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Monday, February 6, 2017

pick the perfect beard length.

The best thing about beards, foamy-moustache funtimes aside, is their impermanence. Maybe you’ll grow one and forever shall it remain. Perhaps you’ll sample stubble and then go running for the razor. (Coward.) Either way, it’s a switch-up to your style that’s intrinsically transient. No two days of bearding are ever the same. It’s perpetually changing. And if you don’t like it today, yours is the power to remove it.
So for those feeling in need of an image change, facial hair is a sound investment. It’s cheaper than overhauling your wardrobe, for starters. Plus, safer than cutting your own hair and infinitely less risky than trying something ‘new’ on your head. Patchy stubble is simple to hide. A failed rockabilly pompadour, less so.
But for many men – perhaps you, dear reader? – stubble equals shame. It can be fluffy like a kitten when what you want is something beastly. Perhaps it’s patchy? Disparate nonsense instead of an unyielding thatch of glorious face power?
It’s for those men that beard growth is fraught. But fret not. With smart cultivation, being beard-happy is possible for all but a few. Whether you grow robust wire like a human brillo pad or struggle to sprout a mere few strands, learning to lay down the right length is long overdue.
To that end, FashionBeans put down the tree-felling axe and went to the scissor smiths at barbershop Ruffians to gain the inside track on beard growth. Finding the perfect length for you is just over the horizon. On, then, to beard glory

Short Beard

How’s It Look?

This is your holiday beard. As you’ll have learnt, it only really works well if you have full facial coverage.
Stay patient at the early stages if not; it might look better after committing to some growth, then trimming evenly.

What’s The Commitment?

Depends on the individual, but usually around five-to-10 days.

Will It Work For Me?

Best for those with a good, even facial hair growth. If you have patchy/sporadic facial hair, this will just further highlight the gaps, which is not ideal.
Picking a shade of green to wear isn’t as simple as taking a quick spin of the colour wheel. Whether you’re bedsheet pale or the colour of strong coffee, it pays to know which category your complexion falls under and the tones that work with (as well as against) it.
  • As a general rule of thumb, those that are pale or fair do well with darker hues that contrast with the skin, such as bottle green. Soft, pastel shades or bright colours like lime green should be avoided as these will only wash you out.
  • Anyone with olive or medium skin can wear most colours. That said, shades which are too close to your skin tone, like olive green, should be avoided as these have a habit of blending in with the skin and making it look like you’re wearing a morph suit (or no clothes at all).
  • Lastly, guys with a darker complexion can try their hand at pretty much any colour. Use this advantage to make the most of bold, bright colours like jade green, but steer clear of anything that has brown undertones or risk it bleeding into the skin.


Wearing a single colour from head to toe is a risky strategy when it’s not a neutral like black or navy. That said, green still provides ample opportunity to be adventurous if done right.
Save yourself (and others) a headache and opt for leafy hues that are a little more pared back. This year’s preferred shade might be a touch too vibrant for a full tonal look, but subtle greens balanced out with traditional colours like blue and brown can lift tailoring to new heights.
Deep greens, be it bottle, hunter or British racing (sorry Pantone fans, they’re all pretty similar really), work particularly well in the cooler months. Teamed with a crisp white shirt, dark brown or black leather accessories and a muted wool coat, this outfit will say a lot more about you than a standard suit at an occasion or office that allows for some personality.
If you fancy a spot of leafy tailoring but aren’t ready to take the plunge with a fully green look, trim the hedge to just one piece. A green blazer is an excellent separate to own because it pairs well with beige, grey and black trousers, so you won’t need to worry about investing in anything else to make it work.

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