Opposites attract, especially in Hollywood fairytales. Justin and Hailey Bieber, who married in 2018, are one such romantic juxtaposition: frenetic pop megastar meets polished model-mogul. They appear to be very different people in many different ways—yet when these two wildly famous people get dressed to leave their house in the morning, there is harmony in the discord. And with an ever-present pool of paparazzi, we’ve had ample opportunity to get to know (sartorially speaking, at least) entertainment’s reigning gigantic suit BF and tasteful gown GF.
Karla Welch, Justin’s stylist of over a decade, has also occasionally dressed Hailey in recent years; her guiding hand has resulted in some of their gnarliest pairings. (A demonic Balenciaga suit and an ethereal Saint Laurent dress walk onto a Grammys red carpet…) These days, JB and HB can’t get enough of throwing some real head-scratchers our way. Their unbalanced-balanced dualism feels intentional, and we are probably all the better for it.
But what is their funky, “he was a punk, she did ballet” husband-and-wife styling trying to tell us? Before we get to the roots, let’s contemplate the leaves. Below is a survey of 34 of the Biebers’ most intriguing outfits over the last five years. Consider it a census report, or maybe a mirror: how much have they changed? How much have we?