Do you wear a beard as a trend or style? What do people think about you?
Recently, I have been coming across numerous articles discussing the the ‘trend’ of beards. Some elevating beards into heights, while others are simply discouraging men from having one. I like how the positive articles talk about beard styles and grooming, giving tips on how to pull off one, while those against beards are overusing the word “trend”. They talk about beards being a fashion trend and how this one has just gone passé, so you should shave it and move on to another trend.
Personally, I use the word “trend” very carefully, to make sure I don’t make the same mistake as most people do, who think that trend equals style. The meaning of each is rather different; if not antonymous in a way.
Style is a skill and knowledge that is developed over time. Being stylish means having or displaying a good sense of styles; showing elegance, refinement and taste. One can be stylish at any time in any time period. Style is timeless.
Trend, on the other hand, is not timeless. It is a general direction in a particular period of time, where one is considered trendy only if he dresses up to date in style or influence of the current trend. This shows the time limit of a trend. Based on this, we can also say that trendy person is a follower, while stylish person is a leader. Which one are you?
Now that we learned about the difference of trendy and stylish, those who are clean shaven can stay that way (you do not need to grow a beard), and those who are wearing a full fur on their faces, you can keep it and be proud of your whiskers.
Since I have grown my beard, I noticed a change in the way people perceive me, as well as how I feel about myself. Because, I cant quite put my words around it, I have done some research on the psychology of beards and here is what I found: (after photos)
Beards are a sign of confidence
Groomed beards showcase man’s health
Bearded men are perceived as more masculine
People think bearded men have higher social status
Facial hair and employment