Reese Witherspoon Knows a Thing or 2 About Wearing Bright Colors

Whereas most Hollywood stars only feel safe wearing black and white, Reese Witherspoon prefers to stand out from the crowd in colorful gowns. She’s covered  just about every shade imaginable and, somehow, each look seems to be even better than the last. Whether she’s in bright blue or orange, Witherspoon knows exactly how to style her hair, accessories, and spray tan to make the dress pop. We could all definitely learn a thing or two from these colorful statements.

1. A vision in yellow

Actress Reese Witherspoon arrives at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Reese Witherspoon arrives at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Reese Witherspoon looked every part a Southern belle in her form-fitting yellow dress at the 64th Annual Golden Globes. Witherspoon was born in Atlanta but raised in Nashville, Tennessee, so it’s no wonder she’s a fan of brightly colored dresses. With her signature blond locks, Witherspoon looks so warm and sunny in yellow. We hope she never stops rocking it.

2. Pretty in pink

Reese Witherspoon, Stella McCartney and Kate Bosworth attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala

Reese Witherspoon, Stella McCartney, and Kate Bosworth at a gala. | Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

We can’t help but get major Legally Blonde flashbacks whenever we see Witherspoon in bright pink. The gown she wore to the Costume Institute Gala was particularly fabulous with its strapless, plunging neckline and sweeping train. Finished with dramatically curled hair, Witherspoon looked incredibly glamorous. Elle Woods and Bruiser would be so proud.

3. A case of the blues

Actress Reese Witherspoon arrives at the Oscars

Reese Witherspoon arrives at the Oscars. | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Blonds with blue eyes look incredible in royal blue, and Witherspoon proves it with this gown. The satin gown she wore to the Oscars in 2013 was a look for the books. We were blown away by the strapless corset top, black trim, and wrapped train.

4. A lady in red

Honorees Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon attend ELLE's 20th Annual Women

Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon attend Elle’s 20th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration. | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Witherspoon wore the tube dress of our dreams to the 20th Annual Elle Women in Hollywood Celebration. This gorgeous little red number isn’t just great for a Hollywood gala, either — it could also work perfectly for an outdoor lunch, a hot date, or a Christmas party. With her flawless tan and strappy nude heels, Witherspoon really showed how to effortlessly master bright colors. 

5. Icy teal

Actress Reese Witherspoon attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards

Reese Witherspoon attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards. | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

If Elsa from Frozen were ever in need of a dress for the Golden Globes, this would be it. Witherspoon pulled off this teal dress like no other. Complemented by her blond crop and silver clutch, she looked like a true ice princess. Also, notice she opted for showing off her fair complexion. The result was gorgeous.

6. Orange is the new black

Host Reese Witherspoon attends Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer Event

Reese Witherspoon attends a Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer event. | Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Elle Woods famously remarked, “Whoever said orange is the new pink is seriously disturbed,” but clearly Witherspoon can pull off the hue. If there’s one lesson she taught us here, it’s that this color only works on a dress with a feminine cut. Its tailored waist and plunging V-neck turn the attention away from the aggressive color and toward her incredible figure. And note that she matched the dress to her orange lipstick, then used a soft blush with coral undertones.

7. Mint green

Actress Reese Witherspoon attends the "Vanity Fair" Premiere at the 61st Venice Film Festival

Reese Witherspoon at the 61st Venice Film Festival. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Witherspoon’s appearance at the 2004 Venice Film Festival stopped guests dead in their tracks. Who knew she’d look so gorgeous with dark brown locks? Witherspoon went from a blonde Southern belle to a brunette bombshell pretty easily. With her slightly tanner complexion, it made perfect sense for her stylist to reach for a mint green dress. Witherspoon is always wise about how her skin and hair needed to work with different colors.

8. Royal in purple

Reese Witherspoon attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House

Reese Witherspoon attends the EE British Academy Film Awards. | Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Purple is perhaps the trickiest color for a blonde to successfully wear, but Witherspoon somehow makes it work. Instead of looking like Barney at the 2015 British Academy Film Awards, she walked out like true royalty  — which is exactly what purple should convey.