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Harry Styles performing at the 2021 Grammy Awards
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Harry Styles: A Fashion Icon

Harry Styles has become a huge name in the music industry, but also in the fashion industry. He is now a leader for breaking down gender roles and male stereotypes, with an example of this in his appearance in Vogue in December 2020. This was the first solo male cover Vogue has ever printed, and Styles was seen wearing a light blue dress with a black blazer. Throughout this issue of the magazine, there were several shots of Styles wearing dresses and skirts. This opened the door in the fashion industry for bridging the gap between stereotypical men’s and women’s clothing.

Since his solo career began, Styles has become known for wearing outfits with bold patterns and bright colors, with styles including pearl necklaces, flare legs, high-waisted pants, and outfits that are very 70s inspired. These trends are very popular in the fashion industry today, after Harry Styles’ influence. An example of this was in February 2020, when he was seen wearing a multicolored patchwork sweater during a rehearsal for The Today Show. This inspired his fans to begin crocheting their own sweaters, which became a huge TikTok trend. Only Harry Styles has the ability to make crocheting “cool” again!

Harry Styles has created a culture within his concerts specifically, where people wear extravagant 70s inspired outfits and share them on Instagram and TikTok. People started by trying to imitate his style when attending the concerts, but it’s blown up into a much bigger trend than just him. This style is expressive and bold, making people feel confident, which is exactly what we need in a post-pandemic world. In past years, neutrals were the way to go, but now after coming out of the worldwide quarantine, people want to wear bright, bold outfits! 

Harry Styles is using fashion as a way to connect to his fans and bring the community closer together. This shows that he cares about and appreciates his fans and the culture he’s created with them. Fashion is a huge part of our identity and he is proving that people deserve to wear whatever they feel confident and comfortable in, no matter what the opinion of anyone else.

Alexis Grant

Lasell '24

A Junior at Lasell University, Alexis majors in Journalism and Media Writing with a minor in Fashion Media and Marketing. Alexis is interested in dance, photography, social media, travel, and music. In her free time, she enjoys binge-watching her favorite tv shows on Netflix and spending time with her friends and family!
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