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Kate Hudson Loves a Body Chain (But Won't Be Caught Dead in Birkenstocks)

05/30/2014 at 10:30 AM ET

Kate Hudson has been having a street style moment lately. Okay, she pretty much always steps out of the house looking amazing, but there is one trendy style move she made that we’re still talking about — the body chain. (See photo below for reference.) Hudson layered her ab jewelry under a crop top last week in N.Y.C., so when we chatted on the phone with her this week we had to ask about the secret to pulling it off (luckily, she didn’t say “7,000 crunches”).

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“I think you can pull anything off as long as you feel good in it,” Hudson tells PEOPLE. “There are days I’m not feeling the body chain and there are days I’m really feeling the body chain. I think for me that my favorite style in women is when it’s authentically coming from themselves and what they feel most comfortable in. I think trends are fun, but it’s really about someone’s personal style fitting into trends.”

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One trend the Fabletics co-founder won’t be trying this summer, however, are the extremely popular Birkenstocks, which have had a huge revival (and yes, even we have been picking up a pair or two).

“I can’t wrap my ahead around Birkenstocks,” she shares. “I get it at home, they’re super comfortable, but for me personally I like when things are sexy. I don’t see sexy in Birkenstocks. I just don’t like the way the foot looks in the shoes. They cover the most sexy part of the foot, cut off your toes, cut off your arches. I’d rather wear flip flops. Tevas must be the next thing.”

Her aversion to the popular sandal may be a result of not being a fan of the ’90s trends. “The ’90s were my least favorite. I remember watching 90210 and thinking to myself, ‘What are these outfits?’ I remember going, like, ‘Oh My God, I just don’t get it.’ For me the crop top was ’80s, the ’90s were not my favorite.”

Would you wear a body chain? How about Birkenstocks? Are you into the ’90s thing? Share your thoughts below.

–Brittany Talarico

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Just Saying on

Isn’t she a bit old for this trend?

bitsy on

but she is all about some $850 sunglasses that she designed.

bitsy on

@Just Syaing…totally agree!

Ryan on

Having a “style moment” lately….seriously?

guest on

Funny how she was like a self-proclaimed hippie back when she was married to Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes….. now she’s some fashion diva. Weird.

Camille on

I SCEEVE body chains…!

Lala on

The 90s were great (same goes for the 80s). Hudson, however, isn’t.

Guest on

Haven’t we seen her in Ugg Boots – so unsexy!!

linda lou on

Seriously? Like should anyone care?

DearKate on

Wear a bra.

guest on

First of all, what in the heck is a body chain??? Second, what’s so bad about Birkenstocks? A lot of classy people wear them. And if she were caught dead in them, it wouldn’t matter because she wouldn’t know anyway.

Hilda on

She doesn’t need a bra, just “pasties”. There is nothing sexy about her.

Diane on

LOL, Kate. I’m with you. Can’t stand Birkenstocks either. They are especially atrocious when worn with ankle socks.

sandy on

I do think a body chain is highly sexy when just a bit of it shows (a la Kate); in my opinion, most things are much sexier when revealed only a little. Caveat: Another commenter noted that body chains may have an age cut-off. Kate seems right on the edge of it; when one reaches the early-mid 30s, wearing a body chain will be “trying too hard.” As for the Birkenstocks, they are, for me, a lot like kale: healthy choice for the body, but so distasteful.

Luca on

Seriously. When was she ever a fashion icon? She’d be nowhere without her moms fame. I feel if they’re good enough to be worn in the house, they should be good enough to be seen outdoors as well. She needs to get off her high horse because her days have passed.

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