Justin Bieber, it’s time to talk. While I was no fan of the purple hoodie, I was happy to let sleeping dogs lie. And when that artfully side-swept ‘do starting side-sweeping its way across America, I dealt with it by giving you a virtual hair makeover. But now that I’ve seen the photos of you wearing overalls to meet the Prime Minister of Canada, I can hold my tongue no longer.
I hesitated, I did. I read your poignant defense of the look. I shouldn’t have expected you “to have a change of clothes let a loan a suit,” (but what about let alone a suit?) since accepting the Diamond Jubilee Medal was just one of the many pop star chores you had to do that day. Putting on a new outfit was out of the question… You didn’t even have time to button that other strap! But the thing is, why did you have to wear overalls in the first place?
When you Instagrammed a shot of yourself in your overalls with the caption “I hope you hate my style,” I knew it was a cry for help, so I’ve come to your rescue.
You see, I’ve done my research, Justin. And while these overalls are certainly a bad look, it’s not the first time you’ve stepped out of the house in a sartorial abomination. You don’t want to end up like Bjork, do you? I care, Justin, and that’s why, at the risk of your ire, I’ve selected four of your other worst outfits from the past year. Click through the gallery and I’ll tell you exactly where you went wrong. It’s harsh, I know, but the only way to make you understand is to make you see what the rest of us do when you choose to wear a drop-crotch.
Follow along, readers, as I walk Justin through his fashion crimes. And don’t forget to vote for his worst look in our PopStyle Intervention poll.
A velvet tuxedo does not a style icon make
Ah, the 2011 American Music Awards. It was the heyday of your romance with Selena Gomez (RIP) and you no doubt wanted a look worthy of your first high-wattage Hollywood relationship. Alas, the effect was more Bela Lugosi than Clark Gable. Were you perhaps looking for comfort throughout the three-hour show? Did you want to encourage Selena to snuggle into your velvety soft shoulder? Whatever the reason, it’s no excuse to wear what looks like a tuxedo Snuggie. And the sneakers! Leave the sequins to the tween girls.
Is that a coat or a personal flotation device?
Last December, you performed as part of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Special, but you were harder to spot than Where’s Waldo in a candy can factory in that enormous fur cowl neck jacket. I honestly felt concerned for your safety. What is going on with those puffy arms? Did they have built in swim floaties? And if this is a life jacket, did you borrow it from your mom?
Something that makes me feel blue
A blue jacket should be worn sparingly. (Don’t believe me? Ask Penn Badgley.) And there’s never an occasion that calls for a baby blue leather motorcycle jacket like one you wore to the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes. Let alone the matching baby blue sneakers. Just because someone designs clothes for you doesn’t mean you have to wear them. You know what’s a good tip-off that something’s going to be a fashion disaster? When it’s made of the same material as your girlfriend’s handbag.
The drop-crotch, the gold gloves, the studs…
I can use this single photo to point out many of your regular fashion faux-pas. See the studded red leather vest, the saggy-crotched skinny pants, spiked sneakers, fingerless lamé gloves, and what looks like a golden handkerchief hanging from your back pocket? Don’t do any of those things ever again.
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