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Fashion Inspiration: One Direction


One Direction
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Boy bands are back, and this time around, they hail from across the pond. Formed by Simon Cowell for the 2010 season of the UK X Factor, One Direction consists of five guys: Niall, Louis, Zayn, Liam, and Harry. The guys entered the competition as solo acts and left as a group, coming in third on the show.

The British and Irish boys are making girls all over the globe swoon, and they’ve got talent to back it up! You might have heard their catchy single “What Makes You Beautiful” on the radio, or maybe even seen the song’s music video, which is currently number one in the U.S. iTunes store. Their first album Up All Night debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard chart, setting a new record for any British band. After a short tour co-headlining with Big Time Rush, the boys are scheduled to perform this summer in a full tour across America.

In true boy band fashion, these five guys always dress to impress – each member has his own flair and unique fashion sense. Because of their individual styles, the guys of One Direction are a perfect source of fashion inspiration. Below, I’ve created a series of female-wearable outfits inspired by each of the boys. Scroll down to view them all!

Harry Styles

Harry Styles from One Direction
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Tee, Blazer, Jeans, Sneakers, Bow Clips

Harry’s got style! This curly-haired cutie knows how to carve out a signature look. Known for his blazer and bow tie combos, he’s definitely super preppy but his trademark messy hair gives him an edge.

Steal his classic aesthetic by wearing a plain white tee under a navy blazer. Put on a pair of skinny jeans and white Converse sneakers for a simple but stylish look. To tie off the ensemble, wear bow clips in your hair to pay tribute to his signature bow ties.

Niall Horan

Niall Horan from One Direction
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Polo, Cardigan, Shorts, Sneakers, Ring

Niall is like the Irish Justin Bieber: he plays the guitar, is always laughing, and not to mention, is super adorable! Niall’s style is a little more relaxed than those of his band mates, consisting mostly of polos or zip-up hoodies and jeans or khakis.

Snag Niall’s chill vibe with a red polo worn under a white cardigan, with a pair of khaki shorts. Slip on a pair of black sneakers and wear a four-leaf clover ring as a wink to Niall’s Irish background!

Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik from One Direction
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Tee, Jacket, Shorts, Shoes

Zayn is the mysterious bad-boy of the group with a more sporty style. True to his love of athletics, he’s always wearing old-school varsity jackets, especially on stage.

To channel Zayn’s look in a feminine way, wear a brightly colored tee under a varsity-style jacket with a pair of denim shorts. Trendy high-heeled sneaker weges add a bit of flair to this sporty outfit!

Louis Tomlinson

Louis Tomlinson from One Direction
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Top, Capris, TOMs, Belt

Just because Louis is the oldest doesn’t mean he’s the most mature: He’s actually a bit of a prankster. Although he’s pretty well known for his random silly outbursts on stage, he’s also known to dress as if he were on a boat…at all times. That’s right. It’s nautical to a whole new level with Lou, which calls for stripes, stripes, and more stripes!

Catch Louis’s sailor drift in a horizontal striped boatneck tee with a pair of bright red capris and a wide woven belt. Not surprisingly, Tomlinson also loves wearing TOMs, so grab a pair to complete the look!

Liam Payne

Liam Payne from One Direction
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Shirt, Skirt, Flats, Headband

Liam doesn’t get the nickname “Daddy Direction” for nothing! He’s apparently the most responsible one of the group, but he’s also very sweet and innocent.

Though he’s pictured in a vest (one of his signatures), Liam tends to wear lots of plaid button-up shirts as a part of his individual style. Dress his look up a bit with a plaid shirt tucked into a light denim skirt. Add a pair of neutral-colored flats and a simple headband to finish off the outfit.

What do you think?

Are you a fan of One Direction and their music? Are you going to catch them on tour this year? Would you wear any of the looks above? Which one is your favorite? Would you like to see more One Direction-inspired outfits in future posts? Let me know in the comments!

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86 Responses to “Fashion Inspiration: One Direction”

  1. 1
    April 17th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I’m nuts about one direction!

  2. 2
    April 17th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    This article made my entire day. Love the varsity jacket!

  3. 3
    April 17th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    You have no idea how long I have been waiting for this post. Thank you. :)

  4. 4
    April 17th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I like some of them songs like One thing. My sister, who is in high school, loves them, and I like some songs, and their style. That makes me feel so weird and old cause my favourite boy bands are so gone… And I call them sweater-boys cause someone is always wearing sweater.

    Does Harry looks like puppy to anyone else? :D

  5. 5
    April 17th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    And I love Harry’s outfit and last one…

  6. 6
    April 17th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    This is so spot on. I love their styles!

  7. 7
    April 17th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I honestly do not like One Direction at all. They’re way too manufactured and bubble gum pop for my taste, more than the Jonas Brothers.

    I do like the outfits that the author put together though. I like them A LOT. In fact, I’m totally going to recreate those looks! :)

  8. 8
    April 17th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Okay as much as I hate to admit it One direction “Stole my Heart” :) I’m so happy about this because they are so stylish.

  9. 9
    April 17th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    my love for them knows no bounds. love this post!!

  10. 10
    April 17th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    My heart skipped a beat when I saw this. The guys always look great and this post totally nailed their style!

  11. 11
    April 17th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Not my favorite outfits– I think it’s all the tennis shoes. I usually really like the “Inspired by” posts, but I think I’m just too old to appreciate this generation’s boy band(s)…

  12. 12
    April 17th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Kpop next. I nominate 2ne1

  13. 13
    April 17th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    In seeing then this year and next! I love these outfits, fits them in a girl form, perfectly! I’ll defelitly be wearing one!

  14. 14
    April 17th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    So glad this got posted!!! If you were to do more posts about them, I wouldn’t mind.

  15. 15
    April 17th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Looooove this post!!! Shelby you got the boys styles down perfectly! I love how they each have their own distinct individual looks, it’s easy to follow their style! :) but they are all young and fun and carefree which I love! I love love love their style!!!

    I love all their styles but I think Zayn’s is the most like my own and I love those black shorts!

  16. 16
    April 17th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I’m not a One Direction fan, they’re too teen boyband for me, like the Jonas brothers. But I love the preppy style and you did really a good job of putting together outfits :D

  17. 17
    April 17th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Shelby, you really got the boy’s style right! I love them so much and have been waiting for this post forever. This is really amazing.

  18. 18
    April 17th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I’m too much of a 90’s kid to open up to new boybands haha. However, I sent this to my sister who is in LOVE with these kids.

  19. 19
    April 17th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    This is actually quite strange because I was just listening to them and I though “Wouldn’t it be amazing if College Fashion did a post on them?” clicked over to your site (I check it everyday, I’m obsessed) and BOOM! There it is…I love them all and I’m so glad you did a post!

  20. 20
    April 17th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    This made my day :)….Love these guys

  21. 21
    April 17th, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I have been waiting for this post! haha love it and them!!!

  22. 22
    April 17th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    omg i LOVE one direction! Thanks sooo much for the post!:D

  23. 23
    April 17th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Love the outfits too cute! Please do KPop next? I nominate SNSD :D agree with the person above with her 2ne1 comment too ^

  24. 24
    April 17th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    I am beyond happy about this post! I was literally just listening to them and checking out random posts and I’m an avid follower of CF so when I saw this it seriously made me uber happy :)

  25. 25
    April 17th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Love One Direction! I like how you got each of their styles down. Great post! :)

  26. 26
    April 17th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I’m so glad you made a inspired post by One Direction! Perfect, as always!

  27. 27
    April 18th, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Well they have some silly hairstyles, don’t they? Not into the kids, but these outfits are nice and simple.

  28. 28
    April 18th, 2012 at 12:31 am

    YAYYYYYY you finally made it!!!
    I love 1D, (‘: this made my day!

  29. 29
    April 18th, 2012 at 1:28 am

    i find it funny ppl think they are fake or manufactured.. lol, watch them in interviews- nothing like that.
    they actually are just normal lads

  30. 30
    April 18th, 2012 at 1:35 am

    yes, finally! I submitted this request a while ago and I’m so glad to see it here! not only are they truly talented, but they really do have good style.

  31. 31
    April 18th, 2012 at 2:53 am

    You should have seen my freaky smile on my face when I saw this post! I love their styles and the outfits you chose! :D

  32. 32
    April 18th, 2012 at 3:41 am

    I don’t really like One Direction or their songs, but I can’t argue about the fact that they’re definitely good looking. :P

    And you did a great job on the outfits. Zayn’s and Harry’s are awesome! :) ‘ll try and emulate them. :D

  33. 33
    April 18th, 2012 at 4:49 am

    Not a One Direction fan, but I loved how the looks were presented. I want to try out the clothes inspired by Niall, Louis and Liam.

  34. 34
    April 18th, 2012 at 6:47 am

    There’s a lot of hate for One Direction (mainly because they’re ALWAYS trending on Twitter) but I don’t mind them. Their songs are annoyingly catchy…and they do know how to dress!

  35. 35
    April 18th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    The noise I made when I saw this post was definitely not human. I’ve been waiting for this post for so long, I just, I can’t handle it right now.

  36. 36
    April 18th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    love love love love love love LOVE them

  37. 37
    April 18th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Finally! A post on one direction! I am a total directioner! I love Harry’s styles the most, its kinda like me! I am OBSSESSED with blazers. That post was very helpful!

  38. 38
    April 18th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I love this!!! I love One Direction! I love the fashion! And I love love love the outfits! But your Forever 21 links don’t work… please fix them I can’t find the pieces and I need them!

  39. 39
    April 18th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Love the band, love the outfits, and love the descriptions. Great post!

  40. 40
    April 18th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    This is a great post! I work with a group of middle-school girls who are OBSESSED with One Direction! Their songs are a little simplistic and poppy for my taste, but “What Makes You Beautiful” is one of the anthems for our body-image themed afterschool group! The girls fight over who is the cutest haha it’s great. And the outfits in this post are spot-on to the boys’ images!

  41. 41
    April 18th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    This is fantastic haha. I’m completely hooked on them. I thought they were a bit bubblegum for me, but I love their looks, style, and personalities. And their songs are undeniably catchy too! :D I love this post. It was dead on!

  42. 42
    April 19th, 2012 at 5:59 am

    when i first saw “what makes you beautiful” music video i honestly cringed. being a fan of westlife for a long time i felt this boy band was too “younger teen” for me. imagine my surprise when i found out they were a year or two older than me!
    they have grown so much after that single, that i must admit i am a little taken with them!

    the styles were so amazing and spot on!
    im totally going to try out outfits incorporatiog zayn, harry and niall’s style. :)

  43. 43
    April 19th, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I love how you girls at Collegefashion manage to turn the male outfits into female-wearable outfits. I personally find it difficult to do that without looking masculine, but you seem to make it look feminine without effort!

  44. 44
    April 19th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Cute, but a little too young for me I think, though I do like Liam’s look. And this is random, but could the next “inspired by” post be about countries? I know CollegeFashion has done a few on studying abroad before, but I’d like to see some outfits actually inspired by the countries themselves…maybe a whole series!

  45. 45
    April 19th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Love this. SO MUCH. I’m just such a fangirl… And like one of the previous commanders said, could you guys do a Kpop post?

  46. 46
    April 20th, 2012 at 2:10 am

    I LOVE this! My friends and I are kind of borderline obsessed with One Direction, and quite literally bought outfits according to what our favorite member wears. (:
    Thanks for the great post!

  47. 47
    April 21st, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    i absolutly luv these look and 1D there the best band ever and i dont think the fame gets to them like it did to miley cyrus !!! i think there genuin and hot i hope they dont changed and hope they stay for ever not like a one shot deal !! luv you guyzz

  48. 48
    April 22nd, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Loved this article, loved the clothes, but is there any stores in Nova Scotia, Canada, where I could find an outfit similar to the One Direction inspired clothes?

  49. 49
    April 23rd, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I do not understand what makes this band so great. Or so different from all the other boy bands.

  50. 50
    April 23rd, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Sorry,my comment was cut off, it makes me sound mean. I am not a fan of the band, but I love the outfits that you have created.

  51. 51
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks so much for this post! I’m the right age for a fan girl and love them and your website!

  52. 52
    April 25th, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I’m in love with one direction, like you have no idea. You captured their personalities in these outfits perfectly!

  53. 53
    April 25th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING THIS… I love them so much and these are really good outfits!!

  54. 54
    May 8th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Ahh I love this idea!

  55. 55
    May 9th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    hehehe harry makes me giggle

  56. 56
    May 9th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I heart One Direction! Love Liam and Louis’s the best!

  57. 57
    May 21st, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    You guy’s are totally awsome!!!! I love your since of style….Anddd yourrr alll reallyyy cuteee!!!! <3 !!!!

  58. 58
    May 21st, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Also if yall had a personal inbox i would give yall my digits :D!!!!

  59. 59
    May 25th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Wow! i think that i am more of Louis’ style cause he is awesome, the oldest and dresses like i would!
    i would wear probably Liam’s and Niall’s outfits too!
    (not that i still wouldn’t wear Zayn’s or Harry’s!

    <3 u 1 direction! <3 u, Louis!!

  60. 60
    May 25th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    well all of them are so funny and awesome…
    if i saw u guys in person i wouldn’t freak out, ya know just shake ur hands and faint probably… jk i would shake ur hand and smile, then faint…
    : {O

  61. 61
    May 27th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    OMG I love One Direction!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Zayn’s my favorite but I love Niall’s style. xoxo Demmy

  62. 62
    May 27th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I just can’t get into One Direction, mainly because their music isn’t very good and in comparison Kpop bands such as SHINee and Super Junior are much better. :| But these outfits are just adorable! I love the plaid shirt + denim skirt combo.

  63. 63
    June 23rd, 2012 at 2:41 am

    0.0 they make me drool!! this AWESOME trends gave me the idea on how to wear like the guys — but in a feminine way ! (: <3 it's so ONE DER-full <3

  64. 64
    June 24th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I would love to get five people, dress up in outfits like this, and meet the boys! But anyways, I love these outfits – you’re always so great at interpreting different inspiration! :D

  65. 65
    July 1st, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    I am a HUGE Directioner !<3 this post was spot on and totally made my day! every single one of them matched the boys style perfectly and they're all super cute too!:)

  66. 66
    August 4th, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    I looooooooooovvvvvveeeee One Direction!! <3<3<3<3

  67. 67
    August 5th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    it’s cool

  68. 68
    August 28th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    i love Niall James Horan he is awesome and cute!!!:) and the looks are amazing i love them thanks for the looks and styles, out!!

  69. 69
    September 8th, 2012 at 2:32 am

    I love the one direction style. Its just looking awesome. Gr8 post.

  70. 70
    October 19th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    hola masfino yolos ten go en facebook

  71. 71
    October 19th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    mas lindos los amo

  72. 72
    February 27th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    i love all the outfits liams is my favorite

  73. 73
    June 9th, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Howdy, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam remarks?
    If so how do you stop it, any plugin or anything you can recommend?

    I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any support is very much appreciated.

  74. 74
    August 3rd, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    The look like Biber :/

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