Justin Bieber’s Style Evolution: 2009 to 2018

News Posted on November 16, 2018

How times have changed

Justin Bieber’s style over the years has been a popular topic of discussion. From 2009 to 2018, we’ve seen the pop sensation try out every possible style out there.

The changes in his style have been drastic and so we’ve decided to take a look back at how Justin’s style has evolved over the years from a kid in hoodies and high tops to a polished young man.


One Time and My World – Upon skyrocketing to fame with the release of his debut single and EP, Bieber has a clearly preferred uniform. A purple top, grey pants, and high-tops. And of course, his signature swoopy hair.

Although, special occasions called for a slight deviation.

Appearances at the Grammys and the VMAs have JB sticking to sneakers, but some shiny pants and velvet shoes paired with a vest and tie were a little bit more fashion forward for the young pop star. A cool bomber jacket with the sleeves rolled up was a definite departure from his signature hoodie.


My World 2.0 – With the release of Justin Bieber’s first debut album, we continue to see a combination of classics mixed with some new pieces.

Keeping with his signature high-top sneakers and a splash of purple, we see another bomber jacket in Paris and then in Madrid later in the year, a grey asymmetrical leather jacket, this time paired with slightly more form fitting black jeans and the ubiquitous Supra Skytops in a metallic silver.

Heading out on his first world tour in support of My World in 2011, Justin’s stage outfits consisted of white, silver, and purple in various combinations.


We see a turning point in the pop star’s style here in 2012 with the release of “Boyfriend”. Starting with his hair, Justin left the soft and swoopy style behind for a more mature quiff.

Fear not – the faithful high tops have not left us. The most notable fashion choices of 2012 involve what appear to be these hybrid jackets. From airports to awards shows, we see a bomber/motorcycle hybrid, a leather jacket/jean vest hybrid, and then finally at the 2012 BBMAs we have a triple threat: Leather jacket/jean vest/hoodie combination – cleverly accessorized with a chain.

The end of 2012 also brought us the Believe tour, featuring this: A Leather Onesie.


2013 brought us a number of iconic style choices. Hair is got higher. The Supra Skytops make another appearance, in red this time. We also started seeing fashion forward accessories like these fingerless gloves and a hat that isn’t a baseball cap. 2013 is also notable because it’s the year we see Justin’s arm start to fill up with tattoos.


Justin turns 20 years old and as such, we start to see a lot more grown-up fashion choices from him.

A Saint Laurent sweater, a tailored jacket. SWOON.


We see a continuation of the more mature fashion choices, and it seems that it’s even been taken up another notch.


Continuing on, in 2016, Justin gave us an intense case of jacket envy. See for yourself.


Casual and comfy is back in a big way and athleisure wear is clearly a fave look for him.


The casual trend continues into 2018, with lots of comfy track pants, t-shirts and hoodies, and the occasional Hawaiian shirt. Long messy locks and facial hair top the look off. We’re digging it.

Which Justin Bieber style era is your favourite? Let us know over on Twitter @umusic!

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Justin Bieber’s Style Evolution Over the Years

Justin Bieber has been in the spotlight for years. And over the years, we’ve seen his fashion sense drastically change. But in 2018, he’s taken on a whole new style that we can’t exactly find words to describe, though the words “scruffy” and “questionable” admittedly come to mind.

Bieber hasn’t always looked like he just rolled out of bed and onto the streets. From the early days of his career until now, here’s how Bieber’s style has evolved over the years.

2009: Signature purple

Justin Bieber | Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Once upon a time, Bieber wouldn’t dare step out in public without the color purple. OK, maybe he did on occasion, but most of the time, he rocked this signature shade. Back in 2009, he wore this purple and black plaid flannel, faded jeans, and his iconic, side-swept hairstyle we’ll never forget. He may have been a young teenager at the time, but his clear confidence gave his style a boost.

2010: Pushing style limits

Justin Bieber | Michael Buckner/Getty Images

By 2010, Bieber was still rocking his long hair pushed to the side. But when it came to his style, he began pushing the limits with his choices. Who can forget this tuxedo jacket over a black tee he wore to the 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards? With the addition of his bling and highlighter yellow sneakers, this was definitely a moment that proved he was making his style his own.

2011: Looking more mature

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber | Craig Barritt/Getty Images

Maybe it was thanks to making his first ever red carpet appearance with Selena Gomez, but in February 2011, Bieber suddenly looked way older and more mature. And not to mention, his style was looking more refined than ever. He wore this all-black look (with a pop of red to match Gomez’s dress) to the Vanity Fair Oscar party, which we can’t deny made him look sharp.

2012: Color coordinated

Justin Bieber | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

In 2012, Bieber definitely kicked his style up a notch. He actually managed to make bright, bulky sneakers look good on a red carpet by sticking with the color scheme in his matching blue moto jacket. Though his hair was still long when he attended the NRJ Music Awards, he finally seemed to learn the magic of hair gel with a messily slicked back style.

2013: Marking a new era

Justin Bieber | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

2013 marked a whole new era for Bieber. He basically looked like a completely different person this year, from his sleek style to putting his sleeve of tattoos on display. Even just based on his newfound red carpet pose, he successfully sent the message that he wasn’t just a kid anymore.

2014: Casual yet put together

Justin Bieber | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for Variety

So far, this is definitely our favorite of Bieber’s styles. He looked casual yet put together while he attended the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards. We’re actually wondering where we could get one of these pullover sweaters with faux zippers for ourselves.

2015: Getting experimental

Justin Bieber | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

While Bieber’s style evolved up to this point so far, he always appeared clean cut and perfectly styled. While this style from 2015 definitely looks well thought out, we couldn’t have pictured him wearing it the year before. His destroyed denim and oversized Nirvana shirt, along with his long, undone hair, became yet another style transition he debuted at the American Music Awards.

2016: Controversial hairstyle

Justin Bieber | Getty Images

It’s safe to say we weren’t exactly fans of this style for Bieber. For starters, he began making particularly questionable fashion choices, including this jacket that looks three sizes too big. But the worst part of this era of his appearance? His dreadlocks. He actually caused controversy over choosing the hairstyle, with fans sharing their distaste over social media.

“Justin Bieber didn’t get the memo that white people look stupid with dreadlocks huh?,” one Twitter user wrote. In response to the criticism, Bieber claimed, “ you wanna be black and all that stuff, I’m like ‘its just my hair.’”

2017: Farmer Bieber?

Justin Bieber | Justin Bieber via Instagram

In 2017, Bieber’s style was all over the place. Though we’re happy he cut his hair short again, his fashion sense managed to become even more wild. He actually shared this shot from the paparazzi on his own Instagram account on July 6, 2017, so he was clearly proud of this “look.” We’ll be honest, it’s not our least favorite style from Bieber, but we can’t help but get some farmer vibes with his overalls.

2018: ‘I (literally) woke up like this’

Justin Bieber | Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows

We’re not sure Bieber has changed out of his pajamas once while hitting the streets in 2018. His fashion has taken on a whole new life this year, and none of it has been good. From oversized sweats to his long, shaggy hair, we’re not exactly sure what his Purpose is with this look.

The worst part is the fact that he wore this outfit alongside fiancée Hailey Baldwin to New York Fashion Week in September 2018. As 2019 nears, we have hope that Bieber will move into a new (and better) fashion phase.

Hailey Bieber’s Street Style and Her 5 Outfit Essentials

A trendsetter and a favorite model among designers like Alexander Wang and Off-White™‘s Virgil Abloh, Hailey Bieber has become one of the biggest style icons on social media over the last few years. As the newly married model turns 23 on her birthday on November 22, we’ve put together a style guide to recreating some of her chicest off-duty outfits.

From sophisticated, two-piece knit sets, to her many boyfriend blazers, read on to check out five of Mrs. Bieber’s wardrobe essentials.

While you are here, take a look inside Hailey’s final wedding dress fitting.

1. Oversized Blazers

Whether it’s summer or fall, you’ll often find Hailey stepping out in a loose-fit blazer. Take your pick between black leather, checked print or minimalist beige styles depending on your mood and outfit.

STAND STAND + Pernille Teisbaek Cassidy Double-Breasted Leather Blazer $700 USD Net-a-PorterNet-a-Porter GANNI Checked Blazer $360 USD mytheresa.commytheresa.com LOW CLASSIC Side Fastening Blazer $492 USD BrownsBrowns

2. Cozy Knitwear

Knit sweaters and wool pants make the ideal autumnal ensemble. To recreate Hailey’s off-duty look, consider picking up some weighty, wide-sleeved pullovers, like these options from Nanushka and Totême. For an extra touch of coziness, pair the sweater with some equally cozy cashmere trousers in a matching color.

Nanushka Raw Ribbed Wool-Blend Turtleneck Sweater $549.50 USD Net-a-PorterNet-a-Porter Totême Biella Oversized Knitted Sweater $385 USD Net-a-PorterNet-a-Porter Nanushka Tigre Knitted Track Pants $224 USD Net-a-PorterNet-a-Porter

3. Statement Sunglasses

To accessorize, Hailey almost always opts for a pair of timeless, black sunglasses. The model’s go-to design is from CELINE, but there are plenty of similar styles from other designer brands that you can choose from.

Balenciaga Round Acetate Sunglasses $380 USD MATCHESFASHIONMATCHESFASHION Bottega Veneta Square Acetate Sunglasses $440 USD MATCHESFASHIONMATCHESFASHION Gucci Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses $535 USD MATCHESFASHIONMATCHESFASHION

4. Crop Tops

Crop tops are another must-have staple in Hailey’s closet. From mini tank tops to chopped crewneck sweaters, the cropped silhouette makes for a great layering piece all year round.

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5. Gold Hoop Earrings

If there’s one fashion item that Hailey can’t leave home without, it would probably be her gold hoops. The large, shiny earrings are perfect for framing one’s face and elevating any casual look.

Jennifer Fisher Gold-Plated Hoop Earrings $150 USD Net-a-PorterNet-a-Porter JW Anderson Hoop Earrings $390 USD mytheresa.commytheresa.com Bottega Veneta Medium Gold-Plated Hoop Earrings $580 USD MATCHESFASHIONMATCHESFASHION

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