Celebrity Emma Watson 12 Fashion Tricks Emma Watson Has Been Pulling Since Her 'Harry Potter' Days Look at that mini suit! By Samantha Sutton Samantha Sutton Instagram Samantha is InStyle's senior fashion editor. She joined the brand in 2019 and oversees the site's fashion coverage, including trend reporting, fashion exclusives, celebrity style interviews, and Fashion Week coverage. InStyle's editorial guidelines Published on February 9, 2021 @ 06:00PM Pin Share Tweet Email For those of us still parting our hair on the side and wearing skinny jeans, 2001 doesn't seem like that long ago. Then, we rewatch the Harry Potter movies, remember Emma Watson is now in her 30s, and suddenly, we've traveled back to reality. Gone are the days when we immediately associated the actress with Hermoine Granger; she's now Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Meg from Little Women, a UN ambassador, a women's rights activist, and a full-blown fashion icon, often making a statement about the importance of sustainable clothing. To be honest, it's kind of hard to connect the Watson we know today with that same little girl from 20 years ago. Still, there are some ways this multi-hyphenate hasn't changed, even while adding to her super impressive resumé. Watson's best dresses and outfits from recent years are awfully similar to those she once wore as a child, and it's easy to see that, in many ways, her style preferences haven't changed at all, they've simply evolved and become more refined. 20 Style Rules Jennifer Lopez Has Followed For Decades To prove that Watson has been pulling the same fashion tricks for decades, we've gone back in time and put together some side-by-sides. It turns out, she's still loving suits, splashes of gold, and creative layering — all of which should be great news for the star, as so many old trends continue to resurface. Accessorizing with Drop Earrings Getty Images Studs are sweet, hoops are cool and classic, but nothing makes a statement or looks quite as fancy as Watson's go-to: Shiny, sparkling drops. For her, there's more than one way to work this accessory into her look, and oftentimes, she'll step out wearing a single earring instead of a set. The One Accessory Both Amal Clooney and Kate Middleton Wear on Repeat Opting For a Suit Getty Images Watson's gowns are always breathtaking, but at the same time, she's a pro at pulling off a smart suit, whether it's traditional black and white or colorful with a print. It's just another way she enjoys mixing things up on the red carpet, and she's kept this look in her rotation since 2002. Amping Up White Outfits Getty Images It's true: We often worry that neutral items will feel boring without that big pop of color. However, Watson knows it's all about finding pieces with special details, as well as some creative layering. Throughout her career, she's stepped out in plenty of playful all-white ensembles, whether it's a skirt with a subtle print, a dress with not-so-basic sleeves, or a three-piece suit accessorized with a wide-brim hat. Throwing On a Leather Jacket Getty Images This jacket style has topped Watson's outfits for nearly two decades. While her picks have ranged from blazers to moto designs, it doesn't take a way from the fact that this layer is super versatile, with the ability to be paired with everything from breezy maxis to tiny mini skirts. 8 Types of Jackets and Coats That Will Make Your Life So Much Easier Layering a T-shirt Underneath Getty Images In case you're tempted to write off the white-tee as your average, unexciting wardrobe staple, take a look at how Watson uses one to tone down fancy designs. She'll occasionally layer a white tee underneath sequins or LBDs, making her red carpet look a lot more wearable and less over-the-top. Breezing By in Floor Length Gowns Getty Images Whenever Watson goes all out for a red carpet, she doesn't overdo it. A layered dress with bits of lace or tulle is enough of a wow factor that she'll keep her accessories and footwear simple — a great reminder for your next formal event. Wearing Pants Under Dresses Getty Images In theory, this combination sounds risky, but Watson proves it's fairly easy to pull off. The key is to make sure a decent portion of your leg is on display, so style slacks with a mini or a gown with a revealing slit. This way, you'll be able to get a good look at the contrast and the pairing will feel intentional. Styling White Tops with Black Bottoms Getty Images We tend to view white and black combos as the epitome of sleek and classic, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to have fun with this look. Take a note from Watson and work something unexpected into your ensemble, such as a bow belt or lace-up flats, which are sure to spice things up. 20 Eye-Catching Color Combinations to Wear Right Now Showing Her Shoulders Getty Images A solid, structured, off-the-shoulder dress styled with dainty drops is a combination that comes across as elegant and regal — which is probably why Watson has turned to similar styles again and again. When it works, it works — and is perfectly fine to repeat! Embracing Metallic Details Getty Images Watson is no stranger to stealing the spotlight, but oftentimes, she manages to do so subtly and simply, ensuring there are fun details in her outfit, like a splash of metallic. This doesn't just mean sequins, either; the actress attended 2018's Vanity Fair Oscar Party wearing a long black gown with an embellished, chain-linked neckline, ensuring her look wouldn't be missed. Belting Dresses Getty Images We just began re-embracing this waist-cinching trick, but it seems the actress never truly gave it up. Whenever her mini or maxi seemed to be missing a little something, she reached for both wide and thin belts to give things a boost and add interest.