Love or hate: the full beard trend
John Hamm, you just blew up the full beard trend and blew our minds.
Did you see John Hamm presenting during last night’s Emmys? In the course of a single evening, he’s taken a niche trend popular among hipster tattooed twenty-somethings and, brought it mainstream. Let’s face it, a man with a full beard is hard to miss, especially when we’re talking about John.
This is what I like to call a “Push-back” trend. Push back trends arise in response to oppositional trends where things have gotten a little out of hand. In this case, it’s a collective weariness from overly-tweezed, overly-manicured, and overly-manscaped men who end up looking, um, feminine. Here’s an example of manscaping gone wrong:
Men plucking their eyebrows is, at the very least, confusing to me, but let’s stay on topic. The full-beard, often paired with longer hair is fully male, and slightly primal. Women have a reaction to men who look so
Am I wrong ladies?
Before you decide if it’s for you or not, let’s break this particular push-back trend down with a few more examples of full-beard, longer hair; and why it works.
The success of this look hinges on:
- RESTRAINT: This trend is all about a beard that looks best FULL, not overly trimmed, but not Z.Z.-over-the-Top, either. Grooming is key. (No eyebrow plucking/waxing allowed — duh.)
- BALANCE: The manliness of the beard is best complimented with a look that’s stylish. Full beards and sloppy clothing are NOT a good look.
- This look is best complimented by a full head of hair. Biceps are a balding man’s best asset, not a beard. But that’s just my humble opinion.
I love this look when it’s done this way. What do you think?