It is well documented that facial hair trends are just as cyclical as fashion and, after patiently lying in wait since the mid-eighties, the resurgence of the moustache is finally here. To those paying attention, it has actually been here for a while with men all over the world using Movember as an excuse to push their hairy lipped agendas without facing prosecution. I mean who is going to call your facial hair into question when it’s for a good cause? You’re a good person not daring to do something different outside of the norm. You care about raising awareness of prostate cancer. Wrong. Well, for the most part. Call me cynical, but we all know that the majority are using Movember as a thinly veiled attempt to see how much social media validation they can get in the hopes that one day it will be socially acceptable again. Well gents, it’s time to get out your razors and take ownership of your convictions as persistence has finally paid off.
Previously relegated to nothing more than a relic of seventies porn stars, Tom Sellick and iconically adorned by the late and great Freddie Mercury, you would be fooled into thinking men had reached peak tache before the next cycle of facial hair trends left the moustache behind. But once again, life is imitating art with the moustache having slowly worked its way into popculture, as well as your average male, and bringing us into its 2016 dominance. Singer, Brandon Flowers and Hollywood actor, James Franco each said no to the oversaturation of bearded men and stood their moustached grounds outside of the month of November and managed to look stylish and handsome while doing so.
On our televisions, the hyper masculinity of character Ron Swanson, in the laugh out loud Parks & Recreation, displayed a moustache growth that most could only dream of. The same goes for the character of Dom, in HBO’s critically acclaimed gay drama, Looking. Thus proving once more that gay men are one step ahead of the rest in terms of style and culture.
Joaquin Phoenix had a career defining performance in 2013’s Her but it wasn’t just his acting that had critics raving as they all took the time to applaud the styling and not just Joaquin’s wardrobe but his beautifully groomed moustache. Even in mainstream cinema the moustache is dominating, evident in Marvel Studios movies. In particular, none other than Robert Downy Junior’s Tony Stark aka Iron Man, whose moustache is downright heroic. Not content with just one, another moustached hero is soon to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside Iron Man in this Autumn’s Doctor Strange, so don’t be surprised if children all over the world will aspire to the same facial hair as their heroes. And your friendly neighbourhood comic book readers too.
Provided you have the wherewithal and patience to grow and groom one, a moustache suits most men and with many variations you can experiment with your moustache to suit your own personal taste and style. The moustache is here to stay… well, for now.