Stars in Summer Dresses

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Stars in Summer Dresses

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Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon
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Devoted mom Reese Witherspoon proved a fashion myth-red and pink don't go together-wrong with a bold colorblock Rory Beca dress (and matching satin heels) at a store opening in L.A.

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Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall

star Kristen Bell wore a strapless maxi to the L.A. premiere of her film. The Jenni Kayne dress, which Bell accessorized with Bulgari jewelry, incorporates another trend-tribal prints.

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Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton
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Actress Mischa Barton wore a Karta empire line minidress bedecked with geometric shapes and embellishments in Milan. The fashion week fan carried a Chloe bag.

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Christina Ricci

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Christina Ricci

-star of Speed Racer-accessorized her Bill Blass floral dress with Manolo Blahnik pumps, a B. Romanek clutch, Bulgari gems-and a tan.

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Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh
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Simple, summery white is a good choice when the temperature rises. Kate Walsh's sleeveless dress is enhanced with bright orange accents.

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Penelope Cruz

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Every summer wardrobe needs a little black dress. Penelope Cruz's dress is the epitome of chic-tailored, fitting, and sexy.

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Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington
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Kerry Washington

's strapless cocktail dress is bright and breezy and perfectly matched with her pink pumps.

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Fergie

Fergie
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This BCBG Max Azria dress is the perfect shape for Fergie's curvy figure. The halter neck maxi features a bejeweled empire waist and a botanical print.

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Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum
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A short, strapless bright purple dress was the perfect choice for Heidi Klum. The model and presenter wore the dress, designed by Project Runway finalist Rami Kashou, to accept Us Magazine's "Style Icon of the Year" award.

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Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad
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Orange and turquoise are two great colors for summer-and The Hills star Lauren Conrad combined them both in a beaded mini dress. The designer's silver sandals took a back seat to her show-stopping dress.

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Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale
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Kate Beckinsale

wears a lot of white (it suits her dark hair and skin tone), including this feminine, drop-waist confection. The vintage-looking dress features a layered skirt that adds interest with a hemline that comes up in the front to show off a bit of leg.

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Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton
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Thandie Newton

likes to make fashion forward choices for her red carpet garb. This Matthew Williamson party frock is a case in point-with its ruffles and bows and lots of layers, it still manages to be modern and flattering on the british actress.

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Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton
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This pink-and-tan halter dress screams summer sophistication on Paris Hilton. The floral print, braided straps and bow-tied belt make it perfect for a garden party or wedding.

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Kristin Cavallari

Kristin Cavallari
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For summer eveningwear, this red strapless dress is pitch perfect. Kristin Cavallari, star of Laguna Beach, paired it with gold Louboutin sandals and a simple gold cuff for a movie premiere.

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Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger
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A mini is great bet if you have gams like Diane Kruger. The actress paired her bright Balenciaga mini with neutral sandals.

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Ashanti

Ashanti
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Ashanti

's formfitting black and white sheath managed to be modern-and classic. The songstress found the perfect accessories too-matching peep-toe heels.

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