Winona Ryder's Style Confession: 'I've Worn Dresses to the Oscars That I Got for $10'

02/28/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Winona Ryder Red MagazineMax Abadian/Red

Winona Ryder was a red carpet staple at the Academy Awards in the 1990s (she was nominated for back-to-back awards in ’94 and ’95). And while most stars work with a stylist and undergo several fittings to find the perfect dress for their Oscars moments, Ryder reveals that she took a totally different approach.

“Most of my wardrobe is vintage, and I’ve worn dresses to the Oscars that I got for $10,” Ryder tells the U.K.’s Red magazine in its April issue. “Sean Penn’s last Haiti gala, I wore this vintage dress that I’d worn to a film premiere in 2005. I know that’s kind of a no-no in the fashion world, but why wear something just once if you love it?”

And though she’s partial to vintage finds in her everyday life, she looks equally comfortable in high-fashion ensembles, sporting a statement-making Louis Vuitton top, a structured Saint Laurent tux and an embellished John Rocha dress and Miu Miu jacket (below) for her shoot with the magazine.

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Winona Ryder Red MagazineMax Abadian/Red

Fashion choices aside, the 42-year-old actress also gets candid about a tumultuous time in her life. “My early thirties were rough. I went through stuff that I would have gone through, and probably should have gone through much younger, but I had spent my twenties working,” she explains. “Even when I was the right age for older roles, people thought of me as being younger. It was tough because I’d had so much success in my early twenties.”

For more of Ryder’s interview, click here. And tell us: What do you think of the star’s style mantra? Can you believe she wore $10 dresses to the Oscars?

–Brittany Talarico

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Angie on

She doesn’t age…at all! She’s just as pretty now as she was in her 20’s!

Pam on

Is she sure she paid for them at all? Lol jk. She looks great! She looks like Natalie Portman in the bottom picture.

donnatex on

I would have thought she just “lifted” them. lol!

Penny on

Seriously! This woman is still so beautiful! I know she hit a rough patch several years ago but at least it looks like she has taken care of herself. She’s beautiful!

Lola on

She is so gorgeous! Please someone give her a great movie role!

Hot on

My first thought was if the dresses cost $10 is that the price for the gas she used to go to the store and shoplift?

rachel on

She really doesn’t age! And she does look like Natalie Portman in the last photo. Glad she made it through that rough patch. I would really love to see her in more movies again — she’s a very talented actress. I watch Little Women every year over the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s my favorite movie of hers.

Katrina on

42? She really hasn’t aged

Andrea on

She probably switched out the tags. Why are we praising this woman, who was caught stealing from an upscale department store?

Guest on

Vintage spelled incorrectly in third paragraph. Hmmm ….. I’ve noticed numerous articles have typos lately.

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