The Rules of Style by Emma Watson

Now here’s a sight for sore eyes

04.15.16

Celebrities who had their start as awkward adolescents are lighthouses of hope to anyone between a weird place and a style rut. A quick scroll can quickly prove that stars are just like us.

Just like us, they have mornings where they don’t know what to wear.

Just like us, they succumb to dumb trends.

And just like us, they think they look great until 10+ years have passed and their current style causes them to wince at their former wardrobes, but hello! Yoga says we’re supposed to live in the present.

Which sort of translates into the drunk idea that by studying a celebrity’s sartorial trajectory we can learn an awful lot.

Take Emma Watson: feminist, activist, Aries (hbd!), actress, would probably prefer it if you don’t bring up Hermione’s spell inflection or Daniel Radcliffe. She’s now considered a fashion plate, but even she had a few missteps along the way.

Missteps like wearing various shades of green at once (an accidental ode to Peter Pan) or thinking that the best idea ever — “Mom, I’m red carpet ready!” — was putting a bra strap around her head.

But we don’t throw stones in this glass house. Not when those of us currently typing used to own a shirt that said “80% Angel” as though anyone actually wondered about the missing 20%. (Joke was on me: the devil was that teeny tiny baby tee.)

Emma Watson did what all good humans do and matured in the process of growing up. “Goodbye, black boas and long denim dresses,” I assume she said as she waved hello to juxtaposed leather.

Hello to starched collars, sensible cutouts, side-parted hair and a game of Grecian goddess or Emma: who wore it better?

Hello to suede asymmetry and synched waists like Peggy.

Hi to blasts of lip color and thick, combed brows.

Hey, how are ya to to white sheaths and paired pinks, peplums, pointy shoes and jumpsuits.

Hello to full skirts, fitted tops, non-douche-y bowler hats and striped frocks.

HELLO (as shouted in capital letters through a megaphone) to the idea that sustainable fashion — in its many forms and facets — is not a gimmick. It’s not a trend. It’s a very real way of design.

The rules of style according to one Emma Watson are simple: screw what’s “in” — wear what fits, flatters, flaunts, feels right and good to the earth, is also fun.

For her that means playing with various degrees of backless.

For us, regardless of what we’re wearing, it’s a reminder on the fridge to always look back at it.

(via Elle by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Collages by Emily Zirimiz

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