How Busy Philipps and Michelle Williams Coordinate on the Carpet

03/02/2012 at 04:30 PM ET

Michelle Williams, Busy PhilippsJim Smeal/BEImages

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?

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GuesT on

Busy who???????

BG on

I didn’t realize these two were besties until this past awards season. They looked fairly odd together – and I kept thinking, what is Busy doing there? But anyhoo, nice of her to support her friend.

Alli on

They were in Dawson’s Creek together.

Brandy on

Busy has actually been in a lot of TV shows and movies. She was in Made of Honor, White Chicks and Dawson’s Creek.

Lori on

She’s on Cougar Town. Nice to see someone being a good friend!

Eva on

They have been friends for years. She is Matilda’s Godmother.

cb on

That girl acts like she’s the star and steals a lot of Ms. Wms.’ spotlight. Who does she think she’s kidding. It’s amazingly sweet of Ms. Wms. to put up with her.

elle o'elle on

hahaha, oh, okay cb. I’m sure “Ms Wms.” really appreciates you reading her mind and sticking up for her!

Kim on

@cb, I’m pretty sure “Ms Wms” is fine with her BEST FRIEND of many years having a bit of attention. Grow up.

koko on

I thought for a moment they were a couple, like a lesbo couple.

Guest on

MW looks amazing as does her dress..Who is the Sikh guy in the background under the oscar? That is a really cool backdrop for the photo.

jen on

I just love these two women!! What an amazing friend Busy is, and I love seeing strong independent besties supporting each other on the red carpet!! Makes me think of how lucky I am to have my girls, too!! =)

jen on

That’s really sweet. I know Busy’s style is more out there, so it’s sweet of her to be good to her friend. They were on Dawson’s Creek together when they were both so young and Cougar Town is an awesome show. Everyone should be thankful to have friends like that!

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