Hollywood can be a tough world to grow up in, especially when you’re a young celebrity trying to make the move from child star to successful actress without totally losing it. But every now and then, a star comes along who makes the transition smoothly, evolving from a cute-but-talented little kid into a mature, esteemed, and lasting legend in the making. And without a doubt, Emma Watson is one of these stars.
As impressive as her long-lasting Hollywood resume reads, there’s one thing that’s even more extraordinary about Watson, who turns 24 on Tuesday: In just a few short years, the lovely lady has gone from a well-dressed teen star to a veritable style icon, all before the age of 25. Known for sporting fabulous gowns, minimal masterpieces, and elegant ensembles on the red carpet, it’s a rare occasion when Watson steps out looking anything less than amazing. And with that kind of reputation, who wouldn’t want to dress like this stylish star? Lucky for you, with these 10 simple style tips straight from Watson’s best red-carpet looks, now you can.
1. If you're going black, make it anything but basic.
Every lady needs an LBD or two (or 10) hanging in her closet, but Watson has shown us time and again that if you’re going to wear the fail-safe piece, you better make it memorable. Whether that’s with a major train, a floor-sweeping bow, a fun cut, or just a few embellishments is totally up to you.
2. Choose feminine details to make masculine sexy.
She may nail delicate, girly styles on the reg, but Watson isn’t afraid to borrow from the boys every now and then either. Take a note out of her book by pairing your boyish pieces — like tailored trousers, blazers, or suits — with sexy details like a plunging top or seductive, side-swept hair to strike the perfect masculine-meets-feminine note.
3. Always have a surprise in store.
One fail-proof way to keep a minimal ensemble from bordering on boring? Make sure to pack a surprise in there, whether it’s with a dramatic open back, unexpected pants under a dress, or a bold and patterned heel.
4. Pair exaggerated details with traditional shapes.
An A-line dress may be one of the most traditional wardrobe staples in the book, but when paired with exaggerated details — like a structured, oversized collar or a dazzling, waist-cinching belt — classic shapes suddenly look oh-so-modern.
5. Show some skin while still looking sophisticated.
This can be a hard trick to master, but follow Watson’s lead by choosing a piece with bold cutouts and/or a major slit, but that comes in a neutral hue and covers all the right parts.
6. Let your prints do all the talking.
When all else fails, make any outfit pop by picking a piece in an intricately detailed pattern, whether it’s futuristic like Watson’s or a classic floral or polka-dot print. One thing to remember: Keep your accessories simple, or you risk going overboard.
7. Dress down in chic, spring separates.
You can’t wear glam gowns and adorable dresses everywhere, right? For those occasions when casual ensembles are the norm, dress down in the most fashionable way possible by pairing flirty separates with pieces that have an edge, like a floral-print skirt with a leather jacket.
8. Go big, or just stay home.
Have a special occasion coming up, or just want to add a major wow factor to your night-out ensemble? Make like Watson and go bold — whether it’s with a voluminous tulle skirt, a glitzy dress, or just a bright, bold lip — without abandon.
9. Embrace embellishments for a simply stunning look.
Worried your little white dress is just too plain Jane? Look no further than dazzling embellishments like fringe, feather, sequins, and more to take your minimal look to the next level.
10. Love a little leather and lace.
The easiest way to master elegance with an edge: Pairing leather and lace (and a hint of floral embroidery, if you're feeling really brave) in one stunning outfit.