Bryce Dallas Howard on Buying Her Red Carpet Gowns Online: 'These Types of Dresses Aren't Available' to Size Sixes

01/18/2016 at 11:03 AM ET

Bryce Dallas Howard already proved that she’s got guts by running through the Hawaiian jungle in heels (and subsequently, weathering the heels-related backlash with good humor). And now she’s taking on the fashion industry — and looking good while doing so — by exposing exactly how difficult it is to participate in the red carpet “machine” when you aren’t sample size.

Bryce Dallas Howard buys her own dressesMichael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon


Stepping onto the Critics’ Choice Awards red carpet in a plunging Pierre Balmain gown, purchased online for $1,300 from Forward by Elyse Walker, Howard explained why she prefers to buy her own dresses rather than rely on a stylist to bring her samples.

“That’s the comfortable way to go through these things,” she says of prepping for big red carpets. “I alluded to this a little before [at the Golden Globes], but it’s when you’re not ‘sample’ size, or when you don’t have a direct relationship with a designer, or if you don’t have a lot of notice, those types of size 6 dresses just aren’t that available that much … So, what I found is that if something is sort of last-minute, or I don’t have a good relationship with a place, then I go to Neiman’s, or I get something online.”

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And buying your own clothes is certainly no barrier to sexiness — just check out the head-turning Emilio Pucci gown she bought from Neiman Marcus for the Jurassic Park premiere, or her mega-plunge from Sunday night, about which she admitted that there was some movie magic keeping everything where it was meant to be.

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“Well, I’m really taped, and I’m trying to stand up straight,” she told reporters, laughing, “and I’m touching my breasts a lot, pushing them down, and trying to make sure that the tape is still sticking, and I hope it’s not awkward for anyone.”

Also true no matter whether you buy or borrow your dress? You’re hating your heels by the end of the night. “Shoes off, of course,” Howard says of the first thing she does when she gets home. “Actually at the Golden Globes I realized that I was in my shoes for twelve hours straight, and I was like, “I’m getting stress fractures here! I definitely have stress fractures on my feet right now!”

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— Alex Apatoff, reporting by Reagan Alexander

FILED UNDER: Dresses , Fashion , Red Carpet
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QueenZerina on

I’ve always thought that she’s stunning. I love her honesty and I love how she’s looked this awards season.

Elle on

She may not be a “sample size” but she looks better than 95% of the actresses in Hollywood

Dajoka on

Bravo Bryce, you look amazing.

Kelly122 on

I find it surprising that the designers aren’t clamouring to have Bryce Dallas Howard in their dresses! She is lovely, talented and the daughter of one of the best directors in the business. Good for her for telling the truth and not being afraid to show that beauty doesn’t just come in “sample size”!!!

Claire on

If a size 6 is becoming “plus size,” then there’s no hope for the rest of us. Bryce looks healthy and stunning!

eloiseroseboutique on

Honestly, if I was a designer I would want to form a working relationship with Bryce and dress her for everything because she is one of the most stunning actresses in Hollywood and very likeable. Huge opportunity being missed by designers right now!!!

@Claire on

It’s not that 6s are near plus size, it’s that the designers are taking the path of least resistance: only making dresses in size 2 (maybe 4, but I’m not sure). So if you’re not a celeb like J.Lo (with designer access, stylists, tailors, endless resources, etc), it won’t be easy for you to get a size 6 custom made.

wow on

And size 6 is big now??? Holy s—

Vamanos on

She’s so cool! She is gangster for doing this.

Lou on

This website won’t show up properly on my i phone – you may want to try and repair that

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