Harry Styles: Male Style Icon?
In my book, absolutely- from the wide-neck tees of 2011 to the pencil-thin Dior suits of late, Harry Styles has always brought his sartorial best to the table. A few of his best looks since his “What Makes You Beautiful” days, although a tad anachronistic now, were simply just a Sign of the Times.
Here. The thin lapels were totally on-trend for early 20-teens, and the slim khaki pants and frou-frou pocket square add the perfect amount of boyishness, as opposed to his matured, future looks. This hair was also his (first of many) signature ‘do and the stuff of it-boy dreams.
2013 is known to One Direction-ers as ‘peak Harry’ era, and it’s because this was the beginning of his real adult-like aesthetic He goes from colors to blacks and neutrals, his hair goes from shaggy to perfectly coiffed, and his acne cleared up.
2014 is where we see Harry’s hair as we’ve come to know it: longer (and in my humble opinion, crying out for some scissors and dry shampoo). Harry regresses for a tad into more of a Professor meets Coachella vibe for a bit before hitting his Mick Jagger sweet-spot, but it still feels undeniably timely.
Here we see the most controversial Harry: collarbone-length hair, vintage floral patterns, and tight tailoring. Loved or hated, it’s undeniably unique. This particular suit had more of a sixties bell-bottom flare too, referencing the British rockstars of lore.
After filming for his latest film, Dunkirk, a period story, Styles’ greasy locks finally tamed themselves. His look here is less shaggy and more debonaire than the past: a bit more like 2013 Harry. The satin lapels and silk neck scarf really bring this out of the sixties and into the modern-day.
Harry’s vibe isn’t too different from 2016: still tailored, still edgy, still skinny to the max. The black-on-black is also typical of his ultra-chic Parisian attire (back in the prime years, he wore a lot of Yves Saint Laurent). With his budding solo career following a successful run as a 1D-er, there’s no telling which twist his wardrobe will take next.