Julia Roberts in Elie Saab at the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards

Posted on October 22, 2013

We … think? We’re pretty okay with this?


Julia Roberts at the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards in Beverly Hills, California in an Elie Saab long-sleeved shift dress paired with Rupert Sanderson pumps.

Elie Saab Spring 2014 Collection

She’s just not a Fashion Girl and never really was, so her public appearance dressing has been erratic over the years, to say the least. She’s managed a few triumphant moments, and even the occasional iconic one, like when she won the Oscar wearing Valentino, but her style history has more than its share of wreckage. In recent years, she’s ping-ponged back and forth between wildly overthought and frumpy with a lot of her attempts. Her style brief, as evidenced by that Oscar dress, can be summed up in two words: simple and bold. That’s her wheelhouse. Any time you get her outside of that, she’s not comfortable and it doesn’t suit her.

On that level, this dress hits both marks. It’s simple and it’s bold. In addition, the over-the-top girliness of it is kind of nice shock, since that’s not really JR’s thing. It manages flirtiness without frilliness and that’s just right for her. On the other hand, the shape is not all that great on her and we find ourselves wishing she’d either had it taken in a little bit or worn it with some sort of shoulderpad to give it a better shape. Also: matching the earrings to the green in the dress and the shoes to the pink is perhaps a little unimaginative. And she needed a stronger lip. Still, like that Dolce & Gabbana she wore last month, which also didn’t quite suit her, we think this is a marked improvement on past style attempts and definitely a step in the right direction. In other words, this is the right dress for her. Now she needs to learn how to get it fitted and how to accessorize it. Then we can award her the much coveted T Lo University Doctorate in Dress-Wearing.

And then she will become even more insufferable and insist everyone call her “Dr. Roberts.”





[Photo Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images, IMAXtree]

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