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We Need to Talk About Justin Bieber's Pants

03/05/2013 at 04:30 PM ET

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Back when Justin Bieber first started wearing drop-crotch trousers in November, we did our best to convince him to ditch the unflattering trend with this open letter.

But we should have realized the quickest way to get a teenage boy to do something is to tell him not to do it. That’s why it doesn’t surprise us that the Biebs has been all about this look lately, wearing the questionable style nonstop over the past two weeks.

He’s strutted around in them while shopping, making appearances, out at a club — and it even appears that a pair of tight-at-the-calves, loose-at-the-crotch white pants are part of the singer’s official tour uniform. (He’s worn them to all his concerts in the U.K. so far.)

And while Bieber is loyal to this one silhouette, he’s not picky about the color, print or style, sporting a blue canvas pair one day, a purple cheetah pair the next, then continuing the streak with a leather design he’s clearly quite taken with.

The more he wears the pants, the more confused we become. Bieber can’t possibly like the way the pants look, right? So he must be putting them on for some other reason. Here are some explanations we came up with:

•One of the last outfits Selena Gomez saw him in before the two split included a pair of these perplexing pants. This is his way of reminding her that despite all the stories, he’s still the same guy she used to be in love with.

•Being the fashion-forward dude that he is, he’s noticed that a skinnier leg is en vogue with men, but the allover supertight style isn’t compatible with his dance moves. So he had to find a type of pant that combined flexibility with fashion. Et voilá: the drop-crotch pant.

•He’s trying to become a spokesperson for the Association of People With Long Torsos and Short Legs.

Tell us: What do you think of Justin Bieber’s drop-crotch pants? Can you think of any other reasons why he might be wearing them?

–Zoë Ruderman


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KiKi on

Sickening! Does this entitled wimp even know what wearing his pants like this means?! If he did, I don’t think he would choose to do this. And, if he does, what does that tell you?! A totally dispicable fashion DON’T!


His momma needs to change his diaper.

Sandee on

I never really cared for him and he impresses me less every time I see pictures of him! It look so dumb – I can’t believe anyone thinks it looks good or cool!! I always thought Selena Gomez could do better. She was grown up and he hasn’t yet.

Freelancer on

I’ve been reading People magazine for decades, and have never before read an article so scathingly tongue-in-cheek and sarcastically juvenile about ANY celebrity until this one. The writer, Ms. Ruderman, must either be fresh out of high school (as most young people of this age group tend to enjoy verbally bullying each other without impunity), or she is some People editor’s reletive. Either way, she’s no professional, and she’s mean to boot. While not a fan of Bieber’s music nor his wardrobe choices, I believe an article can be funny without being cruel. This one – to use Ms. Ruderman’s obvious teenage verbacular – is an “epic fail”.

Ali on

I’m appalled at how all of you are treating this little lesbian! She has the right address how she wants to! I just don’t understand why she had to wear that gas mask, it messed up her hair; didn’t she get it cut to look like Charlize Theron? ;)

rose on

I can’t think of anything kind or uninsulting to say, so I’ll just smile and nod and look away :)

kat1129 on

He thinks he’s a Wigger!

PS on

Keeping 13 and 14 year olds waiting 2 hours on a school night is unforgiveable. The parents need their heads read also. Hopefully this is the demise of the Bieb! No talent anyway!

Sarah Nigeria on

Give it a rest people it is just pants u are not his mother worry about ur own kids and live him alone, he will soon grow up and grow out of it kids his age do such thing all the time.

Kristina Pauley on

I wish he would just go away! Talented? Really? SMH!

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