Lucy Hale's Style Mantra: I Work With Basic Pieces and Make Them My Own

01/07/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Lucy Hale PEOPLE StyleWatch Cover

What’s the best way to tackle the Big Freeze that’s plaguing half of the country? By buying the February issue of PEOPLE StyleWatch on your tablet and checking out our Spring Fashion preview. And as if a sneak peek at warm-weather styles doesn’t get your blood pumping immediately, then our latest cover girl definitely will: the always stylish and sweet Lucy Hale is dishing on her fashion philosophy.

One thing the Pretty Little Liars star is sure of, stylewise: any look is better when she puts her own stamp on it. “I think in life I’m pretty casual,” she shares. “I’m 24 now and I think I’ve come into my own. I work with basic pieces and make them my own. Like right now, I’m wearing skinny jeans and a tee, but I’ve added a vest and studded boots. It’s wearing everyday pieces that everyone has and adding accessories to make them my own. When I’m at events or on the show or on the carpet, I love a great dress and heels, but every day, I live in jeans.”

And while denim is her go-to, Hale loves to slip into a cocktail dress and play with makeup every once and a while. “I think there is something so great about an LBD. Black is my favorite color. I think everyone looks amazing in it, and I think every woman has that one black dress they feel confident in. And you can’t go wrong adding a red lip.”

With 2014 well underway, Hale has set her sights on being healthy. “I think overall, I need to drink more water,” she says. “I live on coffee, I have three a day. I need more water and to get more rest, eat more things that are green.”

For more on Hale’s style, buy the February issue of PEOPLE StyleWatch on tablets now, or pick it up on newsstands Friday, Jan. 10! And tell us: What’s your style or beauty resolution for the new year?

–Brittany Talarico

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