Spellbinding Harry Potter Fashion Lessons That Even Muggles Can Learn

We've learned so much from Harry Potter: don't trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain, to always leave medical care (especially broken bones) to trained professionals, and the proper pronunciation of "leviosa." But there are even more learnings to take away from the magical series than charms and incantations. Here are 40 spellbinding style lessons that even Muggles can take from Harry Potter — no wand required!

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Men can rock jewelry, too — just ask Dumbledore's beard bangle.
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Men can rock jewelry, too — just ask Dumbledore's beard bangle.

He doesn't care what anybody thinks of his style (as long as they don't take him off the Chocolate Frog cards).

02
A little bit of confidence (and a change of clothes) can completely transform your look.
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A little bit of confidence (and a change of clothes) can completely transform your look.

As Professor McGonagall says, "Inside every girl, a secret swan slumbers, longing to burst forth and take flight."

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Well-mixed patterns add an air of elegance to any outfit.
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Well-mixed patterns add an air of elegance to any outfit.

If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he styles his pinstriped suit.

04
Never settle for being ordinary.
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Never settle for being ordinary.

Life is too short for boring clothes.

05
Like a fine wine, your personal style grows better with age.
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Like a fine wine, your personal style grows better with age.

Practice makes perfect!

06
Stuck with a dress code? Then make your accessories count.
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Stuck with a dress code? Then make your accessories count.

Draco Malfoy might be a foul, lying, evil little cockroach, but he's got great taste in bags.

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Waist-cinching belts are a great way to accentuate your shape.
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Waist-cinching belts are a great way to accentuate your shape.

Dumbledore would trust Hagrid with his life, so we trust his fashion lessons.

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Not every printed sweater is an ugly Christmas sweater. Don't be afraid to embrace knits!
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Not every printed sweater is an ugly Christmas sweater. Don't be afraid to embrace knits!

People love Hermione's iconic sweater so much that they knit their own!

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If you've got a signature style, break up the monotony with statement collars and necklaces.
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If you've got a signature style, break up the monotony with statement collars and necklaces.

Umbridge is always clad in pink, so ruffled collars and tweed cloaks are a must for switching things up.

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Don't be afraid to shirk tradition on your wedding day. If you want a black dress, DO IT.
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Don't be afraid to shirk tradition on your wedding day. If you want a black dress, DO IT.

Whether it's black lace and a fascinator or a purple velvet suit, embrace your inner style. It's your day!

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Cutouts are a great way to add complexity to a simple outfit.
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Cutouts are a great way to add complexity to a simple outfit.

Bellatrix Lestrange knows how to work a bare-shouldered look.

12
Never settle for broken or scratched eyewear — after all, you look at your glasses all day.
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Never settle for broken or scratched eyewear — after all, you look at your glasses all day.

"Occulus reparo."

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When traveling, be sure to pack layers. You never know what the weather will be like!
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When traveling, be sure to pack layers. You never know what the weather will be like!

The snowy Forest of Dean was no match for Hermione's mittens and scarves.

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Nothing beats a trusty leather jacket.
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Nothing beats a trusty leather jacket.

She's an awful reporter, but there's no denying that Rita Skeeter's got style.

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Blazers are a great way to pull an outfit together.
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Blazers are a great way to pull an outfit together.

Tweed jackets aren't just for Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers anymore.

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Handmade clothes beat store-bought every time.
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Handmade clothes beat store-bought every time.

"Every year she makes us a sweater, and mine’s always maroon." Where can we sign up to be on the Weasley family Christmas list?

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"Twinning" doesn't have to mean matchy-matchy clothes. Try complementary colors!
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"Twinning" doesn't have to mean matchy-matchy clothes. Try complementary colors!

Trust Fred and George . . . it's the only way Mrs. Weasley can tell them apart!

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Add a little something extra (like embellishment or a unique detail) to your basic pieces.
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Add a little something extra (like embellishment or a unique detail) to your basic pieces.

Narcissa Malfoy must have made an Unbreakable Vow to always look amazing.

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Some vintage styles should never be resurrected.
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Some vintage styles should never be resurrected.

"I look like my Great Aunt Tessie! I smell like my Great Aunt Tessie!"

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Rocking cotton-candy hair doesn't mean you're stuck with a boring wardrobe.
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Rocking cotton-candy hair doesn't mean you're stuck with a boring wardrobe.

Tonks changes her appearance at will, so she can always match her hair to her outfits!

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People are bound to ask questions about your statement accessories. Make it worthwhile.
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People are bound to ask questions about your statement accessories. Make it worthwhile.

Luna's spectrespecs are perfect for spotting invisible Wrackpurts and turning heads.

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If done well, body art can look even better than jewelry.
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If done well, body art can look even better than jewelry.

Whoever does the tattoos at Azkaban needs to start taking appointments outside of the prison.

23
Matching sets are back with a vengeance.
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Matching sets are back with a vengeance.

Don't believe Cedric? Ask Kendall and Kylie.

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Scarves are a fabulous solution to your bad hair day.
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Scarves are a fabulous solution to your bad hair day.

Professor Trelawney is the queen of boho-chic.

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Don't ditch your favorite sundress when it gets cold — layer it with a shirt!
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Don't ditch your favorite sundress when it gets cold — layer it with a shirt!

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There is nothing wrong with an all-black wardrobe.
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There is nothing wrong with an all-black wardrobe.

"Ob . . . -viously."

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Your personality should always shine through your clothes.
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Your personality should always shine through your clothes.

"It was Rita Skeeter. She was wearing acid-green robes today; the Quick-Quotes Quill in her hand blended perfectly against them."

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Never be afraid to express your cultural identity through fashion.
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Never be afraid to express your cultural identity through fashion.

Parvati and Padma Patil nailed it with their Yule Ball saris.

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Muted colors work perfectly for layered outfits.
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Muted colors work perfectly for layered outfits.

Squad goals!

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There's nothing wrong with having a signature style.
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There's nothing wrong with having a signature style.

Unless you're Dolores Umbridge, of course.

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There's nothing wrong with matching your outfit to your eyes.
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There's nothing wrong with matching your outfit to your eyes.

If Fleur's Veela side didn't cause the boys to swoon, her wardrobe certainly would.

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There are some accessories that NOBODY can pull off.
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There are some accessories that NOBODY can pull off.

Pointy hats, we're looking at you.

33
Never believe 'em when they say turtlenecks are "out."
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Never believe 'em when they say turtlenecks are "out."

Oliver Wood would like a word with you.

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One-piece bathing suits can be even more stunning than bikinis.
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One-piece bathing suits can be even more stunning than bikinis.

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A well-fitted suit takes a man to an entirely new level of handsome.
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A well-fitted suit takes a man to an entirely new level of handsome.

Cedric Diggory was handsome before, but his Yule Ball dress robes made him positively dapper.

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A good set of gloves are worth investing in.
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A good set of gloves are worth investing in.

We're heading to the store faster than you can say "Quidditch."

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When you want to rep your school (or your Hogwarts house), opt for subtle accessories rather than loud t-shirts.
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When you want to rep your school (or your Hogwarts house), opt for subtle accessories rather than loud t-shirts.

Lucius Malfoy rocks serpentine brooches and a snake's head on his walking stick — now that's a chic Slytherin.

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Businesswear doesn't equal boring.
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Businesswear doesn't equal boring.

Purple and green pinstripes make Hermione look enchanting even when she's distressed.

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Don't underestimate the power of good earrings.
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Don't underestimate the power of good earrings.

"They keep away the Knargles."

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A crappy attitude ruins even the fiercest outfits.
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A crappy attitude ruins even the fiercest outfits.

Lord Voldemort, that matching cloak set is much less chic when you're killing people.