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The Styles Files: Harry Styles' transition into the fashion industry

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Regardless of whether it's a classic pearl necklace, Chelsea boot, a green boa on the Grammy stage, wearing a gown on the cover of Vogue Magazine, or head-to-toe Gucci at the Met Gala, fashion has become a priority for Harry Styles. An eye for fashion is something Styles has always had, and knowing how to carry clothing was just a bonus. Becoming a full-fledged fashion icon didn't come overnight but gradually in his own right. Styles has had his fair share of questionable looks, but his transition into the fashion industry is something to admire.

In company with his music, Harry Styles' sense of fashion has flourished over the years with every look outshining the one before. If you've seen his questionable looks on The X Factor stage in 2010, you know that he has been through significant growth in finding his individuality. We were first introduced to Styles when he was just a 16-year-old serenading us with "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder. He presented himself with a more relaxed look wearing a white T-shirt, grey cardigan, black jeans and accessorizing with a wrap-around scarf. Success on the popular show led to the most prominent years in millions of teenagers' lives, a time when "One Direction" was still alive. Every member had a look that represented them individually, even if they were coordinating colors on the carpet. Out of the fivesome, Harry has always distinguished himself through his experimental clothing choices. He took fashion risks that led him to present his inner essence, guiding many eyes to be locked in his direction. Just before the hiatus of the beloved group, he had a mastery of showing up in suits with striking colors and groovy patterns. When the group traveled their separate ways, Styles got even more daring with his looks.

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A new era approached us with the release of his self-titled album, "Harry Styles." The spring of his new music left many amazed with the soft-rock vibe added to the album. His distinctive, unique sound brought mystery in finding out who the rockstar was as a solo artist. The significant transformation left many eager to see how he would tailor himself on his first world tour. Styles blessed our eyes parading on stage each night with eccentric suits accompanied by complex detail. The intricate beading and craft must've taken days on end to be finalized. Only a substantial amount of people can pull these looks off the way Styles carries them. With many inspired by his gender-breaking choices in fashion, fans were moved to dress like Harry for their "Live on Tour" date.

With time, Harry Styles has become a known name in the fashion industry. Breaking all barriers between men's and women's clothing led him to experiment in all types of dress.

"Clothes are there to have fun with, experiment with and play with. When you take away 'There's clothes for men, and there's clothes for women,' once you remove any barriers; obviously you open the arena in which you can play," Harry stated in an interview with Vogue Magazine.

Having a creative mind in fashion and being confident has led him to be a co-host at the Met Gala alongside Anna Wintour, Lady Gaga, Serena Williams and Gucci's Alessandro Michele. Jaws were dragging on the floor as the co-host strutted the red carpet in head-to-toe Gucci that incorporated a black see-through blouse, black high-waisted trousers, high-heeled boots and a single pearl earring. Not many can say they lost their Met Gala virginity and became a co-host in the same night.

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A year later, Styles broke the internet in becoming the first man to appear solo on the cover of Vogue Magazine while wearing a light blue lace Gucci gown. Emphasizing gender-fluid clothing strikes controversy, as conservative author Candace Owens uses the phrase "bring back manly men" in response to the cover. Many came to Styles defense and clapped back at Owens for how out of line she was, as clothing has no gender. The gender norms society created a long time ago blatantly don't work anymore. Harry Styles has become known for his gender-defying fashion choices, which has led to people describing him as "the image of a new era."


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