Emma Watson in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, 2005 | Warner Brothers
We are well into autumn, but, as far as I’m concerned, a tad of nostalgia for that back-to-school feeling lingers on in the air. It got me thinking of some of my favourite school- and college-set films, like Dead Poets Society, Rushmore and Harry Potter. And about campus uniforms and all those looks that are grasping into Ivy League style. Apart from the fact that I’ve always been drawn to the preppy look, to its timelessness, practicality and no-fuss, dressing-down attitude, I like the uniform from other reasons, too, especially when it comes to children. As Andre Agassi writes in his autobiography when talking about the school he has founded, “we thought it important that students wear uniforms. Tennis shirt with khaki pants, shorts, or skirt, in official school colors – burgundy and navy. We think it creates less peer pressure, and we know it saves parents money in the long run.” I like his way of thinking.
So please indulge me for a moment as I take a look back at Hogwarts – a place that, to quote Ethan Hawke during a Q&A that I took part in last year, “if it really existed, I wish I were cool enough to go there”. Each of the films in the series covers one full school year and that’s one of the reasons why I love the Harry Potter movies. Of course, Hogwarts had a dress code, too. Take Hermione’s school attire, for example: white shirt, V-neck sweater and tie. Take it as a piece of advice that you could have given to your younger self and that you can continue to follow from now on: Keep it simple! It’s never wrong with a simple look. It’s one of those things kids seem to know best. And what we can also learn from them is that style should come naturally, without a moment’s thought, that it must be comfortable first and foremost, and that it can not be manufactured or bought.
Emma Watson in “Harry Potter and the Ordin of the Phoenix”, 2007 | Warner Brothers