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.
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.
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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