Selena Gomez: On Splurges, Sales and Celebrating Her Birthday All Week

07/25/2013 at 05:21 PM ET

Selena Gomez Courtesy the PEOPLE Instagram

Selena Gomez may be all grown up — but don’t look for her to be filling her closet with designer finds anytime soon.

Though she loves to borrow pricey gowns for the red carpet, “I don’t even want to know how much they usually cost,” she told PEOPLE, “but it’s been really fun for me to dress up and get to meet different designers. I don’t think I could ever actually purchase a huge gown unless it’s my wedding dress!”

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That said, the newly 21-year-old admits to being a sucker for an occasional splurge. Her first big purchase with her own paycheck? “Dolce & Gabbana! I remember being really young and obsessed with Dolce, and I did buy a pair of black heels in Paris one time,” she said. “They were cute, strappy, little heels. Sometimes you just have to!”

More often, though, you’ll see her in affordable finds. “[My closet] is just kind of a mix. I have really great [designer] gifts from people, and my stylist will give me something cute. But other than that, it usually seems to be off the sales rack or just stuff that I enjoy,” Gomez said.

The singer channeled that practicality into her latest Dream Out Loud collection, which she unveiled at the N.Y.C. Kmart flagship on Wednesday. “I always make sure that it’s accessible for everyone to enjoy,” Gomez said. “I’ve been working with the collection since I was about 17, so I feel like the older I get, the more my fashion evolves as well.”

And speaking of getting older, she’s been celebrating her milestone birthday all week — with an impromptu listening party of her new album, Stars Dance, at the Kmart party, and her birthday dinner with friends on Monday, where she rocked cute white short-shorts and a crop top, a look which she called “really cute and appropriate for my 21st.”

Stay tuned for round three, a costumed birthday bash this weekend, about which she teased, “That’s been a process in the making of creating my little gypsy-themed outfit.” Hey, a girl can’t be practical all the time!

Tell us: What was your first big splurge?

–Jeff Nelson

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Crick on

First splurge I made was my wedding dress and veil for $1800.

She’s a smart girl and I like her style. Good she doesn’t waste money on super expensive clothes, although I’m sure sales rack for her is probably like $100 jeans.

duh on

KLC, did you even read the article? It’s about how she DOESN’T spend all that much and shops off sale racks. Reading comprehension for the win.

stacy on

Funny how she talks about practicality and her new clothes line in the same article. Of course she won’t admit to buying expensive things if she wants to sell something to the average population. If she said it was designer, people would not buy it because they can’t afford it. Cheap shot Selena…funny how you bring up the topic before your line comes out.

lins on

She clearly says she wears them – just does not pay for them. And her stylist gives her clothes. So she is happy to wear them. Just lucky that she is already rich and gets stuff for free.

tomfoolkitten on

good for her! She always seems so grounded in everything she does. Very pleasantly surprised by her all the time.

Agnes Deleon on

First I bought this for real
I bought my mom a house in la Mesa
For mother day .

sarah chuks on

I love her simplicity and honesty she sure is a wise girl. Keep it up girl

Angel on

I have always liked Selena! Nice to see that with all the fame and money…..she hasn’t let it go to her head. I see her being around for a long, long time.

Lila on

Whatever works for her. She seems well grounded.

ene on

Who cares-

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