Whatever the Trend, Julia Roberts Did It First and Did It Better

She's played some of the most memorable characters in cinema history—think Pretty Woman's Vivian and the fiery Erin Brockovich—so it's safe to say Julia Roberts has reached icon status. Of course, her acting talent has something to do with it, but it's her off-camera wares that have cemented my fandom.

After her career took off in the late '80s, Roberts became a regular on the premiere circuit. Although they were significantly more casual then than they are today, these appearances provided her with ample opportunities to make her mark. And that's exactly what she did.

From Annie Hall–inspired suiting and her penchant for black to the perfect off-the-clock outfit, 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.

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 autumn's It hue to the perfect party attire, she's serving up inspiration left, right and centre. Keep scrolling to discover Julia Roberts's style history from 1989 until now.

1. The Ultimate Off-Duty Combo
Julia Roberts Style: Wearing jeans and an oversized blazer

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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.

2. Oversized Knitwear After Dark
Julia Roberts Style: Wearing a jumper and knee-high stockings to a premiere in 1989

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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.

3. The New Co-Ord
Julia Roberts Style: Wearing waistcoat and matching hat in 1989

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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.

4. Androgyny At Its Finest
Julia Roberts Style: Wearing waistcoat and matching hat in 1989

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Channelling Annie Hall at the Golden Globe on 20 January 1990 in a boxy suit complete with a Wall Street–worthy jacquard tie.

5. If in Doubt, Waistcoat
Julia Roberts Style: Back at it again with the waistcoat in 1990

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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.

6. Smart Suiting
Julia Roberts Style: Picking up a Best Actress award in a skirt suit

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Picking up the Best Actress gong for her role in Pretty Woman at the Golden Globes on 19 January 1991, Julia opted for a chic pinstripe blazer and matching skirt. Sexy suiting at its best.

7. Flirty Can Look Cool
Julia Roberts Style: Working a floral mini dress and patent brogues

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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.

8. Before the Naked Dress Became a Thing…
Julia Roberts Style: The actress dared to show off her frame in a sheer midi in 1993.

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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.

9. Glam in Velvet
Julia Roberts Style: Wearing a velvet double-breasted blazer to honour industry great, Audrey Hepburn

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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.

10. Stripes on Stripes
Julia Roberts Style: Doubling her stripes like a pro.

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This Julia-Roberts look circa 1993 is the stuff Breton dreams are made of.

11. Leather Love-In
Julia Roberts Style: Now begins her love-affair with leather.

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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.

12. Getting Fancy in 1995
Julia Roberts Style: Getting fancy in 1995 in a hot pink gown.

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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.

13. Giving Good Slip
Julia Roberts Style: Championing the slip dress in 1997 long before it went boom.

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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.

14. Mixing Things Up in a Mini
Julia Roberts Style: Wearing a fabulous mini dress and matching heels

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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.

15. Finding Her Uniform
Julia Roberts Style: Wearing the quintessential '90s uniform

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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. 

16. Dressing the Part
Julia Roberts Style: Looking glam in an oriental-inspired dress.

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Once again accessorising with co-star Rupert Everett, Roberts comes into her sartorial own in this embroidered, halter-neck dress at the Golden Globes in January 1998.

17. Going Backless
Julia Roberts Style: Julia looks incredible in a tie-back top in 1998.

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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?

18. The Original It Skirt
Julia Roberts Style: Julia gets in on the slip skirt action

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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.

19. Shining Bright in Burgundy Sequins
Julia Roberts Style: Looking chic in burgundy sequins at the premiere of Notting Hill.

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Attending the premiere of Notting Hill on 9 April 1999, a sequinned dress seems fitting attire for the biggest star in the world.

20. The Ultimate Leading Lady
Julia Roberts Style: Picking up her first Oscar for her role in Erin Brockovich

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In March 2001, Julia won an Oscar for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich at the Academy Awards, cementing her status as the world's most in-demand actress. For the career-changing occasion, she wore vintage Valentino.

21. A Lesson in Chic
Julia Roberts Style: Looking classy ahead of a TV appearance

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Ahead of a TV appearance in March 2009, Julia looks the epitome of chic in a belted coat and straight-leg jeans.

22. Working White Top-to-Toe
Julia Roberts Style: Steering clear of red wine in a her white suit.

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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.

23. Playing With Proportions
Julia Roberts Style: Creating a cool clash with her feminine frock and boxy blazer

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Giving her feminine, frill-hem dress an edgy overhaul with a black boxy blazer, this is Julia on fashion form.

24. Fresh in Fuchsia
Julia Roberts Style: Usually a fan of monochrome, Julia looks fresh in fuchsia

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Her penchant for monochrome takes a backseat for the night as she wears a front-split frock in her favourite hue (pink) for the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2013.

25. Bring on the Beads
Julia Roberts Style: Going glam at the Emmys in Elie Saab.

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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.

26. Going Green in Gucci
Julia Roberts Style: Gucci mania certainly wasn't lost on Julia.

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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.

27. Short Suiting
Julia Roberts Style: Wearing a short suit to a film premiere in 2016.

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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.

28. Julia's Feminist Fashion Stance
Julia Roberts Style: Channelling old school glamour in Armani Prive—and no shoes

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A classicist at heart, Julia Roberts looks beautiful as she attends the Money Monster premiere at Cannes Film 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.

29. Pretty in Pink
Julia Roberts Style: Wearing a cute collared dress to attend a fashion show in 2017.

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Julia chose another cute pink dress for the Calzedonia Legs Show in September 2017. As for her polka-dot tights? They're so 2018.

30. Wearing 2018's It Hue
Julia Roberts Style: Wearing 2018's most popular hue, powder blue

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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.

31. Standing Out in All the Right Ways
Julia Roberts Style: For her latest premiere, Julia looked incredible in a Brandon Maxwell jumpsuit

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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.

32. Embracing Rainbow Brights
Julia Roberts Style: For a TV appearance, Julia ensures she stands out in a rainbow-hued coat.

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For an outing in SoHo, Roberts looked incredible in a Valentino coat painted in all the colours of the rainbow, which she effortlessly paired over a black ensemble, and finished with red-lens sunglasses, her trademark waves and, of course, her megawatt smile. Gorgeous. 

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