Let Niall Horan Introduce You to the Creative Guy’s Suit


This might come as a shock to you, but we get dressed—mostly without help—every single day. By now, you’d think it’d be pretty easy for us, and yet, there are still some days when it feels like a chore, a waste of time and energy. (Yes, even for your friendly neighborhood GQ staffers!) If that feeling rings true for you lately, it’s time to consider the suit. No, not the formal kind of suit that you wear to the office. What we’re talking about here is a two-piece set made up of a matching top and bottoms, a package deal that doesn’t invite questions of “Why are you so dressed up?”—and just so happens to be the quickest way to snap out of a style rut. 

You know who agrees? Niall Horan, the One Direction alum and newly menswear-pilled solo act, who’s been busy wearing the heck out of matching sets—the creative guy’s suit, if you will—that take all the guesswork out of getting dressed. 

Preaching the denim gospel.

Joseph Okpako

The Letters western denim shirt

Levi’s 505 regular fit jeans

Clarks Wallabee moc toe chukka boot

Horan’s streak started in March at the C2C Country to Country music festival, of all places, where the Irish songster channeled his inner cowboy in a double denim get-up. On stage, he paired a western shirt from the insider-y Japanese label The Letters with vintage Levi’s jeans, accented by a hefty leather belt and crepe-soled suede boots similar to Clarks’ legendary Wallabees (you can take the boy out of Ireland…).

Natty light.

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While promoting his latest album, The Show, a few months later, Horan followed up his riff on the Canadian Tuxedo in a linen overshirt and trousers from Bode, both in the same shade of eggshell and hand-embroidered with a recurring flower motif. This time around, he kept the shoes tonal, opting for a pair of off-white Vans Old Skool sneakers, a perennial favorite of another ex-Directioner, too. And just two days after that, Horan hit the Today Show stage in New York wearing yet another matching ensemble, this time a steel-blue workwear-inspired suit from Taiga Takahashi anchored by suddenly ubiquitous Oni

Let Niall Horan Introduce You to the Creative Guy’s Suit

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