Scott’s everywoman style – all non-descript sunglasses, white tees and pinstriped pants – seems real, attainable even, precisely because it is. Roberts wore the clothes she brought to the book shop confessional scene in the clothes she brought on set. She felt that the costume she was given was only that: a costume. Anna’s clothes had to feel authentic when she was pouring her heart out to Hugh Grant’s Will. For Julia, that meant flip flops and a cute cardi set, and who’s to argue with that?
This silk jacket radiates a sense of luxury. “just picked it up from Depop”vibe is a very modern fashion plate.
Of course, ’90s and ’00s rom-com style is ingrained in the cultural psyche and will always be fawned over in a nostalgic way. Diane Keaton’s Annie Hall will always be lauded for her ability to pull off mannish tailoring, Ali MacGraw’s Jenny Cavilleri reminds us of the value of a great camel coat, and Renée Zellweger’s Bridget Jones flies the flag for big knickers, which pretty much underscore any great look. But there’s something quietly brilliant and unassuming about Julia Roberts’s style in Notting Hill. We expect Scott to engage full film star mode at any given moment, but she’s happier in men’s shirting than she is in red-carpet dresses (fun fact: Richard Curtis used real-life Julia Roberts looks from premieres past to illustrate Anna Scott’s movie montage). Moreover, any die-hard Vans wearer will always have a place in our hearts… and has already stolen those of Bella, Hailey et al.