Rachel Bilson Once Gave a Dress a 'Fashion Funeral'

09/12/2011 at 10:30 AM ET

Rachel Bilson, Women's HealthCourtesy Women’s Health

What’s Rachel Bilson‘s secret to landing atop so many best-dressed lists? Taking funky finds and giving them her own twist.

“I don’t like things that look too pulled together,” she tells Women’s Health magazine. “I like the casual touch on a dressy outfit. A vintage dress with designer shoes is always a safe bet. Or a vintage blouse with a pair of jean shorts.”

The avid eBay shopper, who also has a home line, constantly updates her collection by visiting antique shops and vintage stores every time she finds herself in a new city. But sometimes modifying her outfits comes with a bit of a risk. “I cut a vintage dress recently, and it was not a good result,” she says. “I cut it way too short. We had a funeral — there were tears.”

And though the stylish star has a passion for all things fashion, there are certain accessories that really make her drool: shoes. “I’m obsessed,” she says of her fetish for footwear, which involves designs by Charlotte Olympia. “I love her colors and textures. I have these emerald-green ones and a cool yellow raffia pair by her. They’re pumps, but I love wedges too …” For more with Bilson, pick up the October issue of Women’s Health, on newsstands Tuesday.

–Kim Peiffer

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