Julia's guide to style
As of 2018, Julia Roberts has been lighting up Hollywood for 30 years. In the current issue of EW, the icon looks back on her three decades in the biz — and ahead, to the new Amazon series Homecoming and big-screen drama Ben Is Back, both out this fall. In celebration of Roberts’ milestone year, we’re taking a stylish stroll down memory lane and revisiting some of her most memorable red carpet looks. Check them out ahead.
At the Golden Globes, 1990
Nobody pulls off menswear like Roberts. To accept one of her first major accolades, a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Steel Magnolias, she suited up in this oversized gray Armani ensemble, topped off with her signature curly locks.
At the Oscars, 1990
For her first Oscars appearance, where she attended the show as a nominee for Steel Magnolias, Roberts wore this fitted taupe Armani dress with a gathered hem.
At the Golden Globes, 1991
In the early ’90s, Roberts owned the look of long, boxy jackets that allowed her to showcase her legs. She accepted the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy (for Pretty Woman) in 1991 in one of her greatest incarnations of the silhouette, this pinstriped miniskirt-suit.
At the Oscars, 1991
Nominated for Pretty Woman at the 1991 Oscars, Roberts went blonde with her hair and Victorian with her wardrobe, opting for a shoulder-padded, high-necked, long-sleeved velvet number by Richard Tyler. She was escorted by her then-fiancé, Kiefer Sutherland.
At the L.A. premiere of Rush, 1991
Did we not tell you about the ’90s blazers?! The actress hit the Rush premiere with beau Jason Patric in this blush jacket dress with shoulder pads.
At the Golden Globes, 1998
Roberts got colorful with this playful Todd Oldham gown at the 1998 Globes, where was nominated for My Best Friend’s Wedding — and joined on the red carpet by co-star Rupert Everett.
At the London premiere of Notting Hill, 1999
She was just a girl, standing in a bright pink cap-sleeved sequined Vivienne Tam sheath, asking us to love her. But how could we not?
At the Emmys, 1999
The black Ralph Lauren design Roberts wore to the Emmys in 1999 — where she was nominated for her guest appearace on Law & Order and accompanied by then-boyfriend Benjamin Bratt — might have been all business up front, but the look was totally backless apart from a few straps lacing it together.
At the Golden Globes, 2000
Nominated for Notting Hill, Roberts matched the red carpet at the 2000 Golden Globes in this slinky long-sleeved dress
At the Oscars, 2001
Who could possibly forget this look? The star created a style moment for the ages when she chose this black and white vintage (1982) Valentino gown for the 2001 Academy Awards, where she won Best Actress for her performance in Erin Brockovich.
At the Oscars, 2004
Roberts hit the Oscars red carpet in 2004 in a champagne satin gown by Giorgio Armani — accessorized with a pin that, she admitted to InStyle, was (gasp!) not real, but costume jewelry.
At the Critics' Choice Awards, 2006
Here’s a timely reminder that nobody can wear a suit — or a tuxedo — like Julia Roberts, who looked sharp in an Yves St. Laurent tux with a ruffled black blouse to present the Freedom Award to her friend George Clooney at the Critics’ Choice Awards in 2006.
At the London premiere of Eat, Pray, Love, 2010
Roberts unveiled Eat, Pray, Love in London while wearing a white Stella McCartney three-piece ensemble over a peachy blouse.
At the Golden Globes, 2014
Roberts updated her glamorous Dolce & Gabbana strapless gown in the most Julia way possible: By layering it over a white shirt.
At the Screen Actors Guild Awards, 2014
The actress was thinking pink in Valentino at the SAG Awards in 2014, where she was nominated for her work in August: Osage County.
At the Oscars, 2014
On the occasion of her fourth Oscar nomination, Roberts hit the red carpet in black lace custom Givenchy Haute Couture.
At the Emmys, 2014
Picking up her second Emmy nomination, this time for her performance in HBO’s The Normal Heart, Roberts opted for a high hemline and long sleeves in this embellished Elie Saab couture frock.
At the Screen Actors Guild Awards, 2015
Menswear doesn’t always have to consist of three pieces! Attending the SAG Awards as a nominee (for August: Osage County) in 2015, the star wore a fabulously chic tuxedo-inspired jumpsuit by Givenchy.
At the Cannes premiere of Money Monster, 2016
To unveil Money Monster at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, Roberts sported a black Armani Privé gown — the neckline of which reminds us of a certain red one — accessorized with an emerald and diamond necklace.
At the Toronto premiere of Ben Is Back, 2018
Roberts referenced some of her old style standbys — accented shoulders, long sleeves, high neck — but looked undeniably modern in the Dsquared2 dress she wore to the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Ben Is Back in September.