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Ginnifer Goodwin's Style Motto: 'I Believe in Falling on My Face & Getting Back Up Again'

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Ginnifer Goodwin loves to keep her red carpet looks interesting, and the actress couldn’t care less if she ends up on a ‘worst dressed’ list — all that matters to her is that she took a risk.

“I believe in falling on my face, getting back up and trying again,” Goodwin told PEOPLE at the Listerine 21 Day Challenge in N.Y.C. on Tuesday. “Clothes are a form of personal expression.”

And with that expression comes “countless” red carpet regrets — so many in fact that she couldn’t name just one. “Usually I work with stylists, and that’s usually a very good idea,” she said. “[Then] sometimes I’ll go, ‘I can do this myself!’ And I’ll wear something horrendous and be like, ‘Ah, what did I do?'”

Though we’re big fans of the star’s favored bold, colorful dresses, we might be seeing less of them in her red carpet future. “I know that I want to change [my style] up, but I don’t know what that means exactly yet,” she said. “I’m 34 — about to be 35 — and I feel my maturity in some ways, so it’s time that my wardrobe evolves [with me].”

While you wait to see where Goodwin takes her fashion next, you can join the star on the Listerine 21 Day Challenge and “swish” for a good cause: For every person who signs up, Listerine will donate to the Smiles Across America program, which provides oral health care to children in need. Head over to for more info. Tell us: Do you like taking fashion risks, like Goodwin, or do you play it safe?

–Jennifer Cress