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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Cindy on

Wow! She’s beautiful!! Glad to see she’s doing well!

HKT on

This is one that has gotten more and more beautiful with age. Good on her.

HKT on

This is one that just gets more and more gorgeous as time passes, and I say good on her. I have always loved her in everything she’s been in.

Samantha on

She looks so damn good for 42 . . Love her with the long hair . .8

Jm on

What a pretty lady. She looks lovely. How quaint to be your own stylist and wear inexpensive vintage dresses. She seems a bit more down to earth than other actresses.

Kat on

I think it’s so funny how we decide we “like” or dislike celebrities solely based upon how they come off in the media. My sister works as a scenic and tells me how they behave when nobody is looking and it’s usually appalling.

She worked with Wynona on The Crucible and said she would constantly yell at the young kids who were cast as extras if they were too noisy, telling them to shut the F up. She was demanding and extremely rude to the crew.

Anyone with that much wealth that steals clothing an gets caught has some bad karma. I don’t think we should pity her.

Noonie on

I love, love, love Winona. She made some mistakes, has paid for them and is getting back into films. Ahem, anyone remember Robert Downey Jr. and all his drug nonsense? If he can clean his act up and be forgiven, then Winona is overdue. She’s a lovely, fine actress who needs higher profile roles. You go, Winona!

Ale on

Some people here are just idiots. How long ago did she shoplift? she made a mistake, everybody makes mistakes. Can you imagine being reminded about something you did years ago on a daily basis? Get over yourselves and get a life of your own.

Hotgal on

She’s aging very well indeed, still as pretty as a girl in her 20s. But what happen to her family – boyfriend/spouse/kids? It’s time to get cracking with that Winona.

Nicole on

I think this is the best she has looked in years.

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