Zoë Saldana: 'We're Prone to Tacky Every Now and Then'

03/18/2013 at 10:30 AM ET

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Skin is not in for Zoë Saldana.

The actress, 34 — with positive reinforcement from her stylist, Petra Flannery — prefers to keep things covered on red carpets, though that wasn’t always the case.

“She taught me that you don’t necessarily need to wear less to look sexy,” Saldana told PEOPLE on Wednesday at The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo’s 25 Most Powerful Stylists luncheon in West Hollywood, where she celebrated Flannery’s No. 2 ranking, as well as their magazine cover together.

“You go through those phases where sometimes you feel super sexy and you want to wear something tight and short. We’re prone to tacky every now and then,” she said. “[Petra] always makes me see it on another end, and you end up feeling so much sexier. We always choose class over anything else.”

But it doesn’t matter what the style is that Saldana wears — she just wants it to be her own.

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“The trend of trying to dress like everybody else is the tackiest and most dishonest thing you can do to yourself,” she said. “You suffer so much because you don’t ever really find your own true voice.”

As for what she loves right now, “I’m into jeans on jeans,” she said. “There’s a Johnny Depp thing to it that I’m digging and I feel really sexy wearing it.”

And on her perpetual must-have list: “Red lipstick will never go out of style,” she said. “There’s no such thing as not pulling it off. My grandma taught me this. Every woman can pull off red lipstick; you just have to find the right shade. Red looks good on all of us. Nature made red for us.”

Tell us: Do you agree with Saldana’s style philosophies?

–Dahvi Shira

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Sandy on

Don’t dress like someone else. I’m doing a Johnny Depp thing. Hmmm.

Samantha on

Don’t dress like someone else…. get dressed BY someone else says stylist Petra! LOL

Yahoo on

That’s exactly what I thought when she made that Johnny Depp comment. WTF?

Andrea on

Is there such thing as a Hollywood celeb being original?? They’re all dressed by someone else. What is jeans on jeans anyway..?? I’m out of the loop obviously.

zusje on

I love the way ZoĆ« Saldana dresses 99% of the time.Always classy,feminine and just the right amount of sexy.She’s got her few misses(who hasn’t?) but she’s usually on the top of my “best dressed list”.Glad to hear a young,beautiful actress say that you don’t need to be undressed to look good and sexy!

Isabella on

She needs to wear feminine clothes because her face is masculine she looks old and haggard.

Zoe on

“The trend of trying to dress like everyone else is tacky and dishonest…” yet she’s following the “style” of red lipstick and wearing clothes in a way that another celebrity made famous?

It is so annoying when celebrities feel the need to preach about why they are the way they are. There is no harm in wanting to wear denim or red lipstick because you saw it on someone else and think it looks good.

Good grief. Celebrities are really in to themselves.

Besides, what mature, adult human needs another adult to dress them anyways? I would be so embarrassed to admit that. It makes these women (and men) look and sound like a bunch of ditzes.

Cami on

I think people assume she just called up people and made these comments! Everything in this article is taken out of context. She is no doubt responding to questions asked of her! It’s not preaching if you are answering a question!

Elle on

I think her point is to be yourself and don’t worry about what other people are doing, not that you can’t be inspired someone else…that will always happen! Love her style!

oohlala on

Trying to dress like everyone else is the ‘MOST’ dishonest thing you can do to yourself?? I could think of a bit weightier issuse, ex. staying in an abusive relationship, etc., but I guess we’re all prone to making too dramatic a point…

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