Gone are the era when the only way to be well groomed was to have a clean shaven face. Nowadays men are enjoying the rugged approach to facial hair style. It has been very apparent in fashion magazines, web and social media that the Hollywood’s most stylist and internationally well-known personalities are flooding the red carpets of the Golden Globe, Oscars, Grammy, Brit Awards and even the sophisticated glamour of the French Riviera during the Cannes Film Festival with their beards. Indeed the beard trends have captivated various men in the world including the brightest stars. According to scientist Dr. Cyril Grueter, an associate professor of biological anthropology at the University of Western Australia in Perth, “Men grow their beard because they want attention.” The issue here is not about dominance, because if you evaluate the fad within a decade of fashion evolution, it is undeniable that women have always been in the spotlight while men on the other hand became consistent and boring. The beard trend changes that phase and created a new way for men to accessorised in a contemporary manner. If women have their hair as their best accessory while it’s fair enough for men to have their beard as a counterpart. The escalation of this trend allowed men to change their look dramatically; with proper information and styling, any man can create the look they want. Based on this current trend, a hand-full of hottest beard style trends for 2015 is chosen in no particular order, to guide every stylish lad.
The timeless and in fact most widely used beard style since 1980, it is also popularly known as the five-o’clock-shadow (as it would look like a 5PM short hair growth after a man shave that morning). It is often described as a facial hair with a length long enough to be noticed but short enough to cover the skin underneath. It aims to deliberately create an unkempt appearance and attributes of a man that is anywhere between relaxed and casual.
This beard style is named after a Flemish painter Sir Anthony Van Dyke, it is sometime called as “French Beard” because it gained a widespread popularity to French men during the late 19th and early 20th century. In its simplest, it is characterized by a goatee (chin beard) combined with a moustache with hairs on the cheeks shaved clean. The oldest variation is the unconnected version of the goatee and the moustache, but, the modern twist called the “chinstrap”, where the side burns get in touch with the patch hair at the bottom of the chin. When done right, this beard style is downright artsy and sophisticatedly professional.
The short boxed beard style is an alternative for lads who wanted to be brawny but couldn’t handle the thickness of the full beard. This style should be properly sculpted and requires a meticulous maintenance. The best features of this style are that it outlines the jawline and showcases the check bones. The hairline doesn’t go all the way into the chin as it only extends to about an inch. This style works best for men with prominent chin and gives a more robust look to the face. Another modern variation of this style is called “Captain Jack” (inspired and popularized by Jack Sparrow, a fiction pirate character); the difference is, the obliteration of the side burns which connects the moustache and goatee, making the look a semi-Van Dyke with a goatee extended to the check bones into the hairlines.
A style the sprung from the hipster subculture (a fashion fad brought about by the influence of music), and became a sensation in both hipster and non-hipster men, in both formal and street fashion. It has various forms with an aim to express the ironic nature of looking good in an unattractive manner. In general, the style is characterised by neatly-trimmed goatee and evoke a feel of scruffiness in order to project an anti-corporate image. Some wearers shave the upper part of the neck and trim the moustache around the mount. Although this look is hard-core, growing it requires a high level maintenance.
The most popular beard style worn by a lot of actors during the 72nd Golden Globe Awards; perhaps also used by modern men who wanted to create a look the attributes dominance and neutrality in an easy and hustle-free manner. This often regarded as the most sought after beard style by men who can’t grow beard. It is a low maintenance style and has been regarded as the earliest and ever fashionable beard style created. It can project a virile, confident and bold image of the wearer and can be classy and rugged depending on how it’s groomed.