See the star at the PEOPLE magazine awards!

By Alex Apatoff
Updated December 19, 2014 01:58 AM

Modern Family‘s Ariel Winter may only be 16, but she’s already one to watch on the red carpet. But the star says that like most teens, she’s still navigating how to dress her body.

Ariel Winter Style

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“It’s interesting, because I’m very young, but I have a more mature body,” she tells PEOPLE’s Jennifer Garcia at the PEOPLE Magazine Awards with a laugh. “So it’s a blessing and a curse. I have to find things that are appropriate to wear but also fit my body well, so it still looks good.”

How does she manage the challenge and stay true to her taste? “I have more of an edgier style. I’m not pink, ruffled, preppy,” she says. “I like the bodysuits, I love the color black. So the mature style and the more mature body goes with the age that I would like to be.”

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Not to mention, she gets a little help from her stylist to keep things age-appropriate. She customized her NBD x Naven Twins jumpsuit with white piping at the bodice for a finishing touch that’s both stylish and sweet.

And her hairstylist Aviva Perea played up that exact vibe with a pretty half-up look. “When Ariel showed us the jumpsuit, I thought immediately of Brigitte Bardot. I decided to got for a sexy messy, slightly wavy texture and style the hair half up, half down,” Perea says. “I prepped her hair with Phytovolume Volume spray at the roots and ran Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Volume Plumping Mousse through the ends and then rough dried it using just my fingers, no brush. Then I wrapped 2-in. sections of hair around a T3 Styling Wand, going in different directions with each section. I thoroughly coated her hair with Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo for volume and texture and finally, I left hair around her face and pinned back tendrils at the crown.”

–Alex Apatoff