One of my all time favorite heroines of fiction has got to be Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. She had the courage, the brains, and the outer and inner beauty — not to mention her iconic Hermione Granger style. Miss Granger is up there along with my other favorite, fictional femmes, such as Katniss Everdeen, Daenerys Targaryen, and Sookie Stackhouse.
I love how Hermione metamorphosed through the series from a slightly self–righteous know–it–all with barely any friends, to a quick–thinking collaborator adored by many. Instead of using her intelligence as a tool against her classmates in order to make her stick out, she began to use it as a weapon against their common enemies once she learned the value of friendship. Miss Granger's style made a transformation too; from her school uniform to knitted jumpers and corduroy trousers to epic ball gowns. Her evolving style reflects not only her change from child to adolescent, but her evolution from teacher's pet to a heroine of Hogwarts.
Since the finale of the series, I have always wondered what Hermione would be doing now as a fully–fledged witch, what she'd look like, and what she might wear to a Quidditch match. Therefore, I have taken inspiration from her previous style choices, sprinkled a little maturity into the cauldron, and given a flick of my wand to give you style inspiration from Hermione that is suitable for adult witches or for Muggles who, growing up, always saw a bit of themselves in Hermione, too.
The Shirt & Sweater Combo
Hermione often appeared to be wise beyond her years and occasionally, she would dress accordingly. In her mid–teens she is seen here wearing a white shirt underneath a thin, striped sweater. I love this look; for me it summons feelings of university, study groups, and libraries while balancing neatly on the fine line between smart and casual. It's a great look for when you're unsure as to what an occasion requires you to wear or if you want to appear a tad more formal and preppy than is needed for everyday life.
Sienna Eyelash Lace Trim Sleeveless Shirt, $26, Boohoo
Add a sophisticated edge to the classic white blouse with one that has an intricate, feminine trim such as this eyelash trim shirt. The trim will peek out of the bottom of the jumper and add an elegant edge to your overall look.
ASOS Jumper in Stripe With Intarsia Heart Elbow Patch, $54, ASOS
Modernize the classic stripy jumper with adorable, heart–shaped elbow patches that will add a pop of color to your outfit. Finish off you look with a pair of black skinnies and a red lip to look super chic.
The Relaxed Checked Shirt
As the series progresses and Hermione comes to realize there are more important things than looking and acting prim and proper all of the time, she relaxes her style a little. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1, Hermione finds herself in the wilderness with her friends on their mission to locate the Horcruxes. Miss Granger lets her hair down a little and has a dance with Harry to break down their feelings of desperation and add a little light–heartedness to their day, so they don't succumb to depression. She wears a loose fitting, checkered shirt that is fit for adventuring.
Soft Plaid Knit Shirt, $15, Wet Seal
Go for a simple style like Hermione with this black and white pattern. The checked shirt is so versatile and perfect for summer. It can be worn as pictured above — on its own with a pair of denim shorts — or it can be used to layer in a '90s grunge style over your favorite retro t-shirt, or tied around your waist as an accessory.
The Elegant, Floaty Dress
At the Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Hermione is seen in a stunning, ethereal gown. This is the fourth film in the series, which would make Hermione about 15 or 16 years old. It is one of the first times we see Hermione in formal attire, and we realize she is metamorphosing into a beautiful, young woman. This gorgeous, floaty dress has strong vibes of A Midsummer Night's Dream and would be a perfect style to wear this summer.
Vintage 1970s Ball Gown With Train, $105, Etsy
Get your vintage vixen on in this stunning 1970s ball gown. Similar in color and style to Hermione's frock, this beautiful dress is sure to be a hit at any special occasion this summer.
The Prim, Pink Cardigan
As previously mentioned, Hermione is quite the goody two shoes, and her wardrobe reflects this. Seen here teaching Ron how to play the piano, she is wearing a simple yet sweet cardigan.
Inject a bit of decadence into a plain, pink cardigan with intricately embroidered details. IMO as Hermione entered adulthood, I think she would have left "playing it safe" with fashion to the girl of her past, and I predict she would experiment with fashion a lot more. Thus, this embroidered cardigan would be a fabulous fusion of the new and the old Miss Granger.
The Levitation Charm Dress
Hermione was always a whizz when it came to casting spells, proving from the beginning that she had a natural knack for magic, especially the Levitation Charm.
Little White Lies Charli Dress, $129, Urban Outfitters
I could totally imagine a grown up Hermione wearing this feminine, floaty, feather–print dress. Pay homage to Hermione's past but embrace her future in this lovely, lace trim dress.
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