In or Out: Emma Watson in Christian Dior Couture

Posted on September 27, 2012

We’re fairly rigid on the question of dresses over pants, i.e., no. Absolutely not. Not even for you, Emma Watson.


Emma Watson attends a special screening of ‘The Perks of Being The Wallflower’ in London in Chanel Couture.

Christian Dior Fall 2012 Couture Collection/Model: Suvi Koponen (NEXT)

What a waste of two perfectly good items. The dress part is cute, if a little bit “cocktail waitress in the ’50s” and the pants are beautifully tailored. But why, Dior? WHY?

Maybe we’re being rigid. We have to admit, of all the “skirt over pants” looks we’ve seen, this one actually manages to look a little chic. But we can’t, kittens. Call us narrow-minded. Call us too conservative. It’s just not a look we can endorse. To quote one of our sainted grandmothers, “Shit or get off the pot, girl.” If you want to wear pants, wear pants. If you want to wear a dress, wear a dress. If you can’t make up your mind, FLIP A DAMN COIN.

Go ahead. Disagree if you must.



Vote Now!


IN! This girl could make a shit sandwich look chic – and this proves it!


OUT! I can’t.


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  • I think if the pants were more cropped like on the model, this MIGHT work. Her hair is gorgeous. Still though… OUT.

    • mshesterp

      Agreed–I think the model looks actually kinda chic, but it’s the slim shorter cigarette pant that’s working.  On Emma they’re too long and making her look schlumpy, and her posture is not helping.  I would say this is more “girl that’s not your pant-dress.”  Or something.

    • mshesterp

      Also…is that…her bra sticking out of the top?  No, Emma.  No No No.  You’re not fashion forward enough for this outfit, but  I appreciate the effort.

      • Corsetmaker

        No it’s an inner layer on the corset.

        • Patti Lever

           The outer layer is saggy ruining the effect. If only the pants and the dress were shorter it would have worked.

          • Corsetmaker

            Yeah, it’s drooping a bit. Maggie Smith should’ve given her some posture lessons. If she stood up straight it would all sit a lot better.

    • piecesofconfetti

       Totes agreed.

    • lindsmh

       Also, the dress is shorter on the model and the front split is more pronounced (maybe that’s just the lighting), so it’s a little bit closer to blouse territory. Whereas, the one Emma is wearing could very easily be worn as just a dress.

      I love ya, Emma, but this look is OUT.

      • poggi

         Yes, it definitely reads more like a peplum top on the model and much more of a dress on Emma.  Out.

    • Melissa Brogan

      It doesn’t work for me on the model, either, but it is definitely better than the version Emma is wearing.

    • RebeccaKW

       Yes, shorter pants, even a shorter hem on the dress.  On the model it looks more like a long top.  Much more chic.

      Out in Emma’s case.  Not bad, but could be better.

  • Her hair is cute… I actually the pants, but the top dress THING is just wrong on multiple levels. The biggest problem seems to be that the top is actually falling off of her and, if I’m not mistaken, that’s her black strapless bra showing. The top doesn’t fit at all. Sorry, sweetie, OUT.

  • It looks much better on the model because the length confuses it for a top, rather than a dress. On Emma, it is definitely a dress.

    And does she have a hyper-strange neck collar tan, or is she directly beneath some horrible overhead lights?

    • kschwarting

      Thank you!  I was like, “Girl, did you go to a tanning booth?  (which would be bad enough with that lovely fair skin)  And then try to wear dress with bad tan lines?  Hell, no.”

    • kimmeister

      I noticed what I thought was a weird tan line too, until I realized it was just the shadow of her head!

  • LuisaNL

    no, no , no! OUT.

  • I don’t know. I can’t hate it, but it doesn’t really work. If she was as tall as the model, it might. I feel bad giving her an OUT but she gets one anyway.
    Her hair and makeup look fabulous.

    • Introspective

      exactly. its her height that makes Emma look swallowed in the thing. and clearly pushes the top from peplum over pants to full on skirt over pants. and skirts over pants I associate with the deliberately unstylish.

      no girl. dont ever let me see you like this again…

  • OUT. I have yet to see a ‘dress over pants’ incarnation that works. Because the entire idea is completely silly. 

  • kikisayshi

    IN. I love it, and not many could pull it off as well as Ms. Emma.

    • BerlinerNYC

       Right there with you. It’s chic, age-appropriate, funky, and non-slutty. Go, girl!

  • In_Stitches

    On the model, it looks more like a bustier with a giant peplum than a dress which I’m okay with.  I like the look, but not on Emma.  The romantic hair, the disappearing jewelry and her slouch all have to go.  This look needs punch and presence, neither of which she’s bringing to the table.  OUT.

    • DinaSews

      Yes.  OUT.

    • poggi

       I should have read more comments.  I thought the same thing!

    • I agree. I kind of like it on the model. I think if Emma had shortened the peplum and the pants to hit her where they hot the model, it might have worked. As it is, it’s an OUT.

    • j_anson

      Oh, you’re totally right. I was sitting there thinking, I actually kind of like the outfit – it seems sort of Dressed-Up-80s-Madonna – and I like her hair and make-up, and I like Emma Watson – so why can’t I make myself put “In?” But they totally don’t go together, and that sadly makes it an OUT. Though I still think Emma Watson’s an adorable little elf-woman.

  • That 4th picture down is so luminously beautiful, I don’t really care what she’s wearing. And the 5th picture is a Hermione look if ever I saw one. It’s making me giggle.

    I’m not a fan of dresses over pants, but that is how the designer did it and it’s Emma Watson. I can forgive her just about anything. I’m not really liking the look all that much, the more I look at it, but her face and hair look so great that I can’t give her an out. It’s a very, very tiny in, but only just and only if she promises never to wear that outfit again. 

  • I think it’s sort of sassy and chic.  She’s 12 years old, so she can pull it off.

    • I hope you meant 12 in your head, because she’s 22…

  • OUT.  And nay on the hair as well. I am kind of over her side part, it looks like a comb-over.  Her Burberry advert of several years ago with a centre part looked stunning, she should go back to that look.

  • I’m with you boys on this one.  Out.  The top looks like its too low on her, the pants don’t quite fit her, (I think), because the way they are cropped on the model takes them above the ankle.  But overall, I’m in agreement about the pants and skirts combo notion. I have only seen it work well, in certain ethnic dress.  But perhaps in those cases I accept it since it is traditional for that group of people. 

    • Introspective

      true-you raise a good point. i said above that skirts over pants are unstylish. but in the case of ethnic dress it does work. ive seen many an indian woman wearing a sari over pants for example looking fab. but this thing here is no sari. its actually sorry.

  • Jessi03

    I give it an In.  I don’t mind dresses with pants so much, but I did grow up Goth in the 90s.  Mini-skirts over long skirts over pants was basically a staple.

  • lbl

    I was waiting for this. OUT.

    The pants are just too long on her. The proportions on the model are better and it actually looks kind of chic on the runway. As for her hair it’s a little childish with this outfit. 

    Question: has her style always been all over the place like this?

    • AtticWife

      Dunno if she has a style yet — I think what we’re seeing is her trying to find one. You’ve got the rare cases who already have designers throwing couture at them from fetus-hood (Kiernan Shipka comes to mind, but I’m betting the Beckham kids get their fair share of freebies), but Emma’s not one of those. She was too busy making obscene amounts of money and having extremely bad hair.

      • lbl

        Maybe that’s it. I’ve never followed her much, but I know she’s generally lauded for her fashion. I guess it’s just that she’s young and pretty and most clothes look good on her.

  • I think the pants would be adorable under the dress if they were more cropped.  I still say IN.  She looks cute!

    • Love her from the waist up so  much she’s an In for me too.  

  • Fordzo

    I’m reading this on my iPhone (sitting in the parking lot at work, waiting for some one to come out here and tell me that today has been declared a paid holiday and I can go home. They better hurry up.) and I can’t tell if that is a tan line on her chest or the shadow of her head. I hope it’s not a tan line. That would be so tacky.

    • Rrroza

      it’s the lighting

  • call_me_schmeg

    i heartily endorse dresses-over-pants, especially after several cocktails. IN.

  • mjude

    it pains me to say….OUT

  • Agreed, it’s an out.  It looks like she came to try on a dress at Saks straight from the office and didn’t feel like taking her pants off.  I’ve done it.  

  • I know I have no chance of winning this, but it’s an IN for me. To my eyes, it’s a long top over pants,  not a dress. Granted, it’s a top SHAPED LIKE a dress. But if it was worn as a dress it would be gynecological. An inch off the hem of the “top” would be better, so that the distinction is there. She looks chic.

    • Ryan Williamson

      It wouldn’t exactly be a first for Emma to wear such a gynecological dress. 

  • mmc2315

    Ooh, tough one.  I’ve gone back and forth, and settling on a weak IN.  

  • MissAnnieRN

    Out. I agree. I thought dress over pants went out 5 years ago? We have not been assaulted with quite so many of these looks of late.

  • Annie Leung

    IN. Hair and makeup look great and while it does look a little strange on her, I think overall she’s pulling it off. 

  • Why did they change the neckline to that sad sweetheart? I guess they figured everyone would be so irritated with the whole pants thing, they wouldn’t notice. 

    My daughter wears dresses over pants all the time. She’s 5. Perfectly acceptable on the playground, for the jungle gym. Red carpet? Nuh uh.

    • AtticWife

      YES. Dress+pants=adorbs for little girls. Not for adults.

  • piecesofconfetti

    Emma, I love you. But those pants need to be cropped like on the model. OUT (sorry).

  • Corsetmaker

    It’s not a dress though, it’s a top. It’s just another case of the actress being a foot shorter than the model. It isn’t working on her, but it’s just because she’s too short for the proportions.

  • To be fair, in the runaway version, that ‘dress’ is a top. Like other starlets out there, Emma here is just simply overestimating her height.

  • Eva_baby


    I like it on her.  I love it on the model.  I think it would be better on her if the top were shorter.  I prefer it on the model because the length of the top hits just right.  But for all that I still think it is an in.

  • neofashionista

    OUT only becuase pants are too big if they were tighter i really think this could work on her the top is very cute and she is giving adorable face

  • I like it. In. 

  • I actually think she looks adorable. Maybe it’s because I went to college in the “sundress over jeans” era (horrors!), but I’m so used to the silhouette, that I don’t automatically judge it one want or another. This is chic, flattering, and kind of a modern, interesting spin on Audrey Hepburn. Plus, the hair, makeup and jewelry are spot on. A definite IN.

  • I love it- she looks super chic.

  • unbornfawn

    The proportions are off for her body. The top needs to be shorter, so it looks less dress like. Emma usually looks great and has set the bar very high. Not crazy about the hair. Sorry sweetie. OUT

  • Allyson Wells

    On the model, the top isn’t long enough to be a dress… so maybe if Miss Emma was a bit taller, it would work better. Either way, I think she looks cute. I’m giving this one an IN.

  • Victoria Sharoyan

    She’s making it work, though. Fabulous.

  • Judy_S

    IN. It’s all Dior’s fault and she makes it work.

  • She’s so awkwardly beautiful that she pulls off this awkwardly beautiful frankenstein of a dress/pants. IN 🙂

  • Miss Emma has wonderful style skills but she can’t bring this one off.  The proportions are not the same and in the words of Addison DeWitt, she’s “too short for that gesture”.  Sorry, Luv.  OUT.

  • VicksieDo

    IN. So chic.  And the outfit was designed to be the top (which I see as a top, not a stand alone dress) and the pants.  The heels make it sing.

  • AtticWife

    OUT, because it just doesn’t fit properly. The neckline is so lovely and flattering if she would stand the hell up. What IS it with young stars and dreadful posture? Those kids need to get off my lawn with that shit.

  • On the model, it looks like a front peplum rather than a dress.  While I typically agree that dress over pants is a NO, I think she looks chic.  IN.

  • siriuslover

    I disagree. One, it’s Emma Watson! And two, she looks better than the runway model. But as an everyday look, if you’re over 10, generally you shouldn’t wear the dress over pants.

  • Jangle57

    I think if the dress were shorter, it would have been more acceptable to everyone.  However, I still think she looks cute so I’m giving her an IN

  • Maybe if she added a skirt over the dress over the pants…?

    OUT. Just pick one.

  • SapphoPoet

    OUT. I think the proportions work a bit better on the model because the pants are shorter. As someone else noted, they’re a bit too long on Emma. 

    Also, no to the heart/key pendant. Too TJ Maxx. 

    Hair and makeup look pretty, though. 

    • Ehh heart/key pendants are actually a Tiffany’s signature, which is why TJ Maxx knocks them off. 

      • SapphoPoet

        Still–you see them everywhere. 

  • Tatiana Luján

    “If you have to ask if a piece of clothing is a dress or a shirt, it is always a shirt”: Tim gunn.

    •  Yes. IMO it is because both the top (giant peplum) and the pant are oversized and not hemmed to proportion that everything is off.

  • The look is very cute on her.  IN! 

  • IN! She looks adorable and pulls off the ensemble with style!

  • afabulous50

    Unfortunately – OUT.  However her makeup is fabulous (like me).

  • aristida_girl

    out, dresses over pants are hateful, even from dior

  • Vickiefantastico

    Ever since my impossibly-cool art teacher Co-worker wore jeans under sundresses, I have dreamed of a day when I too could get away with the same kind of look. I love this. It’s so chic and fun. I say bring on the skirt/pant!

  • Karen Dickerson

    Even with the weird pants, I think she looks amazing. IN. 

  • BeeBeauNYC

    Her hair is looking so much better! But the outfit is still an OUT.

  • jw_ny


    It reminds me of the Catholic school girls that walk by, in cold/snow on their way to school, with their sweat pants under their plaid uniform skirts…at least it serves a purpose for them.  This just looks awkward.  I could almost accept it here if the pants were much tighter/fitted and the skirt were shorter, as on the model…still dislike.  On Emma, the pants are way to loose, and the skirt is way too long.

  • I can’t. It’s one of those looks that I’ve never seen work. OUT.

  • That is not necessarily designed as a dress.  It could have been designed as a top with a long peplum, which is in right now, and longer on Emma cause she’s shorter than the model.  After all, that is how it was show on the runway…

    • PinkLemon

       S’all about the proportions. If the proportions were more on point, I’d endorse this. And the runway look is much better.

  • altalinda

    Ooh, IN.  Tres chic.

  • It’s OUT.  The model’s version looks more like exaggerated peplum, while Emma’s is very pants-under-dress.

  • kolokOlchik

    This girl is making it look chic, her face and hair are divine, so I am giving her an IN (but barely)

  • Cathy S

    I like it. So there. In.

  • megohd

    She pulls it off, but on principle, OUT.

  • nannypoo

    Cute from the neck up. Hideous outfit, and what’s up with that tan line?

  • Julie Fountain

    Out.  If the dress were a few inches longer and the pants weren’t there, this would be adorable. But it isn’t, so it’s out. 

  • Anathema_Device

    “Shit or get off the pot” was a favorite of my dear departed father. Such a handy phrase.

    I think the main problem here is that on the runway, the dress and pants are much shorter. In those proportions the look works for me b/c the dress looks more like a long top. Emma is being swallowed whole by this look, so Out.

  • Scarlet39

    OUT.  Stand up straight, for God’s sake!  She looks like she’s afraid  she’s going to fall out of the dress, and if that’s the case, then find something else to wear.

  • Spreecord

    Out. It’s the best execution of “dresses over pants” I’ve seen, but that doesn’t make it good.

  • janetjb

    If a dress over pants is going to work, it works on this model because she’s so tall.  Emma just isn’t tall enough.


  • I want to…but I can’t. I just can’t. Out.

  • Aly Light

    I disagree with you on the principle, but you’re right in this case. Personally, I think in order to dresses over pants to work, the pants need to be fitted, not tailored, and preferably contrasting to the dress.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    OUT. It might have hit acceptable–in a fancy-smock over pants way–if they were in contrasting colors. This looks like, “Here are my shoulders, floating in space.”  Being the same color reinforces the idea that these are two garments that aren’t related to each other, like the house was on fire and she grabbed the nearest bottom cover and top cover she could get her hands on.  And that neckline needs a chunkier necklace.  (You guys are having a seriously strong influence on me, you know?  I don’t think I even had opinions on these subjects before I started reading TLo.)

  • MilaXX

    IN! She looks great. Minor quibble: she needs a bit of body makeup to cover the tan lines.

    • Yeah I was thinking that. Just a light dusting of bronzer would have helped with that.

  • tereliz

    I think if it was fitted to her the way it is fitted to the model, with the pant hem hitting just above the ankle and the skirt a little shorter and she wore a bolder necklace she’d really have nailed it… as is it looks like she’s wearing pants under a dress. 

  • Kayceed

    Peplum top over cigarette pants – love it on the model. The poor fit on Emma creates all sorts of confusing proportions to the eye – sorry to say, the idea is fab, the execution is out.

  • thecitysleeps

    The trousers could have been a little bit shorter but I still kinda like this.  

  • In! The “dress” is more of a tunic anyway – if she wore it without pants it’d be a uterus dress for sure. The proportions of it look better with pants than when I try to edit them out in my head.
    However, I am an avowed dress over pant wearer when I find a combo I like. So there’s that. 

  • Pandea

    “What a waste of two perfectly good items.” Totally.

  • Marcela86

    She’s out…Without pants would be a cute choice.

  • sweetestsith

    Can we just rip off the peplum/skirt mess? It might look pretty hot without it… The pants seem to fit well, the bodice seems to fit well (even with the weird boob layers), and the hair/makeup are very nice. 

  • I like it – sharp and nontraditional. Thumbs up, Emma!

  • imakeart

    You’re narrow-minded and too conservative.  HA.  
    But I do disagree – I think she looks great.  But I also admit, the over-the-shoulder shot (where you don’t see the clothes) is one of the best pics I’ve ever seen of her.

  • I think the dress needed to be hemmed just a little shorter, and the pants needed to be a little more tailored. I’m still giving her an IN though. She’s in a movie about quirky people and she needed a quirky but chic outfit for this event.

  • AmeliaEve

    I think it’s a subtle question of when does a peplum become a skirt? I think the pants could be tighter and shorter, but I actually prefer the sweetheart neckline over that weird notch in the original. It’s not a look for everyone, but to me she pulls it off with a cute little Judy Jetson vibe.  IN

  • charlotte

    OUT! I can’t.

  • TomBord

    Very Kelli Bennsimmoan. NO? 

    • mhleta

      Ew, really? From “Real Housewives”? I’ve only ever seen KB in obnoxiously short dresses and unkempt hair. Not a fan at all.

  • belfebe

    I actually like it.  On anyone else it would look awful.  On her, it sort of looks cute and a little bit edgy.  Plus I love the hair and makeup.  IN.

  • teensmom99

    IN just because. She looks great and she has had misses.

  • quiltrx

    I’m going to stay neutral…it’s SO close to an in for me.  If the top were shorter, and the pants were too, I would kind of love it.  Perhaps one has to be very statuesque to carry this look off.  But in theory, I like…to me it’s not a dress (at least not intended to be), just a long top.  Gloria Grahame would have KILLED this look (which is probably why I like it).

  • I think it’s less of a general no and more of a Girl That Is Not Your Pants/Dress. Slim down the pant legs and give it to Charlize, and I might change my mind. Makeup and hair are gorgeous though.

  • SophiaPehawkins

    Hers is way too long, but I still like the look. IN.

  • crash1212

    IN. You are narrow-minded. You are too conservative. There are exceptions to all rules and THIS is one of them. She looks chic and adorable…a tough combo to pull off. IN!

  • lalahartma

    I say:  In!

  • ojosazules

    She’s too small to pull this off. 
    The top is too long and the pants are too big- makes it look a sloppy to me. This has got be sharp as a tack and perfectly fit to work.

  • I just don’t like this particular dress; the skirt makes her look like the doll cake my grandma made me when I was four, and it looks like she’s having to schlump into the top to avoid a wardrobe malfunction.  I love the hair, though.

    A cautious OUT, I’m afraid.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    My Mom always said “Shit or get off the pot.” … Good Times. While I wholeheartedly agree about not wearing pants and a dress at the same time, I’m going to give her an IN. I love here hair and makeup, she looks confident and happy, the pants and dress are black which helps a lot.

  • msdamselfly

    OUT  She’s just not bringing it to this outfit

  • kelsita421

    Out, but not in a “My eyes! My eyes!” way… The fit is off on the pants… It’s just not a good ideas in general, like TLo said… But from the waist up, TOTAL IN. She looks beautiful. That’s why this is so difficult. Still Out, I guess. This is hard.

  • hillmad

    I love it. IN!!!

  • Love the hair. hate the everything else, which is sad. Out.

  • ralish

    I think it’s adorable. I don’t normally like dress/pant combos, but I think the black-on-black makes it look fairly chic. I don’t think this would work on anyone over the age of 25. In, but barely.

  • I actually kind of like it.  I think maybe the dress portion is a skotch too long on her, but she looks pretty fab to my eyes.

  • OUT – from mid thigh up she is perfection, but the pantalunacy below can’t be encouraged.

  • Beardslee

    In, because she carries it off and I think the pants make that dress less trite.

  • mhleta

    On the model this is so very 1960s Dior and I love it. (Late to the party, but I just hopped on the “Mad Men” bus and I’m enthralled.) This is also the era in which I grew up, so I have great nostalgia for styles of the early 1960s. Unfortunately this is a fail on Emma because the pants are just pants. They absolutely need to be cigarette pants, ie ankle-length for the reference to be successful. It’s really only a matter of a few inches, but those inches are everything with a look like this. So close, though. I still think she’s a darling young woman.

  • GorgeousThings

    It looks like she is trying on the dress over her pants in the fitting room, while shopping on her lunch hour.


    OTOH, I think her hair and makeup look fabulous.

  • ninjac

    I don’t think it worked on the model or Emma. But big claps for daring, darling! And also, the hair looks spectacular!

  • She’s adorbs,. In,

  • l_c_ann


    Odd that they lengthened the skirt for her version, taking away the ?reasoning behind the pants under the exaggerated peplum.

    • Corsetmaker

      They haven’t, she’s just a shortarse compared to the model 🙂

  • IAmJ

    She’s adorable but it’s a definite OUT for me. Reason? I think she ruined the beautiful neckline of the runway version by wearing what looks like a strapless bra underneath. As a result, the nice, crisp, clean-cut lines of the runway version (and the oomph) are lost.

    • Corsetmaker

      I’d lay money on that being part of the top, you’re just seeing it more here due to the camera being higher up than on the catwalk and the outer fabric collapsing a bit. There needs to be something there as part of the garment to support it and also cover the breasts as the outer fabric stands quite proud of the body.

  • GoAwayKardash

    Again…not tall enough for the look. The pants should fall just above the ankle and she is wearing the top too long. On the model the top does not really look like a dress.

  • At first I was inclined to disagree. But upon closer inspection, I would have to give this an OUT. The striking difference between the fabric of the dress portion and the fabric of the pant portion just underscores the indecisive nature of the outfit. 

  • She’s too short to pull this off. 

  • tired_mommy

    OUT. Cute on the model–proportions are totally off on Emma.

  • Melissa Brogan

    OUT. She is so pretty and that dress-with-pants is ruining everything.

  • LuluBI

    Totally agree with the other commentators that if the dress was a little shorter and the pants slimmer and more cropped (as they appear on the model), this could work

  • lrober03

    The overall look is chic (the top of it looks lovely on Emma), but I can’t get over the fact that she didn’t get the pants tailored, or that she recreated the entire look from the runway

  • CQAussie

    I wanted to love this….but can’t.  Times may change darlings, but standards must remain.  OUT.

  • carpediva

    I really want to give this a thumbs up but may have talked myself out of it. I actually surprised myself by liking this on the model, though I think it would be fiercer if the skirt was less flared. But on Em, first of all: maybe it’s the lighting but the blacks don’t look the same color, which is an OCD trigger! Also, this is a grown woman’s outfit, and yet she is serving up sweet young girl, from the hair, to the accessories, to the posture.

    Everyone say it with me now: shoulders back, dear!

    And yet, I’m still torn; she did try something different!  Screw it: charity IN.

  • amian3

    In. Clearly designed to be an outfit and looks lovely and fresh. I agree that the pants would be better if they had been tailored to fit more as they did on the model but I don’t really mind them a little fuller and longer. I think this is a very chic look that is especially nice with her longer hair.

  • Joyce VG

    I love this look.  I fully endorse dresses over pants.  She looks great!  IN. 

  • MarissaLG

    Out. If she was gonna make this work, she should have worn a different necklace (something more substantial) and the pants should be cropped and much more fitted.

  • jmorino08

    Is there a 4 year old girl designing these outfits? Because those are the only people who can actually get away with dresses over pants.

  • kategs

    I give it an in.  I think she looks terrific!

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I was going to say that I am not a fan of dresses over pants, but I distinctly remember wearing some short peasant dresses over jeans in my college days. So I guess I’d be a liar. I think Emma looks too cute for an out, here. Her hair is adorable, and the outfit looks quirky, youthful, and slightly chic on her. Drama student couture. IN! She’s IN, dammit. 

  • I loved it and then I saw how it was supposed to look on the model (and really loved it). She’s not really selling it, her hair is a mess though her makeup looks good and the shoes are perfect. IN

  • Nazzzy

    IN. Adorable.

  • on the model.. it looks great but shes not edgy enough to pull this off…also the makeup and the hair does not go with the outfit at all….. bring on Tilda or Cate or even Audreybot and they will work the shit out of this look…

  • OUT.  And I normally don’t mind a dress as a tunic over pants.  But this doesn’t jive at all.

  • Out. Dress over pants is always stupid.

  • marilyn

    Out.  She needs a stylist really badly.  The hair is mousy and limp.  The jewelry should be bold for that get-up, and she is wearing a pendant that is almost invisible.  Her makeup is daytime, and this outfit is supposd to be ultimate sophistication.  Her tan lines are showing on her chest.  She looks like a mousy teenager trying on her mom’s cocktail outfit. 

    Now, to the outfit:  It  might be passable as a Holly Go Lightly knock off if the skirt was about 6 inches shorter, you know, just clearing the crotch area.  Then it would be fun in that whimsical Audry Hepburn way.  But, she would need to step up her game, as described above, to pull it off. 

    She is not little Hermione anymore.  She needs to be up to the standard of the Red Carpet when she is there.  As I said before, she has the money, the power and the access to topnotch fashions and styling.  She is not a poor starlet, or singer who just weaseled her way up to this point and really cannot afford the help to do it right.  She should do better. 

  • AlexisPayne

    Can’t we pretend it’s a giant peplum?
    It’s the way the bust is hitting her and the hem of the pants that is making my eye twitch.
    Love the hair and make-up, but OUT.

  • Valdri8

    The dresslum is too long; I like it on the model. Little people should not borrow clothes that belong on big people, or since ther are so many smaller stars the houses should make petite versions. The same issue happened yesterday with Natalie Portman; the dress was magnif, but too long on her teensy frame.

  • melanie0866

    OUT.  Just out.

  • Pannyx

    I may be the only one, but I like dressed paired with pants (granted it has to be the right combination). I think she looks great, better than the model even.

  • The pants need to be more tailored- they look too long and too baggy at the bottom. It should be a sharp, chic look, with a kicky little clutch to set it off. But points for effort.

  • LLuL

    The hair is the problem here, not the pants. 

  • prettybigkitty

    I actually kind of like it.  Dresses over pants is something I am on board with in some cases.  This is one.  In.

  • I say IN.

  • On the super-tall model, it looks like a longer peplum, which works.  I’m not sure if EW’s is longer, or if it’s just because she’s so tiny, but it doesn’t look as good.  Still, everything else is stunning, so I’m going to vote IN.

  • Bozhi

    She got the proportion and styling wrong.  Her top is about two inches too long and that is too much.  Her shoes and makeup are good but her hair and jewelry are all wrong.  I want to love it but OUT.

  • Dhammadina

    I must disagree. In. 

  • Zippypie

    Completely disagree.  This is a huge IN.  She looks incredibly chic.  And this is a tunic, not a dress.  Love the hair and makeup.

  • kcarb1025


  • I’m too distracted by her insane tanlines from the front. These people have all the money in the world, there’s no excuse! Makeup and hair looks fab though.

    • Monabel

      Isn’t she British? They don’t manage sun exposure well.

      • Does being a Brit preclude her from a little sunless tanner?

        • Monabel

          It might preclude knowing about tanning technology.

          • Corsetmaker

            If you ever visit please take note of the ridiculous number of tanning salons, the shelves of fake tan in the chemist and the inappropriately bronzed girls swarming the pubs and clubs! 🙂

            As for Ms Watson, look at the harsh shadow in the side on close-up. The lighting is awful and it’s causing her head to cast a serious shadow.

          • Monabel

            Duly noted. My knowledge of the UK is a couple of generations out of date.

  • SatelliteAlice

    In.  I think she looks kind of adorable here… is that wrong?

  • Kirsten Henry


  • phrenk

    She looks adorable, but I’m not sure she’s making this work.  I’m voting IN with the security that she’ll still be voted out overall.

  • kimmeister

    OUT!  Although the hair and makeup look luminous.

  • Larkin21

    Hair and make-up looks great but the clothes do not. I’m not anti-dress-over-pants but this does not work for me at all. OUT.

  • Dagney

    Love the outfit.  Hate the 1982 prom hair.

  • another_laura

    It’s an out.  Even if I approved of dress-over-pants, everything is too long to be chic on that lovely but petite frame of hers.  On the runway the dress looks vaguely tunic-like and like one of my original Barbie outfits (although my Barbie’s was in green).

  • RocknRollmom

    IN—yes the “dress” should be shorter and I would tend to lean toward TLo’s usual “no” on dress with pants, but I think this is sharp as well—classic yet fashion forward, sophisticated, elegant.  Emma doesn’t quite nail, but I don’t think it is an out.  Plus she is adorable.  She is a little young for this look, but I give her points for trying and not being predictable or feeling compelled to shove her adorable body parts in our faces.

  • IN! Sorry, I think this one works 😛

  • Trisha26


  • Belvane

    IN. Chic and unique.

  • Candigirl1968

    Out.  This might work better if the pants were more like cigarette pants. From the waist up, I’m loving it though.

  • BazoDee

    IN – for the exact reason you stated. 

  • TSkot

    On the leggy model, the skirt looks more like an oversized peplum.  The cropped length on the trousers helps the model’s look, too. For Miss Watson, however, it’s an OUT.

    • Lilak

      Just so.  (But even if were possible to proportion this correctly on Miss Em, there’s the tan lines and the poor posture.)

  • snarkykitten

    yikes. That dress/top/whatever is hideous. It looks like it deflated

  • kaycem

    on the model, the top looks as if it’s a slightly exaggerated peplum, i.e. somewhat acceptable.  but b/c emma didn’t do any alterations and is at least a foot (?) shorter, it’s not working.

    definitely OUT.

    • Jennifer Coleman

      I absolutely agree with this. A big peplum on a 6′ model = skirt on an average ht female. IN on model, OUT on Emma, sad to say.

  • fnarf

    Speaking as a rare straight man around these parts, all I can say is Emma gets to do whatever she wants. A hundred times better than the model. The pants legs are too long? I don’t see any pants legs.

  • Kimberly Koppen

    I love dresses and pants together. It’s a great look. 

  • Out. Looks kinda chintzy. 

  • theblondette

    This looks dreamed up by a women’s magazine short on a feature. “THE NEW TAKE ON DESK-TO-PARTY DRESSING!” Just no. OUT!

  • Love – the pants could fit better. I love 

  • Laylalola

    Out. For the necklace as much as the dress-over-skirt.

  • Sara__B

    This outfit requires fabulous posture — which is not Emma’s forte — and shorter slacks. I’ve got to give her credit for trying interesting outfits on the red carpet, but this one is OUT.

  • reebism

    OUT, as much as I love her. And the longer hair is making her look younger and more Hermione-ish, sadly.

  • guest2visits

     It totally works as an ensemble; the top would be too short as as dress, it was made to be worn together. 
    She looks perfectly cute, perfectly chic to me.

  • Bree The Vole

    She’s as pretty as always, but that is mostly wrong on her. Suvi, on the other hand, is working it. (In the stills at least.)

  • I actually don’t mind the skirt-over-pants aspect. But I mind the too-much-makeup aspect. OUT.

  • librarygrrl64

    Surprisingly, given how I usually feel about the dresses-over-pants horror, IN. I think this is very chic. But I also thing she’s too short for it. One needs to be very leggy to make this look work.

  • On the model it looks like skinny pants and a top with a peplum. Maybe it’s too big for Emma, b/c the pants aren’t as fitted as they could be, and the top looks like a dress on her.

    I want to like it, but I can’t quite give it a pass.

    Her hair and makeup are cute, and you can’t go wrong with a pair of killer black pumps. 

  • I like the tunic over pants look a lot. Cigarette girl dresses with pants just make no sense. She looks great in general, but OUT.

  • i think for her, i’ll say in

  • I feel like the small differences between the model (shorter trousers, higher skirt, etc) and Emma’s look make ALL the difference here… oops!! I guess a lot of other people realize the same thing

  • Judy_J

    Tunic top over pants, yes.  Coctail dress over pants, no.  OUT.

  • Super_Red

    IN IN IN!! As a teenager who totally rocked the skirt-over-jeans look, I fully endorse this. She looks adorable. 

    That said.. The proportions are a little weird for me. I wish the dress was a skosh longer or the pants a bit more tailored. 

  • NCDFan

    In. I like the way it looks on her. Her figure looks fabulous and she’s in no danger of showing us the good china. With the top that low, I can see why she’d not want to be exposed below. Love the hair and makeup and the understated necklace – very youthful. 

  • Le_Sigh


    I am very cranky today boys.  My first thought was, “ARG NONONONO.”  If she was werking it like the room owed her rent I may have given her a pass for her chutzpah, but ack.  

  • nicole seligman

    man, if those pants were cropped, they would be PERFECT with that dress…but they aren’t. i’m also really over that hairstyle on her, so OUT. ):

  • She is lovely, and it would have been a lovely dress. OUT as is.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    I agree – pants or dress. NOT BOTH. OUT for that.

    However, Emma, your hair and makeup look lovely.

  • this is my favourite dress-over-pants look ever, which is a little like saying that head-aches are my favourite kind of pain. OUT

  • Christina Hernandez

    The pants aren’t tailored enough. Too wide a leg to pull it off I think. Also, is it just me or are the dress and the pants two different shades of black? OUT.

  • Samantha Irene

    out – it works better on the model b/c the dress – looks more like a really voluminous top – but on Emma – no dice – and I can’t with that hair.

  • Exactly the way I feel about capris-either wear shorts or long pants.  My father used the “shit or get off the pot” expression a lot.

  • Giustina Pileggi

    I didn’t love this at first, but then it really grew on me. I feel like it’s the perfect outfit for the wallflower premiere..the dorkiness of pairing a dress with pants like the awkward transition from girl to woman… and the hair and makeup are PERFECT 

  • joything

    I must depart from you on this one, Favorite Gay Uncles.  It DOES get off the pot, in that you can plainly see that the pants are a major part of the look.  What scratches my chalkboard are outfits where the pants are coyly hidden away under a dust ruffle until the wearer does some dramatic hand move to get the fabric out of the way.  I love this.  For my own style, I prefer coat-dresses, but still with the pants plainly visible.

  • Nope. Sorry, kidlet, this is just silly.

  • ringthing

    I like it, sue me. In.

  • turtleemily

    I like it more with the length and style pant the model has, but I think it would look better if it wasn’t all the same color.

  • Need you ask? OUT!

  • butterflysunita

    IN.  Overall she looks good and at least it’s interesting.

  • IN. It’s chic and surprising. I love the corset effect, make-up is perfect and hair is gorgeous. Pixie cut suited her but this… couldn’t be better ! 

  • tinyredlocks

    In. I like it and she is working it.

  • CatherineRhodes


  • HobbitGirl

    IN! She looks chic and adult.

  • DylanCurtis

    If it fit her like it did the model I would’ve loved it. OUT.

    • halleygee

      Agree, both pieces need hemming which ruins the whole look.

  • jahphotogal

    Fashion wise, Hermione can do no wrong – she looks great.

  • demidaemon

    Why didn’t you just pick the dress, Emma? OUT.

  • mayavaly

    Getting the dress over pants thing right is all about balancing proportions, which is what has gone wrong here. Pants are too long (and baggy) and the skirt needed to be shorter. Even if that was all taken care of, we’d then have to deal with the rather lame Tiffany’s necklace, which in my mind is this outfit’s worst offender. She’s still adorable, but OUT all the same.

  • understateddiva

    Out.  I see where she’s going with this, but the execution falls flat.  I’m kind of annoyed with her tendency to always pick something Fashion-y with a captial F.  Not that I don’t like seeing that sort of thing, but it’s getting predictable.  I saw her with cute curls and a cocktail dress, and I just knew that when I scrolled down there would be something edgy (or trying for edgy).  

  • Pterodactyl111


  • L Harlan

    I have to say IN. I don’t like dresses over pants either, but this works for me. I think she looks lovely.

  • It works on the model, but not on Emma and 99.9999999% of all of mortals. OUT.

  • allj

    IN! But the hair is driving me crazy.

  • elzatelzabelz

    In- it PAINS me to say it b/c I hate the dress over pants thing, but she’s working it.

  • I liked the headshot I saw on Tumblr, but all together it’s an OUT. 

  • Emmyllou

    Sorry, but I LOVE it. IN 

  • SophieCollier

    It kills my soul to give her an “OUT” so I will just say… not quite an in.  Argh… forgive me, Emma.  I love you!

  • I would vote in if this had been tailored for Emma, shortening the hems.  She’s so cute, but she’s too small for the clothes she’s wearing (or they are too big, take your pick), so it’s an OUT.

  • I don’t hate it, but I hate myself for not hating it.

    …IN, because I think just about anyone else would look worse in this than she does?

  • PeaceBang

    I like it on the model. The proportions are slightly off on Emma, so OUT.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    four inches shorter & four inches narrower would make it look as it does on the model–meaning, long jacket not dress over pants. meaning it could be but, in fact, it isnt.

  • travelingcat

    Out. Any hope of saving this look is dashed with the poor posture. 

  • frankystein123

    OUT, the pants are hideously long.

  • formerlyAnon

    In. Cropped would be better, but this is good enough for an in, groomed and styled as she is.

  • rainwood1

    IN on the model.  OUT on Emma for the reasons others have said.  Too long on her and totally changes the look. 

  • Looks cute on her.  Love the hair and makeup.

  • luciaphile

    That’s an out.

  • IN! Chic as hell.


  • mommyca

    Super LOVE!!!! She looks freaking adorable!!!

  • Contralto

    We ladies of A Certain Age remember the days when we had to wear skirts to school – even in public school! – in the dead of winter, and pull on pants underneath to keep warm, and have to struggle them off in the cloakroom before appearing in the classroom.  Which, of course, renders the Skirt Over Pants look EL WRONGO.  PTSD, twitch twitch.

  • StrandedFashionista

    IN. Glamorous and beautiful and modern and chic.

  • marigi

    IN, but with reservations: the pants are wider and longer than the runway look, in which the dress looks a lot more like a top. But in nevertheless, since I love this Dior collection.

  • lilazander

    Give her a break, she’s young ang and she can do it, if anybody. YAY!

  • Jillaine13

    Out, reluctantly.  I want to like it but agree with many others – both pieces need to be shorter. 

  • She’s too short for the pants part. OUT!

  • Maureen Hitch

    I’m surprised to be saying this, but I like this look on her. In!

  • khh1138

    It’s a lot of look. I agree that her posture throws it off, but how can anyone expect this poor girl to stand/walk properly in those crazy shoes?  Look at what her poor little feet are being asked to do!  She’s balanced on her toes.  When will this madness for super-high heels stop.  I hate to see wobbly women – it’s painful to watch.  Would a man ever cripple himself like this? 

  • ccm800

    Looks so stupid! Reminds me of working girls in the city in the 80s who would wear sneakers and pants on the train ride only to peel them off at the office. 

  • jannah san juan

    IN! whatever are you on mother bitches?! can you imagine this one anybody else at all? the dress part might be a bit too long for her versus the model but probably only 3 inches or so. in any case this works.

  • If only she had just gone with the dress, this would be perfect 🙁

  • Out. I love her and I love her usual style, but I just can’t convince myself to like this.

  • PaulaBerman

    It’s not the pants over a dress thing that bugs me. I teach middle school, and all the kids are doing it. I’m over it, fine, whatever. It’s the way the bust sits too low on her and makes her slouch that makes it an OUT for me.

  • For me, the problem wasn’t the dress and pants. It was the fact that the cups of her strapless bra are hanging out in every shot. Needed better tailoring up top, for sure, and, yes, a slimmer and better-hemmed pant. Sorry, Hermione, it’s an OUT for me.

  • I’m sure no one is ever going to read the comments in a week+ old post, but I wonder if anyone else got a “Breakfast Club” era Ally Sheedy vibe or if it is just me.   And whoever rigged the overhead light needs to be taken out back for some remedial education.