In the last few years, Harry Styles has bid farewell to his cute, clean, cookie cutter boy band aesthetic. Nowadays, the singer is far more inclined to rock flares and heels than his former white tee and skinny jean ensemble. He’s even taking his style cues from the late great Princess Diana.
Styles was photographed in NYC this week wearing a striped shirt and slacks, patent pink boots and a sweater vest covered in fuzzy sheep. Harry Styles jumper is iconic for a variety of reasons – firstly, JUST LOOK AT IT, and secondly, it’s a lovely nod to red sheep sweater Lady Di wore in the ‘80s.
Princess Diana was arguably the greatest style icon of the 20th century. She was chic, classy and over the course of her time in the limelight, she boldly broke royal dress codes on many of her fashion choices.
Considering this – and his penchant for gender fluid fashion – it’s no surprise Harry Styles jumper is taking a leaf out of Lady Di’s book (or wardrobe, to be specific).
It does, however, beg one big question: what would the Queen think of Styles jumper?
According to Good Housekeeping, Princess Diana had broken royal protocol a few times by the 1990s which put a strain on her relationship with The Queen, but it was Andrew Morton’s 1992 book Diana: Her True Story that really ruffled feathers.
After Diana was tragically killed in a car accident in 1997, her participation in the book became public knowledge and The Queen was allegedly “stunned,” that her daughter-in-law would air her “dirty linen in such a way.”
On closer inspection of Princess Diana’s sweater, amongst the white sheep there is one black sheep – if that’s not a reference to her feelings at the time, I don’t know what is. Shoutout to Harry Styles for celebrating Princess Diana like the beautiful, graceful trailblazer she was.