November 29, 2022

Is The Mustache Iconic Again

By: Nolee Moscatelli

Facial hair has caused controversy in terms of fashion in American society. In the past year, the iconic 80s chevron mustache has resurfaced along with other resurrected styles from the late 1900s.

Styles and trends have emerged and reappeared in many different ways the past hundred years. Fashion extends beyond much more than the latest clothing trends. Instead, fashion includes enhancing certain features and characteristics of the human body. For example, things such as facial hair can be influenced by fashion styles turned into trends.

According to the Men and Their Moustaches article, the history of men’s facial hair has had various meanings and reasonings as to why it may or may not be popular at the time. In the late 19th century, facial hair was admired because of its association with good health, masculinity and virility. By the 1900s men became interested in shaving after long days at work getting dirty and sweaty. This created a trend, leading to the importance of hygiene in a general sense . At this time both males and females valued the hairless look. Up until the 50s, the lack of facial hair was a characteristic of masculinity as it revealed the jawline.

By the 60s men were absolutely fed up with the upkeep of having clean shaved faces daily. The younger generation began to grow out their mustaches as a form of rebellion against conservatism. The mustache became a fashion statement and before we knew it facial hair once again became a masculine trait adopted into society into the 80s.

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Young Tom Selleck

Since the late 80s mustaches have once again gone out of style. But with the return of the 70s-inspired clothing trends, the chevron mustache has regained popularity. The chevron mustache is the most popular facial hairstyle of 2022. The chevron mustache is not only easy to groom and maintain. But it is also the face of men’s fashion right now. The chevron mustache is admired by a vast variety of people. Ranging between age groups of men ages anywhere from 19-80+. The chevron mustache has officially made its come back and remains to gain fashion approval.

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Brad Pitt

It will be interesting to continue to watch the evolution of men’s facial hair as trends and fashion continue to change. Is there a deeper meaning behind the mustache than just the hair that grows on a face? Is this why the mustache has been such an influential aspect of fashion? Although the chevron is popular now, it won’t be long until the next trend comes into style.

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8 thoughts on “Is The Mustache Iconic Again

  1. Hi Nolee,
    I love your idea for this blog post. I remember when I was younger mustaches were all the rave and suddenly I never heard of them again. I also agree that the evolution of men’s facial hair as trends and fashion will continue to change which is the beauty of it all. I am excited to see what the next facial hair trend is!

  2. Hi Nolee, this is an interesting topic for your blog post! I think it’s cool to think about how the mustache has had a rebrand of its own. For awhile, mustaches had a negative connotation associated with them as creepy. I can think of people referring to them as a ‘porn stache’ or ‘pedo stache’, but now they’ve made a return as something attractive with many celebrities sporting them.

  3. I really hope they’re back! I think people started having them ironically and now they are unironically popular. I’m obsessed, and I hope mustaches aren’t going anywhere!

  4. I think this is such a fun and insightful blog post. Something that I have noticed in my personal life is well, especially because I am in the Army and that mustache is the only authorized facial hair that is allowed. As well as not only providing context into the popularity of trends such as facial hair.

  5. I think this is such a fun and insightful blog post. Something that I have noticed in my personal life is well, especially because I am in the Army and that mustache is the only authorized facial hair that is allowed. As well as not only providing context into the popularity of trends such as facial hair. I love the details included as well

  6. Hi Nolee! I really enjoyed your blog post. I think this is an interesting topic that isn’t being talked about enough. Fashion trends typically come around every 20-30 years, so it makes sense that the eighties stache is coming back into style. In my opinion, mustaches are great and I hope they are here to stay.

  7. It is very interesting how facial hair and its treatment has evolved over time. Fashion has been part of human society for generations, and knowing the motivations for past decisions shapes our understanding of fashion. In my culture, mustache is associated with old age, and the elderly love to keep it till death. So, it is not more of fashion in my culture, but rather a distinct “feature” that separates the old from the young. I like to keep mine shorter as a young man.

  8. Hi Nolee, I really like that you chose mustaches as your topic! I had never really thought about how facial hair can be considered a trend as it is basically an accessory! It’s so interesting how trends of what we as humans think looks the best change so frequently, yet styles from the past always seem to come back around.

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