Justin Bieber likes to get wacky. In his early years, the then-teen bopper was known for rocking form-fitting leather jackets, Budweiser bomber jackets and skin-tight biker jeans. More recently, and with the help of his and Hailey Bieber’s stylist Karla Welch, he’s honed a more grown-up and considered style, made up of Balenciaga fits and standout ERL moments. That being said, he still love to get a little freaky with his fits (although we, fortunately, haven’t been served a full-purple look in almost a decade)
Over the course of the past year, Biebs has become somewhat of an advocate for a baggier-is-better sensibility when it comes to his dressing, like that über-wide and oversized Drew House suit at the Met Gala. But it’s when he goes big on his bottom half, notably once opting for Balenciaga jeans that both he and his other half could fit into, that he really shines. Impractical unless riding a halfpipe in Southbank skate park, Bieber’s affinity with enormous jeans has previously come under scrutiny, with one snarky Twitter user going so far as to ask: “Is Justin wearing the jeans or are the jeans wearing Justin?”
But Bieber isn’t about to stop. Case in point: the 28-year-old singer-songwriter just stepped out for the launch of Kendall Jenner‘s latest 818 product in Los Angeles, serving another massive denim moment in the process. Bieber turned up wearing a Drew House hoodie, baseball cap, and a pair of pavement-trawling skate jeans, which also come from his own label. His loosest to date, the jeans puddle over his shoes, making his kicks barely visible, though sneakerheads will spy them as blue and white Nike Dunks.
We’re all about Bieber’s bold affinity to the kind of XL denim you’d expect to see on post-punk grebos or the skater dudes of ’90s teen movies. Not only are roomier jeans more comfortable than the drain pipes of the Noughties, the move to baggy actually sits as part of the larger Y2K trend sweeping across menswear. Hedi Slimane at Celine, Demna at Balenciaga, British mega talent Bianca Saunders and millennial designer Alled-Martinez are all about larger, kick-turn-ready silhouettes when it comes to jeans if their AW’22 collections are anything to go buy.
The future is baggy. Bieber, keep at it.