From his floral printed suits to lace button-up shirts, it’s no secret that Harry Styles is a total fashion icon. When it comes to his personal style — the clothes he wears and art he creates — the singer recently revealed that he’s over thinking about gender norms.

“Many borders are falling—in fashion, but also in music, films, and art. I don’t think people are still looking for this gender differentiation,” the 25-year-old told L’Officiel in an interview released on Wednesday, December 4. “Even if the masculine and feminine exist, their limits are the subject of a game. We no longer need to be this or that. I think now, people are just trying to be good. In fashion and other fields, these parameters are no longer as strict as before, and it gives rise to great freedom. It’s stimulating.”

The “Lights Up” singer first started bending gender barriers and experimenting with his style after high-fashion brand Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele dressed him in a different custom suit for each date of his solo world tour. The tour spanned from September 2017 to July 2018.

“Alessandro is a free thinker and his way of working is very inspiring. If he wants to do something, he just does it, and I find it impressive. When you have the opportunity to witness the work of someone who is considered a master, it is quite incredible. What he does is for everyone, concerns everyone, and I think that every art should be like that,” Harry said about the designer. “It’s cool to have the opinion of someone who isn’t necessarily in your field, but whose work and taste you respect.”

Harry Styles Is Talking Gender Norms
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That’s not all! The singer also dished on the songwriting process behind his upcoming sophomore album, Fine Line — set to be released on December 13.

“Songwriting is like surfing. You can train as much as you want to get on the board, but sometimes the wave comes and sometimes it doesn’t,” he explained. “And yet, we still need to train to become better. You can’t just sit down and decide to write a song and think you’ve written the best song of your life. It takes a lot of work.”

What can fans can expect when the album is finally released? Well, Harry hinted that these are his most honest songs to date.

“I learn to sort out what I like, what I don’t like, what I’m willing to give in my songs, and what I’m not inclined to share. We have to find a balance,” she said about writing the songs on the album. “We wonder what people will think of such and such words. And it’s accepting to be vulnerable, but at the same time it’s what makes this whole adventure exciting.”

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