Joanna Schroeder fills you in on the latest in beard trends.
Not since Mr. Edwards’ first appearance on Little House on the Prairie have beards been so popular. You can’t walk around Los Angeles these days without running into a young guy who looks like he’s on the road to ZZ Top-hood. Even before Brad Pitt adopted his Unruly Goat (above), he was running around like he’d just come back from a Post-Apocalyptic Caveman World.
Here’s Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, circa 2007. I believe this is the seminal year during which the Hipsters of Silver Lake and Echo Park began releasing their inner Grizzly Adams.
Bridwell’s beard has a life of its own in this video. I’m nearly certain the beard is sweating.
And here is Joaquin Phoenix in his “Biblical Beard”:
Then there is the unshaven guy who keeps it trimmed, not Biblical, but doesn’t do any actual shaving, so then he has a beard that also takes over his neck. Hugh Laurie is my most famous example. This beard looks great on guys whose beards are greying. And guys who actually have to go to jobs.
Though I call what Hugh Laurie has a “neck beard”, it’s not technically a neck beard. This (modeled below by Mr. Thoreau) is technically a neck beard:
(For the absolute best Neck Beard photos, visit Bro J Simpson’s collection of breathtaking Neck Beard shots.)
Then, as demonstrated by George Lucas, we have The Optical Illusion Beard:
What do you think? Do you have to be famous to sport something as bold as the Biblical Beard, The Unruly Goat, or the Hugh Laurie Neck Beard?
What beard style do you think absolutely has to go?
What style of facial hair do you currently sport?
Is there anything more manly than a beard?
Brad Pitt – AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi
Joaquin Phoenix – AP
Hugh Laurie – AP/Chris Pizello
George Lucas – AP
Jon Hamm – AP/Matt Sayles