Saturday, 2 July 2011

Men’s Accessories- Part 1: ‘Beards'

I love beards. 

Along with a man involved the erotic act of vacuuming (I call this foreplay); they really do it for me!  
Why do I like beards? Ok, yank that ‘Psychology for Idiots’ off the bookshelf; and flip to the 3 sentence summation of Freud’s ‘Oedipus Complex’; yes; my dad has a beard.  My dad has always had a beard.  Except for once when I was young (he was probably bored i.e. a sole occasion when all the family’s cars/mechanical/electrical appliances were all simultaneously functioning, and he had nothing to fix)  dad shaved it off and revealed the face of a complete stranger.   Ok, now that I have sufficiently grossed myself out with this journey into my own obviously sick psyche let’s just try and move on so it doesn’t get awkward between us and just leave it at; I like beards. 

The good news for men with a preference for a furred face is that not only are beards a magnet for wacko chicks who are attracted to doppelgangers of their fathers, but beards have also for the last few years been tres cool.  Moreover, with all the Saddam Hussein hype being so yesterday’s news now; you can feel free to grow a beard without having to put aside an extra hour and your best underwear (a courtesy which makes those full body searches a more ‘special’ experience for all involved) every time you head to the airport. 

As a counsellor in men’s style; I am now taking a very unusual direction with my guidance and am inviting you to take a completely laissez-faire approach to your personal grooming.  You have my blessing to let you face go feral; this is my gift to you. So donate your razors to the cause of porn-star-ifying your girlfriend’s nether-regions and let the face-forest flourish!  However, like a frenzied dog on the end of a fully extended, retractable leash, which has started to roll in the remains of a dead pigeon, I now need to rein you in a little... Alas, just when you thought you had found a trend that required absolutely none of the attention that could otherwise be directed into sourcing new free web-porn, I have to break it to you; this look, which is meant to denote the wearer as being the embodiment of effortless masculinity is actually the product of some covert poncing-about.  Oh-yes; this hairy-veil is going to require some very deliberate pimping to pull off that rugged and carefree look.

So, specifically; how to wear the spawn of your follicles in 2013? 

Beards at the moment should be worn a little shaggier than the mere stubble that a girly-boy instant pop-star might cultivate just to confirm for his female fans that they weren’t in fact lusting after a pre-pubescent girl.   Beards at the moment should be medium to heavy weight whilst still trimmed to keep the lines of your jaw and cheeks definable. 
Make sure you keep your sideburns cut quite close.  Sideburns look super-gross when they get long, wiry and dense.

Very important: (and I probably should have mentioned this before you gift-wrapped and ceremonially presented all your razors to the girlfriend for your anniversary) you need to avoid the neck-beard!  Face and chest hair should never mingle!  ‘Neck-beard’ is actually even used as a derogatory term for slovenly nerds; often involved in hobbies such as card gaming, video gaming, anime, et. al.
Neck-beard (noun)If this party is full of f*cking neckbeards, I'm out. I've got better things to do than sit around with a bunch of unwashed nerds’ (taken from the Urban Dictionary).

So swipe one of the razors that your girl has now pre-blunted on her armpits and fend off the beard as it rushes southwards; just before it hits your Adam’s apple, but no earlier/higher or you will look like a Thunderbird i.e. disconnected head.

If you needed any more convincing to begin the god-given right of all men to allow your follicles to sprout-forth in beardiness, then listen to some of the motivational material produced by the Australian folk/rock band The Beards.  With tracks such as ‘If your Dad Doesn’t Have A Beard Then You Have Two Mums’, ‘No Beard, No Good’ and ‘It Only Takes A Fortnight (To Grow A Decent Beard)’; a few hours of their catchy musical indoctrination and you’ll be feeling more nakedness and vulnerability than a prostrate exam offers without a lovely veil of facial growth.

Next post (very soon!) Men’s Accessories- Part 2: ‘Scarves’
aka ‘Scarves: The Solution To The Shave Rash Created From Attempting To Avoid The Neckbeard’ blog-post.


  1. This is awesome stuff! I was so inspired after reading this blog today I only shaved my neck. Having been given MWTW's blessing to embrace my hairy face has put a spring in my step and a skin rash to my wife's cheek. Now, to create the looks I see above, I know where to find a table cloth to drape around my neck but where to find those bunny ears? MWTW? Anybody?

  2. My dad had a beard too... still hate the beards. BUT love the stubble! Great blog Cass you fashionista you! Lynda

  3. Stubble: A convenient facial exfoliation with ever pash, non?
    Thanks for the props! New post happening any moment now... LIKE the Men:What To Wear for updates...
    x Cass

  4. Excellent take on beards. However, I detect some manliness in several of the pictures you posted, so I don't think you can qualify these gentlemen as true hipsters. The man in the first picture has clearly slaughtered many enemies on the battlefield, thus earning the right to wear the Bunny Ears of Triumph.

    Are you single, by chance? I believe I may have found the Bearded Man of Your Dreams!

  5. is hilarious! Mmmm...still the stuff of bad dreams though

  6. Beard time...

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