Fug or Fab: Emma Watson


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I love Emma Watson here. And I really want to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower, since the reviews have been great and I love everyone in it, more or less. Plus, it’s set in the 90s and will therefore make me nostalgic for a time in my life when I didn’t think about things like eye cream. All of this is kind of a roundabout way of saying that if someone I didn’t like, who was appearing in a movie that seemed terrible, showed up somewhere sporting this outfit, I would be giving her a hella hard time about it, but we’re ALL HUMAN OKAY? GOD.

Anyway, what do you think? Is she pulling it off? I honestly don’t really think that she is. I just can’t fully admit it to myself.

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  1. Candy
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    It is odd yet boring at the same time, IMO. The dress is okay solo & the pants are just black pants. The shoes are boring too. But, yes, her gorgeous face makes me forget all that.

  2. A.J.
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    But her hair is great!

  3. Katie Lynn
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    This movie you came up with sounds delightful! I would pay good money to see it. Probably more than once.

    • Lizbeth
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      Absolutely! I’d watch a movie with a dreamy, emotionally scarred WWII RAF pilot who finds love any day.

  4. Alicia
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    Maybe if the pants fit a little tighter? They just look messy. Or maybe if the skirt was sort of punkish? I don’t know but I’m not loving it. Hair and face are perfect though.

  5. ES
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    She is gorgeous here, but the outfit is not. Love it from the waist up.

  6. qwertygirl
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    And yet, I can’t hate this. If anyone else were wearing it, I would think it was dumb. Gone are the days when I longed to wear a skirt with jeans under it, and my mother said, “You wear a skirt, or jeans, but not both–if a skirt is too cold, then it’s too cold to wear a skirt!” and I was crushed because my neighbor’s mom let HER wear jeans under HER skirt. Today I agree with my mother, but as my mother also said, “Never say never.” Until these pictures, I might have said, “One should NEVER wear a dress over pants–how stupidly redundant can you get?” But for some reason, this does not make me turn my head in revulsion. In short, I kinda like it. On her. On me, it would look as stupid as I now think my neighbor looked back in 1973 when she wore the seven year old version of this outfit.

  7. Kit
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    She is totally pulling it off but that doesn’t mean I LIKE it.

    (And I can say that after staring at about ten pictures of it last night and finally coming to this conclusion.)

    • amys
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      Ditto. She’s pulling it off for me…though I don’t particularly like it or want to wear it myself. I think she looks great and confident as well as clean and very well groomed—all components of pulling it off. I’m oddly interested in the fact it’s a dress with pants. Go figure!

  8. Katharine
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    This is not the choice I would make for a dress over pants, although I admit I am (still!) a fan of the look and wear it myself. That’s the wrong kind of dress, IMHO. If one is going to do this, it needs to be a bit more… something. Pretty sweetheart prom dress and dainty little necklace? She looks like she forgot all her spare pairs of hose and had to improvise.

    • Breda
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      See, I was going to say the opposite, that if you’re going to do this look, it’s best with slim-cut pants and a skirt that sits away from the body like this. Better than a clingy sundress with flared jeans, anyway!

  9. Kit
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    Also, you seriously need to pitch that story to someone who can actually make it happen. :)

  10. Jules
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    The dress is cute. Would have been much better with tights or hose.

  11. Elaine
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    I think (even though i’m suffering from ennui de peplum) that if this was just a normal peplum, not a ‘roided out peplum, that I would really like all of this. As is – no thanks.

    • susannestyle
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      i agree- i think if the dress was 6 inches shorter (i.e. a top!) this would be perfectly adorable.

      • Fawn
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        Add me to the peplum train. I would LOVE this if it were indeed a peplum, and not a full skirt.

        • Karen G
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          From what I’ve read, it was supposed to be a peplum. And on the runway, it looked like a peplum – on the inhumanly tall model wearing it! But Emma here is a wee thing, and it needed like a foot, foot and a half cut off of it to tailor it for her height..

  12. glee
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    It would have looked great without the pants – but I think there is a reference here to the dress over jeans EVERYTHING in the 1990′s, the era of the film – so that makes it ok for me.

    • Mollsworth
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      Yeah that’s what I thought too. And then reached for my eye cream, hee hee.

    • glee
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      Totally forgot (time to take that ginko again!) – she looks tremendous from clavicles up, and while she is a total natural beauty, whoever styles her in the cranial area deserves a big bonus at Xmas.

    • Sarah AJ
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      That’s what I was thinking too.

  13. pantsonfire
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    She does look great from the waist up. But yeah, she’s not working this. I’m sort of on the record as being lukewarm about her and I get irked when she seems to try too hard to be edgy or innovative or sartorially daring (when it just sits unnaturally on her, in my nobody opinion, a leeetle bit like Jessica Biel), but I can’t really imagine anyone being able to pull this off. Even someone with Work It superpowers. But I could be interested to see this on someone like Kristen Stewart, if the pants were tighter and the dress thingy were smaller–shorter and cut closer to the body.

    I know folks love her. I basically get where that’s coming from.

  14. Allyn
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    The girl is GORGEOUS. I mean, seriously. Outfit, not so great.
    Fingers crossed she doesn’t go the usual child star route.

  15. Lilibet
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    The outfit is fine but looks too old for her.

  16. Lori
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    Stand up straight, Emma honey. You are gorgeous.

    Love, Mom

    • alfagetti
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      Exactly! Posture is so important and this beautiful girl needs to straighten up and elongate!

      • Shiitake
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        Too often when posing for pictures Emma leads with her chin and rolls her shoulders forward.

  17. Brittney
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    I covet her lipstick – wish we knew the shade!

    • Louise
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      Ditto. I have a wedding coming up in two weeks. I’m wearing a black cocktail dress and this is the perfect shade.

  18. Alyssa
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    I think she’s mostly pulling it off. It’s not great, though.

    What IS great is that second photo with the shadow. That looks really cool.

  19. val.
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    I actually kind of like it?

  20. maryse
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    i don’t have great legs so if the whole dress over pants allowed me to get away with really cute short dresses (and skinny pants) i would wear it. not that she has that issue. but i like it. she looks pretty. and her make-up is awesome.

  21. holly
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    Dress + Pants = NEVER

    • vandalfan
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      Or only when walking in a snowstorm to school that had a dress code prohibiting pants on girls, in 1969.

  22. Esmom
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    I was thinking she looked cute…and then I looked at the photos of Miley and decided that Emma looks fab. She’s about the same age as Miley, I think, but she has more style in her little finger than Miley has in her entire bare-midriffed body. Miley’s trying way too hard. Emma’s effortless.

  23. TereLiz
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    I think that with a few little tailoring tweaks this would be flawless—the pants should be shorter and the tiniest bit tighter, and the overgrown peplum on top should be a hair shorter. You know, so it reads as an overgrown peplum, not a flared mini-dress. Her necklace is a bit too spare for the look, too.

    That’s not to say this is a miss, because I really applaud the fashion risks she takes, but it is not 100% fab. 97%, maybe.

  24. Squirrel!
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    Second scrolldown fug of the day! Adorable hair, stunning face, decent bodice, then
    n
    n
    n….
    pants no.

  25. slr
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    Now I believe that if this dress were worn without the pants, the Fug Ladies would shout “A SHIRT IS NOT A DRESS” or something along those lines, so really maybe Emma here has listened and learned?

    • Jessica
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      No, I actually don’t think so. It’s not THAT short, which I think is part of the problem…

  26. Jennifer
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    The outfit and styling make her look like a little Audrey Hepburn. Classic black, sweet and spunky look, I like it!

  27. deee
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    Yeah, it’s a little weird but she’s 22. Who hasn’t worn weird stuff in their early twenties and thought of themselves as “so fashionable”? Her hair and makeup are great, it fits fairly well, nothing is hanging out, she looks well groomed. It certainly isn’t fab but it’s not a fug either.

  28. Annie
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    I JUST read today that one of fall’s trends is dress over pants and thought, why won’t this trend die.

  29. ceecee
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    Gosh, this girl is a beauty! She is totally pulling this off.

  30. ak
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    Well, I can’t be mad at her either, and I was at this dress over pants rodeo the FIRST time [and yes, it was a stupid rodeo then, too], so my judgment counts for nothing either…and while I wish the pants were a leeeeeetle slimmer, I would SO MUCH rather this look than another glitter mermaid spraytan illusion netted minimonstrosity. I think she looks beautiful, period, not beautiful despite the outfit.

  31. R
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    Dresses over pants are never okay >full stop<

  32. Sandra
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    She’s not pulling it off because it is humanly impossible to look anything other than ridiculous in a dress over pants. I get that Emma had a bad time with the paparazzi when she turned 18 and they started trying to stick their cameras up her skirt, but this is never the answer.

    • Katharine
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      Y’know, I disagree, and not just because I occasionally enjoy the vibe of it myself still …. dress over pants has a long and honorable history in clothing, in many traditional European costumes, and the modern Indian shalwar kameez, among others. It is not that weird, people. All of this “oh, the 90s, SO BAD because it was the first time ever for the horror that is dress over pants!” Not so much.

      • Sandra
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        A shalwar kameez is not a dress over pants. It’s a long top over pants; one would never ever wear the top without the trousers, certainly not out in public. Emma looks like she couldn’t decide between two completely different outfits. Apparently this thing was designed as a peplum top and trousers but for someone about 14 feet taller. I didn’t like it a whole lot on the runway model either, but at least it was not dress length.

        There’s a whole lot of historical outfits that I’m glad we don’t rock these days.

  33. Aj
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    Like it. Wish it wasn’t black.

  34. Lindsay
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    I voted she’s pulling it off, but said to myself, “as well as can be expected for someone who’s wearing a dress over pants.” So, there’s that.

  35. Claire1
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    She is impossibly beautiful!

    I can’t get behind the pants under a dress….but I SOOOOO COVET that dress…and didn’t till the close up…the bodice detail is so awesome.

  36. Sajorina
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    I love it & do think she’s pulling it off! I can picture my sister wearing & rocking it, but she, who is also named Emma, is like 10 years older than Emma Watson, but looks as young! I say FAB!!!

  37. Helen
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    Love the makeup and hair.

    The outfit is terrible.

  38. Dazie
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    I read somewhere that it’s “vintage” someone. Dior? Maybe she didn’t have much choice in the matter?

    • Sandra
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      I’d buy that the dress is Dior, but not the dress-over pants nonsense. Okay, maybe House of Dior, but not the man himself. His designs were elegant and meant for grown women. Grown women in the ’40′s and ’50′s didn’t trick themselves out like this. At least, not the ones who could afford Dior.

    • TereLiz
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      It’s Dior Fall 2012 Couture Collection.

      I’m sure she saw the pics on the model and loved it immediately–I did–and if it had fit her the same way, she’d look equally chic. But she (you know, like 99% of the population) isn’t 5 foot 9 and 110 pounds and is going to need some major tailoring to get it to fit her in the same way, which isn’t always an option when borrowing clothes. Ergo, the peplum is tending toward skirt-hood on her more petite frame.

      But I LOVE the way this outfit is giving her some curves, unlike the beaded Armani gown featured in her last post on GFY.

      • Joe Dwarf
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        Picture here.

      • Sandra
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        Well, that explains it. This couldn’t possibly have been vintage Dior. What I don’t understand is why they would give her something that overwhelms her? I know, I know, runway samples, yada yada. But presumably somebody knew about this somewhat more in advance than 30 minutes before she was to put it on. It’s not like they’re loaning it out to anyone else this season. Proper fitting makes all the difference in the world.

        • Sandra
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          Not that I really liked it on the runway model either.

        • Helen
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          Yeah, I’m not a fan of it on the runway either. Naturally the proportions are better, since it was scaled for a tall person, but it’s still an odd outfit.

          I don’t know, maybe with leggings instead. Maybe.

      • Nina
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        Thank you. That makes so much more sense.
        Jessica, after you make your movie set in olden times, please make this one.

      • glee
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        Yep, it looks really amazing on the model – damn those gazelles… But the dress was altered for Emma – she has boob covers put in (unless it’s a bra), it wouldn’t have taken that long to hem the peplum, and take in the pants.

  39. Rachael
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    Shoulders back, Emma. Please? She comes surprisingly close to pulling this off. If I put this get-up on, I would not be able to breathe, because I’d be laughing so hard at how heinous it looked. On her, it looks just . . . meh. Close, closer than it rightfully should, but still a fug.

  40. Kat
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    I’m surprised *how close* she is, though. As close as this poll. It’s making want to pull that useless sympathy grimace I do when watching a small child balancing on something that is difficult to balance on.

  41. Nancy
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    I really don’t like the outfit at all. (And the pants seem a smidge too long for the look?) But her make-up is spot on!

  42. Tracey
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    I don’t think it works. Period. Ever. But her posture is awful too and as lovely as she is, sorry. But, because she is lovely, I feel people who appreciate her should be able to tell her the truth.

  43. TonyG
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    Wow! Voting is extra close…with thousands cast, the No’s are beating the Yes’s by only 7 votes so far.

  44. cc
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    I think it looks good, really shows off her shoulders, which is the point I guess. The thick veneer of smugness she has in these pictures isn’t so pleasant to look at though lol.

  45. isabelle
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    her outfit is so weirdly proportioned. i just wish it wasn’t a really short dress over ill-fitting pants.

    at least her hair looks good here.

  46. Stella
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    I like it! Why not dress over pants FFS. It’s cute, compact, and stylish (and a bit sexy). This thing people have about dress over pants is misplaced – too much belief in the *idea* that it’s wrong. Imagine what a yawnarama this would have been if it had only been a little black dress with a sweetheart neckline. Cute – sure; boring – absolutely.

    • hippetyhop
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      I concur! I actually love the look, it’s quirky and a bit fun. And it’s comic seeing something relatively normal and even demure send people into fits of Victorian vapours. “It’s simply not done, my deah!”

  47. Giulia
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    Hi Fug Girls! First time commenter, loooong time reader. Can you please, please, please fug Australia’s Brownlow Medal red carpet like you did last year? There is hilarity afoot, I promise. xx

  48. ellie
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    She looks so cute! I definitely think she’s pulling it off.

    Come on, don’t you think seeing something like this on the red carpet is a tiny bit refreshing from the usual short dresses and co?

  49. OH
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    I wish the pants were cut closer and were a colour or had a pattern. Then I would be on board. But from the bottom of the skirt up she looks fantastic.

  50. Mary
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    Without a doubt, Emma’s hair and face are gorgeous but FUG is fashion – and I’m calling a little Hermione-favoritism here.
    The no’s would have been thunderous had…say… Phoebe Price shown up in pants over a dress.

  51. Chasmosaur
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    I’m just relieved she found something to do with her hair that isn’t the half-greasy/half-crispy thing she’s had going on for a couple of weeks.

  52. Cat
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    I actually think this works for her, but I don’t love it– you know what I mean? I just don’t get the dress over pants thing. She also needs to stand up straight.

    Love her hair and I am totally want that movie to happen!

  53. Chieftain
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    I LOVE this. I don’t know why, but I do . . .

  54. Billie
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    I think she’s pulling this off, even though this is not how the outfit is supposed to fit, making the proportions vastly different. Poise and confidence are going a long way here. And that gorgeous face.

  55. dietcokeho
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    have you all gone and lost your gudam minds?! shes wearing a dress over pants for crying out loud! Her stylist should be fired for allowing her to wear this but judging from the categorized mistake ill make a safe bet her stylist is a 10 year old\.
    Peplum was a joke. all dresses are an exaggerated peplum geez