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Frugal Fashion: Emma Watson's magical mini at the 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1" premiere

November 17, 2010 | 10:00 am

EmmaIt's been nine years since Emma Watson first starred as the lovely, know-it-all Hermione Granger in the first "Harry Potter" film. The cute 11-year-old is now a 20-year-old screen goddess.

For those of us who grew up with the books and the films, it almost feels wrong to call the woman who played Hermione sexy, but with Watson's Burberry ad campaign and the dresses she’s been wearing to recent public appearances, you have to. Watson is smart and daring in her fashion choices and tends to artfully amp up her sex appeal in couture on the red carpet.

For the much-anticipated world premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1,” Watson sported a hot pixie haircut and a revealing Rafael Lopez for Atelier Mayer black lace cocktail mini and black heels. She looks a little Twiggy-esque with the hair, and the feathers channeled a playful 1920s flapper attitude. 

We searched everywhere for a frugally priced lace dress with feathers but decided sans feathers was the way to go. We love Watson's dress for a movie premiere but thought a more conservative version would work for office holiday parties or your next night out.

Retailers such as Macy's, Bloomingdales and Kohl's all have their own versions of a chic, affordable black lace mini.


Here are our picks for the top five dresses under $100: From left, the INC INternational Concepts sleeveless lace dress with an exposed zipper sheath for $48.99 from Macy's, the Aqua black lace sleeveless dress from Bloomingdales for $88, the Lace Scallop dress from Ann Taylor Loft for $98, the AB Studio lace sheath dress from Kohl's for $59, and a lace dress by Marc New York on for $99.45.

Happy shopping.

Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? E-mail us a picture. We're up for the challenge.

-- Jenn Harris

Photo, from top: Emma Watson attends the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1" premiere on Nov. 11, 2010, in London. Credit: Gareth Cattermole /Getty Images. Bottom, from left: Macy's, Bloomingdales, Ann Taylor Loft, Kohl's,