She’s donned psychedelic ’60s outfits during her run on American Dreams, so bright, bold colors don’t scare Brittany Snow at all. But if she had her way, it would be T-shirts every day. "I like to wear a lot of guys’ clothes," she tells OK!. The 22-year-old, who can next be seen in the horror flick Prom Night, takes a breather with OK! to chat about her casual style, why she doesn’t like jewelry and how important it was to open up about her eating disorder.
How would you describe your fashion style?
I dress comfortable and casual. I like to mix it up with vintage ’70s stuff and I like to wear a lot of guys’ clothes. As far as night stuff, I have my stylist [Nicole Chavez] direct me in the right way. We have a vintage glamour, age-appropriate, pretty thing going. But if it was up to me, I’d wear jeans and a T- shirt every day and call it a day.
Do you like to shop ’til you drop?
No. I don’t really like shopping that much. I’ve never been a mall person. I can only do it for so long.
What’s your best vintage find recently?
One would be these vintage boots I found in New Orleans while doing Blackwater Transit. They’re $20. I found this amazing store in New Orleans which was a vintage store and this lady had been there 50 years and wore huge hats and the store went on and on for room after room of vintage stuff and I got these coats and things you can never find in L.A. that were so regal. I spent a lot of time in that store, took back many suitcases.
Who are your favorite contemporary designers?
I like Stella McCartney, Chloe, Alexander McQueen, Aaron Featherstone, normal Chanel if I can ever afford it, I’d be wearing that all the time! I like to admire from afar.
You’re not getting freebies?
Not from Chanel! I don’t think I’m that level yet.
What fashion trend will you jump on for spring?
I will not be doing safari. I just don’t think I’m a safari girl. It’s so cliché to say florals for spring. I really like a vintage-like dress that’s floral. You can belt it; I like belts. I like wearing pretty dresses that are really comfortable, that you can spend the day in but also feel girly.
Is it hard to develop your own style if you have a stylist? How does that whole collaboration work?
It’s easier because she can pull certain things for me, can get things for me I obviously couldn’t get for myself but I think we, over time, developed what I really like. Because of working with her, now I’m more able to tell her no, I don’t like those shoes with it or that bag with it. Or, I really like that dress. Before, I was so intimidated by the whole fashion world. Now, I embrace it and realize it is part of the territory of being an actress.
Do you like jewelry?
Yeah. I don’t wear that much jewelry because I have a habit, especially with rings, of taking them off when I get nervous and I leave them places so I love getting jewelry. I used to be obsessed with buying old vintage jewelry but I don’t ever really wear it, so I have drawers of vintage jewelry that I never wear. I always steal my mom’s stuff — she has some great stuff from the ’60s.
Have you had one really bad fashion disaster?
My fashion before the age of 17, 18, was one big fashion disaster after the next. I don’t know what I was thinking but I look back and laugh. I didn’t care that much; I wore whatever I liked. I’ve worn my share of leopard pink boots to premieres or belts the size of cars. I thought my pink leopard boots were so cool.
You’re single now. What’s that like?
I don’t know. It’s definitely interesting because I really loved being in a relationship. I’m still very close with my ex. Being single is really important because you have time to do things for yourself and learn about who you are and have some alone time. Some days, I just go out by myself and start shooting — phography wise — things. Because I’m so busy and like to hang out with my friends, you don’t get that time, so it’s been good. It’s been fun.
When do you think you’ll be ready to date again?
Oh, gosh, dating is so scary and crazy. I’ve made a lot of guy friends in this whole thing, and I’ve realized what I want and deserve, which is good. I think when it happens, it happens. I can’t put a time on it, then I put too much pressure on it, it will never happen, and I’m just happy being by myself right now and getting to hang out with my best friend.
You were very candid about battling anorexia.
I wanted to set the record straight and tell everyone I hope to get awareness out there and help some girls who are going through this. I don’t know too many girls who don’t have some sort of body/food thing, whether it’s an eating disorder or not and it’s kind of not talked about. It’s viewed as being vain or done for attention. I wanted to tell my story to help people.
What feedback did you get from female fans?
I’ve gotten so many e-mails, letters from girls who simply have said they’ve realized there’s hope and I can get better. When I’m running errands, I’ve gotten stopped by girls on the verge of tears telling me how much they appreciate me telling my story and getting the message out there. So many e-mails from parents thanking me for making their daughter or their son not feel so alone. When I get letters like that, I realize I did it for the right reasons and I know why I did it.
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