Since his worldwide debut on The X Factor back in 2010, Harry Styles has become a fashion icon in his own right. His sartorial choices – whether it’s a classic pearl necklace or a viral J.W. Anderson crocheted cardigan – have put the British star is on the style mood boards of fans of all genders. He’s known for being experimental and repping young designers like Harris Reed, Steven Stokey-Daley, and Daniel W. Fletcher.
Fashion is clearly a priority to Harry. He reportedly keeps his archive clothes in a frozen vault with 24-hour security. Earlier this year, it was announced that one of his iconic Gucci suits had earned a place in a museum. In 2019, he co-hosted the prestigious Met Gala alongside Gucci’s Alessandro Michele Anna Wintour, and Lady Gaga. Now, after becoming American Vogue’s very first cover boy, Harry’s style icon status is undeniable.
“You can never be overdressed. There’s no such thing,” Harry proclaimed in his Vogue interview. “The people that I looked up to in music — Prince and David Bowie and Elvis and Freddie Mercury and Elton John —t hey’re such showmen. As a kid, it was completely mind-blowing. Now I’ll put on something that feels really flamboyant, and I don’t feel crazy wearing it. I think if you get something that you feel amazing in, it’s like a superhero outfit. Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with. What’s really exciting is that all of these lines are just kind of crumbling away. When you take away ‘There’s clothes for men and there’s clothes for women,’ once you remove any barriers, obviously you open up the arena in which you can play. I’ll go in shops sometimes, and I just find myself looking at the women’s clothes thinking they’re amazing. It’s like anything—anytime you’re putting barriers up in your own life, you’re just limiting yourself. There’s so much joy to be had in playing with clothes. I’ve never really thought too much about what it means — it just becomes this extended part of creating something.”