Fashion Inspiration: One Direction

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One Direction
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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

Update! We did an entire post on Harry Styles outfits in 2021 here. Check that out for the most up to date looks.

Harry Styles from One Direction
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!

51 thoughts on “Fashion Inspiration: One Direction”

  1. 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 😀

  2. 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?

  3. 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!

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  5. 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! 😀

  6. 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&#039s so ONE DER-full <3

  7. 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!


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