Harry Styles made a name for himself as a member of the world-famous boy band One Direction nearly six years ago. Though he rose to prominence thanks to his gravelly voice, crooked smile and untamed curly hair, Styles has been known to push the envelope when it comes to his fashion sense, once wearing a flare-legged floral print suit on the American Music Awards red carpet and another time sporting a single dangling cross on his ear during a British X-Factor performance. One of Styles’ most iconic staples, however, is the worn-in ankle boot.
Since Styles first brought the ankle boot on to the scene, he has taken it far beyond the classic outfit complement. Now, the shoes he wears are the center of many of his most daring looks, even if they don’t catch the viewer’s eye at first.
The ankle boot is not the only clothing item with which Harry has created a personal brand; Styles’ style has been emulated time and time again by his female fans for his blazers and scoop neck tee shirts, his wildly printed button-down shirts and his casual take on the classic fedora. Styles once wore a silver paper airplane necklace that was later copied and sold on Etsy. I myself am still guilty of this copycat behavior, buying an embroidered bomber jacket that resembles the Saint Laurent one he wore while on his last tour with 1D.
At long last, young non-celebrity men are taking on the fashion game and are using Styles as their muse. One who stood out to me recently was Spencer Thompson, a junior journalism major at the University of Florida. Waiting outside our Mass Media lecture hall, I noticed the pair of shoes I had seen so often on another more famous person’s feet. I asked Thompson, who was previously a stranger to me, about them, and he replied that they were inspired by Harry. Well, Spencer, thank you, because your fashion choice inspired this blog.
Thompson told me these particular shoes were made by Topman. And he wears them with his signature black skinny jeans, also from Topman, and a simple white shirt.
“I’m really inspired by British fashion, which is where Harry Styles comes in. Someone else whose style I like to follow is Matty Healy from the band The 1975,” Thompson said. “They both like to push the envelope, and it’s easy to emulate their fashions because they wear clothes for skinny white boys like me.”
Styles’ most popularly copied look is comprised of extremely tight, ripped black skinny jeans, a white tee shirt, Ray Ban sunglasses, a possible fedora or headscarf, and of course, the iconic leather or suede boot. All of these were featured on GQ’s list of 6 Style Moves to Steal from Harry Styles. His outfits can be copied piece-for-piece by men and women alike.
For females, I have put together a few outfits comprised of affordable items you can wear to bring Harry to life in your own closet.
Look 1: Embroidered bombers are in this season, and since cooler weather is upon us, this look is perfect to keep you warm and looking cute while out and about. You will need: this bomber, these jeans, this body suit, this choker in tan and these booties in black.
Look 2: Of course, we needed a boot-centric look. I fell in love with this pair of Vagabond Olivia leather boots while browsing the Urban Outfitters catalog. It’s a statement piece that compliments a statement outfit. You will need: this bodysuit, this bralette, these cropped jeans, this flat brim hat and these boots.
Look 3: Winter Harry is probably the most iconic Harry when it comes to the seasons, and what’s underneath the coat is just as important as the coat itself. Since Styles is all about the bold, you will need: this coat, along with this turtleneck, this skirt in black, these tights and these boots.
For males, we are going to bring life to your wardrobe with four steps, and the choices are surprisingly just as easy to find.
Step 1: Leave the monochromatic button-down behind! Bring a bit of pop to your tailored suit and some fun to your simple khaki bottoms with prints and vibrant colors. Here are a few great shirts to consider: one, two, three.
Step 2: It’s time for a new suit! Leave behind the black and boring and consider some suede, blue, or even printed two-pieces. I won’t push the envelope with flare hems but here are three great suits to add to your closet: one, two, three.
Step 3: Bottoms are just as important as tops! Show some ankle! Some knee! Some thigh! I am going to challenge you to deviate from your boring khakis with these shorts: one, two, three … And your too-big jeans with these: one, two, three.
Many have questioned Styles’ wardrobe choices, wondering if his outlandish and loud looks have any correlation to his highly-questioned sexuality. I believe that personal style is mutually exclusive to a person’s sexual preferences. His choices seem to be more inspired by the rockers before him who were daring enough to establish themselves doubly as fashion icons, like Mick Jagger and the late David Bowie.
Since their time, most men have shied away from expressing themselves uniquely through the clothes they wear. Styles is single-handedly bringing back individuality in a man’s wardrobe and making headlines for it. After all, One Direction is currently on hiatus, and the boy bander is currently a free agent with a personal brand to curate to iconic status.