Bright Idea: Haute Colorful Dresses

Starlets are storming the castle wearing dresses in a bouquet of regal jewel tones. Snag their star style and be queen for a day in your own candy colored dress this summer. Essence.com shows you how to get in on the trend.
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 12, 2009

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Starlets are storming the castle wearing dresses in a bouquet of regal jewel tones. Snag their star style and be queen for a day in your own candy-colored dress this summer. We show you how to get in on the trend.

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Effervescent pop diva Beyonce dodged raindrops in New York on her way to appear on “The Late Show With David Letterman.” Teal looks great on brown skin because it works well with the red undertones in our complexions.

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As usual, Sanaa Lathan makes a perfect style statement. Her teal minidress is sassy and classy at the same time. Take your mini into a daytime look by pairing with flat gladiator sandals and be the belle of brunch.

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Talented actress Anika Noni Rose was a pretty package in her teal wrap dress at the premiere party for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Reach for jersey wrap dresses because they’re figure-friendly, pack well, and can be dressed up or down for summer getaways.

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Captivate the attention of everyone where ever you go this summer sporting this brilliant shade of cobalt. We’re feelin’ this classy strapless Chick Down Town Mickey Tube Dress, $155, chickdowntown.com. The banding at the bodice will create an hourglass shape, making your figure appear smaller and the soft jersey material will breathe on those blazing summer days and nights.

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Edgy songstress Estelle topped her red knee-length dress with a short-sleeved jacket. Borrow her style statement and cover up with a black or neutral topper.

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Tyra Banks looks fabulous in everything she wears! Be a stand out at your next event. Go for rich orange/reds which flatter warm skin tones.

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Vivacious Vivica A. Fox was a showstopper in her floor-length red ensemble at the Heart Truth’s Red Dress Fashion Show. The Heart Truth is a nonprofit that uses red dresses to bring awareness to heart disease in women. She’s working that up-to-there slit!

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Academy Award-nominated Taraji P. Henson wore this form-fitting yellow goddess gown to the NAACP Image Awards. Shades of yellow also look incredible against brown complexions working off of the skin’s gold undertones.

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Bright yellows were all over the red carpet during awards season. Choose a warmer mimosa shade like the one Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon wore if you’re not ready to wear over-the-top lemon yellow.

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Joy Bryant chose an ethereal strapless gown to wear to a recent gala. Yellow looks great in flowy fabrics since it’s such a light, summery hue.

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Fabulous, flawless, decadent – these are all adjectives that came to mind when we saw Gabrielle Union in this hot fuchsia number. A seriously sexy gown is the grown-up way to wear pink.

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Smokin’ celebrity reporter Shaun Robinson donned an elegant pink knee-length dress to a recent book-signing. Create an hourglass shape by bringing the eye up to the décolletage.

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Singer Solange Knowles complemented this edgy neon-pink stunner with matching lipstick. If you’re not as brave, wear neutral makeup and let your outfit shine on its own.

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Pack a pink punch wearing this ultra sexy Spiegel Silk Wrap Halter Dress, $139 (Originally $149), Spiegel.com. You’ll have the boys wanting more donning this soft and silky wrap dress that has a shirred surplice bodice and detachable belt that works wonders to conceal any winter belly bulge.

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