5 fashion forward styles
Get bang-up-to-date with the latest beard styles from the Milan and Paris menswear shows
Top designers embraced facial hair as a sign of masculine confidence and style at the recent shows in Milan and Paris.
Forget the days of scruffy stubble: the full designer beard is the absolute ‘must have’, and the thicker you can grow it, the better. This latest runway season saw beard styles worn with elegant suits at Smalto, cool summer knits at Pierre Cardin and casual ‘easy-to-wear’ tops and shirts from Hermes.
Whether we were watching high-end designer shows at Armani or more commercially affordable lines at Agnes B, facial hair has translated from the runway to an acceptable part of masculine style in the office, at bars and cafes around town, or at cool summer roof-top parties.
Variation as always is the key, so being adventurous with different shapes and style combinations is the way to individualize each look to suit your personality.
Here are five easy-to-achieve looks from the latest season.
Agnes B showed a variety of styles that were casual and easy to achieve. My favorite was this full Chevron moustache with the well-shaped pair of ‘chops’.
Hermes is the height of masculine chic, showing cool white cottons that are relaxed and effortless. The full, thick beard adds a groomed elegance that takes classic summer style to a whole new place. The key is to keep the beard shape regularly trimmed and under control.
Not every man can wear a classic 3-piece suit and look comfortable, but this neatly pointed beard adds a new dimension to an overall look that is sexy and achievable. The sharp lines compliment the tailoring and can be achieved once a full beard is grown with some careful trimming and waxing.
Pierre Cardin is an iconic and classic French designer known for his avant-garde style. The groomed, ‘slightly-more-than-stubble’ whiskers with the harder lines of the moustache, adds a masculine edge to the circle shapes of the sleeveless top, which are synonymous to the designer.
Rugged, masculine and casual, this graduated beard shape increases toward the jawline and chin adds definition and sharpness to the softer lines of the loose cut jacket and pant.