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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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lilly on

They are called harem pants. MC hammer used to wear some like them. They are big in the hip hop community!

Sandy Johnson on

At least his “Hammer pants” provide a lot of room for turds to accumulate! What a sick, sad look.

Sylvia Tarvers Weston on

I’m wondering why my comments are not being posted.

Sun on

Those pants that young guys or men are wearing as style is WAY out of STYLE 15 years ago! If anyone were memebers of Classes of 1998 , 1999, and 2000 remember those styles back then. Not great look at all on men or teens to this day

Guest on

He is just compensating for what he doesn’t have!

Jackie on

Wish his mother and his management team would have a serious talk with him about his pants. Great young man but cannot stand to look at how he dresses because of his pants.. It is aweful, he keep saying he wants to be a role model for youths, don’t think so, why must I be seeing his underwear. These young men and some young women also adopt the wrong habits.

Kathy B on

He looks like a “gang-banger” wannabe. Good grief boy, grow up!

Oli on

It doesn’t matter how old you are its not a good look. I’ve seen kids trying to run to catch up with their friends and they have to spread their legs so their pants don’t fall off but I have seen some drop them and they don’t seem to care they just keep running with them around their ankles. But I have one thing to say the cops love them these guys are so easy to catch because they can’t run to fast. I may be old but I still know how to dress properly and not show my underwear to every one.

Racing on

They are the LATEST fashion in Europe. Americans wouldn’t know anything about that. Only square cut dull GAP like looks are in. Real fashion comes from Europe.

lizzy on


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