Harry Styles is in the midst of a new wave in his musical career. With the looming drop of "Watermelon Sugar" and the announcement of a solo tour, which will be taking place in 2020, Styles is taking centre stage. And in doing so he's proposing the return of a menswear opinion-divider.
Taking to the stage at the Bridgestone Arena alongside his superfan Kacey Musgraves, Styles donned a pair of Peaky Blinders-worthy braces (layered on top of a sparkly shirt, of course, and holding up a pair of extra wide, extra high-waisted trousers.
Then last night he made an appearance on the Later... With Jools Holland show, again repping a pair of trouser-tugging braces, this time in baby pink and courtesy of Gucci, with the Alessandro Michele-designed lavender flares completing the look. Seemingly, with a wave of new music, comes Styles 2.0. And that version comes complete with braces (or Styles has lost weight and his trousers need some extra help in staying up).
But while they're a mainstay in the costume department for Peaky Blinders and for Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander in JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts franchise, braces haven't really got the #menswear go-ahead. Until now, we think. Sure, it's always been acceptable to wear them with a suit, but wearing braces casually hasn't really been given the nod.
It's fair to say that Styles is a style icon in his own right, but if there's someone who has enough pulling power to inspire the trends on the catwalk, it's him. So when the Autumn/Winter 2020 shows begin in January, will we be seeing a surge in braces on the catwalk and a decline in belts? Only time will tell..