While fashionable pop stars have become as familiar as angry airline passengers tweeting complaints about delayed flights, the genre’s fashion sense is currently experiencing a shining moment that’s hard to ignore -- and that’s not just because artists endlessly post pictures of themselves on social media. Put all your clothes in a big pile and light a match. The the most stylish guys in pop are here to show you how to really dress.
No one who has said the words “That colorful glittery suit looks good on you” has ever meant it. The entire concept is one that should never exist. That is, unless, you’re a certain former member of a U.K. boy band who’s experiencing solo success by making believe '70s singer-songwriter tunes are all the rage. Whether we're talkin' shiny baby blue, glorious red or understated maroon, Harry Styles is the one single exception to the rule. In fact, suits with pizzazz are really are the singer wears, as he should. As an effusive Simon Cowell would praise: “Good on ya.” (I mean the guy’s name is Harry Styles, for chrissakes.)
The aesthetic of singer-songwriter BØRNS is simply undefinable, which is what makes it so damn awesome. Proving he’s only dressing to the beat of his own drum (that’s a saying, right?), BORNS can do it all -- whether that's a tank top tucked into plaid pants or a crisp jean jacket as seen in his recent campaign for Calvin Klein. You do you, BØRNS. You do you.
Okay, so Justin Timberlake’s latest album Man of the Woods may have disappointed just a bit. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t get a great new era of Timber-fashions as a result! Case in point: plaid, plaid and more plaid. Straddling the line between mountain man and multi-millionaire hipster (he’s definitely the latter), JT’s team has been sleeping if he didn’t land an endorsement deal with LL Bean by now.
After establishing Harry Styles on this list, it’s now Zayn’s turn. If Harry is all about imitating Mick Jagger, it seems like Zayn tries to imitate... well, nobody. With a style all his own, Zayn’s no stranger to both leather jackets and floral prints alike. It’s an effortless look that probably actually takes a lot of effort. The good news for Zayn? If he doesn’t wanna put on a shirt, he can always wear his tattoos.
At the recent Met Gala and its theme of the Catholic Imagination, most of the attendees took their outfits to the absolute extreme. But not Shawn Mendes. Instead of dressing like a monk or wearing a crucifix on his head, Shawn opted for a nice, slick maroon suit. For Mendes, that choice fit in nicely with the rest of his wardrobe, whether his sensible sweaters or crisp white tees. Sure, sometimes our boy Shawn will go wild and don a pair of plaid pants, but hey: the kid’s 19. Let him explore his youth.
Speaking of Shawn, his duet partner in “Youth,” Khalid, also keeps it simple when it comes to his expressions of fashion. A fan of track suits and jerseys, the “Location” crooner has an odd talent for wearing otherwise boring outfits and making them look so damn stylish. Case in point: when you wear a beige t-shirt with blue jeans, you look like your grandpa on a Sunday. But when Khalid does it? He earns a spot on this list of music’s most dapper.
Jayyyyson-Derulllo! When the pop superstar chooses to, um, actually wear a shirt, Derulo walks a very fine line between the simple and stand-out. Case in point: along with an obvious penchant for black tanks (which pop up all over his Instagram) or slick suits (another recurring part of his go-to wardrobe), Derulo branches out with the occasional statement piece, like this flowing blue scarf. Sure, sometimes Derulo's clothing choices resemble a nurse's outfit, but at least the singer tries to push the fashion envelope. After all, there's nobody who pulls of a crisp pair of white pants like him.
Are you a fan of '90s-era boyband threads? Well, you’re in luck. Along with releasing earworm tunes that are physically impossible to get out of your head unless undergoing a lobotomy, the guys that make up PRETTYMUCH are just like the Backstreet Boys (if the Backstreet Boys were born in the early 00s, that is). Baggy pants? Check. Short sleeve patterned shirts with graphic t-shirts underneath? Check. Some of them even wear their own merch! Surf the Internet on a dial up connection and trade some Pogs because the '90s are back, baby!