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Kate Hudson: 'I Can't Afford to Buy' the Dresses I Wear on Red Carpets!

11/12/2013 at 12:19 PM ET

Kate Hudson Harper's BazaarCourtesy Harper’s Bazaar

Kate Hudson may be known for her red carpet glamour (some major moments can be seen here, here and here — and they also happen to be her favorites from the last year) but she wants to set the record straight on one thing: Those gowns go back the minute she takes them off.

“People think we own all these dresses,” she says in the December/January issue of Harper’s Bazaar, “but we borrow them! I can’t afford to buy that stuff. There are certain things I splurge on, but it’s very rare, especially when you have two kids and school tuition. I’m not a big high-end fashion shopper. I wish I could, but the truth is things are just so expensive.”

RELATED PHOTOS: See more beautiful (and borrowed?) gowns in Last Night’s Look!

She credits some of that frugal attitude to being raised right by Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, and she always keeps it in mind when she’s thinking about her own fashion partnerships, with Ann Taylor and Fabletics (so far). “I really think that if I’m going to put my effort into something, I want to reach a larger amount of women, where they can afford the things I’m selling,” she says. “Especially with the economy. It doesn’t make sense to me anymore.”

To learn about her red carpet style crushes (they’re pretty similar to ours), her take on increasingly naked pop stars and the way she stays in shape even she’s not in the mood, check out the story on HarpersBazaar.com or in the new issue, on stands Nov. 26.

Are you surprised that she saves on clothes? Have you checked out her collections?

–Alex Apatoff

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Annie on

Comments on here are saying we are peasants and pions, if that is how you see yourself, then you have a problem. We are normal, these people are only rich because WE go to see their movies. If we did not, they would be NO ONES.

Mommie Dearest on

Some people can’t afford to buy clothes. Period.

Debbie Vavrek on

Gee, what happened to showing commonsense in buying clothing even tho’ you might be able to pay more? She seems to be showing some ethics in not spending excessive amounts of money for things that will sit in her closet more than be worn. To be so critical of someone’s desire to be practical rather than go “Kardasian” in this “over the top” industry to me, should be supported. Remind me of why the Kardasians are famous? They made their money how? Acting, singing, oh yeah spending too much money on themselves!!!! Kudos to Kate for being a better example to young people! Just because you have “earned lots of money”, doesn’t mean you have to spend it foolishly!

bfd on

Why would you buy when you can borrow? While I doubt Kate is shopping Target and Old Navy I’m sure her closet is full of things most women would consider an extravagance.

Pamela on

Oh poor baby! Her comment are NOT credible….

Lyn on

It is sad that she made herself look “terrible” by saying that she cannot afford to buy the dresses she wears on the red carpet, when we ALL know that she can afford them.

Tina on

Really? Can’t afford them? Now that’s just insulting our intelligence.

jaime on

Just b/c a celeb is “worth” so much, doesn’t mean they have that much money in the bank. She prob. can “afford” the dresses she wears, but chooses not to buy them b/c what’s the point in buying something you’ll only wear once. Spending that much money on unnecessary frivolous things will eventually lead to bankruptcy. She’s seems down to earth and very smart.

Latinagirl@yahoo.com on

Agree with smailepsu! I have always liked Kate. She seems so down to earth and funny!

JB on

Wow…the comments here are rough. I think it’s commendable Kate chooses to spend her money elsewhere. She may have a high net worth, but it’s not “cash” to spend. Good for her for being down to earth and spending her money elsewhere besides on fancy clothes she will only wear once. Plus I’m sure she’s looking out for her family and kids for the future. Count me as one who likes her.

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