Zayn Malik believes he has ''individual style''.

The 23-year-old singer has admitted he has ''always'' felt he had a great fashion sense ever since he was a child, and he has revealed he used to customise his school uniform and style it in a different way that wouldn't get him reprimanded.

Speaking about fashion in his upcoming autobiography 'Zayn', he said: ''I've always had a bit of an individual style, even when I was a kid -- for real. I hated school uniforms, and all the rules, having to wear a tie and shit. But when I sussed out that there were no rules regarding how we wore our school blazers, I would walk around the place with one arm in a sleeve, the other out, with my jacket dangling over a shoulder.

Although the 'Pillowtalk' hitmaker - who is currently dating supermodel Gigi Hadid - has revealed he has always had an eye for fashion, he has revealed he was too ''nervous'' to take risks with his wardrobe choices.

He explained: ''But then being so much in the public eye at a young age, I got a bit nervous to take many risks. I wasn't so keen to step outside my comfort zone or think outside the box on what I was wearing.''

Meanwhile, Zayn - who has recently joined forces with Donatella Versace on a new collection for Versus Versace called Zayn x Versace - has admitted the turning point for him came after this year's Met Gala, because it made him take fashion ''more seriously''.

He said: ''It was a great moment for me when Donatella Versace invited me to attend the Met Gala with Versace. I'd definitely made a conscious decision in my solo career to take fashion more seriously, starting with attending two shows in 2015 with Louis Vuitton and Valentino.

''The Met Gala is a big event in the fashion calendar ... The theme of the 2016 Met Gala was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, which gave me the opportunity to design an outfit with Versace that reflects one of my biggest interests, digital animation.

''It was a bit of a risk as it was so out there compared to what I'd worn before, but I decided I didn't care and the fact that it raised a few eyebrows was all part of the fun for me.''