Kate Hudson: 'I Can't Afford to Buy' the Dresses I Wear on Red Carpets!

11/12/2013 at 12:19 PM ET

Kate Hudson Harper's BazaarCourtesy Harper’s Bazaar

Kate Hudson may be known for her red carpet glamour (some major moments can be seen here, here and here — and they also happen to be her favorites from the last year) but she wants to set the record straight on one thing: Those gowns go back the minute she takes them off.

“People think we own all these dresses,” she says in the December/January issue of Harper’s Bazaar, “but we borrow them! I can’t afford to buy that stuff. There are certain things I splurge on, but it’s very rare, especially when you have two kids and school tuition. I’m not a big high-end fashion shopper. I wish I could, but the truth is things are just so expensive.”

RELATED PHOTOS: See more beautiful (and borrowed?) gowns in Last Night’s Look!

She credits some of that frugal attitude to being raised right by Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, and she always keeps it in mind when she’s thinking about her own fashion partnerships, with Ann Taylor and Fabletics (so far). “I really think that if I’m going to put my effort into something, I want to reach a larger amount of women, where they can afford the things I’m selling,” she says. “Especially with the economy. It doesn’t make sense to me anymore.”

To learn about her red carpet style crushes (they’re pretty similar to ours), her take on increasingly naked pop stars and the way she stays in shape even she’s not in the mood, check out the story on HarpersBazaar.com or in the new issue, on stands Nov. 26.

Are you surprised that she saves on clothes? Have you checked out her collections?

–Alex Apatoff

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Malique on

Wow, she’ so FOS. Her net worth is $38 million. She wants to sound “relatable” to us peasants. She could afford the dresses, but doesn’t have to buy them – there’s a major difference. Once you’ve worn a dress who wants to wear it again? Famous or not.

Karolina on

I don’t believe her comment for a second. She definitely can afford to buy any of those dresses, but chooses not too because she has the ability to borrow them. Any designer will likely let her borrow anything at any time because they get free publicity if she wears it. Her comment kind of annoyed me to be honest.

lilly on

oh BULL!!!!!

Kiki on

I think i was supposed to admire her after reading that article but I’m pretty turned off. Don’t sit there and say for one minute that you cant afford those clothes. While she’s trying to sound like she’s just another average woman, she’s not like us and her sturggle is no where near to that of a parent trying to raise their kid.

bkable on

I may have believed this out of a lower-end celebrity but definitely NOT Kate Hudson… not only is she loaded but so is her husband and her entire extended family.

Apples The Mule on

Aaaaaaand remove foot from mouth NOW!

angie on

I can’t afford the clothes she throws away!

smailepsu on

Just because her net worth is $38 million doesn’t mean she has that laying around at her disposal, she’s not Oprah. Those dresses are ridiculously expensive and honestly why would you buy a dress you are going to wear once. Its not like she will wear it to the Oscars then to the Golden Globes again the next year. I will buy a nice dress and wear it to multiple Christmas parties/formal events over the course of several years. She can’t really do the same thing since her red carpet photos are splashed out for the world to see. Celebrities can’t win. If they endorse a line that is affordable to regular women they want to look relatable to us peasants. If they endorse a high end line they are pretentious and unrelatable.

Amaryllis on

Of course she can afford to buy those dresses. The fact is that designers lend gowns to all actresses for awards shows regardless of their net worth. It’s not worth owning those dresses, especially since you can only be seen in them once. I can appreciate that she doesn’t want to waste her money on clothes and spend it on her children and probably investments, but if she did spend $100K on gowns per year it would be a drop in the bucket and a tax deduction!

S on

Oops. I think she was trying to be relatable, but lost the mark. The very fact that she thinks its a step down to borrow those dresses shows the discrepancy in her life style compared to most, what I wouldn’t give to have just one of those dresses for twenty four hours!

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