Who doesn’t love Julia Roberts? From Pretty Woman to Notting Hill, America’s sweetheart has been gracing the silver screen for as long as we can remember.

In addition to her signature curls and larger than life smile, the actress is a major fashion icon. And it’s been this way throughout her entire career, dating back to the very beginning.

In fact, we think the outfits she wore on screen and off screen in the 1980s were some of her best. In addition, the outfits below prove that Roberts isn’t afraid to take risks when it comes to her style, which is yet another reason why we love her.

So, what are you waiting for?

Channel your inner Vivian Ward and check out this list of Julia Roberts’ best 80s outfits that still hold up today.

Julia Roberts’ Off-the-Shoulder Wedding Dress in Steel Magnolias

It’s safe to say that Julia Roberts stole the screen in 1989’s Steel Magnolias. But this wasn’t just because of her charm and charisma. Rather, Roberts’ wore some extremely memorable outfits throughout the course of the film.

However, none were more stunning than her wedding dress. Roberts looked like a modern-day princess as she made her way down the aisle, and we can’t help but think that the 80s gown she wore still holds up by today’s fashion standards.

This is because her timeless satin gown featured many of the bridal fashion trends we’re currently witnessing.

These include off-the-shoulder necklines, corset bodices with delicate buttons running down the back, blush pink hued-gowns (coloured, non-white gowns are all the rage right now), and finally, statement backs with details much like the oversized bow that Roberts’ gown is adorned with in the film.

Julia Roberts’ Little Black Dress in Mystic Pizza

Little black dresses never go out of style and no one proves this better than America’s sweetheart, Julia Roberts. In the 1988 coming of age flick Mystic Pizza, Roberts’ character Daisy Araujo dons a black strapless mini dress.

Not only did the strapless neckline make a major comeback this past summer, but to top it off, the dress she wears has a white statement bow at the top (another recent fashion trend, especially when it comes to gowns).

To complete the look, slip on a pair of patent black pumps, put on a pair of dangly silver earrings, and curl your hair until it’s as voluminous as can be.


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Julia Roberts’ Cutout Dress and Over the Knee Boots in Pretty Woman

Julia Roberts has been serving major fashion inspiration since the start of her career, but no outfit has stuck with us more than the cutout dress and over the knee boots she donned as Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman.

This iconic film resonated with viewers all around the world, not just for the romantic plotline but also due to the titular character’s amazing wardrobe.

Although the most famous outfit from the movie was once a prime example of 80s style, it still holds up now

That is because cutout bodycon dresses are back, not to mention knee high and over the knee black boots, which are the ultimate footwear for fall.

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Julia Roberts’ Oversized Chunky Sweater and Knee High Socks at the Premiere of Great Balls of Fire

The year was 1989, and although Steel Magnolias hadn’t hit theatres yet, Julia Roberts had started to make a name for herself thanks to the release of the previous year’s Mystic Pizza.

That year, Roberts decided to attend the premiere of Great Balls of Fire with her then-boyfriend Dylan McDermott. She offered a dose of 80s fashion inspo at this event, where she wore an oversized white chunky sweater with a black mini skirt, black knee high socks, and black oxfords.

Despite the fact that Roberts was photographed in this outfit three decades ago, it fits right in with 2019 fashion thanks to knee high socks and oversized sweaters both coming back into style.

About The Author


May can usually be found reading a magazine and that will be more than likely a fashion or environmental magazine. When not absorbed in the latest gripping articles on fashion or eco living, May is a fashion writer who is passionate about two things fashion (especially 80s) and the environment. May believes in looking and feeling good whilst living an eco friendly lifestyle. In her spare time she loves cooking, playing her guitar and going for country walks. May lives in the UK and enjoys spending time with friends, family and her two adorable cats.

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