These Were the Best Celebrity Outfits From December 1998

Fun fact: Some of the most stylish celebrities two decades ago are still some of the most stylish celebrities today. Take, for example, Jennifer Lopez, whose wardrobe is still breathlessly covered as often as it was in the '90s. Just for fun—and because '90s nostalgia is kind of the best nostalgia—we took a trip back to December 1998 in search of the best celebrity winter outfits of the '90s. The likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Jessica Biel, and more were quite busy with movie premieres, travel, and holiday-season events that month, so our search proved quite fruitful.

Two decades ago, as is the case in December 2018, the celebrity set flaunted many "extra" looks and, unlike in 2018, lots of all-black outfits. With plenty of holiday parties and gatherings with family and friends on the horizon, you're sure to gather some inspo from the following 20 standout celebrity outfits from December 2018. Keep scrolling to see what we mean. FYI: They're mostly in random order, but we saved the best for last.

Salma Hayek at the <em>Faculty</em> premiere on December 21, 1998

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I dress worth showing off, indeed, Salma.

Gwyneth Paltrow at the <em>Shakespeare in Love</em> premiere on December 8, 1998

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We're re-creating this exact outfit combo for our next holiday party.

Elizabeth Hurley at an auction in London on December 8, 1998

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Jessica Biel at the <em>Playing by Heart</em> premiere on December 10, 1998

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Jessica Biel pulled off the '90s grunge look with aplomb.

Jennifer Lopez at the White Rose Awards Gala on December 1, 1998

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Twenty years later, Jennifer Lopez is still knocking it out of the park at every event.

Christina Applegate at the Golden Globes nominations on December 17, 1998

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This minimalist look will never go out of style.

Madonna at the Fire and Ice Ball on December 9, 1998

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We're pretty sure Madonna could and would still rock this today.

Charlize Theron at LAX on December 16, 1998

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We want to wear this jeans-and–ankle boots combo stat.

Julia Roberts at the <em>Stepmom</em> premiere on December 15, 1998

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Julia Roberts's off-duty style may be simple, but then she steps onto the red carpet in looks like this.

Meg Ryan with Tom Hanks at the <em>You've Got Mail</em> premiere on December 10, 1998

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Leather coats are back, and this may be exactly why.

Sarah Michelle Gellar at the <em>Playing by Heart</em> premiere on December 10, 1998

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That purple coat, though.

Angelina Jolie at the <em>Playing by Heart</em> premiere on December 10, 1998

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So, Angelina Jolie's style clearly hasn't changed much.

Winona Ryder at a screening on December 3, 1998

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Proof of the power of a good statement coat.

Gwyneth Paltrow at LAX on December 29, 1998

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Note the headband, which is a '90s trend that's back in a big way.

Julianne Moore at the <em>Shakespeare in Love</em> premiere on December 3, 1998

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The sweater styling, leopard-print bag, and patent leather shoes are all very 2018.

Naomi Campbell at a fundraiser on December 3, 1998

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Nicole Kidman at the <em>Blue Room</em> opening night on December 13, 1998

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Turquoise jewelry is another accessory trend that's making a comeback.

Tia and Tamera Mowry at the <em>Prince of Egypt</em> premiere on December 16, 1998

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Nineties outerwear inspo.

Milla Jovovich at the <em>Stepmom</em> premiere on December 15, 1998

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We just had to include this over-the-top look.

Cindy Crawford at the Fire and Ice Ball on December 8, 1998

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The bag, the shoes, the furry straps… It's all just too good, and we'd wear it tomorrow.