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Katie Holmes: ‘No’ to Old Lady Clothes, ‘Yes’ to Day-of-the-Week Underwear


Katie Holmes always manages to look fabulous when she’s on (and off) the red carpet, but the August InStyle cover girl says there’s a fine line between becoming a fashion do — and a fashion don’t. “I’m not afraid to try a new designer or do something trendy, but it has to look right on my body,” the Holmes & Yang designer tells the magazine. “You don’t want to look like a fashion victim!” To prevent any missteps, she has a list of looks she avoids. “Certain colors don’t work on me; yellow isn’t my friend. I don’t like big, pouffy sleeves. And some dresses, like if it has a big bow and skirt, are too old-ladyish on me. If I can wear it when I’m 80 I’m going to wait.” Speaking of 80, the actress says she hopes to “age gracefully.” And if not? “I’ll have to figure it out,” she jokes. “But I don’t think I’m ever going to do my lips — my sisters would kill me!” Telling InStyle that she’s very close with her three older sisters, the actress says she loved when they’d put makeup on her and comb her hair. Little did they know she’d later experiment with her tresses, dealing with the trials and tribulations of bobs and bangs, among other styles. But the star says it’s her current, long locks that suit her best. “Long hair makes me feel most like myself,” she shares. “And it’s much easier to deal with. If you have short hair and you’re having a bad hair day, it’s pretty obvious.” But what makes bad hair days a little better? According to Holmes, nice undies — her favorite splurge. “They make you feel special when you put them on in the morning,” she explains. “Even when I was a little girl I loved my ‘days of the week’ pairs. I love the hot pink ones, that makes my day!” Read more with Holmes in the August issue of InStyle, on newsstands July 15.Kim Peiffer