By Amanda Dronzek
“I find myself looking at women’s clothes, thinking they’re amazing.” – Harry Styles. The 26 year old pop sensation has gone from breaking records in the music industry to defying gender norms in clothes. In today’s society, freedom of expression has been noticed more and more. Men wearing skirts, women sporting suits. Styles has taken fashion to the next level, being the first solo male artist to be on the cover of Vogue magazine. Not only has Harry been an influential figure in the fashion industry, but he’s also single handedly inspired thousands of people to be comfortable in their own skin. Styles has shown the world that being yourself is the most gratifying and important part of being human. What’s the harm in expressing yourself through clothing?
There is no harm. Society has progressed over the years but not necessarily in the ways people would like. People are still shunned and looked down upon based on how they represent themselves. It’s crazy, the fact that someone like Harry Styles wearing a dress is so detrimental to the way America functions. Facing backlash is nothing new to him, being a part of the music industry. Although, comments on his fashion and self expression take things to the next level. Who’s to say a man wearing a dress isn’t manly? Isn’t being flexible in your own skin manly? Being able to feel comfortable in all kinds of clothes? In the words of Harry, ““There’s so much joy to be had in playing with clothes. I’ve never thought too much about what it means—it just becomes this extended part of creating something.”
As a young, successful superstar, Styles has never let people’s opinions get in his way. Due to his charming personality and loving attributes, he’s become the inspiration kids have needed for so many years. His journey to ending toxic masculinity and creating a safe space for men to express themselves has given him even more reason to be respected as a person. In March of 2020, Harry was covered in Beauty Papers Magazine, covered in makeup and fishnet stockings. Was it out of the box? Of course, but that’s what society needs. They need more people like Harry, David Bowie, Prince, Freddie Mercury, to step out of their comfort zone and show people that clothes and makeup don’t have to define who you are.
Considering how little Styles’s fashion choices affect the rest of the world, it’s heartbreaking to see him face such backwash from other well known figures in politics. Fortunately, due to his incredible impact, Harry has had fans come to his rescue and defend him. As much as people like to think he does what he does for attention, Styles has repeatedly said he just likes to be creative and convey his creativeness with what he wears. From dressing up with his older sister, Gemma, from a young age, Styles has blossomed into a fashion and music icon in just the 10 years he’s been in the industry. For those who dislike it, great. You can say whatever you choose, but at the end of the day, Harry Styles does what he does for himself. His whole motto in life is to treat people with kindness, and show people unconditional support with whatever they do. No matter your opinion, Styles has proven that self expression can significantly boost your confidence and shine a little light on the world we’re currently residing in. Considering the conditions of our world right now, we need a little sprinkle of individuality and uniqueness.
*All photo credits belong to Vogue Magazine. The Spectrum does not own any of these photos