Winona Ryder's Style Confession: 'I've Worn Dresses to the Oscars That I Got for $10'

02/28/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

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Winona Ryder was a red carpet staple at the Academy Awards in the 1990s (she was nominated for back-to-back awards in ’94 and ’95). And while most stars work with a stylist and undergo several fittings to find the perfect dress for their Oscars moments, Ryder reveals that she took a totally different approach.

“Most of my wardrobe is vintage, and I’ve worn dresses to the Oscars that I got for $10,” Ryder tells the U.K.’s Red magazine in its April issue. “Sean Penn’s last Haiti gala, I wore this vintage dress that I’d worn to a film premiere in 2005. I know that’s kind of a no-no in the fashion world, but why wear something just once if you love it?”

And though she’s partial to vintage finds in her everyday life, she looks equally comfortable in high-fashion ensembles, sporting a statement-making Louis Vuitton top, a structured Saint Laurent tux and an embellished John Rocha dress and Miu Miu jacket (below) for her shoot with the magazine.

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Winona Ryder Red MagazineMax Abadian/Red

Fashion choices aside, the 42-year-old actress also gets candid about a tumultuous time in her life. “My early thirties were rough. I went through stuff that I would have gone through, and probably should have gone through much younger, but I had spent my twenties working,” she explains. “Even when I was the right age for older roles, people thought of me as being younger. It was tough because I’d had so much success in my early twenties.”

For more of Ryder’s interview, click here. And tell us: What do you think of the star’s style mantra? Can you believe she wore $10 dresses to the Oscars?

–Brittany Talarico

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Karolina on

She’s 42?! This woman is ageless! She looks absolutely gorgeous. I would really like to see her in more roles.

Katy on

First an article on Drew Barrymore, now Winona Ryder … Two of my favorites from the 80’s and 90’s! I just watched Reality Bites the other day, for the millionth time … one of my fave Winona movies.
P.S. to Andrea … get over the whole shoplifting thing. It was ages ago and everyone else has.

An opinon on

Andrea, “S/he who is WITHOUT sin, caste the first stone.”

Tigs on

Loved her in Black Swan

Tigs on

oops, thought that was Natalie Portman

Driane on

I read these boards and I’m amazed at the number of mean spirited people. It’s been years people. Give her a chance

rachel on

@an opinion — I was about to write the exact same thing. Everyone has sinned. Some bigger than others, but no one is perfect.

Katie on

Matt Damon must be one weird dude to have live with her for 3 years.

Steacy on

My God- do you people get over nothing?

CatW on

she looks amazing, love her and glad she is coming back :)

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