Emma Watson, Like Us, Cringes At Photos Of Her Fancy Outfits From Back In The Day

Photo: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press/Getty Images.

There's a unique horror that sets in when you stumble upon photos of your first school dance (or other fancy-dress occasion). Odds are, your sense of what was elegant and mature has changed a lot since those days. And while earnestness with which we approached dressing up is very sweet, we can't help but cringe at those early #OOTDs. Turns out, it happens to the best of us: When confronted with a picture of her very first red carpet on ?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen>, for the premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone back in 2011, even Emma Watson couldn't help but break into nervous giggles.
The 26-year-old may be a very seasoned fashion girl now — to the point where she shares all her verifiably-sustainable outfits on Instagram — but it wasn't always that way. Watson walked her very first red carpet when she was just 11 years old. Back then, she didn't have a stylist. Instead, her mom helped her plan out what she'd wear for big nights, including this one.

"This was special," Watson told Ellen DeGeneres of the grey, capped-sleeve maxi dress she wore to the Harry Potter screening, accessorized with a purple feathered scarf and golden clutch. "This was my first-ever movie premiere, and my mom and I planned this for weeks. It doesn't look like it, but there's a lot of thought that went into it."

For the record, Watson was vert into the look at the time: "I thought I looked amazing." Hey, if you felt good, you looked good — and you can't argue against the smile on grade-school Watson's face. We all have a treasure trove of cringe-worthy snaps, after all. Plus, Watson's red-carpet strategy may have gotten a little more sophisticated over the years, but her enthusiasm is still the same.

Watch Watson's adorably awkward stroll down memory lane, below.


Photo: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press/Getty Images.


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