Fashion Stars in Summer Dresses By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on June 18, 2008 @ 03:33PM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Demis Maryannakis/Sipa Press Stars in Summer Dresses 01 of 16 Reese Witherspoon Donato Sardella/WireImage 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. 02 of 16 Kristen Bell Alex Berliner/BEImages 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. 03 of 16 Mischa Barton Venturelli/WireImage 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. 04 of 16 Christina Ricci Jesse Grant/Getty Images 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. 05 of 16 Kate Walsh Andy Athineos/BEImages Simple, summery white is a good choice when the temperature rises. Kate Walsh's sleeveless dress is enhanced with bright orange accents. 06 of 16 Penelope Cruz WENN Every summer wardrobe needs a little black dress. Penelope Cruz's dress is the epitome of chic-tailored, fitting, and sexy. 07 of 16 Kerry Washington Jason Kempin/WireImage Kerry Washington 's strapless cocktail dress is bright and breezy and perfectly matched with her pink pumps. 08 of 16 Fergie Jim Smeal/BEImages 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. 09 of 16 Heidi Klum Jen Lowery/Startraks 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. 10 of 16 Lauren Conrad Gregg DeGuire/WireImage 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. 11 of 16 Kate Beckinsale Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage 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. 12 of 16 Thandie Newton Matt Baron/BEImages 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. 13 of 16 Paris Hilton Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage 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. 14 of 16 Kristin Cavallari Jim Smeal/BEImages 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. 15 of 16 Diane Kruger Jemal Countess/WireImage A mini is great bet if you have gams like Diane Kruger. The actress paired her bright Balenciaga mini with neutral sandals. 16 of 16 Ashanti Demis Maryannakis/Sipa Press Ashanti 's formfitting black and white sheath managed to be modern-and classic. The songstress found the perfect accessories too-matching peep-toe heels. Hosting a summer soiree? Try these recipes from three celebrity chefs.