Justin Bieber has a cute, hot pink bucket hat
As we embark on not only a new year but a new decade, there's an understandable impulse to put away the past and stride confidently into the future. This is, of course, impossible.
These clean demarkations in time, they're just fantasies—small ways for humanity to exert some semblance of control over an ultimately uncontrollable universe. All the stuff that suffused the end of the last decade is still around, and we still have to deal with it, and that is just plain exhausting.
But! But, there is good news. Because some of the great things from the late 2010s that brought us all a little joy are still here, too.
Which brings me to Justin Bieber's pink bucket hat.
Remember the summer of 2018? It feels so long ago, back when Sleaze was A Thing. When celebrities dressed like teenagers selling ditch weed in the parking lot of the Circle K roamed the earth, like Mastodons during the Pleistocene. Just as the ice of that age eventually melted, the menswear landscape has evolved since that heady time. But there are still remnants of it. A Brad Pitt here, a Jonah Hill there. And always—always—there is Justin Bieber.
If Sleaze, for many, was a moment in time, for Bieber, it's a way of being. He's just so suited to the vibe that even when the rest of his fit is blacked-out and toned-down, he needs to throw a curveball in there. This time around, it was a bright pink Stüssy bucket hat.
It's not the sleaziest of items. Just a little neon, a little bucket, and a little brim. But it gets the job done. And, honestly, you could easily wear it in a non-sleazy way, with a more tailored approach to those all-black clothes, and maybe even a topcoat in the mix. Or you could go full Bieber.
Both work! We may not be able to control the universe at large, but we can choose how to rock a pink bucket hat.