In or Out: Julia Roberts

Posted on October 13, 2011

We really don’t get Julia Roberts. Not in the “Why does this woman have a career at all” manner (although Lorenzo does have a tendency to say such things through gritted teeth whenever he encounters evidence of her existence). No, we mean, we don’t get what she thinks she’s doing when she gets dressed for public appearances.

Julia Roberts at 'Fireflies In The Garden' PremiereJulia Roberts attends the “Fireflies In The Garden” Los Angeles Premiere at Pacific Theatre at The Grove.

Julia Roberts at 'Fireflies In The Garden' Premiere

Julia Roberts at 'Fireflies In The Garden' Premiere

Julia Roberts at 'Fireflies In The Garden' PremiereSeriously… what? The big-ass necklace with the sort of waistless dress and ruffled skirt, with a tuxedo jacket over it? With BOWS STICKING OUT OF THE SLEEVES? What was the thinking here? Flapper-Coco-Walk of Shame-Funeral? There’s no way a stylist put this together. This reeks of her pulling random black shit out of her closet and thinking she looked put together. We’re getting more pissed off the more we look at it. Honey, you’re attractive, thin and rich beyond reason. You are NOT, however, innately stylish. Pay someone to put your looks together for you. And if you ARE paying someone to do so (which we sincerely doubt), pull a Naomi and beat them with your cell phone. We’re not even putting this one up to a vote. She’s O to the U-T.

Oh, and honey? The center part cocker spaniel hair is not your friend anymore. Get that shit cut and styled better.

Great. Now, we’re in a bad mood. THANKS A LOT, JULIA.

Don’t worry, kittens. We’ll give you something to vote on later. We just had to put our feet down on this one.

 

[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos]

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  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Couldn’t agree more TLo.  She looks a hot mess indeed.  And is that every piece of bling she owns on her chest? WTF?

  • Anonymous

    Agree on the outfit and hair, but dang, her legs look great!

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Before I could even take in WTF she is wearing, I noticed her legs. That’s the only good thing about the outfit, that she knows to flaunt her stems!

  • Anonymous

    Her Mystic Pizza eyebrows are back!

  • Anonymous

    I like the necklace but not with that dress.

  • Isadora Paiva

    Let’s see… I like her shoes? 

    Agree with you guys on everything else, though. And I especially HATE the hair!

  • Anonymous

    I think someone sent over that dress for her to wear and, when she showed up in it, the jacket and necklaces were thrown on in an attempt to salvage it.  Not that that would be possible. 

  • Anonymous

    Where did the term “cocker spaniel hair” originate??  ‘Cause it is spot on!!! 

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, now you’ve made me pissed too. Just great. 

  • Anonymous

    Is she still styled by Joe Zee? God, I hope not.  He has so much more style than this.

    • Anonymous

      There is no way Joe Zee would have signed off on this. Please apologize to him immediately for even MENTIONING him in connection with this debacle.  :-)

      • Anonymous

        He did proudly announce he’s her stylist in her episode of Style Star.  I was completely shocked by th

        • Anonymous

          Gasp! Say it ain’t so Joe!

  • Anonymous

    When I was in my early 20′s I would put a bunch of random clothes together and hope I’d look eccentric not poor.

    • Anonymous

      Yep – and in your early twenties you can get away with it!  At a certain point one needs to start paying attention to how things work together – and I would randomly say that 30th b-day wake-up call is a good time to get a grip. 
      ( also, if your early 20′s were when mine were – 80′s – that was much more in style! )

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        There’s also a question of how good your eye is — there are a lot of people that can toss random things together and look fabulous.  Julia Roberts is NOT ONE OF THEM! 

        Matt Smith, on the other hand, does it regularly and looks great. 

      • Anonymous

        You are right about the years

      • Anonymous

        Yes. I went through a lots-of-costume jewelry (often sparkly) phase in my late teens/very early 20′s.  I can’t say it was as cute as I thought it was, but it was passable – only because I was between 19 and 23.

  • Anonymous

    There is such a disconnect between those great legs and everything above the knees in this photo.

    • Anonymous

      Could’t agree more

  • Vaniljekjeks

    It all seems a bit too young.  It’s like she looked in the mirror on her way out and said “no, this is way too twee… I am over 20… let’s throw a shapeless jacket on over it!” 

  • Anonymous

    It also looks as though the neckline of the dress has some sort of woven detail at the neckline that is semi covered up by the Tom Binnsesque necklace.

  • Sara__B

    Love her smile in the last shot, but that’s the only thing that’s working for her. I’m fairly certain she’s been digging around in the back of her closets — I had those shoes in the mid-1970s and I think she wore the jacket in the 80s. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Huge Out. That is just….terrible. There is no other word for it.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel Zoe could strip this ”outfit” down to make at least forty different looks.

    • Anonymous

      I just hope she didn’t actually pay anyone to style her to look like this.

  • Addicted2Glamour

    Steaming pile o’hot mess. And just a question : is this whole “men’s suit jacket over a cocktail or evening dress” now officially a Red Carpet “thing?”  I’ve seen it done where it looks nice – with a jacket actually tailored for a woman, with an interesting fabric or cut. Julia looks like she threw on her husband’s jacket before leaving a restaurant because it was a bit chilly out. 

  • Anonymous

    I have an irrational dislike for her, she always comes across as haughty and very full of herself…as for the “outfit”, perfect for the cougar walk of shame and little else…she does have great gams so i will giver her that…

    • Patricia Biswanger

      I will never get over the video of her and her husband parking in a handicapped spot outside a supermarket and then just shrugging it off when the videographer pointed it out to them.  

  • Anonymous

    Oh God, me too Lorenzo! My teeth automatically clench at the mere mention of her name.

    She’s OUT. This woman has never known how to dress herself, so I don’t expect that to change anytime soon. The hair is awful.
    She’s awful, Bleah.

    • MilaXX

      THIS and do not get me started on the movie Pretty Woman. If I could I would burn every single copy on the face of the earth. HATE

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        I’m sorry, I know that Pretty Woman was full of terrible messages, but I loved it.  So you can’t burn my copy.

        • MilaXX

          My hate for that movie completely encompasses my irrational dislike of Julia, My friends won’t even discuss the movie around me because I get completely cray cray about it.

          • Anonymous

            I hate that damn movie too, for a thousand reasons.

      • Anonymous

        GAH! Don’t even talk about it!! *covers ears* LA LA LA LA LA

      • Anonymous

        I think her Notting Hill “performance” was even more cringe worthy, whenever i hear her line of “i’m just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her”, i literally dry heave……

        • Anonymous

          Ugh, her character in that thing was hateful…

      • Patricia Biswanger

        I am with you on Pretty Woman, though I wonder if it’s for the same reason?  I am just not a fan of movies that romanticize prostitution and make it look like one big happy date with fabulous earnings and great marital prospects.

        • MilaXX

          YES! I don’t see anything romantic about being a prostitute.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, but if we didn’t have Julia Roberts, we wouldn’t have Tina Fey’s delicious impersonations of her laugh on “30 Rock”! We always rewind and replay her doing that.

  • Anonymous

    Well I don’t get why she has a career. Or at least why she’s such a big star. And the hair is a mess, with you on that one. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    I can picture a fabulous outfit that includes the necklace and a tuxedo jacket.  Unfortunately, this is not it.

  • Diana Martinez

    Ok, she looks like she got drunk before getting dressed, but I still love her. =)

  • Anonymous

    Any one of those pieces might’ve been perfectly cute, just not all together all at once!

    That second photo might be the worst shot of her teeth I’ve ever seen, yikes.

  • MilaXX

    The only thing I like is the necklace and it’s lost under all that frou frou. HOT MESS

  • Anonymous

    That is such a mess. Nothing is right about the look at all. I agree with Lo’s assessments of Julia. Whenever I see her in a movie, all I can think is, “That’s Julia Roberts acting.” Her characters never connect with me.

  • Anonymous

    I think she thought it was eclectic and fun.  It’s not.

  • Anonymous

    HATE the outfit like everyone else, but I have to confess to being a bit confused — you call her hair “center part cocker spaniel,” and yet IMO that’s the exact same hairstyle that Nina Garcia has and you praise that to the skies, while I react to Nina’s hair the way you just reacted to Julia’s.  What’s the difference?  I honestly don’t see one, except that you love Nina and can’t stand Julia….not being contentious, just honestly curious!

    • Anonymous

      nina’s hair while center parted, is typically straight with just a slight bit of body to it.  cocker spaniel hair is where the little ringlets group together to look like cocker spaniel ears.  julia’s are a bit looser but it still gives the same effect.  nina’s hair is never in ringlets so it just doesnt approach cocker spaniel hair to my eyes.  .

      exhibit a) http://hair-craft.co.uk/files/lady-looking-like-cocker-spaniel.jpg

      exhibit b) http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2006/news/061106/nina_garcia.jpg

      • Anonymous

        OMG I snorted and guffawed when I clicked on exhibit a…thanks for improving a severely craptastic morning.

    • Anonymous

      yal–It is not the same as Nina!  Nina has bounce and lift while JR, SJP, and RZ all have limp, lifeless, and fried hair.  In the case of the triplets all of them look older because of the hair “style” while Nina looks fabulous and finished.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      Nina’s hair doesn’t have as much volume on the sides — that’s the main difference.  Julia’s hair is flat at the roots and poufs at the sides, in part because of the curl.  Nina’s waves or curl is at the ends exclusively and lays much sleeker.

    • Anonymous

      The difference is that Nina has REAL hair, not extensions.  Don’t try to tell me that those three bitches (SJP, RZ, JR) don’t have extra hair glued/sewn into their own tresses.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        Well, I can tell you that I can achieve the same thing with even more pouf at the sides without any extra at all.

  • Anonymous

    I see her hair as a slightly less frizzy SJP. 

    Some of the individual pieces might work but none of them work together

  • Anonymous

    If this were a blouse and skirt, and the blouse were white, those bows out the sleeves would be great. If she took off half the necklace. And I hate the skirt. Looks like the ones I made my daughters when they were three, which would have been about the time she was making her first splash, so I guess it makes sense.

  • Anonymous

    Message to Julia, Rachel Zoe, Sarah Jessica Parker and especially Dyan Cannon: For the love of God CUT YOUR HAIR! You ladies cannot pull off the long, highlighted manes anymore. Goto your stylist with a picture of Natalie Morales from the Today Show….shoulder length, shiny and healthy looking, but still feminine.

    • Anonymous

      Amy_R, could NOT agree with you more. TLo—can you not start a movement that will discourage women over the age of 18 from wearing their hair like this? 

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        Not necessarily.  My best friend wears her hair very long (though straight) and will continue to do so until one of us dies, as I and all our other friends have forbidden her to EVER cut her hair by too much — she looks awful in even shoulder length.

  • Anonymous

    This is the quintessential “I used to wear tight shit on the red carpet but now I couldn’t be assed so suck it” A-Lister outfit. Like pulling a Jolie, only frumpier.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    She has NEVER known how to dress herself.  And I find that very confusing as she’s tall and thin without a ton of curves — she’s built for looks that came right off a runway!

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    I also notice that she insists on the same style as SJP, which is odd, since any stylist in the world will tell you that a center part with long hair is THE most unflattering for women with long faces and long/big noses. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Austen-Jane/100002245814326 Austen Jane

    I am glad you said something about the hair. I think both her and Gwenyth and some of the other early 40s gals need to let.it.go. already.

  • Anonymous

    Yes to everything you wrote, T Lo.  She looks like she was playing one of those kids’ games where you have to race to the bag of clothes, put them all on, and then race back to the starting point.

  • Anonymous

    I suspect the dressing issue is just a symptom of her larger problem: she thinks her shit don’t stink.

  • Joyce VG

    But she’s America’s sweetheart!  Well, there’s your answer I guess.

  • http://profiles.google.com/claudiaberry Claudia Berry

    She makes way too much money for me to feel sorry for her for looking like a mess.

  • Anonymous

    I like the necklace a lot and the bows are kind of an interesting (art school?) touch. Her hair is bad, though, and overall there is no look here, just a mess of stuff going on. 

  • Anonymous

    The sense I get from her–and I could be totally wrong about this–is that she has more important things to focus on, and she’s just not going to bother.  She’s going to be a *serious* actress and mother, so she has no time for frivolous things like stylists and working out a look. Unless she’s nominated for an Oscar. Otherwise, she’ll just put on some clothes and jewelry that she has at home and count on her Julia-ness to pull it off.

    In a way, I admire that kind of attitude.  But if that’s the way you’re going to do it, keep it simple.  That necklace!  Those bows at the wrists!  No and no.  NO!  Keep it simple and low-key.

    You’re welcome.

    In the meantime, out, of course.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      If that’s the plan, then she stole it from Angelina Jolie who does it better.  ‘Cause believe me, the reason that Angelina puts so little effort in these days is to convince us all that she’s above the style calculation, when in fact, it’s just another move in that calculation.

      And Angelina pulls it off beautifully.  9 times out of 10, she just looks boring, not really bad or clueless.  Julia, on the other hand, manages to be both. 

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I don’t know. I get the idea she’s someone who has no instinct for fashion and doesn’t care about dressing up, but has to for her career. Like someone who’s not a suit-and-tie person but has to wear it for work.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, geez, you guys. It’s not like she’s going gray or wrinkly. There’s no reason she can’t pull off long hair if she wants to. It’s the style she’s chosen that’s the problem. (And the highlights aren’t really a great hair color for her. She’d look prettier with hair that had some more color to it.)

    But in any case, stop pulling out the tar and feathers for anyone over 18 that dares to wear long hair.

    • Anonymous

      As a pushing 30 lady who looks totally stupid with short hair, I salute you. Tip of the hat I can’t wear because my head is too big. (Sad.)

    • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

      We never said she was too old for long hair.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        I think it was in response to some of the other comments, not you guys.  (Though I could be wrong)

        I’ve heard the “no long hair after 40″ rule since childhood, and I have no intention of following it.

  • Anonymous

    My hunch is that she was running out the door and realized she forgot to shave her armpits again. She raided her or her husband’s closet and voila…fashion!

    • Anonymous

      That idea might be right, but I think those bows hanging out of the jacket are long sleeves from the dress. I think she looks like she’s trying to hide a pregnancy.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not the long hair, it’s just that the long hair looks so messy and unflattering. Unflattering on Julia Roberts is soooo much worse than unflattering on a mere mortal. If she’s paying a stylist, she should get a refund.

  • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

    I read In or Out: Julia Roberts, looked at the first pic, and thought to myself: “I love it when TLo posts rhetorical questions”. Then I was happy to see it wasn’t a question at all. I don’t blame you at all for being white-hot pissed at her.

  • Anonymous

    “although Lorenzo does have a tendency to say such things through gritted teeth whenever he encounters evidence of her existence”

    Thank God. I thought I was the only person on earth who didn’t like America’s guffawing sweetheart.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      I liked her a lot more when she stuck to light, fluffy movies that didn’t require great depths.  She’s good at those.  Things like Eat Pray Love (which was pretentious drivel that only a billionaire could find deeply meaningful — hence the Oprah seal of approval) are beyond her range. 

  • Anonymous

    With looks like hers she can wear whatever the heck she wants.

  • Anonymous

    Your moral outrage fills me with courage to face my day. 

  • AMartel

    Can’t stand the woman.  A big phony and a bad actress.  Also, wears stupid outfits on a regular basis.  Probably thinks she’s above the laws of fashion.
    That being said, this woman is truly beautiful on the outside.  Also, the hair looks good.
    Honesty sometimes requires having to admit annoying truths.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, T Lo, for insisting on the Out.

  • Anonymous

    Are we sure this isn’t a Lifetime movie?
    That would explain why she’s dressed to be a judge on Project Runway ;p

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JQSQJRAL4YYWB2OZNHNUHKZAEY Christopher

    A no-brainer out if ever there was.

  • Anonymous

    See, this is how I feel about Sarah Jessica Parker.  Same horrible “fashion” sense and ridiculous hair.  Ugh.  OUT.

  • Anonymous

    I thought this was SJP at first.  The hair is definitely doing no favors, even with the faux dark roots.

  • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

    Cocker spaniel hair is tired on everyone. Looking at you, SJP.

  • Anonymous

    Why is she trying to pass for Sarah Jessica Parker? I don’t get it.

  • http://twitter.com/RobertSanchez36 Robert Sanchez

    Definitely out. But I get the impression she just doesn’t give a shit anymore, and couldn’t care less what people think. Maybe she just thinks being a mom is more important now, and has earned enough money not to have to worry about acting unless it’s something she really wants to do, and getting dressed up for a red carpet is something she just doesn’t care about.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      This isn’t a “I don’t care” outfit.  This is the result of a great deal of thought.  If she’d shown up in a little black sheath dress with minimal accessories and looked boring, I’d agree.  But it takes work to look this bad!

  • http://toodles.yelp.com AWStevens

    She was NEVER meant to be blonde.  Makes her look washed out and OLD.

    • Anonymous

      I agree – much better as brunette. But a lot of women go blond in their 40s and 50s because gray stands out a lot more against dark hair; lighter hair is more forgiving.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        You’re better off with a medium brown with thin golden highlights.  The gray will still blend without washing you out. 

        If you couldn’t work blond at 20, you can’t do it at 50 either.

        • Anonymous

          Agree. I’m never a fan of the used-to-be-brunette; blonde-in-middle-age look.

          • http://toodles.yelp.com AWStevens

            Sweeties, how about a nice strawberry blonde to red head look?  Didn’t this woman used to be a red head?  Susan Sarandon can pull it off and so can Julia!

  • Cathy S

    Wow, I’m kind of disappointed about this. So many judgements about her person instead of what she’s wearing. Who the hell knows what she’s like and what does it matter in this context anyway? We’re here for the clothes/styling.

    As for that, eh, I’ve seen much worse. The bows at her sleeves are strange, but we’ve seen uglier outfits before (see anything worn by Paz de la Huerta). I think she’s just not into fashion and doesn’t care. Or maybe, like Helena Bonham Carter, who can wear any wild-ass thing she wants and get praise at how kooky she is, maybe she likes to mix weird things together and call it a day. Either way, it’s more of a “meh” to me than an out.

  • Anonymous

    “Great. Now, we’re in a bad mood. THANKS A LOT, JULIA.”

    Hahahahahahahahahaha! Snort!!

  • Anonymous

    Well, you have to admit it’s a step up from that stretch denim 3-piece pant suit monstrosity she wore a while ago.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the chuckle.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not a big Julia fan, but she’s one of the few actresses over 40 who looks like she still has her original face.  If she’s getting work done, she’s got a hell of a plastic surgeon.

    As for the outfit, the logic seems clear. Julia really doesn’t care about the fashion mannequin part of being an actress.  It wasn’t important when she started out and she still doesn’t give a f#@*.  I admire her for that too.  So I’m giving her an IN even though we don’t get to vote.  She looks healthy and happy and not all worked over to within an inch of her life.  And I can’t believe I’m defending JR.  This may be a first.

  • mc90

    What rainwood said. 

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, this is a mess. Her hair is terrible. This is the result of someone living in Taos for too long and forgetting how to dress for New York and L.A. events. And as a New Mexican, I say this with love. 

  • Anonymous

    i love you guys

  • Anonymous

    I love you, TLo, and I love the minions/commentariat/precious unborn fawns, even when they collectively beat me to every remark I could think of and I have nothing original left to contribute.  (Although I don’t hate “Pretty Woman” as much as some people……at least Jason Alexander gets beat up and Ralph Bellamy gets a business partner.)

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      I STILL can’t look at Jason Alexander without a certain revulsion.  Much the same way it took years for me to be able to watch Mark Harmon after seeing him play Ted Bundy once.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Well, I know I’m in the minority with this crowd, but…  even with the HEINOUS outfit, I still love her.  I can’t help it.  I love her smile, her laugh, most of her movies.  What’s a warmhearted girl to do?? 

  • Judy_J

    All four of my paws are down on this look.  OUT.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maddy-Lucas/193300703 Maddy Lucas

    I think she looks fantastic from the waist up, after that it just gets weird.

  • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

    I always worry that Julia Roberts will open her mouth too wide one of these days and her head will flip back, like a gigantic, life-size Pez dispenser. 

  • Anonymous

    I love the necklace. That’s about it. As for her as an actress, I actually have never understood the hype.

  • Jenny Moss

    She’s never been able to dress herself. No excuse for the hair.

  • Anonymous

    I like the rhinestone necklace (not all that shit underneath it, and I’m assuming that’s ONE tiered necklace), but the rest of it is a hot tranny mess.

    And you know what goes on in her head when she’s ready to go out?  Most likely, nothing.  Just “I’m Julia Roberts and I love my life and everyone loves me so it doesn’t matter if I look like Joe Shit the Rag Man on the RC.”

  • Anonymous

    Hot mess.

  • http://shootingshoes.wordpress.com Amanda Gun

    YES! finally someone else who doesn’t get her! Like, she’s been a big deal basically my entire life. WHYYYYYY? the last thing i even remember her doing (except that horrible eat pray love mess) is erin brockovic back in 199whatever. And i liked it, but that might have been because i was seven. All i really remember about it was that people made a big deal about her boobs (i’ve always had my priorities in order.) can she please just go home already?

  • http://www.manoneileen.com Manon Eileen

    Lol. I love it when you guys get passionate. ;p

  • Anonymous

    Hiding the chunkiness.

    That forehead vein is not attractive.

  • Anonymous

    I fully support a new hair cut for Julia. Or, you know, she could keep her hair as is and just retire from public life. I would support that, too.

  • Lisa

    The hair absolutely needs to be updated, and yes, the outfit is just messy and chunky.  OUT!

  • Anonymous

    she looks a hot mess here but if you don’t get why she has amazing career and still rocks her amazing hair than i think you’ve gone too far on the cranky/jealous train to be writing posts today

  • Anonymous

    Every time I see that thumbnail I think it’s Sarah Jessica Parker. It must be the hair.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with Lorenzo.  I was so happy when she went away.  I wish she would go away again.

  • Anonymous

    She’s dressed a mess but her legs are killa.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHWCJIMARF4OOW6PQZQS3RFOOA JillK

    I don’t blame you for your rant one iota. Totally deserved. She’s a Hot Mess. Absolutely stunning face surrounded by hideousness in every direction. O to the U T is right!

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    why does she have a necklace over a necklace over a necklace over a necklace or if they are all one necklace why did anyone ever think it was a good idea?

  • akprincess72

    Thank you!  I am so sick of everyone having that same boring hair!  A center part is NOT universally flattering….

  • http://twitter.com/karenrubyleo Karen

    There’s far too much going on here!

  • Lisa Sabatier

    I am sure she believes that she is one of those people that looks great in a potato sack.  She is wrong.

  • Presumptuous Insect

    I also wonder why this woman has a career at all.  Often.

  • Anonymous

    I think she tries to be artsy.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t work.  

  • http://twitter.com/onetimeko maybe more

    I think she looks very pretty, although I could have done with different shoes and no sleeve-bows.