Ariel Winter Breaks Down Her 9 Most Controversial Outfits

As the new face of Dove's #SpeakBeautiful campaign the 18-year-old actress isn't afraid of embracing her curves, showing off her body or taking fashion risks. And she gave PeopleStyle the complete low-down on some of her most polarizing outfits

01 of 09

Modern Family Season 8 Finale Screening

ABC's "Modern Family" ATAS Event - Arrivals
Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

At a Modern Family event, the actress wore a plunging, cutout mini dress while all of her co-stars chose considerably less glamorous outfits. But Ariel was quick to defend her wardrobe choice on Instagram. "Why TF does anyone care that I didn't dress casual like everyone else for the panel? Why do I have to be like everyone else?" she wrote in an Instagram post. "Why can't people just let other people feel good about themselves and do what they want? WEAR WHATEVER YOU WANT PEOPLE! As long as you feel good about yourself that's what matters. I know I did. Don't ever let anyone stifle who you are and how your express yourself. Rant over :)"

02 of 09

High School Graduation Party

ariel-winter-4

"Oh my God, I got so much flak for this dress for my graduation," Winter recalls. "I had a great time at my graduation party and everyone at my party loved my dress, so, 'Whatever hater!' I love this dress and I've almost worn it four other times. Who doesn't love a little underboob? If you like your underboob, show your underboob."

03 of 09

Emmy Awards 2016

ariel-winter
Invision/AP: INF

The actress had a Fashion Faceoff with Kylie Jenner, who wore a similar variation of the silver, sparkly Yousef Al-Jasmi design a few days earlier. But Winter wasn't even aware. "To be honest, I had absolutely no idea. I had really no idea that we had the same dress on," she explains. "I'm the worst, I don't check Instagram to see what people are wearing every day. She looks great in the dress, and I look great in the dress. That's what matters."

04 of 09

18th Birthday Party Outfit

Image
Source: Ariel Winter Instagram

Her sparkly custom Charbel Zoe Couture leotard was originally designed with another celeb in mind. "I knew I needed to wear something sparkly and I was looking everywhere and I put this on and they said it was made for Beyoncé, so I was like, 'I'm in!' It was my little Beyoncé moment. I would wear this outfit all the time."

05 of 09

Junior and Senior Year Prom Dresses

ariel-winter-3

She stuck to a similar lace mermaid-style gown two years in a row, but had no idea until we showed her side-by-side photos of each. "I did wear two similar dresses! I didn't do it on purpose, actually," she says. "I don't even really remember that they're kind of the same dress. I liked the lace part about it -- I wore it twice so I must have liked it a lot!"

06 of 09

Emmy Awards 2010

62nd Primetime Emmy Awards - Press Room
Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

"This was one of my first Emmys. I don't know if I would wear this dress again -- I think it's a great dress, I just don't know if I would revisit this whole look. I think I actually picked this out myself."

07 of 09

Swimsuits and Short Shorts

4th Annual Just Jared Summer Bash - Arrivals
JB Lacroix/Getty

"I'm a big fan of swimsuits, short shorts and pumps. I know it sounds so ridiculous but I'm a huge fan. I go to pool parties in that all the time. I love the cutouts and the see-through stripes on the swimsuit, and then I put it with the shorts and I'm like, 'I'm ready to go swimming or I'm ready to party.' You're ready for whatever."

08 of 09

SAG Awards 2014

20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals
Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

"I loved the color of this dress. But it's hard to say if you would wear something again because I've already worn it to an event. I don't know if I like this look as much as I like the shorts and the swimsuit look, but I like it."

09 of 09

Swimsuit Style

Image
Splash News

"I love that swimsuit! It was so fun. It was punny. It's a play on words and I thought it was entertaining. I wear the swimsuit all the time."

Related Articles