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The self-proclaimed tomboy had to get used to primping for the show

By Aili Nahas
Updated May 21, 2015 07:40 AM
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As any fan of The Bachelorette knows, over-the-top gowns and jewels are part of the package.

But for newly minted Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe, all that glam took some getting used to.

“I wear combat boots and backwards hats and baseball tees,” says the 29-year-old former dance instructor. “So it was so weird. I felt guilty putting the dresses on because I’m too much of a skid for this!”

But, despite the fact that she felt out of her element, Bristowe says she learned to love the process. “It was kind of fun,” she laughs. “But wearing the fancy expensive gowns, I almost had to act more like a lady, too!”

And as for a certain white dress that may or may not be in her future, Bristowe says, “I dream of my wedding day. But I picture my dress very bohemian. And me wearing a hippie headband!”

For exclusive photos and more from Kaitlyn, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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