Modern Men Fashion Must Have: A Beard

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    Jun 19, 2014 12:33 AM GMT
    NYT: This is the dawn of a new hirsute era: the martial mustache, the haughty imperial, and the daily expanding whiskers, like accredited heralds, and proclaiming the approaching advance of the monarch Beard.

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/fashion/facial-hair-and-florals-abound-at-pitti-uomo-in-florence-italy.html?ref=fashion
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jun 19, 2014 1:20 AM GMT
    I was just thinking lately I have seen more guys then ever with beards, this article confirms it.
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Jun 19, 2014 11:19 AM GMT
    Nearly everyone has Facial hair in TURKEY its boring maybe they think they are BUTCH?
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    Jun 19, 2014 12:02 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidNYT: This is the dawn of a new {EDIT: WTF??} hirsute era: the martial mustache, the haughty imperial, and the daily expanding whiskers, like accredited heralds, and proclaiming the approaching advance of the monarch Beard. {EDIT: is that like the Monarch Butterfly??}



    Yep. All things old are new again.

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    Jun 19, 2014 3:02 PM GMT
    Doesn't work for everybody. Look at Mark Wahlburg, his beard is so skimpy its like, why bother? It adds nothing.icon_question.gif
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    Jun 19, 2014 5:35 PM GMT
    I love facial hair on a man!
  • FRE0

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    Jun 19, 2014 5:39 PM GMT
    I ignore fashion. I stopped shaving in 1974 because I became tired of dealing with the incompatible combination of tough beard and tender skin. There really was no satisfactory way for me to shave. If I shaved closely enough to be socially acceptable, I had trouble with ingrown hair, pimples, and bleeding. So, when I felt that it had become at least slightly socially acceptable to stop shaving and that it would not impact my ability to support myself, I stopped shaving.

    It seems strange that for many years the fashion of shaving was foisted upon American men. If people want to shave and if it is a quick and painless operation for them, OK. But it ought to be optional.
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    Jun 19, 2014 5:48 PM GMT
    FRE0 saidI ignore fashion. I stopped shaving in 1974 because I became tired of dealing with the incompatible combination of tough beard and tender skin. There really was no satisfactory way for me to shave. If I shaved closely enough to be socially acceptable, I had trouble with ingrown hair, pimples, and bleeding. So, when I felt that it had become at least slightly socially acceptable to stop shaving and that it would not impact my ability to support myself, I stopped shaving.

    It seems strange that for many years the fashion of shaving was foisted upon American men. If people want to shave and if it is a quick and painless operation for them, OK. But it ought to be optional.


    I thought it was optional except for some professions/jobs.
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    Jun 19, 2014 6:01 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan said
    FRE0 saidI ignore fashion. I stopped shaving in 1974 because I became tired of dealing with the incompatible combination of tough beard and tender skin. There really was no satisfactory way for me to shave. If I shaved closely enough to be socially acceptable, I had trouble with ingrown hair, pimples, and bleeding. So, when I felt that it had become at least slightly socially acceptable to stop shaving and that it would not impact my ability to support myself, I stopped shaving.

    It seems strange that for many years the fashion of shaving was foisted upon American men. If people want to shave and if it is a quick and painless operation for them, OK. But it ought to be optional.


    I thought it was optional except for some professions/jobs.


    There was a long period, roughly from the early 1920s to the early 1970s, when it was generally socially unacceptable to have any facial hair except perhaps for a very light mustache and even that was suspect. Even sideburns were unacceptable if they extended below the middle of the ear. It was either conform or suffer consequences and the consequences could include restricting employment opportunities.

    When I was a boarding school preppy, one of the students would be playing a part in a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. He was also the organist at the local baptist church. In preparation for the operetta, he was growing long sideburns. Because of the reaction of the church congregation, he had to shave off the sideburns. That was in 1955.
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    Jun 19, 2014 6:12 PM GMT
    Forget the beards. Can we talk about the guy in the blue suit many sizes to small for him?
    Or his friend in the coveralls the color of diarrhea?
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    Jun 19, 2014 8:02 PM GMT
    Here in Brazil many people who descend from indigenous peoples (including myself) have little to no beard or body hair. I'm mixed so the few beard follicles I have most likely come from other people I descend from (German, French, American...) I have a coworker who's 32 and he never had to shave in his life.

    I'm in the process of lasering my beard off and I'm very satisfied with the results. My skin is smoother than ever and it's great not having to waste my time shaving a thing I couldn't use anyway (because it was so scarce)

    My ex who is a True Bearâ„¢ and used a beard before the fad is actually fed up with it. Whatever the beard conveyed before the fad has now been to reduced to something that even men of questionable masculinity wear like it's just another fashion accessory.
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    Jun 19, 2014 8:03 PM GMT
    Speaking of which...

    http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2013/jul/24/have-we-reached-peak-beard
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    Jun 19, 2014 8:18 PM GMT
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  • Beeftastic

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    Jun 19, 2014 8:19 PM GMT
    Yeah, it's like the 90's again. The 1890's!
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    Jun 19, 2014 8:49 PM GMT
    unfortunately most men have no idea how to wear a beard that doesn't look fucking ridiculous.
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    Jun 19, 2014 8:54 PM GMT
    greekphysique saidunfortunately most men have no idea how to wear a beard that doesn't look fucking ridiculous.


    And at the wise old age of 23 you do? You probably couldn't grow one if your life depended on it.

    Please old wise one, share with us unenlightened ones the way to wear a beard so as we don't look ridiculous to you.
  • metta

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    Jun 19, 2014 9:49 PM GMT
    I can grow a little scruff but not a full on beard. I did it for a little while and I was told that they really liked it but then I just felt like too many people were doing it...so I stopped.

    I'm glad that I'm not in the bear community. A beard with a mustache almost seems like it is a requirement. I don't want to feel like I have to do something to fit in. I just wanted to try it for fun.
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    Jun 19, 2014 9:56 PM GMT
    After a week of growing, I wanted to rip my face off...nah. I've had a mustache continuously since I was 23, though. Was blond...now sorta blond white. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 19, 2014 9:57 PM GMT
    metta8 saidI can grow a little scruff but not a full on beard. I did it for a little while and I was told that they really liked it but then I just felt like too many people were doing it...so I stopped.

    I'm glad that I'm not in the bear community. A beard with a mustache almost seems like it is a requirement. I don't want to feel like I have to do something to fit in. I just wanted to try it for fun.


    I know what you mean. Just because I have body hair and beard guys want to lump me into the bear community. I insist I'm not a bear because I don't have a beer belly and don't wear combat boots with shorts, which seems to be de rigueur for bear dress code.
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    Jun 19, 2014 10:38 PM GMT
    The one down side to being a blond.
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    Jun 19, 2014 11:52 PM GMT
    Its over.

    There are people still hanging on, but its ridiculous now. Hygiene is an issue!
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    Jun 20, 2014 12:04 AM GMT
    Beards have lost their charm thanks to hipsters. icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 20, 2014 12:18 AM GMT
    kevex saidBeards have lost their charm thanks to hipsters. icon_confused.gif


    I saw hipsters using it long before it became a fad. The charm was lost when the whole hipster package (haircut, clothing, beard, musical taste) became the new mainstream.
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    Jun 20, 2014 12:24 AM GMT
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    Jun 20, 2014 12:24 AM GMT
    I look better with facial hair, so I'll be hanging onto mine.