Julia Roberts is known for her casual, effortless style but when she chose her outfit for a sporty day out this weekend, she must’ve known that her sartorial choice was going to cause a bit of excitement—especially for Pretty Woman fans.
While the most famous ensembles to come out of the 1990 movie is the iconic outfit we see Vivian in when she first encounters Edward, there’s also the sophisticated black cocktail dress, the “Big mistake, big, huge” dress she had on as she flaunted all her shopping bags at that annoying saleslady, and, of course, that fabulous red gown she wore for a big night out at the opera, and her words describing the music reflect our own thoughts on her dress: “Oh, it was so good, I almost peed my pants.”
But it was the brown polka dot dress she wore to the derby, paired with a hat and matching ribbon around the brim, little white gloves and bag that coordinated with it so perfectly, that’s just as deserving of sartorial kudos. It was simple and ideal for the occasion and we couldn’t get enough of it even though those scenes also involved Jason Alexander’s character acting completely inappropriately with Viv so that part’s not great. But we digress.
Fast-forward nearly three decades later to 2019 and Roberts is bringing that look back. The actress attended the 10th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades, California on the weekend and (purposely?) paid homage to one of her most beloved characters. While the outfit wasn’t the same shade of brown, nor was it even a dress, the polka dots made our Pretty Woman fandom come back to us in a big way (HUGE!)
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Julia’s polka dotted peplum jumpsuit was chic yet casual—and very, very Vivian, thanks to the matching accessories. The white belt, the matching brogues, those killer sunglasses; it’s all pretty amazing.
And considering the events were celebrating essentially the same thing—Viv and Eddie were also at a polo match you may recall—there’s likely no way Roberts put this on by accident. She knew exactly the kind of furor this would cause. Well played, Julia. Well played.