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Fashion Inspiration: One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful”


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After the overwhelming popularity of our post on fashion inspired by One Direction, we’re bringing you yet another post on fashion inspired by the british boy band.

One Direction‘s first single “What Makes You Beautiful” has been a smash hit across the globe, and the music video, which still remains number one on the iTunes charts, is just as successful. The video, shot on a sunny beach in California, shows the boys frolicking around on the shoreline while belting out the song’s adorable lyrics. It’s the perfect video to get you in the mood for summertime and spending days relaxing in the sand.

Because of its summery aesthetic, “What Makes You Beautiful” is perfect to use as a source for fashion inspiration. Below, I’ve created several looks inspired by the song and its music video. Scroll down to see all the looks!

Oceanside Princess

Outfit inspired by One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful video: Peach shorts, polka dot strapless top, necklace, white sandals, flower earrings
Top, Shorts, Sandals, Necklace, Earrings

Welcome summer’s arrival in style with this cute and simple look! Wear a strapless polka-dotted top in a deep navy hue with a pair of bright coral denim shorts. Add gladiator sandals, a beaded necklace, and flower earrings to complete the ensemble.

High Style, Low Key

Outfit inspired by One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful video: Red high-low dress, brown belt, patterned scarf, white t-strap sandals
Dress, Shoes, Scarf, Belt

For a look that’s trendy but low-key, wear a trendy high-low tank dress in a bold red tone with a pair of lace platform sandals. Keep accessories simple with a woven belt and a printed scarf, perfect for a day spent in the sun!

Tan Lines

Outfit inspired by One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful video: Coral and white striped tank, denim cutoffs, bow wedges, statement necklace
Tank, Shorts, Wedges, Necklace, Earrings

If you have a more relaxed style, try this classic summer look with a twist! Wear a striped tank as tribute to Louis’s obsession with denim shorts. Neutral-colored wedges with bow accents dress the outfit up a bit while still keeping a chill vibe. Put in a set of flower stud earrings and wear a fun feather necklace for added flair.

Brighter Than The Sun

Outfit inspired by One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful video: Orange shorts with buttons, floral crop top, button-down cardigan, espadrille wedges
Top, Cardigan, Shorts, Wedges, Earrings

This look is all about bright colors combined with a carefree feel. Slip on a pair of sailor-inspired matelot shorts in coral with a floral print bustier top. Classic wedge sandals add fashion points to the look, and heart stud earrings give a cute little touch. If you decide to go to a bonfire later in the evening like the boys do, grab a simple cardigan in teal to stay warm!

Simple By The Sea

Outfit inspired by One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful video: Summery romper, cardigan sweater, beige sandals
Romper, Sweater, Sandals

After a long day catching waves and rays, put on a pretty floral-print romper for a comfy but cute aesthetic. Wear with a cream-colored cardigan and a pair of gladiator sandals for a look that’s perfect for relaxing on the porch and listening to the ocean.

What do you think?

Are you a fan of One Direction? Have you seen the music video? Would you wear any of the looks above? Which one is your favorite? Would you like to see more posts like these in the future? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on on April 24, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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35 Responses to “Fashion Inspiration: One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful””

  1. 1
    April 24th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I LOVE one direction! I would totaly wear all of these espicially the first. The last one was a little too pale for me though, its summer so its fun to take a chance and dress colorful! btw more posts like this would be fab! Lookin forward to them xx

  2. 2
    April 24th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I LOVE this post! The outfits totally capture the adorableness of 1D. I would wear any of these outfits, very much my personal style. Thanks for the great post!!

  3. 3
    April 24th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Wow! Great outfits! They all really match the video well. I especially like the last two outfits.

  4. 4
    April 24th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I love One Direction! Harry Styles is my favorite One Directioner! The outfits are so cute. My favorite is the Oceanside Princess look! I need those shorts and the polka dot tube top for this summer!

  5. 5
    April 24th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Love One Direction! All of the outfits are super cute!

  6. 6
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I don’t really care for One Direction, but I absolutely love these outfits!

  7. 7
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Love 1D!!!! Great outfits I really like the last one:)

  8. 8
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I just did a post on One Direction. I guess the craze has even extended to people like me who do not even know pop culture. I love the last romper and outfits 1 and 4. Perfect for summer. Now if only the weather would make up its mind about whether it is even Spring.

  9. 9
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    As a massive One Direction fan, I’m so happy to see you did on another post on them. I particularly like the second and fifth outfits as I’m a lover of both high-low dresses and rompers. Can I suggest you do posts inspired by their other two music videos, as well? Although Gotta Be You definitely has more cold weather looks with the boys wearing blazers and sweaters, perhaps you could make them more spring appropriate? It could also be used as winter to spring transitional inspiration for folks who are still experiencing cold and rainy weather like myself. And for One Thing, maybe you could do some formal looks inspired by the boys as the video sees them romping around all gussied up. Once again, I love this post and look forward to using it as inspiration for when the sun comes out.

  10. 10
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    These are perfectly on-trend and great for all the upcoming summer weather. I was expecting more of the old-fashioned menswear stuff that I’ve seen 1D in on SNL and stuff but these looks are really great too.

  11. 11
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    All of these outfits are sooooo cute!!

  12. 12
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    2nd or 4th are my favorites! (Even though it was really hard to pick a favorite because all of these outfits are amazing, and each one in a different and refreshing way) Great post! Love One Direction and that song!

  13. 13
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    All of these outfits are sooooo cute!!

  14. 14
    April 25th, 2012 at 2:37 am

    not a fan of 1 direction but i do like the idea of the 4th look

  15. 15
    April 25th, 2012 at 9:09 am

    i love this song

  16. 16
    April 25th, 2012 at 11:04 am

    These outfits are so cuuuuuuuuuuuute!!!!
    One Direction looks a bit juvenile though. I’ll stop being mean now.

  17. 17
    April 25th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    oh like i’m a complete and total directioner, and at 22 i’m not ashamed of it haha. i love all these outfits, but i die for that romper! so cute!!

  18. 18
    April 25th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I love the brighter than sun outfit!! It is really cute!

  19. 19
    April 25th, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    yay more 1D!!! love the brighter than sun outfit by far my fave of the bunch, definitely want to get a pair of high waisted shorts like that soon, but all the outfits are really great and beachy and 1D inspired =) – I love their look in WMYB because it’s really casual and relaxed unlike some of their outfits which are more dressy (like in One Thing) or the more preppy posh look (like in Gotta Be You). I love them when they’re just boys in t-shirts, khakis, and runners!

  20. 20
    April 25th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    This is so cute haha.

  21. 21
    April 25th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Of course I love all these outfits because I am in love with One Direction! They are all so amazing!!! I am in such agreement with Ruby, you definitely should do posts like these for the other two videos!!! I love your site as well….I’m obsessed :)

  22. 22
    April 25th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I think I am in love with every outfit in this article!!!

  23. 23
    April 25th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Absolutely love the outfits and One Direction! Would love to see more, especially one for “Gotta Be You”.

  24. 24
    April 26th, 2012 at 2:26 am

    So happy to see another 1D post!!! I absolutely love the outfits, especially the 4th, and the wedges in the 3rd!! Can’t wait for summer!

  25. 25
    April 26th, 2012 at 3:25 am

    All of these outfits are sooooo cute!!

  26. 26
    April 26th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I love this boys I wish they would be my brathers

  27. 27
    April 27th, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Love the first outfit! It is so gorgeous!!!!!

  28. 28
    April 27th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    all of these outfits are adorable! i’m especially loving the top in the first one, so cute!

    you should do an “Inspired By” for Marina & the Diamonds’ music video for “Primadonna” and her Electra Heart era. would definitely love to see some outfits for that :) <3

  29. 29
    May 8th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    LOVE it!!! you should do one with Gotta Be You!

  30. 30
    May 9th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I like one direction & this post is extremely helpful in making some great outfits for this summer (:
    The oceanside princess & tan lines are y favorite outfits.

  31. 31
    August 29th, 2012 at 7:09 am

    one direction rocks!!!!!!

  32. 32
    September 22nd, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I love one directions fashion style

  33. 33
    October 26th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    boys tomorrow saturday in the park ok yes o no pleas yessssssssssssssssssss pleasss yes yesno i don“los amare mas asta encontrar los

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