Oscar Fashion: Reese Witherspoon channels Julia Roberts


We all know the look. We remember it! Julia Roberts’ Oscar win in 2001, wearing vintage black-and-white Valentino, with the big hairpiece. Reese Witherspoon is totally doing a Julia Roberts homage! Reese’s black-and-white is Armani (which is one of Julia’s favorites). I know many of you hate, hate, hate this on Reese, but I am IN LOVE with it. I think it appeals to my Southern side – this is very much what a Southern girl would choose for a red carpet – it’s kind of prom-y and bridesmaid-y, it’s flattering, and she’s got big hair. LOVE!!! I could eat it up with fried chicken.


I also like that Reese looked so comfortable in it, and that she was really working it. She’s so pretty and petite, and in my opinion, Reese can’t do “big” dresses. She can’t really do “high fashion” either. She needs to keep things simple, fashion-wise. And this dress is perfect. Whatever, bitches. I love it.



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  1. Jackson says:

    I really loved this dress. Simple and classic. I liked the hair, too. And FWIW, I hated that Julia Roberts dress that year. Hated the dress and hated her hair, especially. I know everyone said how ‘classic’ it was but to me it just made JR look old and boring.

  2. annie says:

    I love it too. She looks sincerely happy-no fake smile there!

  3. Marjalane says:

    No, no, no. Here we must part ways. This was awful. As soon as you saw her, you thought: Reese Witherspoon doing Julia Roberts. The fakey hair was SO pageanty. Just, no.

  4. photo jojo says:

    Loved it too. Hubby actually gasped & said, “Oh! She’s cute as a button!” LOL

  5. Samigirl says:

    I LOVED it as well. Reese rarely does wrong in my eyes anyways. I’m a southern girl though, so this kind of look appeals to me. The big hair reminded me of when she portrayed June Carter Cash. I just thought it was great 🙂

  6. Franny says:

    she reminds me of barbie

  7. Brittany says:

    LOVED THIS. Her weave was so sexy!
    And I’m not even a Reese fan!!

  8. anons says:

    lovely sans the wiglet. and a bit of a january jones vibe in the last two pics.

  9. Venus says:

    Love the hair, love the make up, love the jewelry, hate the dress.

  10. Sumodo1 says:

    She worked it without having to “work it,” you know what I mean? Effortless glamour and Reece looked comfortable in it, too! Brava!

  11. brin says:

    Love the dress, love the hair, love her!
    She made this look her own and she is as Southern sweet as red velvet cake!

  12. Hautie says:

    I loved all of it too. Dress, big ass hair and gorgeous emerald earrings.

    I would not compare her to Julia. *shudder*

    I would compare her to June Carter Cash. Reese had lots of these falls/hair pieces when she did that movie.

    And lets face it. Big hair is always more fun.

  13. guesty says:

    love that dress…think it was my favorite of the entire nite.

  14. malachais says:

    She looks great and so happy!

  15. Squirrel says:

    He, he, in the last picture the kid in the backround looks like he is holding the remote control to Reese and making her pose for the camera!

  16. Brittney says:

    I thought of Julia Roberts, too… but my immediate thought was “that looks exactly like the bridesmaid dress I wore last year.”

  17. TG says:

    Loved the hair and the dress looked good on her but I would have rather seen her in color.

  18. sisi says:

    Love the hair, dress, and make-up, but I’m not sure if I like them all together.

  19. Leticia says:

    Her face looks like a young Anna Nicole Smith (don’t flame me, remember Anna Nicole Smith was beautiful at the start of her career).

  20. beth says:

    ohmygod, this reese witherspoon is so DARN CUTE i wanna pinch her cheeks, and give her milk and cookies! yikes… she’s older than me.

  21. Isabel says:

    Who is hating on Reese? She’s so stunning! She looked FABULOUS, FABULOUS, FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh she’s just perfect. Love it. Love the emerald earrings, too. Love love love love.

  22. JO says:

    She so rocked this way way better than Julia… never did like that on her!! ha ha cheater Ryan!!

  23. Cat says:

    Love Reese!! So always well put together!! She never seems to lose sight of herself. LOVE that!!

  24. Rachel says:

    The dress is boring, but she wears it well. Hate the My Little Pony mane.

  25. sasa says:

    She’s got the personality to pull of that style so +1 for her. Not my favorite of the evening but I appreciate what she did.

  26. Solveig says:

    She was perfect and I liked the dress when I saw it on the red carpet. But after a while it became boring, and she was too Barbie-y, too perfect, too plastic.

  27. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    I Love Love Love it too.. (being southern)

  28. mia girl says:

    You wouldnt think a column dress like this would look good on a short gal but it really worked.
    I think she looked great and seemed so happy.

  29. the original bellaluna says:

    I think she looks wonderful! I don’t get the big hair; but then, I’m from SoCal & don’t even use appliances on my hair, so that’s probably why.

  30. Gal says:

    Reese looked fabulous! What a slam comparing her to Julia Roberts.

  31. DGO says:

    The hair piece looks like she got it at Sally’s.

  32. ordinarygirl86 says:

    It was cute but very Vintage Barbie to me

  33. TXCinderella says:

    Reese looks so pretty here, simple and classic. She keeps a natural look, not overdone like most of these starlets. Those emerald earrings add just the right amount of glamour.

  34. KateNonymous says:

    When I first saw her, I thought, “Why is Kristen Chenowyth at the Oscars? Is she performing?” Cute, but unrecognizable, IMO.

  35. spinner says:

    I swear I’m from Texas in a past life. If there’s one thing I LOVE, it’s BIG HAIR!! Reese is owning every bit of this. She looks fantastic.

  36. jlw says:

    February 28th, 2011 at 1:03 pm she reminds me of barbie

    lol…that’s exactly what I said to my DH last night!

    But I still love it!

  37. Wendy City says:

    When I saw her I said WTF?!
    The dress is great. It fits her well, but the hair. The hair looks a hot mess!@26 Rachel ‘My Little Pony’ That is exactly what it looks like. I knew it was reminding me of something.

  38. Racheal says:

    She looked gorgeous. When my daughter saw her she said, “Oh, Reese! She looks like a Barbie!” I know what she means. She reminded me of the original Barbie with the hair, elegant dress and her petite frame. Fabulous. And those earrings are perfect.

  39. kiki says:

    Did no one but me and a few other commenters (ators?) Thought she looks just like Elle Woods??! Now that someone mentioned Julia I can’t get it out of my head but she came as her character Elle Woods.

  40. Alexa says:

    WOW!! Breathtaking!

  41. MuñekitA says:


  42. Scarlet Vixen says:

    @Franny, etc.: Barbie was my first thought, too! Like, a vintage Barbie from the 60s. 🙂

  43. hellen says:

    I LIKE Reese as Barbie! She looks adorable and very glamorous. Actually I thought she was channeling Sharon Tate more than anyone else.

  44. EdithP says:

    I don’t care for her too much but she does look really nice here.

  45. Aqua says:

    I too though she was channeling JR when I saw her!I thought I’ve seen something like this before.It wasn’t one of my fav.

  46. Mika says:

    No question what she was promoting….. WORLD PEACE!!!

  47. Minx2 says:

    yep, that’s Elle Wood’s idea of “glamour”.. very Southern, I suppose. HATE the hair, she looks about 50 and like she’s going to a high school reunion with this fake piece on the back. For a minute there I took her for Carrie Underwood. But like lainey says, she’s sucking up to the Mini Van crowd and it’s obviously working.

  48. Camille says:

    My girl Reese- <3. I think she looks adorably gorgeous, one of the best dressed of the night IMO. She did this look far, far, far better than Roberts. Reese rarely ever puts a step wrong fashion wise IMO. Love her 😀 .

  49. Az says:

    Whatever, I love it too. I’ve always been fond of that Southern pageant-y look and I love the big hair. THAT HAIR was what I wanted for my wedding, and believe me,I didn’t get it!

  50. Darlene says:

    I loved it, dress, hair, earrings. LOVE!

  51. Marianne says:

    I don’t really like the dress. Too plain, and honestly I feel like I could find that at Sears.

  52. Sisi says:

    Okay, major kudos to the one (Kaiser, CB, or both) who decided to put Reese Witherspoons and Natalie Portmans post next to eachother on the frontpage. They look like mirror images of eachother, hilarious!

  53. Cheyenne says:

    Meh… Roberts’ dress bored me then and Wiitherspoon’s dress bores me now. Like the hair and the earrings, though. She looked very happy and relaxed.

  54. Jeri says:

    Reese looks much better than Julia did, I thought Julia looked horrible in that dress.

  55. Quest says:

    Luv (heart, heart) it

    Hair great – check
    Makeup great – check
    Gown great – check
    Absolutely stunning – double check

    One of the best dressed at the Oscars

  56. Katie says:

    The dress is fine. Sort of boring but it looks good on her. I happen to love the hair, and I was surprised today when I read how many people were saying her hair was the worst of the night. I thought it was cute, flattering, and fit with her personality. I had forgotten that Julia wore hair like that when she wore the similar dress years ago. Maybe too much of an homage?

  57. dj says:

    I loved it but definitely did not think Julia Roberts. Ugh! I thought vintage 1960’s Candace Bergin. Look up old pictures of her. Gorgeous! I love Reese too.

  58. Catherine says:

    Nah, I thought she looked goofy, but whatever.

  59. Emily says:

    LOVE the dress, not a fan of the hair.

  60. Maritza says:

    Reese looked like a real life Barbie doll, I love it! That dress looks nothing like the one Julia Roberts wore.

  61. Becky says:

    I loved it! I thought she looked adorable and classy at the same time. Very cute and well suited to her. I liked Julia Roberts 2001 look, too.

  62. crazydaisy says:

    I would have gone with diamonds over emeralds. The green is distracting from the simpleness of black and white. Love the dress and the hair.

  63. ViktoryGin says:

    The hair wouldn’t be so bad, if the hair stylist had matched the weave better to her roots. I think that many stylists think that it looks more realistic to have a weave that is lighter than the roots. I think that it achieves the opposite. It just screams “FAKE!”

  64. lucy2 says:

    I liked this a lot, I agree dj, it had an interesting retro vibe. It was simple and classic and perfect for a presenter.

  65. Ruffian9 says:

    That hair is an abomination. And she has great hair. Sigh.

  66. Kloops says:

    Yes to Julia Roberts, southern, bridesmaid and vintage barbie, but it’s also quite Mad Men or 60’s inspired (vintage barbie would fall into that too). She looks good.

  67. jemshoes says:

    Vintage Barbie! Cute! And RW has always been proud of her Southern heritage / roots. She looks very relaxed, happy and like she’s actually having fun and enjoying herself.

  68. lrm says:

    she looks more beautiful with age…she looks so relaxed, natural and happy! and yes, she looks comfortable in this dress. effortless elegance. reese is cool in my book. and a good/funny actress, too. A rarity.

  69. dvr says:

    love the whole thing!!

  70. Cjay says:

    I thought she looked ‘great.’ Very classy. And she looked way better than Julia Roberts. It didn’t remind me of her at all.

  71. Kim says:

    I like resse & usually like her red carpet looks but this one is a big miss. The fake ponytail is terrible and i dont care for the dress. The whole look is been there done that.