In 2018, facial hair reigns supreme. From the beard renaissance we’re still enjoying, to the acceptability of stubble as a legitimate style, we love how fun and experimental men are with their facial follicles. Let’s take a look at the moustache styles you should definitely think about if your upper lip is getting cold this winter.
The Chevron Moustache
As seen on: Tom Selleck, Daniel Craig, Joe Jonas
The chevron moustache is probably as close to the natural growing shape of your upper lip hair as you can get. Made famous by Tom Selleck in 80s crime romp series Magnum P.I, this is the ‘tache for the ages.
It may have been a huge look in previous decades, but it’s also becoming a contemporary style too. Why? Well, it’s the best of both worlds – neat and tidy but full and thick, and relatively easy to maintain if you’ve got a good moustache grooming kit. Keep the shape sleek by ensuring it does not go over the upper lip and use a comb to keep it from looking too bushy.
The Pencil Moustache
As seen on: Clark Gable, Brad Pitt, Clive Owen
This is an absolute classic look that defined the swaggering gent of the 40s and 50s, with Hollywood stars like Errol Flynn and Clark Gable sporting them throughout their careers. It is essentially a standard moustache but shaved a little bit under the nose, so it doesn’t reach your nostrils and sits on top of the upper lip.
It has been an inspiration for many modern men as well, with celebrities like Brad Pitt helping propel it back into the mainstream.
The look is sharp and classy, requiring a bit of effort and maintenance to keep the shape and stop it from looking wispy. It can be the ideal look for men who want to test the water with facial hair and can often add some sophistication to your overall style.
As seen on: Henry Cavill, Zac Efron, Donald Glover
The beardstache is exactly what it sounds like – a moustache with a close-cropped beard. Usually, the beard is little more than designer stubble, just enough to cover the chin area but not the same thickness as the moustache itself.
In spite of its initially casual appearance, the beardstache can be dressed up as well, giving edge to formal looks (as seen on numerous red carpets). Not only that, it’s not too difficult to achieve. Keep your beard cut short and maintain the moustache with beard balm to keep it looking smooth.
The Handlebar Moustache
As seen on: Daniel Day Lewis, David Beckham, Johnny Depp
Possibly the most iconic moustache style out there, the handlebar used to be popular choice in the early 20th century and is the ultimate hirsute accessory for the modern hipster. There’s even a Handlebar Club where aficionados of the ‘tache meet up and discuss their facial hair. Their mentality is that kissing a person with a smooth face is like having “meat without the salt”.
To get the look, you need to be dedicated! Use a beard oil and balm to get the smoothness you need, then wax and twist the ends into a curl on either side. It’s an unmistakable style that is synonymous with contemporary fashion. It may not be for everyone, but if you love a bit of excitement and exhibitionism, try a handlebar.
The Anchor (Moustache & Beard)
As worn by: David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, Robert Downey Jr.
This look is divisive, yet popular, featuring a standard or pencil ‘tache and a pointed beard with combined soul patch. Some love it, some hate it, but it remains a widely-used style for many men. It is a somewhat dressy look as it tends to hark back to a more bygone age but could easily be modernised if its wearer has a cool and perhaps experimental sense of style.
It is also a great look for different ages (just look at how great RDJ looks) and can give a sense of sophistication. It’s relatively easy to maintain as long as you have a good moustache and beard grooming kit.