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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Sherae on

WOW you guys are really angry and hostile today. So, a celeb who spends ridiculous money on clothes is a jerk to you but one who says that stuff is too expensive for me to want to buy is a jerk TOO? There’s no pleasing some people, I guess. At least the not chronically bitter ones. Leave Kate alone.

Nannyto1 on

Maybe she can afford them and maybe she just chooses not to buy them. Does it really matter? Bottom line – she says that she has other places to spend her money and her kids are on the top of the list. Good for her :-)

Nannyto1 on

And in answer to mrsmass… yes most, if not all, of the gowns on the Red Carpet are borrowed. It’s a big competition for the designers to have the stars wear their gowns. Just like all of the bling they wear is borrowed too.

Sandsman101 on

Having money, and spending money are not synonymous for everyone, hence the distinction between old money and nouveau riche. Her sensibility may be telling her they are too expensive, not her bank account…

Angie on

I think many of you fail to realize that their net worth includes their assets, not just what is in their bank. While she may be worth 38 million, a LOT of that is tied up in investments, like her homes, vehicles, boats, etc..and I completely agree with what some of you have said about celebrities never being able to win. No matter what they do they’re criticized and much of that criticism comes from the same people that would criticize even if they did or said the exact thing that you’re telling them to. Also, as “Sandsman” said, “her sensibility may be telling her it’s too expensive, not her bank account.”.

Annie on

BOO HOO. She can afford a nose and boob job. What a spoiled brat.

Annie on

what a phony full-of-herself brat. go get some more plastic surgery and stop talking.

me on

Why do any of you think you know the state of her financials? You make up what you think you know about her based on tabloids, etc. You don’t know what her bills are (mortgages, children’s schooling, agent fees, etc).

d on

I think she more meant she didn’t want to put that amount of money into a dress. Even if wealthy it wouldn’t be wise to buy those types of dresses at a whim but maybe more a one off.

brandy on

there is a difference between affording them and having common sense about buying them… stop giving her a hard time because she is saying that she does NOT want to afford these items. If she had said that she has entire closet with dresses that cost thousands of dollars you all would be bashing her because of it.. she is saying that she does not WANT to but a $10,000 dress that she wears 1 time.. lets be nicer…

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