Niall Horan might be handsome AF dark-haired crooner who has a modeling contract now, but before that, he was the bleached blond member of One Direction who according to Nialler himself, didn’t really have the best sense of style. In a new interview with Esquire, the “Slow Hands” singer admitted that his clothes back in those early 1D days were all rather cringey. And frankly, this is all just more proof Niall is just like the rest of us.

“A while ago I was probably the worst dressed man on the planet. Obviously, some people can pull it off, and some people can’t. I happen to be one of those people that can’t. But I was 16 and 17, so you kind of let yourself get away with that,” Niall said looking back on some of his not so stellar outfit choices. OK, now we happen to think Niall was always the cutest lil bean ever but perhaps he wouldn’t ever be caught wearing this sweater, baggy jeans, sneaker combo again.

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Or end up out and about in a shirt with Mickey Mouse on it. Along with a scarf. A true ~look~.

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And hey, a purple hoodie and red pants? Yeah, not really a color choice we could see him wearing on the red carpet or up on stage now.

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But 2011 was a much different time and like Niall said, he was so young, still figuring himself out. Everyone has those embarrassing middle or high school pictures where you look back and wonder why anyone let you out of the house in those wild outfits you thought at the time were cool AF. Niall’s awkward style phase is just out there for us all to see! He did go on to say though that when he was younger and would see some not so nice comments or jokes about the way he looks, it was something that affected him. Currently 24-year-old Niall though, well he couldn’t care less.

“Back in the day it used to be that you’d read stuff and be like, ‘Aw, is that what they think of me?’ But the way the world turns is you can do no right, so I’ve just gone past the point of caring. Apparently all these people who are writing to you are perfect, so they have every right to say that to you. So they can go f—k themselves,” Niall said with a laugh. He sure has some a long way, hasn’t he?

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Thriving now, that’s for sure. And better dressed too.

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