Britney shows some skin for summer

The new "X-Factor" judge arrived for the first round of auditions in Austin, Texas, looking like her old self again. That is to say, extra bronzed, extra blonde and sporting something tight, short, and revealing. Brit wore a bubble gum-pink textured frock by LA-based designer Brian Lichtenberg. Yes, there are short sleeves and a high neckline and, I believe, a diamond studded cross around her neck, but the dress's peek-a-boo mesh front panel still gets the message across. Brit has the right idea by keeping her accessories minimal and her makeup relatively modest. Her smoky, charcoal shadow adds just the right amount of edge and the dusting of pink on her cheeks and lips looks fresh and young. Isn't that what Simon Cowell had in mind when he brought her in? There's no snake around her neck, but I think Brit's pretty much back to the girl we know and love.

If you’d like to give the figure-hugging look a try, Topshop has two similar options for $90 each. Styling note: We would have liked to see Brit go with a nude, leg-elongating shoe instead of the chunky black suede YSL pumps she chose. An open-toed nude or light brown heel would also make us happy.

Red Mesh Insert Skater dress $90

Pink Rushed Mesh dress $90


Britney Photo: Gary Miller/WireImage

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