'My problem is that I am a little bit boring': Style icon Emma Watson on why she is ‘careful’ to blend into background

Emma Watson was the world's best dressed woman of 2011 according to Glamour magazine.

But the actress and model is less impressed by her sense of style, merely describing it as 'boring'.

Thanks to her glittering career and elfin looks, the 21-year-old millionairess has access to any designer around.

British actress Emma Watson

British actress Emma Watson

Emma on the red carpet in a Oscar de la Renta gown with embroidered bodice and full skirt (left) and in a strapless creation by Bottega Veneta (right)

She has been snapped on the red carpet showcasing wares from coveted labels such as Oscar de la Renta, Burberry, Valentino and Chanel and is currently the face of make-up brand Lancme.

However Oxford undergraduate Emma is adamant that her wardrobe taste is dull.

'My problem is that I am a little bit boring. I don't wear designer bags or big sunglasses,' she told French Elle.

In the past Emma credited her character Harry Potter for helping to shape her style

In the past Emma credited her character Harry Potter for helping to shape her style

Despite wanting to be more edgy, Emma says that her fame prevents her from doing anything too radical.

'When I don't have to play Emma Watson in public, I'd rather not put myself 'out there'.

'I have to be more careful with my look in my everyday life,' she explained.

The child star has previously credited the Harry Potter film series, which launched in 2001, for helping to shape her sense of style.

Playing the classroom geek, Hermione Granger, Emma was forced to wear school uniform for most of filming so when she appeared in public as herself she opted for something a little more punchy.

She said: 'I have Hermione to thank, in a weird way, for my sense of style.

'Playing this role, fashion was my way of expressing myself away from that school uniform.

'When I got the chance to dress myself, I was so thrilled to be able to be Emma and show a different side of myself.

'I mean, I just wasn't allowed to do anything: wasn't allowed to cut my hair, put on nail varnish, tan, wear a bra that made my boobs in any way look larger, have any flesh showing, wear any makeup when I was playing Hermione.'

Emma recently starred opposite Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn, and is set to appear in The Perks of Being a Wallflower with co-star Logan Lerman.