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The RHOC Season 17 Reunion Looks Are a “Colorful” & “Chic” Feast for the Eyes

The Real Housewives of Orange County cast members brought bright, bold, and “beachy” looks to their Season 17 sit-down. 

By Cynthia Robinson

When Season 17 of The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered in April, we were blessed with a juicy new cast photo that played with beautiful yellows, oranges, and blues. For the occasion, Tamra Judge made her triumphant return, new Housewife Jennifer Pedranti joined returning cast members Shannon Storms BeadorHeather DubrowEmily Simpson, and Gina Kirschenheiter, and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum Taylor Armstrong joined the OC women as a friend of the group.

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Now the ladies are celebrating the wrap of the season, wearing head-turning styles in the process. For the Season 17 reunion, which Tamra recently teased got “heated,” the cast brought out some sizzling looks as well, showing off several colors of the rainbow in varying lengths and styles. 

As you can see in the gorgeous photos below, the orange-holders brought upscale beach chic to the sit-down with host Andy Cohen. Amidst a golden-hour sunset background, they rocked mini, midi, and maxi dresses in red, yellow, green, blue, pink, black, and neon-rainbow ombréWhile some frocks featured sexy cutouts and curve-hugging silhouettes, others had simpler, cleaner lines — the likes of which all paired perfectly with elegant strappy heels in varying styles. 

The West Coast women did not disappoint on the beauty front either, with colorful metallic eyeshadows, tousled curls (as well as sleek straight strands), and unique manicures we couldn’t take our eyes off. 

Scroll down to see their stunning looks and read the thought process behind each one! 

The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 17 Reunion Looks

Emily Simpson, Shannon Beador, Tamra Judge, Andy Cohen, Heather Dubrow, Gina Kirschenheiter, and Jennifer Pedranti pose together in front of a sofa and sunset background.

Taylor Armstrong 

Taylor Armstrong in an off-shoulder, blue, yellow, and coral ombre dress in front of a sunset.

The blonde beauty noted to that she was going for a “colorful rainbow-chic” style with her sequined Beachside Bunny dress ($199) and neon-colored Christian Dior platform strappy heels. What’s more, she was excited to show off “the new Taylor” with her freshly chopped tresses and fringed bangs, which were lightly tousled by Jose Cantu.

The California mom also rocked colorful metallic teal eye makeup with sunset-inspired burnt orange detail via Tay Rivera. She opted for simple gold jewelry by Oscar de la Renta that paired perfectly with her extra-long coffin-shaped silver-tipped nails. 

Shannon Storms Beador 

Shannon Beador smiling in a crystal embellished, yellow, dress in front of a sunset.

Shannon was excited to share that she was trying a new style she’d “never worn before,” a “pretty cool dress” she likened to her iconic “bowl of lemons.” 

The mom of three definitely delivered in a sparkly long-sleeved canary yellow number by Giuseppe di Morabito via MyTheresa ($1,187), pairing the sultry, see-through sheath with tones of orange and dusty pink glam by Pamela Brogardi and a voluminous, beachy half-up hairstyle from Angel Gonzalez. For a California glow, she had a spray tan by Marisol Delavolta

Heather Dubrow 

Heather Dubrow posing in a cut-out, black, gown in front of a sunset.

For Heather, comfort was a top priority, considering how long reunions often run. 

Also on the list? “I wanted to feel like me,” she shared with, adding how her black cutout Chiara Boni dress and glossy straight locks by Scott King all came together to give “classic Heather” vibes. 

The brunette beauty paired her sleek, ankle-length sheath with black strappy heels from Gianvito Rossi ($845), sparkly jewels from Martin Kats, and white nails from Sugar Nails. Additionally, Heather served a shimmery smoky eye and luscious pink lip thanks to Ashley Bello

Tamra Judge

Tamra Judge posing in a fitted, long sleeved, pink gown in front of a sunset.

“I’m comin’ in as Barbie,” Tamra hotly declared while getting ready backstage, also adding why this year’s sit-down had a first for her: “I’ve never worn a long dress to the reunion. The slit’s all the way up to my hip, so… I only had to tan one leg,” she joked. 

The mom of three was definitely giving Barbiecore vibes in her hot pink long-sleeved cutout maxi dress from Nookie ($279) and gold strappy Tom Ford heels ($1,350) — the likes of which she jazzed up with Melinda Maria jewelry (and a gold Cartier bracelet gifted to her by Eddie Judge for their anniversary). Tamra also rocked a tousled half-up hairdo by Michelle Getting and peachy bronze glam by Chelsea Durkee

Gina Kirschenheiter

Gina Kirschenheiter posing in a lime-green, mini-dress, in front of a sunset.

For her part, Gina channeled a “futuristic beach vibe” in a neon green David Koma minidress ($1,485) that featured a sparkling embellishment at the center and a high leg slit. “It’s super modern, it’s definitely edgy,” she shared of her overall look, which included black heels with crystal-embellished straps from Amina Muaddi ($1,477), sparkly teardrop-shaped earrings by Sashi, and iridescent light blue nails. 

As for her beauty, Gina knocked it out of the park with a dramatic smoky metallic eye look with luscious lashes courtesy of Melissa Aceves and a bronze glow via Tammy Gagnon. She also sported sleek, straight locks from Brittany Nigg

Jennifer Pedranti 

Jennifer Pedranti smiling in a blue, mini-dress, with pleated sleeves in front of a sunset.

While getting ready backstage, Jennifer described her look for the occasion as a “sleek, hot, batty moment,” which, now that we’ve seen the photos of her stunning Alex Perry number ($2,000) with exaggerated shoulders and draped sleeves, we’d say she nailed it. 

The yoga teacher paired her statement dress with matching color blue strappy heels by Andrea Wazen ($695), jewelry from Bella Sophia Jewels, and a blue chrome ombré manicure. She opted for straight hair via Kim Dow and a shimmery silver eye with peachy bronze effects by Julez Brennan. 

Emily Simpson 

Emily Simpson smiling in a fitted, orange, tea-length dress in front of a sunset.

For this year’s reunion, Emily chose a curve-hugging coral Zhivago dress ($500) to highlight her recent body transformation. “I’ve lost weight, like 40 pounds,” she shared with “I definitely wanted a dress that showed off that I’ve been working really hard.” 

The volunteer attorney noted that she also wanted something “simple” for the occasion, dressing up the halter-neck sheath with strappy gold Jimmy Choo heels ($1,095) and emerald drop statement earrings. Emily wore her curled tresses in a half-up style by Breanna Morales and rocked a shimmery smoky eye via Danielle Jones

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