We’ve Unlocked the Formula to Justin Bieber’s Style

Fashion
Everyone’s favorite Canadian megastar is a master of uniform dressing. 
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You might look at Justin Bieber’s style and think it’s an easy nut to crack. The guy dresses like my skate-rat kid brother! But peer a little closer and you’ll quickly realize that Bieber—musician, one half of a celebrity supercouple, GQ cover star—has earned his status as a verified style god. Documenting the musician’s many, many fits is a cottage industry unto itself, particularly because the man’s shown some impressive versatility. Bieber’s an A-lister of the highest caliber, with access to the wildest designer clothing on the market and the finely-honed style chops to pull them off. So it follows that he’d deck himself out accordingly, sticking to a roster of heavy-hitting runway brands when he’s stepping onto red carpets or recording record-smashing music videos.

Justin Bieber during the CMA Awards, in Nashville, September 26, 2020.Getty Images/ ABC / CMA

But it’s important to note his dedication to the more approachable side of today’s menswear, too. Sure, Bieber flirts with the fringes of high-fashion, occasionally reaching for exceptional pastel suiting or the requisite grail-worthy puffer. For the most part, though, he sticks to his guns. Look closely at a collage of his outfits over the last few years and it’s possible to distill the basic elements of his everyday garb into a few key components. Beanie or baseball cap up top. In the middle, an oversized tee—sometimes layered beneath a boxy, cropped jacket or an equally relaxed shirt. Gently pooling trousers. And all of it anchored by thoroughly thrashed sneakers, or some equally well-worn slip-ons, down below. (Along with, of course, the requisite sweats. Lots and lots of sweats.) That he accessorizes with a watch avid horologists would do unspeakable things to get their hands on or an icy Cuban chain is no matter. The template of Bieber’s street style stays the same, whether he’s patiently fielding questions from the swarm of paparazzi that capture his every move or jetting to New York to perform on SNL.

Justin Bieber in Paris, February 28, 2021.Marc Piasecki / Getty Images

In his commitment to this uniform, Bieber exemplifies a post-scumbro style that constitutes as dressed-up if your plans involve a night out at Nobu or a house party in the Hills. (Y’know, regular pop star shit.) Call it Calabasas Casual. It’s a formula he didn’t stray far from during his recent cover shoot for—shameless plug alert—this very magazine (neon yellow flight suit aside), and it’s high time we gave it the kudos it deserves.

Justin Bieber in Paris, March 01, 2021.Pierre Suu / Getty Images

Right now, Justin Bieber’s style embodies a laid-back West Coast cool as quintessentially Californian as buffalo cauliflower from Erewhon or dice-throwing TikTokers hamming it up for the cameras. And it’s never been easier to ape. All you need are a few of the pieces Bieber swears by—a sampling of which we conveniently rounded-up below—and the confidence to pull it off. Thankfully, you’re a GQ reader! You already have unimpeachable taste, and that should be all the confidence you need. Now go out there and dress like it. (Watch, chain, and many billions of Spotify streams sold separately.) 

West Coast Crewnecks

Can you really call yourself a true-blue Californian if you don’t own a slouchy rotation of designer tees? Bieber wears ‘em more than almost anything else—that alone should be reason enough to cop a grip of your own. 

Fear of God perfect vintage t-shirt

John Elliott long sleeve university tee

$118

John Elliott

Noah oversized heavyweight pocket tee

Hit-Making Headwear

As Bieber well knows, the easiest way to punch-up an otherwise monochromatic fit is to toss on a wild, eye-grabbing hat before you head out the door. 

Camp High indigo ice dyed beanie

Brain Dead bleached cord cap

$65

Brain Dead

Stadium-Ready Sneakers

You don’t have to be comfortable performing in front of thousands to pull these kicks off.

Vans OG classic slip-on sneakers

Nike Dunk Low Retro sneakers

Adidas Yeezy Foam RNNR sneakers

Scene-Stealing Pants

Long gone are the days of Bieber showing up on red carpets in skintight Balmain denim. In an age of wild and wacky pants he’s a north star, and you could do far worse than taking your oversized trouser cues from him. 

Dickies R2R twill utility pants

Acne wool pinstripe trousers

Affix utility pants

Drew House lightweight denim church pant

$188

Drew House

Pap-Blocking Specs

L.A. staples guaranteed to up your cool-guy factor by a startling percent. 

Sun Buddies “Serena” sunglasses

Nike Gale Force sunglasses

Retrosuperfuture “Drew” sunglasses

Erewhon-Run Layers

Size up for the full effect.  

Bottega Veneta denim jacket

Bianca Saunders short-sleeved cotton-poplin shirt

$427

Matchesfashion

Albam color-block waffle-knit cotton sweater

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