Emma Watson's Style Evolution

Brown University alumna, Emma Watson, is not only an award-winning actress, but also a champion for human rights and sustainability efforts. As if her performances aren’t inspiring enough, she has spent her young adult life expanding beyond the screen into the realms of academia and activism.

Story by Sara McCann

While promoting her movie “Beauty and the Beast,” Watson started an Instagram account specifically to highlight her environmentally-conscious looks along the press tour. Watson’s style has become a vehicle for her activism recently, but she has always been considered fashionable. The development of her personal style, from the Harry Potter days to present, mirrors her growth as an actress, student and global citizen. See some of her most iconic looks below.

 

2001-2003

  Photo courtesy of The Telegraph

Photo courtesy of The Telegraph

A fresh-faced Watson attends the premiere of the first Harry Potter film in a simple shirt, her Hermione-esque bangs pinned back, but still intact.  Her signature, natural blushed makeup look has withstood the test of time.

 

  Photo courtesy of NY Daily News

Photo courtesy of NY Daily News

Maybe this outfit was foreshadowing Watson’s coming interest in environmentally friendly, or green fashion? Either way, this monotone red-carpet look was lots of fun for her.

 

  Photo courtesy of NY Daily News

Photo courtesy of NY Daily News

Another daring ensemble featuring a trend that has made a reappearance recently: embroidered appliques. Young Watson’s gold accents and camo base made for a fun, youthful look.

 

  Photo courtesy of Fanpop

Photo courtesy of Fanpop

Natural looking curls and a cute, bright lip perfectly accent Watson’s 90’s-era tank top and chunky necklace pairing.

 

2004-2006

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Photo courtesy of Fanpop

Watson pairs a bold, military-style jacket with low-rise jeans and classically minimal makeup. Fun earrings and a deep side part add even more fun.

 

  Photo courtesy of Amazon

Photo courtesy of Amazon

Watson became the youngest teen to appear on the cover of Teen Vogue in 2005, a nice start to what would become a significant modeling career.

 

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Photo courtesy of Pinterest

Loose curls and no-makeup makeup accent Watson’s eccentric purple top, further accessorized with a beaded necklace. While the overall look is still youthful, Watson’s hair and makeup looks are becoming more mature.

 

2008-2011

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Photo courtesy of GotCeleb

Almost as if she grew up overnight, Watson graces the pages of Flare Magazine with a very grown-up and boho look. A flowing, embroidered top pairs perfectly with brown tones and soft curls.

 

  Photo courtesy of Parade

Photo courtesy of Parade

Watson showcases another grown-up look consisting of leather-like, knotted material. The color blocking and halter style were on-trend, but edgy enough to signal Watson’s transition from preteen to young adult.

 

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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

A pixie cut and little black dress make a sleek statement. An ornate gold bracelet brings out the subtle gold eyeshadow, drawing attention to Watson’s more dramatic makeup look.

 

 Photo courtesy of Fashion

Photo courtesy of Fashion

A sassy pose, sky-high heels and a classy statement dress combine to create the perfect  awards show look for Watson. Her classy pixie cut adds the perfect amount of drama to her outfits.

 

2012-2015

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Photo courtesy of Celebuzz

Watson expertly incorporates mixed patterns and colors into her outfit. Her mid-length hair has grown out from the pixie cut we all know and love, but is by no means less glamorous.

 

  Photo courtesy of Vanity Fair

Photo courtesy of Vanity Fair

A bold red lip and middle part accentuate Watson’s feminine features and her dresses’ elegant neckline. Watson had assumed the role of U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador at this time in her life and certainly looked the part.

 

  Photo courtesy of The Film Experience

Photo courtesy of The Film Experience

Watson continues the bold-lipped, middle-parted look, this time pairing a more casual flannel with a wide belt and black pants.

 

2016-Present

  Photo courtesy of Elite Daily

Photo courtesy of Elite Daily

Watson looks perfectly polished with her hair pinned back and shoulders bared. Smoky eyes and delicate stud earrings are balanced by a nude lip.

 

  Photo courtesy of Elle

Photo courtesy of Elle

A far cry from her all-green look in the early 2000s, Watson’s monotone white outfit paired with bangs and a top knot is all kinds of classy.

 

  Photo courtesy of Vanity Fair

Photo courtesy of Vanity Fair

A dramatic neckline and heavy contouring give Watson a fresh, bold look while promoting “Beauty and the Beast.”