Have you ever been on your morning commute or just walking down the street with your headphones on and suddenly felt the urge to hear a song? But let’s say that you’re terrified that the people around you will see it on your phone screen. Add to that the fact that the album art or artist is pretty famous. People will recognize it in a second. But you’re afraid that you’ll be judged for listening to something that’s deemed mainstream or uncool. Some call it a guilty pleasure. But, in truth, why should something that gives us pleasure, makes us dance or smile, result in us feeling guilty?
Well, Harry Styles has been my guilty pleasure for a while. But let me explain. I’m not a big fan of the music on the radio. The last time I heard a boyband per se I was in my early teens. But, even before I actually heard a One Direction song, and that was the year before they broke up, I thought Harry was pretty cool. I mean, he didn’t dress like the guys in pop bands from the late nineties and early two thousand’s. He was goofy and self deprecating while also wearing some awesome shoes he wasn’t apologizing for. To this day I see him as my favorite fashion celebrity. Why? Because he was so unafraid of trying different looks and trends. You don’t have to be a dude to look up to him for outfit inspiration. In fact, Harry Styles can give all of us some tips for venturing out of the rut of wearing the same five things from our closet day in and day out.
Play with prints
I love a good print fabric but I’m constantly fighting the voice in the back of my head telling me that it all needs to match. Well, I’ve learned to talk back to that voice. Because who says what matches and what doesn’t? If I have two separate prints that look great together, I’m wearing it. If my accessories are as loud as my ensemble, then everyone else better be wearing sunglasses.
Go for the bold shoes
Here’s another confession. I used to cringe when I saw someone wearing leopard print on the street. Not because I thought an actual leopard or cheetah had been harmed, but because it looked like those awful gaudy women from the eighties movies I’d watched. Then, one day, I bought a sweater with it. Then a pair of ankle boots, and so forth. I let go of what television and VHS taught me and started to go for the things that spoke to me. I’ve seen Harry wear leopard print in a million ways. I’ve also seen his shiny metallic or glittery shoes, and they’re always the cherry on top.
Travel like a celebrity
Just because you’re flying coach doesn’t mean you can’t feel fabulous. Comfort is important. Try to layer up so you don’t get cold when the A/C is blasting. Always check the weather before leaving. Because there’s nothing worse then getting your brand new kicks or coat soaked in the rain. Okay there is. Slipping on ice on the curb while waiting for a cab.
Find your happy coat
Most of us dread outerwear, not because we don’t like coats and winter accessories, but because it’s such a hassle to find something that will lift your spirits while also keeping you warm. There’s nothing worse than coming up with a great outfit, only to spend the entire evening wearing your peacoat on top. The solution? Find a jacket or coat that can become your statement piece. Even one without embroidery or flashy colors, but with a flattering silhouette, can be your best bet.
Buy across the aisle
I think this is the main message or teaching. Just because it’s in the men’s section, doesn’t mean only men can shop there. Harry wears a lot of Haute Couture, almost straight from the runway, so it’s hard to know from which section each item came. But I think it’s important to be confident in your own fashion instincts. I’ve found awesome sweaters and kooky socks in the guy’s section. But I’ve been even luckier in the children’s section, girls and boys, where I’ve acquired purses, shirts, and even sneakers. Clothes don’t have a gender. They’re made out of fabric and thread. Don’t buy into this outdated idea that you’re supposed to stay in one section. Go on a treasure hunt.
As you can see Harry Styles is my fashion guru. Seeing him step out in amazing outfits makes me want to branch out and create my own trends. He might be famous for his music and personality, but it’s his own style that makes him one of my favorite famous people to watch.
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