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HOW TO DRESS FOR YOUR FACIAL HAIR: TIPS FOR DRESSING UP OR DOWN




When we talk about facial hair, we always like to make the point that facial hair is part of a context, your overall style (more on this in our blog post on beard grooming tips for beginners). Part of that, of course, is trying to decide which styles go with what kinds of clothes. Sounds simple, right?

Well, it’s often more difficult than you think. So, here’s a few quick tips for you. This is by no means a comprehensive guide, since, of course, there are myriad different styles for any given type of facial hair. In other words, think of this more like a set of guidelines focused on the proven, classic styles of men’s fashion–those looks that  never go out of style. So, read, enjoy, and as always, let us know what you think!

IF YOU HAVE A CIRCLE BEARD…

The short circle beard evokes just the right balance of scruff and style. More manicured than stubble but more relaxed than a goatee, it can help a soft jaw line appear more angular and masculine.
More importantly, it can seriously up the dapper-factor of your look when paired with the right outfit. Just don’t screw it up, or you risk looking like a middle-aged suburban postal worker (no offense to postal workers).
Plenty of well-groomed gents (like Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, to name a couple) sport this look with red-carpet worthy suits, but we realize that dressing for a movie premiere isn’t exactly doable for daily life. Instead, go for the super dressed-down version.

IF YOU HAVE A FULL BEARD…


The full beard is not a look for the faint of heart. Depending on your level of trimming, your appearance can range anywhere from rugged to wild-man. However unkempt or polished you decide to be, allowing 50% of your face to be covered in hair is a bold choice.
The raw, unfiltered masculinity of this beard doesn’t need a lot of help to look awesome, but a bit of softness in your outfit can help take a mountain-man image into the modern world. Or just go full lumberjack. Your choice.

IF YOU HAVE A HANDLEBAR MUSTACHE…

As old becomes hip again, the handle bar mustache is making a comeback. When it’s done right, this style can look classic, but it can turn too old-timey without careful attention to haircut and clothing choice. If you prefer to throw sweats on and do nothing before you head out the door in the morning, the handle bar might not be the look for you.
If you’re up for the challenge of dressing to the nines and keeping the hair on your head in good condition, get out your razor and mustache wax and handle-bar away.

IF YOU HAVE A GOATEE…

The goatee is a look for the true risk-taker. Someone who’s not afraid to shape his facial hair into a style associated with sleazy night club owners and the worst of 90s boyband mania. Although it’s gotten a bad rap over the years, the goatee is still a great choice for the man who’s not afraid to own his individuality, and it can be styled to evoke retro charm or rockstar badassery.

IF YOU HAVE STUBBLE…

Perhaps the easiest to achieve (after puberty) of all facial hair styles, the stubble is a look that can easily go awry. Stubble paired with rumpled hair, an unwashed t-shirt, and wrinkled jeans makes for a sloppy overall appearance.

Stubble paired with a carefully styled mane, tailored trousers (WITHOUT PLEATS), and a clean, button down shirt? GQ all the way. Don’t overthink it on this one. Anything clean, fitted, and contemporary can make stubble shine.

source : gentlemanhq.com/how-to-dress-for-your-facial-hair/

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