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Julia Roberts, Emmy Awards 2014

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Julia Roberts proved tonight that she definitely doesn't always wear black.

In fact, the actress decided to take a risk and go for a dark blue Elie Saab Haute Couture frock with oversized statement beading. And we've gotta say, her risk paid off big time.

There were whisperings that Julia would wear menswear or that she'd go for a simple black ensemble, but we're guessing nobody predicted her wearing this offbeat—but gorgeous—number.

The mini dress shows plenty of leg and features a plunging neckline, but it still manages to be 100 percent classy.

Julia told E! News exclusively on the red carpet that she chose a short dress to avoid any potential falling. "It's nerve-wracking to wear long. There's the tripping factor."

And what does one do with a couture dress like this one after you're done wearing it? Julia explained, "I'll just pack it up for my daughter when she's tall enough to wear it. That's the whole point, isn't it?"

Um, if we were Julia Roberts' daughter, we'd definitely be raiding her closet on the daily.