Fame10 Fashion Evolution: Julia Roberts

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Fans have followed Julia Roberts since her earliest starring roles and have come to recognize her for her signature curly locks and beaming pearly white smile. Aside from her enviable beauty, the actress has also made leaps in her style since her first film debuts. She enjoys clothing that is simple and practical yet always has an elegant quality about her looks. Roberts is often quite modest and will never be one to don a thigh-high slit or plunging neckline while attending a red carpet event. We aren’t surprised to see her strutting at elite Hollywood events in a tailored pinstripe suit but also recognize that she isn’t shy to rock a slim-fit dress every once in a while. Follow along for Julia Robert’s Fame10 fashion evolution since some of her earliest debuts:

People’s Choice Awards — 1998

Julia Roberts stepped out at one of her earliest People’s Choice Awards looking more youthful and glowing ever. Her sparkling smile and simple black dress is classic Julia Roberts and is a sophisticated style that remained constant in her wardrobe. The dress skimmed her shoulder blades and elegantly flowed down to the floor. To add a pop of color but still keep it subtle, Julia topped the look with a mauve-colored shawl in a luxurious silk texture. A look like this rings true to Julia’s simple side and is a look she consistently goes back to in the years to come.

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Academy Awards — 2001

2001 marked one of Julia Robert’s most memorable looks. The vintage Valentino gown had unique mesh detailing which draped dramatically down the back of the dress and was complemented by a similar meshing along the neckline. This look marked one of Julia Robert’s most revealing looks and bared her shoulders which was a rarity on the red carpet for the brunette beauty. We love her sleek chignon updo and the white lines of the dress keep the look clean and refined.

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Academy Awards — 2004

Julia Roberts stepped out at the 2004 Academy Awards donning a floor-length silk gown by Georgio Armani and freshly dyed blonde tresses. The look is glamorous yet still safe by featuring minimal detailing and one sparkling brooch in the center her stomach. The subtle draping along the front was highly flattering, but the color could have been more wisely chosen. The light champagne tone washes out her fair skin tone, especially with the lightened hair color.

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Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony — 2006

In 2006, Julia Roberts style took a dramatic turn for the worse and her inner frumpy side definitely shone through with this floral ensemble. The flutter sleeve detailing is delicate and girly, but the length of the dress is awkward, especially with her distasteful choice of footwear. The shoes are chunky, unflattering and highly inappropriate for a red carpet event. Even a simple ballet flat would have been a better choice than these bulky shoes. Her hair was left stringy and undone and her makeup appeared washed out and unappealing. Try again, Julia!

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Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Gala Tribute — 2009

Julia Roberts stepped out years later in 2009 and proved she had learned a thing or two about fashion. The cream jacquard-print dress was classy, elegant and flattered her strawberry-blonde tresses flawlessly. This look is undeniably classic Julia Roberts with it’s timeless shape, modest necklines and hemlines yet still exuded sophistication and elegance. Although we love this dress, the look would have been much more fashionable without the casual-looking cardigan and a gold sandal rather than the dull black pump.

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Britain Eat, Pray, Love Premiere — 2010

Julia Roberts stepped out at one of her biggest film premieres for Eat Pray Love wearing a crisp pantsuit with blush blouse detailing underneath. The menswear-inspired look is undeniably sophisticated and chic on the star, but we would have loved if she opted for a more skinny pant leg or tailored sleeves to make the look appear a bit less messy. Despite this, her red shoes were a classy pop of color and it’s hardly possible to go wrong with an androgynous look as refined and clean as this.

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Larry Crowe Film Premiere — 2011

Julia undeniably stepped up her pantsuit game with this fitted and tailored navy ensemble. The look is highly streamlined with it’s single color palette and the shade of navy is rich and flattering against her creamy complexion and orange-tinted locks. The pants and arms of this suit are much more flattering than the previous because they hug Julia’s body and the flawless tailoring makes it appear as if the suit was made for her. We also love the bright green necklace she chose with this and the pop of color definitely adds something extra onto the simple look.

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Jesus Henry Christ Premiere — 2012

Julia Roberts is looking chic and sweet with this polished mini-dress that she wore in 2012 to the Jesus Henry Christ premiere! The peter-pan collar detail is modest yet still trendy and the short hemline makes her legs appear miles long. She opted for a strappy sandal heel and a charcoal colored clutch while leaving her auburn tresses loose, wispy and wavy. This look is what Julia Robert’s style became iconic for– simplicity, sophistication and comfort.

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Golden Globes — 2014

By 2014, it became clear that Julia Roberts is truly comfortable in her classic style and continues to remain true to clean lines, black and white coloring and menswear-inspired pieces. Rather than opting for the black strapless gown on it’s own, the star instead added a white-button up underneath as a chic layering piece to keep things respectable and mature looking. The sparkling white belt added extra glamour and her sweeping chignon hairstyle was polished and sleek looking. Julia definitely owned this red carpet moment and made it clear that she has undeniably mastered her unique sense of personal style.

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Cannes Film Festival — 2016

In her most head-turning and gorgeous look yet, Julia Roberts stepped out last year at the Cannes Film Festival donning this stunning off-the-shoulder gown. The dress exuded classic Hollywood glamour while still appearing sophisticated and highly put together. She paired the floor-skimming, vintage-inspired gown with a statement turquoise necklace and allowed her wild curls to fall loose and flowy down her back. We have to admit that we love when Julia takes a fashion risk like this, even when it’s something as simple as an off-the-shoulder neckline! She looks glowing, gorgeous and classic!

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Olivia Di Pede

Olivia Di Pede

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