Love It or Hate It? Emma Watson’s Dress-Over-Pants ‘Wallflower’ Look
Fashion risk-taker Emma Watson dared to wear a dress over pants at a red carpet event for ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower.’ Love it or hate it?
Bettys, did any of you ever rock the dress-over-pants look back in the day? I won’t lie: I did. I was particularly fond of pairing an olive green military-inspired dress from H&M with my favorite pair of jeans. I’m still not entirely sure why I was so attached to the look; then again, given how into the tunic trend I got later on, maybe it’s slightly more understandable. Ah, the callowness of youth!
I did not, however, attempt to wear the dress-over-pants look to a formal event. Not once. Some instinct buried deep within my subconscious told me that to do so would be an enormous no-no. But such rules apparently do not apply to Emma Watson, who sported the above outfit to a screening of her new film, the big screen adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, in London last week. Clad in head-to-toe Dior, from her black, strapless dress through her black, skinny trousers all the way down to her black, pointy shoes, the actress and fashionista unapologetically rocked a trend most wouldn’t touch with the proverbial ten-foot pole. So what do you think, Bettys? Love it or hate it?
Honestly, my knee-jerk reaction was something along the lines of “EMMA! What on EARTH are you WEARING?!” After I had some time to digest it, though, I calmed down enough to consider WHY I had that reaction. I think it had something to do with the fact that never before had I seen anyone dare to wear the dress-over-pants look on the red carpet. I still, however, realized that I wasn’t wild about it, and I wondered whether I would like it better sans pants. The dress itself is simple, yet beautifully cut (this IS Dior we’re talking about here), and it pairs beautifully with Emma’s simple hair and fresh-faced makeup.
Then again, to take the pants away would also eliminate the essential Emma-ness off the outfit. Whether you love Emma’s red carpet looks or hate them, they’re always bold, unique looks that set her apart from the rest of the gown-wearing crowd. True, the dress would probably look pretty cute all on its own—but it would also revert to being nothing more than your standard, run-of-the-mill little black dress. And let’s face it: That’s just not Emma.
Tell us: Do you love Emma’s dress-over-pants look? Or do you think it should go back to the ‘90s where it belongs?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.