Blake Lively is one of the most stylish woman in Hollywood, but early in her career, the actress didn't have designers eager to dress her for the red carpet. That's when Lively turned to Forever 21.
The "Gossip Girl" star, 31, admitted she used to wear outfits from the budget fashion chain to red carpet events and pass off the ensembles as "vintage."
"I wore Forever 21 much longer than I admitted," Lively said in a new InStyle interview with "The Handmaid's Tale" star Sydney Sweeney. (She previously shared the story about this yellow dress with Glamour UK.)
Lively, who doesn't work with a stylist, said she decided to fib about her outfits after she wore Forever 21 to one of the first red carpet events of her career and was "so shamed for it."
"For me, fashion is a form of self-expression. It also really takes me out of my comfort zone," she said. "One of the reasons I'm an actor is that I’m naturally very shy, so it's liberating to dress up and pretend to be someone else."
As if Lively couldn't already be even more relatable, she has one tip that everyone can steal the next time they want to feel confident rocking a new outfit.
"If you pretend that you're J.Lo, that helps," she said.