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The Evolution Of Harry Styles

Throughout his solo career, Harry Styles has arguably become more famous than he was in One Direction. The past two-ish years of the pandemic have been huge years of growth for the former boy band star. The world stood still for most during these months of quarantine and uncertainty, but Styles was nothing but productive and has made move after move to amplify his career.

First, following the band’s alleged 18-month hiatus in 2015, Styles immediately got to work on his debut self-titled album showcasing his new soft-rock sound. This led to a widely successful world tour in 2017 and 2018. In the same year, he starred in famed director Christopher Nolan’s World War ll film Dunkirk. Styles was off to a good start on his solo career with  a new album, world tour, and Academy Award-winning movie now on his resume.

With the release of his sophomore album Fine Line in December of 2019 and  his second world tour postponement, Styles kept busy by landing and filming two movies. The first is being in Olivia Wilde’s, no, we’re not talking about her, psychological thriller. Don’t Worry Darling, where he’ll act alongside household names like Florence Pugh and Chris Pine. The second is an adaptation of the book My Policeman where Styles plays a policeman having an affair with another man in 1950s England. Ending 2020 was the legendary Vogue photoshoot featuring Styles on the cover in a dress that had Candace Owens and shortsighted people alike up in arms. In 2021 Harry not only won his first Grammy and completed the sold-out North American leg of his postponed tour, but the role of ‘entrepreneur’ was added to his long list of credentials when his beauty brand ‘Pleasing’ was launched. With its $65 nail polish set and serums, this man really does have us paying his rent. 

The newest Marvel movie, Eternals, premiered in theaters on November 5th. As engaging as it was with its star-studded and diverse casting, immortal beings, and LGBTQ+ representation, the thing that had movie-goers screaming came during the post-credits scene. Following a climactic ending, the post-credits scene featured Harry Styles in tights and a cape that introduced himself as a fellow eternal from a rainbow portal. Harry Styles, the now brother of Thanos, joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Love On Tour made Styles $95 million, just the North American shows. He is one of the few solo artists to sell out Wembley Stadium in London completely , his cosmetic brand has sold out, and he has now joined forces with Disney’s $54 billion  company. Harry already owns a black Amex Card, at this rate soon he’ll buy the entire Earth; and I’m fine with that. 

Whether you’re a fan of him or not, Harry Styles is inescapable at this point. His fame and influence seem to grow larger by the day. A few weeks ago, he got permission to shut down the roads in front of Buckingham Palace to shoot a music video for his upcoming album. One cannot deny the power he holds across the board in society. The outfits and accessories control fashion trends he’s papped in and fan projects have raised and donated thousands of dollars to charities in his name. His confidence in his feminine side makes him that much more attractive to men, women and non-binaries alike and has opened up conversations over toxic masculinity and gender fluidity. Former One Direction fans have been growing up with this man for over ten years now, and he embodies so much more to people than kindness. He represents sentimentality, comfort, joy and hope. His career is a high-speed train and I think I speak for all of us when I say we can’t wait to see what he does next. 

The Harry Styles era of fashion

Beginning his journey on the X Factor UK in 2010, Harry Styles, former One Direction member, has stolen the hearts of many. Ten years later and he has single-handedly influenced a new era of style. 

Harry’s individual style started to really shine when he began his solo career. Without the boyband stereotype branding him, his personality seemed to show through his clothing. Towards the end of One Direction’s time in the spotlight, Harry stepped out of his comfort zone more and more when it came to press releases, red carpets and touring. His signature look of skinny jeans, Chelsea boots and a t-shirt quickly turned into polka dot dress shirts, flare pants and heeled boots. The bags started to become designer and then everything began to change. 

The change was gradual. He didn’t immediately switch to the style we now know him for today. Starting in early 2017, he began wearing more colorful suits, printed shirts and finally ditched the ankle boots. Once he kicked off the tour for his debut album, a trend started to develop and fans quickly began to catch on. In almost every performance, he was sporting an extravagant suit or a kilt (yes, he did that). It was a sort of game amongst the fandom of what he would wear next and we all looked forward to when he walked out on stage– not only for the music, but the style.

Behind all the great outfits or streetwear Harry has sported, there is a mastermind of style. Harry Lambert, a British stylist, began working with Styles towards the end of Harry’s time in One Direction. Although Lambert usually does editorial pieces, Harry has been one of the very few celebrities he has worked with. An introduction with gender-fluid designer Reed Harris by Lambert really unlocked Harry’s full fashion style. Shocking the world with his ensemble at the Met Gala, it is as if Styles carried the camp theme with him proceeding the event. This trio has crafted truly unique outfits and it will be interesting to see what they come up with next.

With his new look, fans and other celebrities all over the country have followed suit in creating more feminine and fresh approaches to their wardrobe. Inspiration outfit videos are almost every other scroll on TikTok and the red carpets are starting to get more and more interesting when it comes to the looks that the men show up in. The boundaries of fashion are expanding and I would directly attribute it to the influence of the 26-year-old curly-headed superstar.

Top “Off-Duty” Look: Rehearsal at The TODAY Show- February 26, 2020

The JW Anderson chunky, colorful cardigan paired with a vintage t-shirt, Gucci denim jeans with a unique cuff and white Vans made me a bit nostalgic. Styles went back to his roots in a way that still allowed for his new style to stand out. His mature yet youthful approach to a rehearsal fit had fans going crazy on Twitter. Also, can you remember the last time Styles walked out in denim jeans? With his hand painted guitar and neck draped in pearls, Styles had everyone googling where to get this cardigan- and by everyone, I mean me.

Top Suit from Live on Tour- April 2, 2018

 Photo by Helene Pambrun

Purple is Harry’s color. There, I said it. This custom-made Gucci glitter suit with the gold glitter accents was a dream during his show in Milan. Giving him a bit more structure than a normal suit, this piece perfectly embodies a major theme in most of Harry’s outfits– glitter.

Top Music Video Outfit- Lights Up

Another trend that Harry has seemed to bring back is the use of suspenders. Dressed in Gucci, this sheer, glittery dress shirt allows for his tattoos to be the star of the scene. Who doesn’t love a good tattoo moment? 

It’s safe to say that Harry’s outfits for the Fine Line tour are much anticipated. I can only predict that his feminine edge will only grow stronger and the desire to come up with greater, more glittery pieces will be a challenge for his stylists.

Featured image illustration by Serena Rodriguez