The actress works with a stylist to find the best clothes for her body

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March 06, 2012 03:30 PM

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She’s probably been on at least 100 best-dressed lists, and for good reason: Kate Winslet tells PEOPLE she sticks to what works for her and obeys a single style rule.

“The only rule I have is don’t try something new and funky just because somebody else says that you should,” the 36-year-old shares. “I always stick with what I know, which are things that tend to be figure-hugging, structured and a solid color.”

Winslet, who works with a stylist to choose her outfits — “We have a really great collaborative relationship, and we just really enjoy it,” she says of their time together — also knows her body “very well,” she contends. “I don’t look good in patterns and pastels,” she explains. “Dresses that are made of great structured, slightly stretchy fabrics work on my body.”

Before she arrives at an event, Winslet meets with her glam team — L.A.-based hair stylist Renato Campora and makeup artist Jillian Dempsey — to get extra gorgeous. “I normally do a manicure, pedicure, and hair and makeup,” she explains. “I’m super low maintenance. I don’t have gaggles of people around, flapping and fussing. We just get ready, the dress goes on and that’s it.”

And once she’s greeting fans and photographers, she takes a moment to remember her roots. “A lot of people would kill to be able to walk out on a red carpet,” she shares. “I’m very aware of that, and I know that I’m in a fortunate position just to be there. So I just smile, wave and absolutely just enjoy it.”

–With reporting by Lesley Messer

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