you’re comfortable in. Fashion is supposed to be fun and give off something about who you are.”

–Dahvi Shira


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Laura on

As a person who has a sister that struggles daily in her battle with Schizophrenia, it is upsetting to hear the word used so inappropriately. I hope for everybody who reads this will take a moment to understand that Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness, and not an adjective describing fashion. Fight the stigma!

Heather Henderson on

We just need to be more aware of the words we choose, I’m sure she didnt mean it to be offensive to those of us who suffer daily with any type of mental illness . Please , be kind and think because you really are down playing a severe social stigma!

Tara on

She would never mean to be offensive. Yes, using a term like that may offend some- but yanno, the word is so stigmatized, it makes it a little less fearful to those who might have the actual disease. It might make people not treat someone with that disease with such callousness if they understood it a little more. I think she meant bipolar with her description to be honest. I say Im bi polar all the time- cuz Im a moody person at times- and my clothing oftens reflects that. If that offends anyone- oh well. I choose not to be PC with what I say- not necessarily insensitive but more to get my point across, even if it makes some peoples jaws hit the floor!

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