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Julia Roberts's Golden Globes Dress: We're Taking Sides

01/12/2014 at 09:08 PM ET

Julia Roberts Golden Globes 2014Jason Merritt/Getty

The stars gave us plenty to talk about on the red carpet at Sunday night’s Golden Globes, but there were a few that had us completely divided. And what fun would it be if we didn’t have some spirited debate about the fashion? Julia Roberts had us (and PEOPLE Red Carpet Instagram followers) buzzing the loudest when she stepped out of the limo in Dolce & Gabbana — so we decided to take sides.

PRO: Whitney Little, Associate Producer: My first thought upon seeing Julia step onto the red carpet: “Oh no.” Then I watched as she did her red carpet interviews, and she worked some sort of voodoo magic on me because now I am obsessed with this entire outfit. Hear me out, OK?

Jessica Alba demonstrated how to appropriately rock a white button-up shirt on the red carpet, but nobody ever expected to see it at one of the biggest awards shows of the year. Plus, the black dress perfectly hugged her curves, the sparkly belt added a touch of glam to the ensemble and I personally think the white button-up adds an element of surprise to what could have potentially been a snoozy choice.

Could anyone else have rocked this look? Probably not. But we’re not talking about just anyone — we’re talking about one of the classiest actresses of our time, and if she wants to wear a button-down on the red carpet then I’ll absolutely love it. Thanks for keeping us on our toes, Julia.

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CON: Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor: I was in a sorority, so I am going to adhere to a strict “PRO-CON-PRO” policy here, in which I am going to sandwich my criticism in compliments to cushion the blow. So let’s start with something nice: Her whole head looks great — fabulous hair and pretty makeup. Nice job there.

As for the dress. It’s very “woman of a certain age,” which Roberts, 46, certainly is not. It makes her look like she needs to conceal her upper arms, which she most certainly does not either. And on a night when her movie is heavily nominated and she’s going to be the center of attention, I’m just not sure “matronly” and “charity ball” is the best look to aim for.

To end on a happy note, she’ll have lots of opportunities to redeem herself throughout awards season. C’mon, Julia, let’s see those guns at the SAGs!

Where do you fall in this debate? Weigh in below!

–Alex Apatoff

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Zoia on

I’m divided as well. For one, the look is very interesting, I even tried something similar myself once. But for a Golden Globe Awards look, it seems too office like, despite the sparkly belt around the waist. I don’t know, it’s the effect the white shirt has on me. 😊

Kate on

I actually like the look but the problem I have with it is the hair. The hair made it look matronly and older than her years.

Teknosbeka on

Its unexpected, but I like it! Agree the hair and makeup is totally fab.

Tammy on

I personally think it is to (or is it ‘too’?) “Office Christmas…er…Holiday…Party and not enough “Golden Globes Redcarpet Glam”. Maybe if it was a sparklier shirt to match the belt.

D on

Minnie Driver wore this outfit in 1998 in “The Governess”

LauraB on

I actually think that just the black part, without the white top would have made a beautiful dress

Amy on

Love it!

Camden on

Horrid! The eye makeup makes her eyes look hooded, even though in other pictures Ive never noticed them looking hooded, so I do think its the way the eye shadow & liner are done. The white part of this dress makes her look like she has chubby arms when we all know she doesnt. And the hair style is dated and doesnt do a whole lot for her. I think this is the worst red carpet look I have ever seen on her, and she would be smart to fire her stylist and glam squad for letting her walk the red carpet in this look.

Carrie M on

Totally different and unexpected. A winner in my book!

Guest on

This is the kind of dress I would wear and I’m a FRUMPY HOUSEWIFE who lives in her bathrobe lol.

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