Whatever the Trend, Julia Roberts Did It First and Did It Better
She may have played some of the most memorable characters in cinema history—think
Pretty Woman‘s Vivian and the fiery Erin Brockovich—but to me, Julia Roberts is the true icon. Of course, her acting talent has something to do with it, but it’s her off-camera wares that have cemented my fan-ship.
After her career took off
Julia became a regular on the premiere circuit. Although they were significantly more casual than they are today, these appearances provided her with ample opportunities to make her mark. And that’s exactly what she did. in the late ’80s,
and her penchant for black to the Annie Hall–inspired suiting , every ensemble from Julia’s archives is a winner in my eyes, and many of them feel relevant once again, with fashion continuing to flashback to decades that were not so long ago. perfect off-the-clock outfit
She certainly hasn’t lost her Midas touch, as she’s been treating us to a gorgeous array of looks of late, too. Sporting everything from
to the autumn’s It hue , she’s serving up inspiration left, right and centre. Keep scrolling to discover Julia Roberts’ style history from 1989 until now. perfect party attire
Wearing my favourite outfit: jeans, a white tee and an oversized blazer in January 1989 (before I was even born). So much for me thinking I’m so original with this look.
Back in the day, premieres weren’t like they are now. Instead of glitzy dresses, celebs wore more casual pieces oversized knitwear and stockings (which actually look super cute), as demonstrated by Julia at the Great Balls of Fire screening in Los Angeles on 29 June 1989.
As far as I’m concerned, there just aren’t enough matching hat and waistcoat options nowadays. Julia wears hers so well to attend the Back to the Future Part II premiere on 20 November 1989.
Channelling Annie Hall at the 47th Annual Golden Globe awards on 20 January 1990 in a boxy suit complete with a Wall Street–worthy jacquard tie.
Back at it again with a waistcoat at yet another film premiere in July 1990, all Julia needs to accessorise her look is her renowned megawatt smile.
Picking up the Best Actress gong for her role in Pretty Woman at the 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards on 19 January 1991, Julia opted for a chic pinstripe blazer and matching skirt. Sexy suiting at its best.
For lunch in New York City in August 1991, Julia chose a look consisting of a floral dress, brogues and white socks. This wouldn’t look out of place on Alexa Chung today.
Wow, wow, wow. Julia ditched her signature suiting at the premiere of Conspiracy Theory in January 1993, instead opting for a sheer midi dress. Goals.
On 10 January 1993, stars came together at the Screen Actors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award Salute to honour Audrey Hepburn. Of course, for such a fashionable affair, Julia turned to her trademark blazer—this time, she wore one in luxe velvet.
This Julia-Roberts look circa 1993 is the stuff Breton dreams are made of.
And so begins Julia’s love affair with all things leather. Throw in some square-toed boots and this outfit couldn’t be more 1995 if it tried.
Easily Julia’s most glamorous look thus far, the actress chose a hot pink satin dress and a black faux-fur stole for a fancy industry event in L.A. Just look at that posture—you can tell this was a time before laptops.
Slip dresses might be all the rage now, but Julia was already wearing them on repeat in 1997. Because she’s always been that cool.
Channeling the ’60s in a printed minidress and T-bar heels at the world premiere of My Best Friend’s Wedding in L.A. on 17 June 1997. Naturally, co-star Rupert Everett is the only accessory she required.
Wearing what came to be known as the ultimate ’90s uniform, Julia looks sleek in her camel coat, leather trousers and square-toed boots at a New York City premiere on 21 October 1997.
Once again accessorising with co-star Rupert Everett, Julia Roberts comes into her sartorial own in this embroidered, halter-neck dress at the 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards in January 1998.
Understated but sultry in a tie-back top in 1998. Looks like the kind of thing Kendall and Bella would wear now, doesn’t it?
Her slip obsession continued into 1998—only this time, she opted for a blue crystal midi which she paired with an on-trend jersey halter top.
Attending the premiere of Notting Hill on 9 April 1999, a sequinned dress seems fitting attire for the biggest star in the world.
In March 2001, Julia won an Oscar for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich at the 73rd Annual Academy Awards, cementing her status as the world’s most in-demand actress. For the career-changing occasion, she wore vintage Valentino.
Ahead of a TV appearance in March 2009, Julia looks the epitome of chic in a belted coat and straight-leg jeans.
At the premiere of her film Eat Pray Love in 2010, Julia once again chose a sharp suit—only this time, in red wine–repelling white.
Giving her feminine, frill-hem dress an edgy overhaul with a black boxy blazer, this is Julia on fashion form.
Her penchant for monochrome takes a backseat for the night as she wears a front-split frock in her favourite hue (pink) for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2013.
Finding her glamorous stride, Julia looked incredible in a beaded minidress by Elie Saab at the Emmys in 2014. Also, if anyone knows her leg workout routine, please do share.
Just like the rest of the world, Julia’s obsession with Gucci started in 2015 and hasn’t wavered since. We love how the green lace looks set against her lighter locks.
As you’re now fully aware, Julia certainly has a thing for suits, and we love how she changed things up with a coordinating short and jacket at the premiere of Mother’s Day in April 2016.
A classicist at heart, Julia Roberts looks beautiful as she attends the Money Monster premiere at Cannes Film Festival in 2016 in a draped Armani Privé creation. What you can’t see is that she was actually barefoot to stand with the countless women who were turned away from the screening of Carol for wearing flats earlier in the festival.
Julia chose another cute pink dress for the Calzedonia Legs Show in September 2017. As for her polka-dot tights? They’re so 2018.
To promote her latest project, Homecoming, Julia looked stunning in her Sandro powder blue suit. The fact this is 2018’s shade of note is no accident, we’re sure.
Her love of pink is well documented, so it’s little wonder Julia couldn’t resist this Brandon Maxwell jumpsuit, which she wore to the premiere of Homecoming in October 2018. If you needed any more proof that she’s a bona fide style icon, this is it.
Julia Roberts style is certainly impressive, but there’s another
… star we’re taking fashion cues from this season