Ginnifer Goodwin Style: Star Gives Dressing Great On A Budget Tips (PHOTOS

CP  |  By Posted: 05/11/2012 1:37 am Updated: 05/11/2012 1:15 pm

NEW YORK, N.Y. - When "Once Upon a Time" star Ginnifer Goodwin attended the recent White House Correspondents' Association dinner, she wore a $299 dress she got from H&M.

Goodwin says that's not unusual for her.

"Last year to the Vogue's Met gala, I wore a Top Shop dress," she said in an interview Thursday.

Goodwin, who's also known for her roles in the film "Something Borrowed" and HBO's "Big Love," said she loves high luxury design but doesn't let a price tag determine what she buys.

"My day-to-day wardrobe I do mix it up," she said. "I'll wear something from Target along with something by YSL. It's about finding the right items that make you happy."

Here are some fashion must-haves for summer.

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  • A: Anorak Jacket

    <a href="http://shop.lululemon.com/products/clothes-accessories/pack-and-go/Apres-Practice-Anorak?cc=4247&sli=1" target="_hplink">Apres Practice Anorak</a>, Available at Lululemon, $158.

  • B: Booties

    <a href="http://women.brownsshoes.com/eng_ca/product/Boots-Ankle-high75mm/64604" target="_hplink">BROWNS ID & JC</a>, Available at Brown Shoes, $198.

  • C: Cuff

    <a href="http://www.endless.com/Lisa-Stewart-Modern-Gold-Plated-Cuff-Bracelet/dp/B004P5PQ14/180-3732804-0647449?ie=UTF8&ascsubtag=aid10475705-pid2687457-sid59cb68f2d6994ae49e515b8b043e066c&suppressRedirect=1&tag=endlesscj-20" target="_hplink">Lisa Stewart "Modern Myth" 14k Gold-Plated Pink Cuff-Bracelet</a>, Available at Endless.com, $119.

  • D: Droplet Earrings

    <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/70103950/tigerlily-kite-tail-lace-and-chain" target="_hplink">Tigerlily Kite Tail Lace And Chain Geometric Earrings by This Ilk</a>, Available on Etsy.com, $32.

  • E: Eco Collections

    <a href="http://www.notjustpretty.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_9&products_id=1762" target="_hplink">Covet Open Shoulder Tee</a>, Available at Covet, $56.

  • F: Flip Flops That Don't Suck

    <a href="http://www.michaelkors.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod8010008&parentId=" target="_hplink">KORS Michael Kors Winnie Flip-Flops</a>, Available at Michael Kors, $44.

  • G: Game-On -- Everyday

    <a href="http://www.joefresh.com/en/product/tulip-dress" target="_hplink">Tulip Dress</a>, Available at Joe Fresh, $69.

  • H: High-Low Skirt

    <a href="http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=F21&Category=BTMs&ProductID=2000036027&VariantID=&utm_source=affiliatetraction&utm_medium=cj&utm_campaign=affiliate" target="_hplink">High-Low Skirt With Belt</a>, Available at Forever 21, $20.

  • I: Iridescent

    <a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=23690100&color=923&color=923&itemdescription=true&navAction=jump&search=true&isProduct=true&parentid=SEARCH+RESULTS" target="_hplink">Circling Initial & Stone Ring</a>, Available at Urban Outfitters, $10.

  • J: Jumpers

    <a href="http://store.americanapparel.ca/rsa0323.html" target="_hplink">Tri-Blend Pocket Jumpsuit</a>, Available at American Apparel, $54.

  • K: Kimono Jacket

    <a href="http://usa.frenchconnection.com/product/woman+New+In/75XB7/Flutter+Sky+Kimono+Jacket.htm" target="_hplink">Flutter Sky Kimono Jacket</a>, Available at French Connection, $168.

  • L: Low Backs

    <a href="http://www.lulus.com/products/evening-news-backless-neon-yellow-dress/49313.html" target="_hplink">Neon Yellow Dress</a>, Available at LuLu.com, $46.

  • M: Metallics

    <a href="http://www.anntaylor.com/ann/product/AT-Accessories/AT-View-All/Glitter-Zip-Clutch/280876?colorExplode=false&skuId=11164203&catid=cata000025&productPageType=search&defaultColor=7586" target="_hplink">Glitter Zip Clutch</a>, Available at Ann Taylor, $48.

  • N: Touch Of Neon

    <a href="http://www.thebay.com/eng/womens-dressescontemporary-weartowork-Jessie_Dress-thebay/237368" target="_hplink">Jessie Dress by Tahari,</a> Available at The Bay, $107.

  • O: Old School

    <a href="http://www.thetwistband.com/hair-ties/anchor-gigi-hair-tie-set.html" target="_hplink">Anchor Gigi Hair Tie</a>, Available at TwistBand, $10.

  • P: Perforated

    <a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/accessories-belts/24259517.jsp?cm_mmc=PJN-_-Affiliates-_-Placement=20648-_-ShopAnthropologie" target="_hplink">Corsetta Belt</a>, Available at Anthropologie, $48.

  • Q: Quartz

    <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/87500197/clear-crystal-quartz-necklace-14k-gold?ref=sr_gallery_5&ga_includes%5B0%5D=tags&ga_search_query=quartz+necklace&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=quartz+necklace&ga_includes%5B%5D=tags&ga_view_type=gallery" target="_hplink">Clear Crystal Quartz Necklace 14K Gold Filled chain Jewelry Icicle Point Arrow Spike</a>, Available at Etsy.com, $20.

  • R: Retro Watches

    Timex 80, Available at ASOS.com, $93.

  • S: Snakes

    Stacey Brass Snake Cuff, Available at Chloe, $595.

  • T: Tie-Dye

    <a href="http://www.hm.com/ca/product/98706?article=98706-A" target="_hplink">Denim Shorts</a>, Available at H&M, $30.

  • U: Umbrellas

    <a href="http://www.fultonumbrellas.com/shop/info_L042_lily.html" target="_hplink">Lily Birdcage Umbrella</a>, Available at Fulton, $29.

  • V: Vintage

    <a href="http://www.aldoshoes.com/us/clearance/womens-shoes/heels/81421914-spaziano/57" target="_hplink">SPAZIANO High Heels</a>, Available at ALDO, $40.

  • W: Woven Bags

    <a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/am/product/189254?cm_mmc=LinkshareUS-_-ProductFeed-_-Marc_by_Marc_Jacobs-_-Shoulder+Bags&siteID=J84DHJLQkR4-CXrwIWUh9jS_YfeX42xN9w" target="_hplink">Rosie Woven Bucket Bag</a>, Available at Marc Jacobs, $430.

  • X: Cross Borders

    It was recently <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/05/01/bloomingdales-canada-the-bay_n_1468292.html#s=924869" target="_hplink">reported retail giant Bloomingdale's could be making its way to Canada</a> -- along with Target, J.Crew and Marshalls.

  • Y: Yellow

    <a href="http://us.asos.com/countryid/2/ASOS-Palm-Print-Hipster-Bikini-Pant/tfov0/?sgid=3755&MID=35719&affid=2135&siteID=J84DHJLQkR4-ZAGXs9JuPZ3uU3lPoSE8wA" target="_hplink">50's Cross Front Sweetheart Bathing Suit</a>, Available at ASOS, $37.

  • Z: Zig-Zags

    <a href="http://www.forzieri.com/usa/product_view.asp?l=usa&c=usa&dept_id=18&sku=mi132912-004-00" target="_hplink">Medium Fabric and Leather Shoulder Bag</a>, Available at Missoni, $690.

The actress said in the case of the H&M dress she thought it fit the annual Washington, D.C., political event, at which President Barack Obama poked fun at White House races, the Secret Service and Donald Trump.

"I thought it was incredibly glamorous and appropriate for the occasion, conservative enough for the occasion," she said.

She said she gets excited when she finds clothes she likes that are "affordable and accessible to the public."

Noting that H&M made 999 other copies of the dress she wore, she said she hopes "they get snatched up immediately by ladies who think that high fashion is beyond their grasp because it's not."

Goodwin said she dresses "selfishly" and is conscious of what she wears because that is how she defines and expresses herself.

"I think of clothes a lot like costumes," she said. "I think of what I wear in real life as being my real life character's costume."

Her affinity for costumes had a role in her taking on her new "Once Upon a Time" gig. She plays Snow White and alter ego Mary Margaret in the ABC fairytale drama, which has its season finale Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

She said the job involves lots of wardrobe changes.

"The costumes are insane on 'Once Upon a Time,'" she said. "It did influence my taking the job, the fact that not only would I be horseback riding and sword fighting and traipsing through the woods but I would be doing all those things in insane, medieval garb."

She said she knew it was a perfect fit as soon as the show's costume designer told her he was going for "a couture fairytale."

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Associated Press writer Alicia Rancilio contributed to this report.

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