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63 Reasons Why We Love Reese Witherspoon's Classic Red Carpet Style

Mar 22 2014 - 6:00am

She's an Academy Award-winning actress, philanthropist, and mother of three — and today Reese Witherspoon [1] is 38! Reese stole our hearts in movies like Legally Blonde and Walk the Line and is easily one of the most beautiful, likable women in Hollywood. She has the street style game on lock [2], but we're not here to talk denim and tees, this is a celebration of Reese's red carpet enchantment. The blonde stunner always turns it out in sleek silhouettes, primary hues, and the occasional sculptural stunner — we're still in awe of her latest Giambattista Valli Couture moment [3] — taking minimalistic-chic to new heights. So sit back, relax, and get ready to fall under Resse's ravishing red carpet spell.

— Additional reporting by Brittney Stephens

Reese Witherspoon in Pink Maxi Skirt at 1999 Cruel Intentions LA Premiere

Reese went bohemian-chic at the premiere of Cruel Intentions in 1999.

Reese Witherspoon in Black Dress at 1999 Election LA Premiere

Pregnant with daughter Ava, Reese wore a simple black column dress to the Election premiere in 1999.

Reese Witherspoon in Black Midi Dress at 2001 Golden Globe Awards

Reese wore this black cocktail dress and Veronica Lake-style hairdo to the 2001 Golden Globes.

Reese Witherspoon in Fuchsia Dress at 2001 Legally Blonde LA Premiere

At the Legally Blonde premiere in 2001, Reese channeled her pink-loving character, Elle Woods, in a fuchsia dress.

Reese Witherspoon in Purple Lace Dress at 2002 Golden Globe Awards

At the 2002 Golden Globes, Reese wore a sexy eggplant-colored lace cutout gown.

Reese Witherspoon in Gray Dress at 2002 Sweet Home Alabama NYC Premiere

Reese wore this feathery gray v-neck dress at the NYC premiere of Sweet Home Alabama in 2002.

Reese Witherspoon in Valentino at 2002 Oscars

Reese looked absolutely stunning in this lace Valentino gown at the 2002 Oscars.

Reese Witherspoon in Orange Dress at 2004 Vanity Fair NYC Premiere

The bright orange hue of this midlength dress really complemented Reese's chocolate tresses at the NYC premiere of Vanity Fair in '04.

Reese Witherspoon in Floral Dress at 2004 Venice Film Festival

At the 2004 Venice Film Festival, Reese showed off her dark locks with a floral halter dress and heels.

Reese Witherspoon in Lace Dress at 2005 Walk the Line Toronto Screening

For the 2005 Toronto Film Festival screening of Walk the Line, Reese donned a superchic lace LBD.

Reese Witherspoon in Red Dress at 2005 Walk the Line NYC Premiere

For the New York premiere of Walk the Line in '05, Reese went bold in a bright red dress and matching lipstick.

Reese Witherspoon in White Suit at 2005 Wicked LA Opening

Reese looked smart and sophisticated in a white pantsuit at the Los Angeles opening night of Wicked in June 2005.

Reese Witherspoon in Blush Dress at 2005 Hollywood Reporter Event

For a Hollywood Reporter event in December '05, Reese looked pretty and polished in a blush-colored dress and black cardigan.

Reese Witherspoon in Black and Cream Dress at 2005 AFI Fest

Reese attended the AFI Fest in 2005 in a flirty, feminine black and cream dress and red peep-toe heels.

Reese Witherspoon in White Tea-Length Dress at 2005 Just Like Heaven LA Premiere

Reese wore this black and white tea-length dress to the LA premiere of Just Like Heaven in September '05.

Reese Witherspoon in Christian Dior at 2006 Oscars

Reese walked the red carpet at the 2006 Oscars in this gorgeous beaded Christian Dior [4] gown — little did she know that she'd be going home with the best actress award!

Reese Witherspoon in Black Lace Dress at 2006 Critics' Choice Awards

Reese wore this black lacy number to the Critics' Choice Awards in 2006.

Reese Witherspoon in Chanel at 2006 Golden Globe Awards

Reese famously wore this white, tea-length Chanel dress to the 2006 Golden Globes.

Reese Witherspoon in Beaded Dress at 2006 Kennedy Center Honors

Reese looked stunning in a nude-colored dress at the Kennedy Center Honors event in December '06.

Reese Witherspoon in Black Pantsuit at 2006 Beat the Odds Awards

For a charity event in 2006, Reese was all business in this tailored black pantsuit.

Reese Witherspoon in Yves Saint Laurent at 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Reese looked totally sweet in this Yves Saint Laurent [5] belted dress at the 2006 SAG Awards.

Reese Witherspoon in Jean Paul Gaultier at 2007 Toronto Film Festival

Reese looked old-Hollywood sexy in a black Jean Paul Gaultier [6] dress at the Toronto Film Festival in '07.

Reese Witherspoon in Nina Ricci at 2007 Golden Globes

Reese turned heads when she wore this mustard-colored Nina Ricci [7] dress to the 2007 Golden Globes.

Reese Witherspoon in Olivier Theyskens For Nina Ricci at 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards

For the SAG Awards in 2007, Reese looked sleek and sexy in this Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci [8] crystal-encrusted dress.

Reese Witherspoon in White Dress at 2007 Avon Global Ambassador Event

In August 2007, Reese was named the first-ever Avon [9] Global Ambassador. To celebrate the event, she wore a gorgeous white sheath dress.

Reese Witherspoon in Nina Ricci at 2007 Rendition LA Premiere

Reese wore a strapless, dark teal Nina Ricci [10] cocktail dress to the LA premiere of Rendition in 2007.

Reese Witherspoon in Olivier Theyskens For Nina Ricci at 2007 Oscars

Reese looked stunning in this custom-made Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci [11] gown at the 2007 Oscars.

Reese Witherspoon in Marchesa at 2008 CMA Awards

Reese wore this stunning Marchesa [12] gown to the CMA Awards in November '08.

Reese Witherspoon in Nina Ricci at 2008 Four Christmases LA Premiere

At the premiere of Four Christmases in November '08, Reese paired a navy Nina Ricci [13] dress with open-toed slingbacks and a chic retro hairdo.

Reese Witherspoon in Rodarte 2009 Monsters vs. Aliens LA Premiere

For the Monsters vs. Aliens premiere in 2009, Reese paired a short, sparkly Rodarte [14] dress with colorful Balenciaga [15] heels.

Reese Witherspoon in Prada at 2009 Monsters vs. Aliens London Premiere

Reese wore a gorgeous puff-sleeved Prada [16] dress to the London premiere of Monsters vs. Aliens.

Reese Witherspoon in Rodarte at 2009 Oscars Vanity Fair Party

For the 2009 Academy Awards Vanity Fair party, Reese went a little edgier in this cobalt blue Rodarte [17] gown.

Reese Witherspoon in Christian Dior at 2009 Montblanc Charity Gala

At a Montblanc [18] charity gala in 2009, Reese wore a ruffled LBD from Dior.

Reese Witherspoon in Vera Wang at 2010 Vera Wang LA Store Opening

Reese wore a purple satin Vera Wang [19] dress to the designer's store opening in March 2010.

Reese Witherspoon in Jason Wu at 2010 Cancer Research Benefit

Reese wore this sexy lace Jason Wu [20] dress to a cancer research benefit in 2010.

Reese Witherspoon in Dolce & Gabbana at 2010 Hollywood Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony

Reese was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2010. She wore a polka-dot Dolce & Gabbana [21] dress and bright red Jimmy Choos.

Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen at 2010 How Do You Know LA Premiere

For the LA premiere of How Do You Know in December 2010, Reese looked ultrasexy in a strapless Zac Posen [22] dress.

Reese Witherspoon in Jason Wu at 2010 Avon Foundation Gala

For the 10th anniversary Avon [23] Foundation for Women Gala in October 2010, Reese went glam in a Jason Wu [24] bustier dress.

Reese Witherspoon in Jason Wu at 2011 Avon World Tour Event

For the Avon [25] Global Belief tour in January 2011, Reese wore a curve-hugging, bright violet Jason Wu [26] dress.

Reese Witherspoon in Armani Privé at 2011 Oscars

Reese dazzled in a classic black Armani [27] Privé dress at the 2011 Oscars.

Reese Witherspoon in Jason Wu at 2011 Water For Elephants NYC Premiere

For the premiere of Water For Elephants in 2011, Reese wore a pretty tea-length dress by Jason Wu [28].

Reese Witherspoon in 2011 Red One-Shoulder Dress at Water For Elephants Paris Premiere

Reese sizzled in a red asymmetrical dress and peep-toe heels at the Paris premiere of Water For Elephants.

Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney at 2011 Water For Elephants London Premiere

Jaws dropped when Reese showed up to the London premiere of Water For Elephants in 2011; she wore a sexy, stunning cobalt blue dress by Stella McCartney [29].

Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen at 2011 Water For Elephants Australia Premiere

Reese continued her Water For Elephants press tour in this stunning strapless Zac Posen [30] dress.

Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen at 2011 MTV Movie Awards

Reese looked fierce in a leopard-print Zac Posen [31] mini at the MTV Movie Awards in 2011.

Reese Witherspoon in Black Suit at 2011 Elle Event

For the Elle Women in Hollywood event in 2011, Reese looked sleek and sophisticated in a black fitted suit.

Reese Witherspoon in Cushnie et Ochs at 2011 LACMA Gala

The actress tapped into her futuristic side in a black cutout Cushnie et Ochs [32] dress in 2011.

Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen at 2012 Golden Globes

For the 2012 Golden Globes, Reese played the lady in red in a gorgeous crimson-hued fishtail gown by Zac Posen [33].

Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton at 2012 This Means War UK Premiere

Reese kicked off her 2012 This Means War press tour in a sequined Louis Vuitton [34] frock.

Reese Witherspoon in Miu Miu at 2012 This Means War LA Premiere

Looking sexy and sassy in a beaded Miu Miu [35] dress for the This Means War Los Angeles premiere in 2012.

Reese Witherspoon in Michael Kors at 2012 This Means War Korea Event

Reese was pretty in pink for the This Means War junket in Korea in 2012 — she wore a colorblock dress by Michael Kors [36] with black tights and heels.

Reese Witherspoon in Giambattista Valli at 2012 This Means War Korean Premiere

Reese hit a high note in a slitted Giambattista Valli [37] frock for the This Means War Korean premiere in 2012.

Reese Witherspoon in Monique Lhuillier at 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner

Reese glowed in a strappy black Monique Lhuillier [38] gown at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Reese Witherspoon in Versace at 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Reese posed in a black Versace [39] sheath — and hot-pink heels — for the Mud photocall at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Reese Witherspoon in Atelier Versace at 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Reese showed off her baby bump in a brilliant blue-hued Atelier Versace [40] gown at the Cannes premiere of Mud.

Reese Witherspoon in Elie Saab at 2012 Beat the Odds Awards

Reese showed off her stems in a lacy black Elie Saab [41] sheath at the 2012 annual Beat the Odds Awards.

Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton at 2013 Oscars

Reese hit the 2013 Oscars red carpet in a cobalt blue Louis Vuitton [42] bustier-style, strapless gown.

Reese Witherspoon in Jason Wu at 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

For The Devil's Knot 2013 Toronto Film Festival premiere, Witherspoon's look was all about her emerald Jimmy Choos; not to say her cutout Jason Wu [43] wasn't gorgeous.

Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein at 2013 ELLE Women in Hollywood Event

Reese Witherspoon [44] beat the Fall blues in a minimalist crimson Calvin Klein [45] strapless that flaunted her famous curves. Ankle-strap Manolo Blahnik [46] sandals and a few delicate jewels, by David Yurman [47] and Harry Winston, completed her flawless look.

Reese Witherspoon in Michael Kors at 2014 Beat the Odds Awards

Reese kicked off 2014 in style by working a cobalt jacquard Michael Kors [48] sheath and classic pumps at the Beat the Odds Awards in Beverly Hills.

Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein Collection at 2014 Golden Globe Awards

Reese's custom teal Calvin Klein [49] Collection silk crepe gown was the perfect balance of sexy and sporty. She completed her 2014 Golden Globes look with Harry Winston jewels and sleek strands.

Reese Witherspoon in Roland Mouret at 2014 Hollywood Stands Up to Cancer Event

Reese showed off her fit frame in a plunging Roland Mouret [50] styled with metallic pumps and diamond drop earrings earlier this year.

Reese Witherspoon in Giambattista Valli Couture at 2014 Independent Spirit Awards

For the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards, Reese took a sartorial risk donning a sculptural Giambattista Valli [51] Couture mini — and, boy, did it pay off.


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