Monday, July 28, 2014

the beard

"A beard is the collection of hair that grows on the chin, upper lip, cheeks and neck of human beings and some non-human animals", (Wiki) or in some cases human beings that look like animals.  Some cultures "view a beard as central to a man's virility, exemplifying such virtues as wisdom, strength, sexual prowess and high social status", (Wiki).  Hmmmm, I may actually be the queen of said culture because in my own words I believe the beard to be sexy, handsome and oh so manly.  Goatees do not count, they are very tired and passe, sorry bro.  A well groomed beard, be it a shadow or full on bushy, is the hottest male accessory, then and now.  Well groomed being key, very key. 
I have to be honest, I never really gave the beard much thought.  ZZ Top sport some serious ones and the 2013 Red Sox had some seriously ugly ones.  Not much thought at all until Spring Training 2014 when my crush showed up at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale AZ with a face full o' fuzz, I am now a lover of the beard!
I recently did a post for Bonobos men's suits and while researching some of my favorite iconic men in suits, I happily stumbled upon Paul Newman with the beard, let me just say...



All images via Google
Another iconic wearer of the beard, Clint Eastwood...



 All images via Google
Now some modern day beard love...

Superhero Team USA goalie  Tim Howard via Google

 Hugh Jackman via Google

Australian model Tom Bull via Google

The stylish Stylist and Blogger Kelly Framel has one of the best accessories evah, boyfriend Zachary Lynd

 Simply known as the back of "The Kettel One Hot Guy".

 In honor of The Beard, this week's Style Board will be a Man's Space, fit for
The Chairman of The Beard, coming Wednesday.

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