16 photos that show the evolution of Julia Roberts’ classic style

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Julia Roberts has worn a lot of black dresses over the years. Getty Images

Julia Roberts is an Oscar-winning actress who’s starred in dozens of movies over the past three decades — she’s also become quite a style icon.

Here’s a look at how Roberts’ classic style has evolved over the years:


In 1997, she wore a classic black dress to a movie premiere.

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Julie Roberts wore her hair in a bob to the 1997 premiere of ‘Conspiracy Theory.’ Reuters/Fred Prouser

Roberts was all smiles at the 1997 premiere of “Conspiracy Theory,” wearing a strappy black gown with a simple heart-shaped necklace.

Her hair was styled in a chin-length bob.


Roberts wore another simple black dress to an event in 1998.

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Julia Roberts at the People’s Choice Awards in 1998. Getty/Brenda Chase

Her elegant look at the 1998 People’s Choice Awards included a sleek updo, a black sleeveless gown, and a two-toned satin wrap.


In 1999, she added a pop of colour to her signature little-black-dress look.

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Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt at the 1999 premiere of ‘Runaway Bride.’ The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images

Roberts rocked another black dress for the 1999 premiere of “Runaway Bride” in Westwood, California. She paired the strapless number with a baby-pink shawl.


Later that year, she flipped the look with a bright-pink dress.

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Benjamin Bratt and Julia Roberts on the red carpet. Getty/Diane Freed

While attending a red-carpet event with then-boyfriend Benjamin Bratt, Roberts wore a bright-pink dress with a furry black shawl.


Roberts rocked a suit at the 2001 People’s Choice Awards.

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Julia Roberts at the 2001 People’s Choice Awards. Getty/Chris Weeks

In 2001, Roberts won the People’s Choice Award for favourite motion-picture actress while wearing a black suit with subtle pinstripes.

Her hair was styled in a sleek, shoulder-grazing lob.


In 2002, Roberts turned heads at the Academy Awards.

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Julia Roberts at the 2002 Oscars. Getty/Vince Bucci

She arrived at the 74th Annual Academy Awards in yet another stunning black dress, this time featuring a high slit, cutouts, and long sleeves.

Roberts paired the dress with strappy black heels and wore her auburn curls in an updo.


Roberts changed up her typical red-carpet colour scheme again in 2004.

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Julia Roberts at the Academy Awards in 2004. Getty/Carlo Allegri

In a departure from her usual red-carpet look, Roberts wore a champagne-coloured satin gown with a deep-V neckline and jeweled embellishment to the 2004 Academy Awards.


She opted for a black suit at the Critics’ Choice Awards in 2006.

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Julia Roberts at the Critics’ Choice Awards in 2006. Getty/Kevin Winter

At the 11th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards in 2006, Roberts stunned in a black suit with a matching ruffled shirt underneath.


In 2010, Roberts rocked a short black dress at the Golden Globe Awards.

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Julia Roberts at the Golden Globes in 2010. Getty/Jason Merritt

A statement gold necklace was the focal point of Roberts’ ensemble for the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2010.

She paired her knee-length black dress with black pumps and a black clutch and styled her now-blonde hair in loose waves.


Roberts stunned in another black gown in 2012.

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Julia Roberts at the 2012 AFI Life Achievement Awards. Getty/Kevin Winter

The actress looked breathtaking at the 2012 AFI Life Achievement Awards, donning a long-sleeved black gown with a deep-V neckline and a statement necklace.

Her bouncy brunette curls added some volume to the look.


She wore an off-the-shoulder gown to the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

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Julia Roberts and George Clooney at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. AP/Thibault Camus

Roberts brought the drama in an off-the-shoulder black gown and emerald pendant necklace as she walked the red carpet with George Clooney at the 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 2016.


The actress opted for a statement black gown in 2018.

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Julia Roberts at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. AP/MediaPunch

At the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, Roberts put a modern spin on her usual black dress with exaggerated shoulders, side cutouts, and three-quarter-length sleeves.


At the 2019 Golden Globes, Roberts debuted a brand-new look.

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Julia Roberts at the Golden Globes in 2019. MIKE BLAKE/Reuters

At the 2019 Golden Globes, the actress ditched her usual black dress in favour of a tailored black-and-blush jumpsuit with a flowing half-skirt.

She finished off the look with glamorous blonde waves and statement earrings.


She wore a similar look later that year for the Critics’ Choice Awards.

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Julia Roberts at the Critics’ Choice Awards in 2019. DANNY MOLOSHOK/Reuters

Roberts rocked another tailored suit at the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards. The look featured white pants and a sleeveless black jacket-top that flowed down into an embroidered half-skirt.


Roberts reprised her “Pretty Woman” polka dots at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in 2019.

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Julia Roberts at the 2019 Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP

The actress donned a bold, navy-and-white two-piece set with a white belt and matching Oxford shoes for the 2019 Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Los Angeles.

She finished off the look with big sunglasses and tousled blonde waves.


She went full Hollywood-glam at the 2019 Fashion Awards.

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Designer Giorgio Armani with Julia Roberts at the 2019 Fashion Awards in London. LISI NIESNER/Reuters

Roberts may be known for her black dresses, but her look for the 2019 Fashion Awards totally revamped the style.

The actress wore a sparkly, wide-legged jumpsuit and added a pop of colour with blue statement earrings.

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