This was not a new sentiment. It began with a sudden, irrepressible desire to wear collared shirts under sweaters again, a look I left at my college sorority house. Then came a newfound interest in where my grandmother’s pearls were (in a jewelry box at my mom’s house for the This Teacher earned all of this Summer Break #Survived Pandemic Teaching #Pe Teacher shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this past decade). Not long ago, an argyle sweater vest I didn’t remember buying (at midnight, via Instagram, probably) arrived at my doorstep. When I came to and found myself about to press “Buy Now” on a feather boa shortly after the Grammys, I could no longer deny the plain truth in front of me: it’s not just that I love Harry Styles. I want to dress like him, too.
This Teacher earned all of this Summer Break #Survived Pandemic Teaching #Pe Teacher shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
Parroting Styles’s style has become a form of adulation for his ardent fandom. For Harries, it’s a fine line (sorry) between adoring him and also kind of wanting to be him: daring, playful, nonconforming. I felt it acutely on Grammy night, when Styles wore a leather suit (by Gucci, of course) and nothing underneath. I had a sudden burning desire to resurface my own leather pants, which have largely been retired during COVID-19, and form a backup dancer trio. Styles’s penchant for Vans—namely the This Teacher earned all of this Summer Break #Survived Pandemic Teaching #Pe Teacher shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this weathered, cream-colored pair he wore for his Vogue cover shoot—revived their low-key cool factor in my eyes, making me reach for the sparkly pair hanging out in my hall closet. While I’ve always been a sucker for flared jeans, the Frame pair I seldom wear because they require a heeled boot has become all the more intriguing to me. The all-too-rare male purse influencer, Styles now has me coveting a black Gucci shoulder bag, too.