Eva Mendes: Jeans Are My Worst Nightmare

04/01/2014 at 05:01 PM ET

Eva Mendes Flare Magazine PhotosCourtesy FLARE

You know all those people out there (and by people we mean celebrities) who claim to feel most “themselves” in jeans and a tee? Eva Mendes is not one of those stars. In fact, she tries to avoid denim whenever possible.

“I’m always in dresses, in skirts — I think they’re so easy,” the actress says in the May issue of FLARE magazine. “People are always saying, ‘I love jeans, they’re so casual and easy,’ but I think jeans aren’t easy. They’re my worst nightmare.”

The star also tends to avoid curve-hugging materials, which is surprising given her enviable shape. “It’s not that I’m against body-conscious clothes. I have worn them on the red carpet or out, but when I’m photographed in them, I always regret it,” she says. “For me, it’s always been the easy way out. When I wear something a little more revealing, I think, ‘Oh, gosh, I should have been more creative.'”

Eva Mendes Flare Magazine PhotosCourtesy FLARE

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And while Mendes tries to stay away from tight clothing, her mom urges her to show off her figure more. “My mother always says she wants to see me in more fitted things. She’s always saying, ‘Show off your body, it’s not always going to be like this!'” Mama Mendes also sends her daughter detailed outfit critique emails, with the subject line “Mom’s Review.” And Eva admits to appreciating the feedback.

“She’s usually on the money. If she doesn’t like something, I can usually see why — it didn’t photograph well or looked weird around the waist,” Mendes shares. She adds that getting dressed has a huge impact on the rest of her day. “It’s an important part of my day, what I choose to wear and put out there in the world. I also have to remember that I probably will be photographed at the gas pump.”

Eva Mendes Flare Magazine PhotosCourtesy FLARE

For more on her interview, check out the new issue of FLARE on newsstands on April 14. And tell us:What do you think of the Mendes’s style secrets? Do you like feel more comfortable in dresses or jeans? Share your thoughts below.

–Brittany Talarico

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Oh_Nuts on

Eva is the epitome of a lady. She always looks beautiful and has a classic style.

Personally I feel more comfortable in jeans but it is sometimes difficult to find the perfect top to go with them.

Nancy on

Could this woman be any more “Beige”?? YAWN.

Dee on

Beautiful woman, but I’m a bit grossed out by the first pic of her with her feet in the kitchen sink.

Patty on

I think and often say the EXACT same thing about jeans! I am most comfortable in a dress or a skirt! There is nothing wrong with stating what makes you most comfortable!

Dee on

She’s a beautiful woman, but I’m kind of grossed out by the first picture of her with her feet in a kitchen sink.

Dawn S on

Love love love her clothing line! Finally a beautiful and affordable line women can actually wear :)
Thanks!

Ceeteefeebs on

That kitchen (set?) is fabulous. But I do not for a second understand why the design team thought it was a good idea to photograph her washing her feet in the sink. Bizarre.

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