Qwear describes itself as a style website for people who transcend social norms through fashion performance and gender expression, and this week they’ve put the spotlight on One Direction’s Harry Styles.
In their article, Qwear discusses the masculine stereotypes in menswear, like strong prints, structured design, and uniformity. Masculinity and menswear, they claim, have become synonymous with each other. Except when it comes to Harry.
They point out the music video for One Direction’s newest single ‘Perfect,’ where Harry unabashedly trades in traditional menswear for women’s shirts, like his collection of silk blouses from Marc Jacobs, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton.
Having won the British Style Award at the 2013 British Fashion Awards, Harry is no stranger to the world of fashion. On the global pedestal of One Direction, he knows that what he wears gets noticed, and he continues to blur gender lines by mixing women’s and men’s clothing. “Harry Styles has become the picture of unapologetic self-confidence and expression, one of few to take advantage of their freedom and stretch their legs,” Qwear says. We couldn’t agree more.
Aside from blouses, Harry also wears other things traditionally associated with femininity, like multiple rings, occasional nail varnish, and metallic heeled boots. Heavily inspired by Mick Jagger, it’s clear that the rules of what clothes are for “men” and what clothes are for “women” aren’t something that bothers Harry. He wears what he likes, and reminds us all that what’s fashionable doesn’t fit in neat little boxes (well, unless you fold it properly).