Why You’ll Rarely See Reese Witherspoon Wearing All Black

With a career that’s included covering lots of Reese Witherspoon’s outfit choices, I can say with some conviction that she’s a woman who likes her color. Her off-duty combos almost always feature a bright pop of something and her best red carpet moments have been when she’s in a crayon-color solid (warm yellow at the 2007 Golden Globes, hot pink at this year’s Met Gala). Turns out, Reese has a pretty straightforward explanation.

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“She said, ‘I’m Southern. I don’t wear all black,'” the star’s stylist, Leslie Fremar, recounted to WWD while explaining the process that goes into selecting her looks for red carpet season. “I said, ‘Just this once. It will make an impact,'” she said of convincing Reese to slip into the one-shoulder Saint Laurent dress she chose for Wild‘s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. “Reese and I have completely opposite personal styles, but I appreciate her for knowing who she is and what works on her. I [just] put a slight push on her.”

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When Reese and Leslie decide on a look, the likelihood of it changing last-minute is fairly low (no Anne Hathaway-style dress drama for her). “Like a wedding, you don’t wake up that morning and go, ‘I feel like wearing something else,’ so you have to love what you’ve chosen.”

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