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Julia Roberts Patagonia

Julia Roberts is a fortress. As stylish as she is evasive of the public eye, these days we’re lucky we can still catch sight of her at the occasional high-profile function. Maybe we’re spoiled by a world in which we get a constant stream of outfit inspo via Instagrams and street style pics of Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, and Kylie Jenner. But Roberts prefers life away from the public’s ever-thirsty gaze — and we respect that.

But the star’s notorious privacy sometimes makes answering the question we ask ourselves daily — WWJRD? — a little tricky. It’s late January and our bodies are still yearning for the intersection of warmth and style that they so deserve: It’s in cases like these that we turn to the archives.

In a 2017 InStyle interview, Roberts was prescient as ever, anticipating one of this year’s most desirable pieces: a Patagonia jacket. The lightweight, insulated puffer is the weather-eliminating solution that every closet should include. It’s simple, timeless, and incredibly effective. It exudes the kind of rich lady energy that says, “I could have anything, and I chose this.”

Perhaps that was Roberts’s own internal monologue when she purchased her first Patagonia jacket, we don’t know. But what we do know is that she named it her “winter essential,” which is all the encouragement we need to begin retiring our lesser coats in favor of this all-occasions one.

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