I’m sure Justin Bieber is a nice guy in real life, but he dresses like a jerk. By the way, this isn’t a diss, just a summary of Bieber’s wardrobe, which currently exists at an odd intersection between his former scumbro peers.
Bieber’s reluctance to advance his personal style is intriguing in an era where Bottega Veneta cleanliness has replaced 2022’s Balenciaga bagginess.
Justin Bieber, for example, may be the last fashion dirtbag standing. His unkempt peers have cleaned up or cleared out — aside from Bieber, there aren’t many famous dudes dressed like dirtbags these days.
Let’s start with the pre-dirtbag days.
The scumbro, a heavily tatted white dude with scruffy hair, tie-dyed T-shirts and scuffed trainers, was a creature of 2018.
Nowadays, these dudes either dress like yuppies (Jonah Hill), wear a slew of random fashion brands (MGK), or have adjusted their taste to better reflect the flavour of downtown NYC (the Jonas Brothers), if they wear interesting clothes at all (Pete Davidson).
Justin Bieber arrived late to the scumbro party (he was still in Lightskin Bieber mode at the time), but once he got into Balenciaga via Kanye “Ye” West, Bieber made up for lost time by going full scumbro by the days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
And keep in mind that Bieber’s dirtbag look is distinct from the Nolita Dirtbag, a catch-all term for a loose aesthetic preferred by the residents of a specific New York neighbourhood — chunky sunglasses, pre-faded Carhartt jackets, double-knee trousers, a ‘creative director’ title at a company no one has ever heard of.
Nonetheless, Dirtbag While in New York, Bieber visited the recently refurbished Aimé Leon Dore store (the spiritual home of the Nolita Dirtbag movement) and the pricey brunch spot Sadelle’s; he’s more of a dirtbag classic than a new-school scuzzball.
Anyway, perhaps Bieber loved the slouchy comfort of his Balenciaga phase too much to move on; when wearing Balenciaga became frowned upon, he simply recreated the same sleazy look with oversized Drew House T-shirts and ragged Supreme jeans.
As a result, Bieber’s current dirtbag look, complete with upside-down sunglasses (?
It’s similar to the filthy Balenciaga gear he wore in 2022, but it’s distinct because it’s now made up of actual skater gear rather than luxury imitations.
And he’s doing it like a skater: watch Bieber roll his giant jeans into the world’s thickest jorts and strip down to bare, inked chest as temperatures rise, while his supermodel wife dresses down.
why isnt he dressed up too https://t.co/1bqWEB2pDt— normal audrey horne (@credenzaclear2) May 11, 2023
In fact, to best understand Bieber’s dedication to the whole low-effort dirtbag look, imagine Hailey and Justin Bieber going out to dinner in May 2023, she in a trendy leather set with matching hair and makeup, he in a dad cap over his dumpy red hoodie.
Hailey Bieber is always far more put-together than her husband, aside from workout gear — and even then…
Compare Justin and Hailey’s most casual outfits, for example.
Justin Bieber is seen in Tribeca, New York. pic.twitter.com/OEmAZnvNFp— @21metgala (@21metgala) May 11, 2023
All of this is not to say that I dislike Justin Bieber.
There’s nothing wrong with Bieber’s sloppy appearance. It’s as easy as it appears, and he doesn’t have anything to prove. Why bother with covert wealth when everyone knows your name?