November 26, 2012 03:30 PM

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On the red carpet, Emma Roberts has evolved from a girl who dresses cute to a woman who takes fashion risks — and that’s a progression that comes with age, the star says.

“When I was younger it was just [about] looking pretty,” the actress (and fashion advisor to Snapette) tells PEOPLE. “Now it’s more about doing things that are different and interesting.”

That’s exactly how we’d describe the Nanette Lepore pantsuit Roberts recently wore to a Sunglass Hut party in N.Y.C.; it’s a look she wouldn’t have considered years ago.

“I would never wear my hair slicked back when I was younger because I’d be too uncomfortable, but [at the Sunglass Hut event] I was like, ‘Oh, I normally wouldn’t do this, but why not?'” the actress explains. “So I think it’s just caring less — not in a bad way — but caring less so you’re not so, ‘Everything has to be a certain way.'”

It’s not surprising to hear, then, that Roberts’s current style crush is another fashion risk-taker: Kate Bosworth, a star who looks great on and off the red carpet.

“You see some people on the carpet who look great,” Roberts explains, “and then you see a paparazzi photo, and you’re like, ‘What?! That’s not what you’re supposed to look like!'” But that’s not the case with Bosworth. As Roberts puts it, “It’s kind of an art.” Tell us: Are you a fan of Roberts’s style?

–Jennifer Cress


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