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How Harry Styles Became 2020’s Biggest Style Icon

Harry Styles is the most influential male style icon of 2020, @jacobwgallagher writes

12/1/2020 7:00:00 AM

Harry Styles is the most influential male style icon of 2020, jacobwgallagher writes

A recent Vogue photoshoot showing the singer in a full-length frock nearly broke the internet—underscoring the almost unprecedented influence he has over young men’s fashion decisions.

HARRY STYLESwore a dress. You may well know that already even if you don’t follow fashion or music closely. Photos of the British singer in the custom Gucci frock—e—swarmed the internet a few weeks ago, sending his brigade of fans into a tizzy. Scads of tweets and online articles recycled the images. And while most of the coverage lauded Mr. Styles for his beguiling, gender-bending outfit, some conservative pundits predictably wrung their hands, interpreting the hubbub as a death knell for the so-called “manly man.” The cover itself was a landmark: Mr. Styles is the first man to grace the cover of Vogue solo. Think of the instantly collectible issue as a coronation of sorts, confirming that the 26-year-old singer is now officially style-royalty.

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Mr. Styles, who rose to fame as a member of the boy band One Direction before going solo, has been a fashion provocateur for several years now. A muse to Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele, he consistently wears the label’s rather unisex wares such as tapestry print trousers, lithe loafers and pussy-bow blouses. (Representatives for the artist did not respond to a request for comment for this story and, through a representative, his stylist Harry Lambert declined to comment.)

On Instagram, feverish fan accounts like@Hsfashionarchive(which has over 100,000 followers) vie to identify whatever Mr. Styles is photographed wearing, from whimsically wide floral pants by British designer Steven Stokey Daley to a candy-colored necklace by New York jewelers Eliou. This year Mr. Styles topped the “Power Dressers” list on headtopics.com

Lyst, a fashion-focused search platform, reflecting the strong correlation between his clothing choices and what online shoppers seek. Camilla Clarkson, communications director at Lyst, noted that Mr. Styles’s “non-binary style” helps drive his popularity, particularly with a younger generation that liberally shops across gender lines.

Some older observers, however, regard Mr. Styles’s fashion choices through a “been there, seen that” lens. “It’s kind of like this year’s version of rock-star packaging or something,” said Vincent Boucher, 67, a lecturer at Parsons School of Design in New York. As precursors, Mr. Boucher pointed to Kurt Cobain, Mick Jagger and David Bowie, all of whom donned dresses decades ago, nimbly crossing gender lines. (I’d add to that list the lesser-known, openly gay disco singer Sylvester, who frequently vacillated between men’s and women’s clothing—see the video for his 1978 number-one hit, “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real).”)

Mr. Styles’s Vogue cover elicited little more than “a shrug” from Andrew Groves, 52, a fashion professor at Westminster University in London. As Prof. Groves pointed out, when Bowie wore a dress in the early ‘70s, it was “really provocative because it was outside society’s norms.”

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OfficialWithHES jacobwgallagher Deserves OfficialWithHES jacobwgallagher As he should 👏😍 He sure is jacobwgallagher exactly jacobwgallagher harry can pull off literally anything all you are just jealous that you can’t jacobwgallagher so true jacobwgallagher talk yo shit wall street! jacobwgallagher EXACTLY

jacobwgallagher G_d helps us all.... jacobwgallagher Never heard of him. jacobwgallagher Not jacobwgallagher Glad you said male there. He's certainly not a man dressed like that! jacobwgallagher Wrong jacobwgallagher Yeah cos all the blokes are going around in dresses ... not .. get real! jacobwgallagher ahh .skin head evergreen.

jacobwgallagher Not much of a standard. jacobwgallagher How lame to be best of anything in 2020. jacobwgallagher Who? jacobwgallagher Headlines : racist news publication picks white guy as most influential. Canceling all black people..... shame on you Black Lives Matter jacobwgallagher Do the brits still call cigarettes “fags”? Asking for a friend.

jacobwgallagher Literally nobody gives a f jacobwgallagher We're all indoors in t-shirts and sweats. Who the hell cares about fashion in the Covid age. jacobwgallagher Fools and their money are soon parted. jacobwgallagher What a joke. Bowie and boy George were the true pioneers. Not this woke child.

jacobwgallagher jacobwgallagher Nope. Don’t think so... jacobwgallagher I don't even know who he is but I have no interest in looking like that. jacobwgallagher Of course he's just a clown paid to act. 99% of men think his 'style' is retarded. An example of manipulation and social engineering by the media with no connection with reality. To hell with their pathetic agenda.

jacobwgallagher I'm glad that I'm not influenced by him. Wtf is even that dress🤔 jacobwgallagher In a year when we’re all home in sweatpants trying to keep life normal for our families, I’d say who gives crap. People who wear masks are the real style icons. A rich guy who gets free clothes is not. jacobwgallagher Strange, i never saw a man dress like that in real life.

jacobwgallagher No, he’s not. A man in a dress is not something a style icon does jacobwgallagher He is muppet with his dick tucked between his legs ... bourbon make about this pussy jacobwgallagher He looks SAD and defeated. That's what selling your soul to the demonic media does to you. jacobwgallagher He said he’s Gen.der -flu.id

jacobwgallagher Isn't he also gay? jacobwgallagher Who? jacobwgallagher Oh 💯- I bought that same shirt today! 🙄 jacobwgallagher I remember when the Wall Street Journal was a newspaper. jacobwgallagher Who? Cares? jacobwgallagher If you actually asked any real male they would disagree jacobwgallagher

jacobwgallagher jacobwgallagher I'll take complete BS for 500, Alex. jacobwgallagher Uh since when? jacobwgallagher Dresses for men it is then, and I don't mean kilts ✌️🐸 jacobwgallagher 🤔 jacobwgallagher What does that even mean? jacobwgallagher I enjoy fashion & feel Timothee Chalamet chooses more visually appealing, unique ensembles and wears them with panache. Harry is also a fashion risk-taker but his clothes are not visually appealing and sometimes they're a hot mess.

jacobwgallagher most influential male style? 99.9% of men would never wear anything remotely what he wears...its gay as........hes just trying to stay relevant in a career that wont last long. What better way to do it than through 'shock & awe'. jacobwgallagher So disgusting... not only his dress, but the media's 'the empire's new clothes' lies

jacobwgallagher Wearing dresses make you influential? Please jacobwgallagher What man would take any style advice from this freak. jacobwgallagher Hahahahaha hahahahaha gtfo he’s a wanker jacobwgallagher Mainly in real men beards! jacobwgallagher If this was true we would all be dressed like my grandma

jacobwgallagher A perfect sign of the depravity of man. jacobwgallagher Nope jacobwgallagher jacobwgallagher Dude should change his name to Harry no Styles. jacobwgallagher If a woman wore the exact some thing she would be ignored. Sexist! jacobwgallagher Who is Harry Styles? jacobwgallagher Who’s this?

jacobwgallagher Depends on what you consider male style. His style doesn’t influence any males I know. jacobwgallagher Cant make this up.. Smh , i probably can come up with 100 more influential male style icons and this guy wont be on the list. jacobwgallagher That's hilarious LOL jacobwgallagher What style?

jacobwgallagher jacobwgallagher jacobwgallagher jacobwgallagher Rat kids luv the ultimate rat kid. jacobwgallagher jacobwgallagher 🤮🤮🤮 jacobwgallagher As per me, Harry has been as influential as Benny Hill was in the 70’s. jacobwgallagher Another puff piece by WSJ. How disappointing. jacobwgallagher

'Male' jacobwgallagher No jacobwgallagher Nope jacobwgallagher Dilate jacobwgallagher Whatever, WSJ. jacobwgallagher Lol style icon jacobwgallagher And they say it’s not a social construct. You’re telling me someone forcing him to look like a total cunt by force every morning when he gets up and forces him to look like that?

jacobwgallagher Fake news. jacobwgallagher Lost interest in him after the Is pearls and Vogue issue. jacobwgallagher I've never seen this girl before what movies is she in? jacobwgallagher Thought that was the girl from Game of Thrones jacobwgallagher Very strange jacobwgallagher Pfff.. Romans were fighting to the death in mini skirts. Let us know when he can top that

jacobwgallagher Not at all....this is not a dude. jacobwgallagher Bro no one is wearing this crap jacobwgallagher He's not. 70% of Americans couldn't pick Harry out of a lineup with any five b-list actors or musicians. He's a media contrivance, like ALL of our 'entertainers'. jacobwgallagher 😂 jacobwgallagher WSJ, does really anyone really the f care? Report of a Vogue style shoot is fine- in Vogue Magazine.

jacobwgallagher So lame. jacobwgallagher To all the handsome guys. jacobwgallagher Seriously, who dis? jacobwgallagher jacobwgallagher All I see are nostrils 🤷🏻 jacobwgallagher Kurt Cobain wore it better. jacobwgallagher i dont know who this is but she looks soft. jacobwgallagher Meh. jacobwgallagher anti-Marxismlist! On my opinion, the human society is running on these: 1 technology define theoretical economic aggregate 2 labour define gross economy 3 finance system define distribution of wealth from gross economy

jacobwgallagher Actually, I think Mel Gibson may have been ahead of his time. He was certainly ahead of mine. I like his style. jacobwgallagher You spelled female wrong. jacobwgallagher Only in Poofdom.... jacobwgallagher Trump tried to reverse up as down, an you clowns are trying to make men women.

jacobwgallagher Ugly jacobwgallagher Hahaha it's not true Its style is awkward jacobwgallagher False jacobwgallagher Because he wore a dress right? That’s what makes him the most influential? What was the payday to don the gown? Everyone older than 18 sees through this, much like his blouse. jacobwgallagher He’s just copying Prince lol. Just bec you dress flamboyantly and wear an earring, doesn’t make you influential.

jacobwgallagher ? jacobwgallagher Those of us who’s quarantine couture started as flannel sleep pants in March that morphed into gym shorts in the summer and then saw that flannel sleep pants were still the rage in the fall embrace the total ennui of this article. jacobwgallagher Is this 'FUTURE' the youth of today covered in tattoos, piercings & wearing dresses! Fancy bringing him home for Christmas 🎄 InStyle FashionPressJP Nature has the real beauty for fashion, who will bloom in 2021🌿 cblive

jacobwgallagher In whos eyes? jacobwgallagher Wut? No love for LewisCapaldi? Who we have all been dressing like since March? jacobwgallagher Remember folks the WSJ took china money to push their propoganda jacobwgallagher Our society is doomed.... jacobwgallagher Wear that to a job interview or a first date (hetero)... tell me how that goes millenials. lol

jacobwgallagher Puke. jacobwgallagher 🤡🤡 icons as promoted by whomst? Not being phobic... the beta male idolization has run its course. jacobwgallagher Male..?! That’s sexist. PoliticalMalarkey jacobwgallagher He may be asked to play RBG in the biopic of her post life. jacobwgallagher Wut Thanks. Now we have at least a day of MattWalshBlog trending for some stupid tweet followed by two days of benshapiro trending for a stupid defense of Matt's stupid tweet.

jacobwgallagher LOL. Good one WSJ jacobwgallagher Gay jacobwgallagher Why? jacobwgallagher jacobwgallagher pearl earrings and a crappy dress.... it's been done before by better artists. Gender bending is old news. let's move on to something more interesting. Let's try talent for once. jacobwgallagher

jacobwgallagher Pardon me while I 🤢🤮 jacobwgallagher 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 jacobwgallagher Why is wsj assuming Harry’s gender tho? jacobwgallagher Lol jacobwgallagher Interesting how the fashion industry is controlled by homosexual males who the push this androgyny and feminine-masculinity on the world...why is that? Whats the obsession with males dressing like/becoming females What happened to masculine alpha males?

jacobwgallagher In who's opinion? Get real! jacobwgallagher The dude is a cross-dresser. 😂 Trust me, the people he is influencing are like 0.00005% of the world population. jacobwgallagher 🤡 jacobwgallagher His sister called... she wants her lingerie blouse back. jacobwgallagher don’t let Kanye west read this.

jacobwgallagher Lol!! jacobwgallagher I don't see too many guys going for that look so I'm not sure jacobwgallagher BS. Harry won’t influence any men to wear dresses. jacobwgallagher I was the biggest male style icon of 1998. jacobwgallagher Give me a break.