Celebrate One Direction's 10-Year-Anniversary with Their Most Iconic Throwback Photos

From Abercrombie tracksuits to the first signs of facial hair, the boys have come a long way since 2010

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A Boy Band Is Born

Ten years ago, the story of our lives changed when One Direction first took the X Factor stage. Originally rejected as solo artists, the boys — Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson — were brought together as a band, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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In It to Win It

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While the band ultimately placed third, they certainly won over our hearts during their time on the X Factor — and there's no shortage of clips available to relive those glorious (and often cringe-worthy) early performances.

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Yep — even in their late teens, they were already ready to steal your girl. Also, is anything more 2010 than this jeans-and-hoodies combo?

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Travel Style

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I take it back. These Abercrombie sweatsuits are peak 2010 vibes, even though this photo was snapped on the bands' return to London after a trip to Los Angeles in early 2011.

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Well Suited

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Anyone else create a mood board for their ideal prom date based entirely around these outfits? Just me? Cool.

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Hug It Out

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Here for this tender moment, the sideswept hair and awkward side-smiles.

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'Tied' Together

One Direction, 2010.

The boys grabbed some skinny ties and got all dressed up to celebrate the world premiere of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in November 2010.

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Beanie Babies

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Zayn and Louis' coordinating beanies feel like they deserve their own fan base. Ditto for Niall's infinity scarf.

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Story of Their Lives

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Just months after they first met, the boys released their first book about their journey together in 2011: Forever Young: Our Official X Factor Story.

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Boyz II Men

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They grow up so fast! Just two years later, the boys transformed into full-blown pop icons, sporting some facial hair to announce their transition to adulthood. Here, they're pictured at a book signing for 2013' Where We Are.

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A Leg Up

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One Direction in 2011.

Long before the facial hair set in, they were still playfully lighting up our world like nobody else at the September 2011 launch of their mega-hit debut single "What Makes You Beautiful."

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Gone Glam

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Zayn and Harry broke with the skinny-tie trend and stole our hearts with their Tyra-approved smizes on the 2011 GQ Men of the Year Awards red carpet in London.

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Blue for You

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Ah, the early days of color-coordinating and striking matching poses. They've come so far!

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The Perfect Present

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All we want for Christmas is ... you get the picture.

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Sleeves Up

Harry and Zayn showing off their biceps in T-shirts while rehearsing for the MTV Video Music Awards in 2012 is a whole mood.

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Home Run

Same goes for this photo of the boys backstage a year later while on their Take Me Home Tour. Note the sartorial upgrade to proper skinny jeans.

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Orange Crush

The outfit-coordinating phase was still strong in 2013.

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Carbon Copies

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Just look at their youthful glow, their smooth foreheads, free of all signs of age and life and — oh, those are wax figures. Our bad.

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'Beardy Boys'

Be still, our hearts.

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Dreamy Duo

If a date doesn't look at me the way Zayn is gazing at this reporter, I don't want it.

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Denim Dude

Louis polled fans via Instagram on what outfit to wear while on tour in Australia.

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Eat Your Heart Out

Would love to see a reprise of this, but with a watermelon.

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Cleaning Up Their Act

The boys allowed fans to get up close and personal with candid behind-the-scenes shots on their Instagram throughout their 2013 tour.

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Zoomed to Perfection

Whoever managed the 1D Instagram back in the day deserves an award.

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No Shirt, No Problem

And to think "Slow Hands' was only a few years away...

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Swing Time

Liam busting a move onstage and this OG Instagram-filtered collage is a throwback I didn't know I needed.

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Rockstar Vibes

I would encourage you to recall that this was taken a mere 2½ years after the boys were photographed in head-to-toe Abercrombie.

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Full House

The year 2014 saw the group performing to sold-out stadiums around the world, all while still rocking impossibly tight skinny jeans.

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Live From New York

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Hot take: this outfit ... suits Niall? The band dressed up as members of a dance team during their December 2014 Saturday Night Live appearance, and it's worth watching if only to hear Zayn ask Aidy Bryant's character, "How's your guinea pig, girl?"

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Long Hair, Don't Care

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One way or another, this roundup was going to have to end. I leave you with this photo of the band embracing some seriously luscious locks.

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