Bad Bunny’s sartorial choices have never been safe. Instead, the 26-year-old urbano artist has broken all the rules in fashion since he entered the scene in 2016, as he boldly claims in his single “25/8” from YHLQMDLG: “El que lo’ puso a vestir de colore’ y pantalone’ corto’.”
The truth is Bad Bunny’s style is deserving of its own museum, mainly because its signified a paradigm shift in a genre that’s rooted in macharrán attitude. It all started in 2016 with the music video for “Tu No Vive Así,” alongside veterano Arcángel, when he fought his team to let him wear a pair of white cutoff shorts, telling Remezcla, “that was a scandal for a lot of people.” he subsequently pushed the boundaries further, from wearing nail polish at Premios Juventud in 2017 and acrylic nails to 2019’s Billboard Music Awards to sporting a tulle skirt on Jimmy Fallon to highlight the murder of trans woman Alexa in Puerto Rico.
Over the course of his short career, Bad Bunny’s cemented a reputation for turning fashion into political and cultural statements that resonate with a generation yearning for self-expression. Here are some of Bad Bunny’s best looks yet.
1. The Scandalous Acrylic Garras
Bad Bunny’s nails are always a topic of discussion, whether good or bad. At the Latin Billboard Music Awards, Benito decided to go further with acrylic neon green garras to match his hair color, all paired with a lilac suit. The femininity of the look juxtaposed with the testosterone of his combo on the back is a master class in Bad Bunny aesthetics.
2. All-Black In Support of #RickyRenuncia Protests
In the summer of 2019, Bad Bunny suspended his European tour to support his island as thousands of protesters swarmed Old San Juan to call for the resignation of former governor Ricardo Rosselló. As he says in his verse for Eladio Carrión’s “Kemba Walker,” he’s always wearing a hoodie aunque no haya frío.
3. A Nod To the WWE at the Latin Grammys
Bad Bunny’s love of the WWE is a key element of his aesthetic and music. For the Latin Grammys, Benito kept it simple in all-black with a salute to one of his favorite wrestlers Stone Cold Steve Austin, who also makes a cameo in the “¿Quién Tu Eres” video.
4. All-White pa’l altar
Benito dropped the video for “Si Estuviésemos Juntos” on Valentine’s Day 2019, which I took as a personal attack. On top of that, he reworked the classic wedding suit with an all-white blazer and pants combo and turtleneck. The iconic outfit also made its way onto Benito’s Galore cover.
5. A Technicolor Dream
Benito made his debut at Madison Square Garden in one of his best fits and a sold out stadium. The look included a futuristic visor and technicolor coat, that changed tones with the stage lights.
6. TBT: Pa’l Pari de Marquesina
Like many of his peers, Benito grew up at the height of reggaeton in Puerto Rico, emulating reggaetoneros like Daddy Yankee and going to paris de marquesina. The Ecko t-shirt, white cap, and fake silver jewels are staples of his generation.
7. La grasa Gucci
When Benito said, “Es que en el clóset tengo mucho grasa,” he was not lying. In 2018, he showed off his newfound wealth in a Gucci logo suit, matching pantuflas, and gold chains.