Julia Robert's Red Carpet Style
While no one can forget the trend-setting Valentino gown Julia Roberts wore to accept her Best Actress in a Leading Role award for Erin Brockovich at the 2001 Oscars, this awards season is shaping up to be another memorable one for the mega-star. With the 86th annual Academy Awards less than two weeks away, we're looking forward to another inspired look from Roberts, who is nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for August: Osage County. To celebrate her big night, we've compiled her best looks from the past few months to give you a preview of what's to come on March 2nd, when the Oscars air on ABC. Capturing our hearts both on and off the screen, Roberts will always be one of America's sweethearts, but her style has grown to reflect an edgier side of her personality, and we can't wait to see what the star will bring us on the red carpet.
Usually wears: Evolving over the years, Roberts' looks have reflected her growing confidence. While ensembles in black-and-white have been her go-to, her looks have become more tailored, even opting for menswear-inspired outfits in recent months.
Wildcard factor: Her out-of-the-box, but still appropriate style combinations include the Dolce & Gabbana gown she layered over a white button-down shirt at the 2014 Golden Globes. "She just looked so comfortable in it. That was what she wanted to wear, and she wasn't worried about what anyone else thought," says InStyle's Fashion News Director Eric Wilson of Roberts' ensemble. "That is quintessential glamour. That is quintessential Julia Roberts," states InStyle's editor Ariel Foxman. The actress never fails to stay true to her personality, and never lets a gown wear her.
What we'd like to see: "I'd love to see her take a silhouette risk and do the black-and-white again... I'd love a black-and-white Valentino jumpsuit, actually," states Sarah Easley of New York City boutique Kirna Zabete during our #OscarsDressDebate. "She’s an icon," states designer Rachel Roy. "Anytime you see Julia Roberts, she’s choosing the dress as opposed to the dress choosing her or something just being handed to her. That strength about her character and her personality is something I am very inspired by."
Want more Julia Roberts? Look through our gallery to see her best red carpet looks from this awards season!
In Armani Privé, 2016
Roberts shined in a plunging black gown that featured structural off-the-shoulder sleeves, which she topped off with a dazzling Chopard emerald and diamond necklace along with diamond studs.
In Rag & Bone, 2016
Roberts made a sharp statement at the world premiere of Mother’s Day, rocking a crisp white shorts suit on the red carpet.
In Givenchy, 2015
Roberts attended the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards in a plunging pantsuit by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci.
In Elie Saab Couture, 2014
For the 2014 Emmys, the actress chose a midnight blue deep v-neck minidress with a tiered, flared skirt. Embroidered with stones and pearls, the couture gown also featured a peplum waist encrusted with Swarovski crystals.
In 2014, Dolce & Gabbana
Roberts attended the 2014 Golden Globe Awards in a black Dolce & Gabbana gown layered over a white button-down shirt.
In Valentino, 2014
At the 2014 Screen Actors Guild awards, she opted for a wide-leg Valentino jumpsuit, silver earrings, a Roger Vivier clutch, and platform sandals.
In Elie Saab, 2014
At the 2014 Grammy Awards, the actress wore an Elie Saab fully-beaded mini dress styled with black patent-leather Gucci pumps.
In Juan Carlos Obando, 2014
Roberts attended the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in a Juan Carlos Obando gown, Barbara Bui python baguette clutch, and Rya Ban sunglasses.
In Gucci, 2014
The actress arrived at the 2014 Palm Spring Awards Gala in a leopard-print, long-sleeve Gucci mini embellished at the cuffs and hem, pairing her look with a gold-and-black Roger Vivier clutch and black Gucci pumps.
In Proenza Schouler, 2014
At the New York premiere of August: Osage County, Roberts chose a vivd blue Proenza Schouler dress, which she wore with matching satin Charlotte Olympia pumps and Wilfredo Rosado jewels.
In Elie Saab, 2014
For the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, the actress wore a white Elie Saab shift dress with a floral-print hem and complementary Rupert Sanderson pumps.
In Dolce & Gabbana, 2013
In a crimson Dolce & Gabbana dress carrying a Gucci bag at the August: Osage County Toronto International Film Festival premiere.
In Givenchy, 2013
At the Los Angeles premiere of August: Osage County, Roberts gave her menswear-inspired Givenchy ensemble a feminine spin, pairing the tuxedo skirt set with a Pomellato ring and black strappy heels.