The British heartthrob, Harry Styles, has taken the fashion as well as the music industry by storm in the past couple of years of his solo career. The former boy bander has shown his love for gender-fluid clothing in a lot of events making bold and impressive moves to break gender norms. In this article, we shall take a look at a few instances where Mr Styles shook the world with his norm-breaking fashion choices.
  1. Met Gala 2019
Harry Styles at the Met Gala Red Carpet, 2019
Harry Styles at the Met Gala Red Carpet, 2019

Harry Styles in his 2019 Met Gala look, sported a sheer frilled black blouse and high-waisted tailored trousers. He paired them with an elegant pearl earring, high heeled boots, painted nails and numerous rings. The see-through blouse embroidered with frills and the entire clothing itself added magnificence to his attire.

  1. Saturday Night Live 2019
Harry dressed as a Ballerina for SNL 2019
Harry dressed as a Ballerina for SNL 2019

Earlier this year, a series of photographs from the promo for SNL that Harry guest hosted in 2019 was leaked. These photographs, where Styles dressed up as Disney’s Ariel, a ballerina and a series of other characters sent his fans in a frenzy. His comfort and boldness in wearing these clothes that are routinely considered highly feminine has had a huge role to play in creating awareness about gender fluidity.

  1. Beauty Papers (Summer 2020)
Harry went full bold and beautiful for his cover of the 8th issue of the Beauty Papers Summer 2020 edition.

Harry went full bold and beautiful for his cover of the 8th issue of the Beauty Papers Summer 2020 edition. From dark smokey makeup to fishnet tights and heels, he wore it all with grace.

  1. Vogue 2020 cover
Harry Styles for Vogue 2020

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Styles’ cover for Vogue 2020 became a topic of controversy minutes after its release. Him, being dressed in flowy gowns on the cover page was acclaimed as well as ridiculed. While the first half appreciated him for using this global platform for a noble cause, the other half criticized him for not having been ‘manly’ enough. Nonetheless, the cover served its purpose as it drew the attention of the world towards acceptance.

  1. Pearls, Purses, Polish and everything Pretty

For over 4 years now, Harry has been constantly sporting nail polish, purses, handbags, makeup, blouses, pearls, jewels and so many more elements that come under gender-bending fashion.

In an interview for ‘The Face’ in 2019, he said, “What’s feminine and what’s masculine, what men are wearing and what women are wearing – it’s like there are no lines anymore,”.

Styles sporting nail paint

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Talking about his inspiration for clothing he said, “I didn’t grow up in a man’s world. I grew up with my mother and sister. But in the last two years, I think I’ve become more satisfied with what I am …. Being vulnerable and allowing myself to be a woman is very masculine. I think, and I make it very comfortable.”, in an interview with actor Timothee Chalamet for iD magazine.

For this generation and forward, Mr Styles, irrespective of having been admirable or provocative, has drawn the attention of the world towards the much-needed topic of gender fluidity and acceptance of all genders in our society.

Krithika P V

By Krithika P V

A journalist in the making who aims at fair, unbiased and ethical journalism

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