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What Emma Watson Should Wear as Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Emma Watson at this year's Met Gala.
Emma Watson at this year's Met Gala.
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Good news: the first (teaser) trailer for Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast is here! Less good news: it doesn't offer a single glimpse of the film's most intriguing element, the costumes. Though the one and a half minute-long trailer does feature lovely interior shots of the ballroom, the voice of Ewan McGregor as Lumière, and moodier version of a few of the movie's most recognizable songs, all we get of Emma Watson as Belle is a single, "Hello?" and a tiiiiny peek of her eyes. Come on!

Among the many questions the trailer raises (will the anthropomorphized furniture be CGI or played by actual humans? Will Dan Stevens as the beast be kind of weirdly hot, like he was in the animated original?), the most important is this: Will Emma Watson wear the same dresses made famous by the Disney movie, or will she bring Belle into the modern era in all her pants-wearing glory?

If the aesthetic of the trailer is any indication, however, it'll most likely be the former. Though we'd be lying if we said we weren't disappointed that Belle won't be the first Disney princess to prefer a fancy suit to a red carpet-worthy gown, at least she exists in our dreams. Below, we suggest some possible looks for the modern-day Belle — who'd probably be named something like Bella and have that impossibly effortless-but-not-at-all-actually-effortless French-girl style — along with the safe, pretty costumes she'll probably end up wearing.

The Blue and White Pinafore Dress

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The first time we're introduced to Belle, she's wearing a simple white blouse, blue dress, and a white apron with a ribbon to match. Great for singing in dandelion fields, returning library books, and rejecting advances from bros.

What Emma Watson Should Wear

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Today's Belle would likely be introduced to us via a white T-shirt, cropped flare jeans, and a simple trench coat, like this one from the streets of Milan Fashion Week. Equally great for singing, book-reading, and making fun of Gaston.

What She'll Probably End Up Wearing

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Costume designers could take a cue from Valentino's spring 2016 collection, which was inspired by ballet costumes but features plenty of simple peasant looks like this one. An off-the-shoulder top might be just enough of an update for the Disney film.

The Wintery Pink Dress

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Every princess needs a cute, preferably fur-lined outfit for when the weather turns cold. Belle doesn't wear this one for very long in the film, but it's important nonetheless, if only for its magnificent pinkness.

What Emma Watson Should Wear

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There's never been a better time to wear — or an easier time to find — a bright pink overcoat. If she wore layered shades of pink, like this, modern-day Belle would fit right in at New York Fashion Week.

What She'll Probably End Up Wearing

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Blake Lively's Burberry gown felt slightly out of place at this year's Met Gala, but feels right on theme for a live adaptation of the Disney film. Bonus: It's got its own cape that could be used as a snow blanket.

The Gold Ball Gown

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As the fanciest of Belle's looks, the gold ball gown is the dress most often associated with the character, and therefore the most important of all.

What Emma Watson Should Wear

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Though it almost certainly isn't going to happen, a dream 2016-era Belle would wear this bold tablecloth-print suit from Gucci's spring 2016 line. Extra cool points if worn with a red tie and perv glasses.

What She'll Probably End Up Wearing

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Nothing has ever been more modern-day Belle than Alicia Vikander's Oscar-winning Louis Vuitton gown. Chances are, the live-action Disney movie will feature a gown that's just as golden yellow and hugely poofy as this one. And that's cool, too.

Watch the full teaser trailer below, and make your own guesses.