November 07, 2014 08:30 PM

More proof that 2014 has been an amazing year for Ariana Grande: The 21-year-old singer just landed the December cover of InStyle magazine. Grande stuns in a festive red Prabal Gurung gown (plus, her signature half-up hairstyle!) and gets very candid about the looks she loves (and hates), sharing her personal life on social media and more.

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The star reveals that she’s unapologetic when it comes to expressing her style sense. “Polka dots and hair bows — I can’t,” she tells the magazine. “Give me a skinny jean, a YSL top, and a cat ear, and we’re good.” (Seriously, we don’t think we’ve seen anyone rock a cat ear as proudly as this.)

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Grande shares a similar bold outlook on exposing her personal life (like photos of boyfriend Big Sean) on Instagram.

“I have conflicting feelings about it. On the one hand, I feel like I’m growing up and realize my life is my life and some things don’t need to be shared,” she said. “But I’m very spur-of-the-moment, very open with my fans. And if there’s a cute pic I like that’s a little personal and I want to share it, maybe I will.”

For more on Grande, pick up the December issue of InStyle on stands everywhere November 14.

–Brittany Talarico

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