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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postathread on

ugh, these celebrities that say the “PC” thing, because they want to sound like they can “relate” to the average American…please don’t insult the average American with your patronizing. raised in a celebrity household with all the perks that go along with it, hardly believe this nonsense.

Tee on

Tisk tisk Kate, trying to come off as though you’re in the same category as everyday women. Everyday women firstly, don’t attend red carpet, media stacked events. Everyday women come no where near the salary you make for a movie, a percentage of ticket sales (or anything else tied in to making additional money from a movie). I’m pretty certain whether your movie(s) are box office hits, or not, you get your multi-millon dollar salary! Everyday women don’t own numerous homes (in more than one state, and country), nor do we fly first class or as you do, by private plane, many times a year. We don’t do magazine shoots for covers. We don’t vacation in exotic, with skyrocket costs causing no worries. We don’t get handed all kinds of free products just because we’re who we are. I could go on but I think I’ve made my point.

Stephanie on

1) We know they don’t own those dresses. They get everything free at awards shows.
2) We also know that she can buy whatever she wants.
3) She had plenty to spend on her boobs and belly. (We’ve seen the before and after pics.)
4) We aren’t stupid.
5) She’s not in touch with reality. Obviously.

Zarah on

Oh, what a load of BS. If she chooses not to buy the dresses, it does not mean she can’t afford them. She is a wealthy, very wealthy person by any means, and there are a lot of commoners who make a fraction of her money and still pay private school tuition for their children. Those definitely can’t afford all this glitter.

Vivienne on

Gosh that pisses me off!!! Can’t afford these dresses? I’m not rich by any means, and yet i could still afford one of these dresses, and i’m only on a pension, pay rent, bills, have a child, and i’m a single parent! As long as i’d put a little bit of money away each fortnight, i could buy one. I wouldn’t though as i’d much prefer my money going on my daughters education. And here Kate hudson, whose got all these movies under her belt, and her husband has money from his music, can’t afford a dress? Urghh… It should be like, ‘i could afford this dress if i wanted too, but i choose not too due to my thrifty lifestyle.’ And FYI, what fashion designer doesn’t allow their celeb to keep the outfit after they’ve modelled it for the red carpet, premieres and such, when they’re the ones who are selling the outfit. Look at Paris Hilton, she gets to keep EVERYTHING she wears. I would think it was the same for Kate Hudson too, as well as all those other celebrities who have millions sitting within their bank.

Kay on

PPAALLEEEESSSEE!!!!! I get if she doens’t WANT to buy the dresses…. but to say she can’t afford them! What a pathetic thing to say! Just shut up and enjoy your money!

Ross on

She’s lying. Her career is non-existent because she’s in fact void of any talent. As Malique says Hudson is FOS.

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