"Cougartown" star Philipps says she likes to keep her looks subtle to allow her friend to shine

By Kate Hogan
Updated March 02, 2012 09:30 PM

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When Busy Philipps joins bestie Michelle Williams at awards shows, she’s faced with a bit of a fashion dilemma. “You don’t want to clash,” the Cougar Town star tells the
Wall Street Journal
. “You know that you’re going together, that probably there will be a couple pictures together, so you don’t want to clash.”

At the same time, she needs to stay subtle, too. “I’ve always tried to keep in mind that it’s really [Williams’s] day,” Philipps (in Dolce & Gabbana) continues. “Even though I’m an actress as well and I want to look pretty and I know I’m going to be photographed, I don’t want to show up wearing a real tight, hot pink corseted number or something that’s going to draw attention from my best friend on her special day.”

To strike a balance, Philipps always coordinates with Williams — and tones down what she calls her “fairly eclectic” style. “I’m a fan of almost old-fashioned-y-looking dresses for little girls but with bright colors,” she explains. “I love little Peter Pan collars and little puff sleeves.”

It’s not surprising, then, that the actress counts out-of-the-box icons like Alexa Chung and Carrie Bradshaw among her fashion favorites. “I always think Nicole Richie looks amazing and tries out different looks,” she adds to Rue La La (check out her charitable sale on the site through Saturday). “And of course, Michelle.” Spoken like a true best friend! Tell us: Who are your style icons?