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post #16 of 34
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Originally Posted by Ianiceman View Post

Those photos just support my personal belief that it's very rare for a beard to improve the way a man looks. On this board I can only think of TTO who really looks good with his and dresses in accordance. I struggle to think of anyone else on here (or IRL) with face fungus who wouldn't experience a marked improvement with a clean shave. Sugarbutch looks decades younger since he shaved. I really cannot stand this trend for lads in their twenties to use electric clippers for that eternally unshaven but not quite a beard look.
What would Cary grant Do?
What would James Bond do?
What would Noel Coward do?
What would my old man do?

These people (aside from your father whom I do not know) are a combination of dead, overly tanned and fictional, why would you care what they would do?
post #17 of 34
If you're going to wear a beard, you have to dress impeccably obviously. I'm reminded of Peter the Great forcibly shearing his boyars and sometimes taking lumps of skin in the process. Be warned.
post #18 of 34
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Originally Posted by SirGrotius View Post

If you're going to wear a beard, you have to dress impeccably obviously.

+1. I had a large beard for quite some time last year and found that I had to up my game a bit more especially as far as casual clothing went. In the end it came off and I don't think I'll be growing one again soon, although (young) women seemed to like it a bit more.
post #19 of 34
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Man Of Lint View Post

The only thing I know conclusively about beards is that most women don't enjoy kissing bearded men.
Some gents can actually look better with a beard.... Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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It can affect how the clothes look on you. I would like to see photos of the OPs beard before I contribute suggestions.

OK!

Here I am, before and after.

As far as I can tell, the beard is not making anything distinctly possible or impossible, it's just making me more adventurous.

The last pic has a set of larger proportions in coat, tie and shirt collar.

The first two most accurately represent my skin tone.

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post #20 of 34
^^Both looks are good. I prefer the beard.
post #21 of 34
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Originally Posted by poissa View Post

Over the past 3.5 years my face grew whiskers in an ode to spaghetti westerns and an Indian at the Getty Villa in SoCal with a ridiculous handlebar moustache. This Sunday, I gave what remained a shave. For two of these years I worked in a a large corporation. I gave no consideration to the texture of my attire - the time was spent acquiring staples. Leading into no shave movember I let the full beard continue its course through May.

The organization that employed me is casual- jeans all summer, polos most of the season, with only upper management wearing suits, and very few of the 20 somethings. I fall in the latter category. A leader, in my own right, so having suits, not wearing jeans, serves as a counterpoint to the beard. Bringing texture, straying from the cbd might not sit well with the executives I approached. For example, I suggested changing our soap. The soap in our facilities and pantries contains triclosan - a pestiscide - and is a microbial. Anti-bacterial soaps are found to be no more effective at reducing the spread of illness than regular handsoap (Center for Disease Control). Anti-bacterial soap also has been found to affect those with chronic disease by making the suspectible for illness (Dr. Aiello). There is a hard benefit associated with changing soap and keeping the working population healthy. Long story short, my gut says, going in full beard and with texture would not be appopriate. Context matters in all situations.

I can positively state, the winter is when the benefits of shaving compared to the vanity of being clean shaven come into question. Not sure what's happening with the face in the near future. I will bear in mind terrorists have taken the beard away for certain people. At least controlling my weight is easy. Looking back, loading up on more texture - earlier than I otherwise would is interesting for casual wear.

This was a good read.
post #22 of 34
mack,

The fact that you're bald is a game-changer. IMHO, almost all bald men look better with well-maintained facial hair. Alternatively, almost all men who have full heads of hair look better without.
post #23 of 34
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Originally Posted by GeekSheek View Post

mack,
The fact that you're bald is a game-changer..

I know Mack personally and he is, uh, bald all over lookaround.gif (yes, like vox you sycophants)



mack, my preference is the beard, gives you an air of gravitas.
post #24 of 34
I'm not bald all over.

I have hair on my head and a few more inside my nose.
post #25 of 34
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Originally Posted by mack11211 View Post

OK!

Here I am, after.

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You resemble Stanley Marcus
post #26 of 34
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Originally Posted by Tropicalist View Post

Most fundamentally a beard will change the shape of the face and change the tonal balance of the face. . . .

This is why I wear a beard. I'm tall and thin and use the beard to shape my jawline. I've been told it actually makes me look younger, but I'm not sure one person's opinion represents a consensus. A number of people have told me, however, that the beard makes me look "distinguished", which I think may be a polite way of saying "older". I'm also an academic, so a beard at work is no big deal and no one especially cares how I dress.
post #27 of 34
Lately my beard has begun insisting that I dress in a more butch, masculine fashion. She claims that my chunky scarves, tight jeans, and fussy glasses make her job harder than it needs to be.
post #28 of 34
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Originally Posted by poissa View Post

Over the past 3.5 years my face grew whiskers in an ode to spaghetti westerns and an Indian at the Getty Villa in SoCal with a ridiculous handlebar moustache. This Sunday, I gave what remained a shave. For two of these years I worked in a a large corporation. I gave no consideration to the texture of my attire - the time was spent acquiring staples. Leading into no shave movember I let the full beard continue its course through May.
The organization that employed me is casual- jeans all summer, polos most of the season, with only upper management wearing suits, and very few of the 20 somethings. I fall in the latter category. A leader, in my own right, so having suits, not wearing jeans, serves as a counterpoint to the beard. Bringing texture, straying from the cbd might not sit well with the executives I approached. For example, I suggested changing our soap. The soap in our facilities and pantries contains triclosan - a pestiscide - and is a microbial. Anti-bacterial soaps are found to be no more effective at reducing the spread of illness than regular handsoap (Center for Disease Control). Anti-bacterial soap also has been found to affect those with chronic disease by making the suspectible for illness (Dr. Aiello). There is a hard benefit associated with changing soap and keeping the working population healthy. Long story short, my gut says, going in full beard and with texture would not be appopriate. Context matters in all situations.
I can positively state, the winter is when the benefits of shaving compared to the vanity of being clean shaven come into question. Not sure what's happening with the face in the near future. I will bear in mind terrorists have taken the beard away for certain people. At least controlling my weight is easy. Looking back, loading up on more texture - earlier than I otherwise would is interesting for casual wear.
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Originally Posted by Dr.Evil 
Very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink, he would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Some times he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy, the sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical, summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds, pretty standard really. At the age of 12 I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum, it's breathtaking, I suggest you try it.
post #29 of 34
lol and wtf?
post #30 of 34
I cut off my 6+ month growth beard a month or so ago. Personally, I like the stark contrast of the out of control wild man beard with sharp and current business attire. It seems like the contradiction of style between the two make both more interesting.
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