They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but not in this instance…

Zayn Malik is undeniably a style icon. No matter what you think of the former One Direction singer, the boy can dress.

Fans imitate 24-year-old Zayn all the time, whether it’s his hair or style or even his tattoos. But is it ever okay to start dressing like your new girlfriend’s ex-fiancé? We’re going to say no.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Zayn’s former love Perrie Edwards made their first public appearance as a couple at the BRIT Awards last month.

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Perrie, 23, looked gorgeous as ever in a daring black dress split to her thigh, while Arsenal footballer Alex, also 23, teamed his black suit with a matching turtleneck sweater.

Zayn pictured at New York Fashion Week in September 2016

He looked dapper in the interesting double-breasted jacket but wait, haven’t we seen this exact look before?

Oh yes – Pillowtalk hit maker Zayn wore the exact look to New York Fashion week in September last year. Seriously, it looks like Alex has been raiding Zayn’s wardrobe.

Awkward.

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And it’s not just the suit: it seems Alex has very similar off-duty style to Perrie’s ex.

Perrie and Alex at the BRIT Awards last month

Both men are fans of bomber jackets, skinny jeans and statement trainers. So is it fair to say Perrie has a type, at least when it comes to men’s fashion?

Zayn broke off his engagement to Perrie in August 2015 – reportedly over text – and moved on quickly with supermodel Gigi Hadid.

After splitting from Zayn, Perrie had a brief romance with actor Luke Pasqualino before getting serious with Alex.

It’s rumoured Little Mix’s mega hit Shout Out To My Ex was inspired by Zayn, although Perrie has never confirmed this.

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