Katie Holmes: 'No' to Old Lady Clothes, 'Yes' to Day-of-the-Week Underwear

07/12/2011 at 03:00 PM ET

Katie Holmes for InStyle
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Katie Holmes always manages to look fabulous when she’s on (and off) the red carpet, but the August InStyle cover girl says there’s a fine line between becoming a fashion do — and a fashion don’t. “I’m not afraid to try a new designer or do something trendy, but it has to look right on my body,” the Holmes & Yang designer tells the magazine. “You don’t want to look like a fashion victim!” To prevent any missteps, she has a list of looks she avoids. “Certain colors don’t work on me; yellow isn’t my friend. I don’t like big, pouffy sleeves. And some dresses, like if it has a big bow and skirt, are too old-ladyish on me. If I can wear it when I’m 80 I’m going to wait.” Speaking of 80, the actress says she hopes to “age gracefully.” And if not? “I’ll have to figure it out,” she jokes. “But I don’t think I’m ever going to do my lips — my sisters would kill me!” Telling InStyle that she’s very close with her three older sisters, the actress says she loved when they’d put makeup on her and comb her hair. Little did they know she’d later experiment with her tresses, dealing with the trials and tribulations of bobs and bangs, among other styles. But the star says it’s her current, long locks that suit her best. “Long hair makes me feel most like myself,” she shares. “And it’s much easier to deal with. If you have short hair and you’re having a bad hair day, it’s pretty obvious.” But what makes bad hair days a little better? According to Holmes, nice undies — her favorite splurge. “They make you feel special when you put them on in the morning,” she explains. “Even when I was a little girl I loved my ‘days of the week’ pairs. I love the hot pink ones, that makes my day!” Read more with Holmes in the August issue of InStyle, on newsstands July 15. –Kim Peiffer

VOTE ON HOLMES’S FASHION RISKS IN ‘WOULD YOU WEAR THESE TRENDS?’

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AM on

she’s pretty…and is now a fashion “icon” only because she came across her hubby’s money. but happy for her….not everyone gets to live that life!

nancy on

“And some dresses, like if it has a big bow and skirt, are too old-ladyish on me. If I can wear it when I’m 80 I’m going to wait.” didn’t she wear something like this a while back? Her fashion choices are horrible, she never wears anything appropriate for her body type.

Christina on

Funny, people commenting on how she is only a fashion icon because of her husband’s money…

No, she was a successful actress (not on his scale, but successful in her own right).

Her fashion choices are horrible? Pretty sure on her worst day she looks better than any average woman, including the ones posting negativity here…

bluebuns on

She is very pretty,, it is too bad that the magazine cover is AIRBRUSHED……….

Cathy Johnston on

Is Katie Holmes not a dead ringer for Kate Middleton, or what? Both Tom Cruise and Prince William married the classiest women in their continent. Katie is so beautiful and classy ditto Kate Middleton.

kate on

Barf.

Ava on

Haha! I love the “days of the week” undies comment:)

Amit on

Too airbrushed. Can hardly tell who the celeb is on some covered, it’s getting ridiculous.

ruth on

not getting lips done hey,does that sound like shes having a go at nicole kidman.

Lisa on

I don’t think she’ll have a problem aging well because she has the resources and access to the best products. That being said, I do take offense to someone’s comparison of her to Kate Middleton. She is nothing like the new Duchess. Katie lacks the sophistication, charm, fashion sense, and class that Kate brings to the table so effortlessly.

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