Nicole Richie: Men Are Drawn to Simplicity...And a Short Skirt

06/13/2013 at 02:45 PM ET

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We admire Nicole Richie’sability to wear everything from a jumpsuit and a bralette to spray-painted silver hair and a beaded gown, but there’s one person who prefers when she keeps it simple: her husband.

“I have found that men don’t like too many bells and whistles,” the star tells PEOPLE, noting what husband Joel Madden does or doesn’t like about her style. “They’re not into hats or red lipstick. They’re more drawn to simplicity … and a short skirt. Shocker.”

It’s that sense of humor, which she delightfully displays on her AOL series #CandidlyNicole, and her fun-loving approach to style that makes us want to abide by Richie’s fashion philosophy.

“Take risks because that’s what makes it fun,” she shares. “Fashion is the ultimate form of self-expression. [Using] different fabrics and constructions, it’s all part of this game of dress up that we, on some level, are all playing.”

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Experimentation with clothes started at a young age for Richie, thanks in part to her dad, Lionel, who took her to the Grammys for what she says is her most memorable red carpet moment. “I was 4 years old [a year younger than her daughter Harlow is now] and my father’s costume designer made me a dress out of the excess fabric of one of his stage costumes,” Richie explains. “It’s safe to say I stole the show that year.”

Catch Richie still stealing the show –- and enjoying time with Lionel Richie –- on the latest #CandidlyNicole episode: Day With Dad.

Michelle Ward

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gennie on

Do guys like the Botox that make your face look like a snake?

mahn on

How is it a coincidence that she went to the grammy’s with her dad when she was a year younger than her daughter is now?

PM on

I love her style.

Guest on

I wish she would come out with a line if affordable maxi dresses!

jessup on

I don’t know know what she’s talking about because EVERY man I know LOVES red lipstick! It’s safe to say that she has made some very poor style choices.

Herby on

Oh yeah…and my hubby also got busted in Australia for marijuana. #fatheroftheyear As long as he loves my style!

People…this is sad and you should know better.

Herby on

Oh yeah…and my hubby also got busted in Australia for marijuana. #fatheroftheyear As long as he loves my style!
People…this is sad and you should know better.

racketgirl on

simplicity? her husband has about 10,000 tattoos. talk about “overdressed.”

miranda on

Love her and her free style!!!

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