myStyle Q&A: Nikki Reed
You probably know Nikki Reed as Rosalie Hale in the Twilight series, but you probably didn't know about her strong dedication to charity work. From supporting those with autism to rescuing shelter animals, the rising actress loves to give back during her time off the set. We sat down with her at a George, Gina & Lucy handbag launch celebrating their Orignals Collection at Fred Segal. Nikki dished on her favorite fashions and favorite causes at the event, where part of the proceeds went to Heal the Bay.
What are you wearing right now? My dress is Aaron Ashe, my heels are Michael Kors and my bag is of course, George, Gina & Lucy.
What's your fashion philosophy? For a long time I was just trying to figure out what I wanted my style to be, and I guess, you know, it's flexible. I like to be comfortable, so for a lot of the brands I go after it's more about what it feels like than what it looks like.
Who are your style icons? In a classic way, Kate Winslet definitely. I love how she dresses. If I'm going for a younger, more flirty look than Rachel Bilson. She is fantastic in her style, she always looks so cute. I'm also a big fan of the Olsen twins because of their line, The Row.
Has your style changed since you found fame? I guess it has changed somewhat just because I have access to better clothes. But I've always been about comfy stuff, chunky jewelry and just having an eclectic style. I grew up pretty poor so my mom made all of my clothes. It always made me feel very special because even if I got a pair of hand-me-downs, she would sew on some beads at the bottom or some lace down the side. She was always doing something to make the piece feel like it was just my own.
What has been your worst fashion blunder? It's hard to say, I probably have one of those every week. So it's not like it's always perfect, and there's only one I can remember. Quite often I look in the mirror and think, I probably shouldn't have worn that.
What are your go-to staples for summer? Little dresses and flowing things. There's a line called Heather, and they just make very nice and comfortable dresses. I almost wore a dress by them tonight. The fit of their line just works very well for my body type. I have a very tiny, petite frame with a narrow waist so a lot of cinched things don't look good on me. I try to stick to billowy clothes.
What is a statement piece you can't live without? In general, I would say my jewelry. I wear my same jewelry every day. I like vintage, I like mixing and matching. I don't pick silver over gold and vice versa; I like to mix metals. I'm also about combining inexpensive jewelry with pricier pieces. Like my watch was only ten dollars, while my ring was obviously not ten dollars.
What was your last splurge? I don't really splurge on myself. I love buying things for other people though. I buy my husband things, I buy my mom things. Recently I bought my mom these really awesome moccasin shoes that were probably more expensive than they should have been.
What are your favorite causes? Well, Heal the Bay is one of them obviously. It's why I'm here tonight. I actually asked them what the proceeds specifically go towards, and they said it's all about educating kids. I grew up in the L.A. school system, and they didn't teach us anything about marine life at all. One common misconception is that the sewage is cleaned and that it's not toxic by the time it makes it to the ocean. But it does all go into the ocean, and they don't tell us that. So I really love this charity, and I want to be more involved with them. Also my little brother is autistic so I'm really involved with autism organizations, and I volunteer for an animal rescue charity called Bark N Bitches, which is amazing.
Where do you see yourself in five years? I don't know because if you had asked me that question five years ago, I wouldn't have said married and look where I am. Life just happens. I try not to plan everything.
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