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Great Outfits in Fashion History: Julia Roberts in a Chunky White Sweater in 1989

Back when celebrities dressed themselves for premieres.

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There are perfectly good celebrity style moments, and then there are the looks that really stick with you, the ones you try desperately to recreate at home. In ‘Great Outfits in Fashion History,’ Fashionista editors are revisiting their all-time favorite lewks.

These days, we’d be very surprised to see a celebrity wearing a chunky sweater on a red carpet. But there was a time when celebrities often dressed themselves for non-black-tie occasions like movie premieres, making for outfits that today feel surprisingly relaxed. 

Don’t get us wrong: We’re constantly in awe of what celebrity stylists are able to do with their clients. But back then, you really got a stronger sense of celebrities’ personal style — good or bad.

In my opinion, Julia Roberts did good in June of 1989, when she wore this chunky knit with a black mini skirt, knee-high stockings and flats to the Los Angeles premiere of “Great Balls of Fire.” The look is perfected by her red curls and fresh face for a just-rolled-out-of-bed-looking-perfect vibe from the waist up.

While I was not yet old enough to form lasting memories when this event took place, this picture has been in my saved Instagram folder for some time, as an outfit — and a vibe — I hope to recreate. It would be perfect as a between-seasons transitional look, but since it’s not looking like I’ll be out of the house before summer, I may just have to recreate it at home.

Shop some Roberts-inspired oversized sweaters in the gallery, below.

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