Lea Michele's Biggest Red Carpet Regret

07/23/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

Lea Michele
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Lea Michele is a best dressed list regular at StyleWatch, but things weren’t always that way — and the star is the first to admit it. 

“At the beginning — at a lot of the Glee press stuff — I was sort of dressing myself and I wasn’t used to taking pictures,” Michele told PEOPLE at the unveiling of Valspar Hands for Habitat — an initiative that auctions colorful handprints of celebrities to benefit Habitat for Humanity — in New York City on Friday. “So, the awkwardness didn’t help the not-so-great outfits.”

Now, the Glee star calls on top Hollywood stylist Estee Stanley to help put together her outfits, some of which recently have been sexier than usual: think leg baring, plunging and body hugging. “I feel really good, well-rested and happy. I’m just in a really good place in my life,” the star explained. “And I think when you personally feel good, you could put on anything and just sort of rock it.”

And though the native New Yorker loves designers like Oscar de la Renta (which she wears above), Versace, Pucci and Stella McCartney for the red carpet, it’s the opposite when’s she’s off duty. “I’m casual, comfortable — shorts, flowy tops, flats, boyfriend jeans, T-shirts, maxi dresses — I have my flats right over there waiting for me to pop on!”

For more information on Valspar Hands for Habitat and to bid on a handprint (including Michele’s), visit the campaign’s Facebook page. Tell us: What do you think of Michele’s red carpet style?

—Jennifer Cress

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Valérie on

I love it. She was so adorable. She look good all the time. I love her.

Kim on

I guess the initial awkward posing explains her red carpet posing routine. She definitely took a lot of time practicing those poses to get them right!

Carole on

She often looks like she’s trying too hard. I’ve been keeping an eye on her appearances for a while and her style seems to always be tight and showing lots of skin. It feels like she’s trying very hard to be sexy because she plays a teenager on TV. I’m always amused when she wears really short dresses and has to put her hand on her thigh when she tries to sit down in them.

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