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How To Pick The Right Beard For Your Face Shape

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How To Pick The Right Beard For Your Face Shape

These days, if you’re not a pogonophile yourself, there’s a fair chance you know someone who is. (We’ll wait here while you Google it.)

Brushing off claims that peak beard has been and passed, the facial hair trend is here to stay. And with beards now a firm part of men’s facial furniture, the emphasis has shifted to “how,” not “if,” you should grow yours.

Much the same way not every hairstyle will suit you, beards are not one-size-fits-all. So, here with the help of London’s best barbershops, brush up on your knowledge and trim any chance of picking an unflattering style.

What Face Shape Am I?

To make all future grooming decisions clean-cut, it’s important to know your face shape. How you determine this is simple. First, arm yourself with a flexible tape measure. Then, take the following measurements, recording each as you go.

  1. Forehead: Measure across your face from the peak of one eyebrow arch to the peak of the opposite arch.
  2. Cheekbones: Measure across your cheekbones, starting and ending at the pointiest part below the outer corner of each eye.
  3. Jawline: Measure from the tip of your chin to below your ear at the point at which your jaw angles upwards. Multiply that number by two to get your jawline measurement.
  4. Face Length: Measure from the centre of your hairline to the tip of your chin.

Once you’ve taken these measurements, note which is the largest of the four, and then compare this to the seven main profiles to find out where your face falls.

  • Oval: Face length is greater than the width of the cheekbones, and forehead is greater than the jawline. The angle of the jaw is rounded rather than sharp.
  • Rectangle: Face length is the greatest measurement. Forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are similar in size.
  • Triangular: Jawline measures greater than cheekbones, which measure larger than the forehead.
  • Round: Cheekbones and face length have a similar measurement. They are larger than the forehead and jawline, which also have a similar measurement. The angle of the jaw is soft and much less defined.
  • Heart: Forehead measures greater than the cheekbones and jawline. The chin is pointed.
  • Square: All measurements are fairly similar. The angle of the jaw is sharp rather than rounded.
  • Diamond: Face length measures largest. Then, in descending order: cheekbones, forehead, and smallest is jawline. The chin is pointed.

How To Pick The Right Beard For Your Face Shape

What Beard Suits An Oval Face?

If you recognise yourself in this shape, try not to look too smug as you read on. With an oval face, you can get away with a variety of beard styles that other men can’t. This versatility comes from being the owner of both square and round features, meaning you don’t really need to balance anything out. All you need to focus on is keeping your beard looking its best.

Rather than using this as an opportunity to change styles as often as Paul Pogba changes his hair, opt for a timeless, classic style every other face shape wishes they could foster.

“The beard you want is squared at the jaw, with clean lines on the cheeks, short on the sides and cut underneath,” explains Joe Mills of Joe & Co Barbers in Soho. This look combines the weight of a full beard with the definition too often lacking from a hipster thatch.

What Beard Suits A Rectangle Face?

There’s no need for the long face. Especially when you consider that a rectangular face shape allows you to throw caution to the wind and see just what your facial follicles can achieve (providing it also suits your hairstyle).

“A rectangle is a longer face shape. Therefore, having your beard styled long, triangular or pointy at the chin will do you no favours,” says Lilybelle Louis of Pall Mall Barbers in Bishopsgate. “Having fuller cheeks on a beard will give the impression of a slightly wider jaw, ensuring the attention is taken away from the length of the face altogether.”

You don’t want to exaggerate the shape you already have. So give it some width and, if you can, grow facial hair higher up the cheeks, too. Doing so will stop your face looking too elongated.

What Beard Suits A Triangular Face?

With a triangular face, which is essentially the opposite of a ‘heart’ shape, the aim is to take the attention away from a more prominent chin.

The easiest way to do this is with a ‘beardstache’ (a moustache with a short beard or stubble). Once the preserve of Victorian strongmen, now a seriously cool look that’ll draw attention higher up the face.

With this hybrid style, avoid anything too full and thick on the cheeks, which will give the unwanted impression of an even wider jawline. “Keeping hair off the cheeks does allow you to bring some well-established sideburns further down your face,” advises Mills. “I’d be loathed to go too long on the chin. Instead, square it off at the bottom.”

What Beard Suits A Round Face?

Beard grooming should never be overlooked, regardless of your face shape. However, cultivating a large, unkempt beard will, in this case, only serve to turn your head into a bowling ball. So to combat this, you need to work the angles.

“A rounded face shape benefits from having a triangular-shaped style,” advises Louis. “Opt for a beard that is shorter on the cheeks and longer towards the chin for a look that’s truly flattering.”

For instance, a goatee – still with stubble on the cheeks – will create the impression of a longer and more pronounced chin. Pensive stroking of this style in meetings comes as standard.

What Beard Suits A Heart Face?

No man ever wants to be accused of having a weak chin. Fortunately for those with a heart shape face, there is a way to add ballast with a beard.

That said, don’t invest in beard oil, combs and trimmers just yet. “This is a smaller face shape, so a beard will only make your face appear smaller,” warns Louis. The risk, therefore, lies in growing a beard and becoming, well, just a beard.

Instead, opt for designer stubble on the sides that will afford you the rough-and-ready look without overpowering your natural bone structure. Meanwhile, leave more length in the chin and moustache to add depth and volume to your jawline.

What Beard Suits A Square Face?

While a strong, square jaw is something many men would gladly trade their patchy beard for, it does have its limitations when choosing to extend a five o’clock shadow into something more serious.

You don’t want a beard that is going to over-exaggerate what you already have and turn you into Johnny Bravo. “A square beard with sharp lines and right angles will not be flattering with a broad jawline,” says Louis. “To complement this face shape, you need to ensure that the chin area is rounded or triangular.”

Lengthening the chin with a goatee-style beard helps soften thick, wide jawbones, while still creating a chiselled look. This will also focus the eye on other features of the face, giving those bright blues a chance to shine.

What Beard Suits A Diamond Face?

The diamond face shape is widest at the cheekbones, with a narrow forehead and jawline that are approximately symmetrical in width. Therefore, the goal should always be to keep hair on the chin to offset the cheekbones, so put down the shaver. Ideally, you want to square off a prominent chin, to create the illusion of having more balanced bone structure.

“Be mindful with the length you trim your beard too,” says Mills. “I wouldn’t advise going too long on the chin – anything too pointy tends to accentuate this face shape. You can go wider on the cheeks and wider on the edge of the jawbone, however, so it squares off the bottom half of your face.”

Going lighter on the moustache, meanwhile, will give further emphasis to your cheeks and jawline.

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12 Best Workout Shorts for Men That Look Pretty Great When You Aren’t Working Out, Too

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There’s probably a big difference between the best workout shorts for men and the stained sweatpant cutoffs you’ve been wearing for bi-weekly crunches and leg lifts in front of the TV this past year. And if you’ve paused your gym membership (and still haven’t been able to find any adjustable dumbbells in stock) the best use of your monthly stay-somewhat-in-shape budget right now might just be a fresh pair of performance shorts that will get you excited about the idea of moving your body vigorously outdoors on a regular basis.

Over the past several years we’ve sweated in a wide array of different gym and running shorts. To determine the best we’ve considered, price, durability, hand feel, and a host of other variables. Is the stretchy performance fabric actually breathable? If there’s a lining, does it actually stay put or does it ride up after the third deep lunge? Where are the pockets and can they actually succeed at holding the things one needs while doing different kinds of work outs? And, of course, do the shorts look good enough that you wouldn’t mind running some errands in them on the way to the run? Below, here are the 12 best workout shorts for men we’ve found. They should help you make some gains and look pretty good doing it. 

The Most Versatile Workout Shorts

Outdoor Voices Anytime workout shorts

Outdoor Voices’ workout shorts were the clear winner of our 2020 fitness awards for a host of reasons. First, a Tik-Tok-approved 5-inch inseam means no extra fabric getting in the way. Second, they’re constructed from extremely tech-y fabric which is both breathable and water-resistant, with a comfy protective built-in liner (that stays put) and plenty of pockets to hold all your essentials whether you’re on a run or lifting at the gym. Think of them as the gym-rat younger brother of the ubiquitous Patagonia Baggies. 

The Best Workout Shorts for Getting After It at the Gym

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Ten Thousand Interval short

Ten Thousand makes a lot of workout gear, but it got its start back in 2014 with a simple pair of shorts and a shirt. We dug version 1.0, which we tried back in 2015, but the company has spent the intervening years making small tweaks and adjustment to the design that have made it even better. The updates retain the shorts extremely minimalist aesthetic, but add a bunch of little hidden touches, including hidden zipper pockets. The thing you’ll notice the most as you actually use the shorts though is how they move. Thanks to the un-bunchable, pinch-free waistband and extremely flexible shell, the short both somehow molds perfectly to your body and expands easily with your movement. If you’re looking for the best shorts for going absolutely nuts on the battle ropes, look no further.

The Best Workout Shorts for Runners

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Tracksmith “Ekiden” running shorts

Serious runners require serious running shorts. And nobody designs more serious running kits than Tracksmith, the Boston label that transplants Chariots of Fire–era aesthetics onto modern marathon-ready gear. Its latest concoction is these thigh-high split shorts inspired by Japan’s Hakone Ekiden—a legendary 218-kilometer relay race—fashioned from plush, antimicrobial mesh. You’re not going to be able to fit your phone into the 2.5-inch inseam, but the shorts manage to make space for two internal pockets that hold your keys or one of those race-day sports goo packets. 

The Best All-Around Workout Shorts

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Rhone “Mako” workout shorts

The Rhone Mako short is a little bit gymmier than you might want to wear on a day to day basis, but it’s all in service of performance. Their stretchy fabric feels smooth against your skin, and yields that satisfying swish-swish rustling noise with each successive stride. Its full-zip, standalone smartphone hip pocket is the best-executed and most secure version out of all the shorts we tested. They’re available in both 7-inch and 9-inch inseams, so are a good option for shorter guys and/or taller guys who want to show some thigh.

8 More Workout Shorts We Love

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Patagonia Strider Pro workout shorts

We wholeheartedly endorse doing HIIT in your 5-inch Patagonia baggies, but if you prefer a slightly techier Patagonia offering for working out, these fast-drying shorts are ideal for runners, thanks to a super streamlined design.
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Lululemon T.H.E. workout short

Lululemon’s shorts are made from a buttery smooth, cool-to-the-touch fabric that feels super luxurious. The shorts aren’t as substantial as the Outdoor Voices and Rhone shorts, but that also makes them plenty breathable.

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Adidas Squadra 17 workout shorts

An extremely cheap, classic option. These will not be your “forever” shorts, but they’ll hold up just fine for a few seasons.

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Brooks Sherpa split workout short

If the idea of 3-inch running shorts gives you pause, internalize this pair’s perfect tagline: “less short, more speed.”

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Satisfy short distance workout shorts

The liner on these lightweight shorts is just a tad longer than the shorts themselves, making the bold snakeskin print all the more striking. They pack an internal phone pocket, an external zipper pocket, and a key carabiner into one streamlined and stylish package.

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Rec Gen Type 2 lite workout short

If AirPod buds tend to fall out of your ears by the second squat or your simply remain devoted to your reliable fully-wired headphones, Rec Gen might be a good option. The brand’s shorts come with a small headphone pocket that corrals wires, leading them up to your ears along your back to ensure you don’t get tangled while doing curls.

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Nike Flex Stride workout shorts

Nike’s shorts include a breathable and supportive soft inner liner. They also have more than enough pockets to cover your PKW needs—two on the sides, and a zippered one just above the butt.

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Under Armour Locker workout shorts

Clean and unobtrusive, with a roomy 9-inch inseam, these light workout shorts come in about a billion colors.

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Why the Canadian Tuxedo Is the Perfect Style Detox

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There’s a common adage you hear about great masters in their fields: the Michelin-starred chef who, after a long day composing gastronomical wonders in the kitchen, comes home craving the simplicity of a grilled cheese; the musical genius who listens to nothing but white noise anywhere outside of the studio. No one would ever mistake me for a great master of anything, but even I—your humble middle-of-the-road menswear blogger—sometimes need a mental vacation from thinking about clothes after the endless hours of internet garm-wrangling I put in everyday. About every six months or so, I’ll open my closet in the morning and instantly feel like Rocky in the 14th round, bleary-eyed and overmatched and unable to piece together even a half-decent fit. I can’t see nothing. You gotta dress me, Mick! In those instances, I’ve come to rely on a uniform that helps me realign my sartorial chakras: denim-on-denim.

Dennis Hopper during the filming of The Last Movie, 1971.

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That’s right, the Canadian Tuxedo. When I first stumbled into this semi-regular habit a couple of years back, it was completely subconscious: every day for a week or so, without really thinking about it, I’d pull on my trusty 501s with my even-trust-ier trucker jacket, plucked for a pittance from the Club Monaco sale rack more than a decade ago in college and put through absolute hell ever since. What peculiar forces had drawn me to double denim, exactly? Perhaps it was a comforting nod to my roots north of the border, or a small tribute to the decades of style gods who have donned it before me: your Marvins, your Hoppers, your Meryls, your Kermits. But mostly, I think, I leaned on it for its quiet functionality. No matter what you wear underneath—a plain tee or a freaky camp shirt, a hoodie or a polo—there’s a purpose-driven clarity to pairing jeans and a jean jacket. A few days of palate-cleansing indigo, and I’m right back ready to furiously stunt on the world like post-baseball Mike.

Bob Marley in London, July  24, 1975. 

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Michael Douglas during the filming of Napoleon and Samantha, 1972.

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Lately, I’ve taken to calling these occasional denim-heavy stretches my Style Detoxes. Even if you aren’t as enamored with the rugged ease of all-jean-everything as I am, it’s a useful practice to adopt from time to time. The next time you wake up sick of all your own clothes, too weary to decide what to wear, go with your gut and throw on something effortless and innocuous. Then wear it again, and again, and again, and again—à la Doug from Doug—until you’re ready to return to getting dressed with fresh eyes and renewed intention.

Eric Clapton and John Lennon perform in Wembley, December 11, 1968.

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Princess Diana with her sons in Lech, Austria, March 30, 1993.

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Maybe your Style Detox is wearing head-to-toe white like Andrew W.K. or head-to-toe black like a Chelsea gallerist. Maybe it’s the perfect tracksuit or the perfect suit-suit. Whatever you land on, I’ll be floating above it all in my dungaree-induced meditative trance. If you’d like to join me, here are a handful of hard-wearing ways to do just that.

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Levi’s 501 original shrink-to-fit jeans

Tough to beat the brand that invented the look.

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Uniqlo U cotton trucker jacket

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Uniqlo U regular fit jeans

Christophe Lemaire brings his artful Parisian eye to an all-American ensemble.

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Oni Denim 16oz natural indigo jean jacket

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Oni Denim 16oz natural indigo neat straight jeans

Ready to see what all the hype is about over Japanese denim? Let this gorgeous slubby set be your introduction.

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A.P.C. New Standard jeans

The label that introduced you to raw denim does the whole stonewash thing better than most, too.

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Everlane relaxed 4-way stretch organic jean

Rockstar-ify your Canadian Tuxedo with a little pitch black denim.

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Todd Snyder stretch denim jacket

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Todd Snyder slim fit selvedge jean

Trashed like a perfect thrift store find, minus the impossible-to-wash-out thrift store smell.

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Fashion giant H&M pauses placing new orders in Myanmar

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STOCKHOLM – Sweden’s H&M, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer, said on Monday it was shocked by the use of deadly force against protesters in Myanmar and that it had paused placing orders in the country.

Police and military have killed more than 50 people to quell daily demonstrations and strikes against a Feb. 1 military coup, according to the United Nations last week.

H&M has around 45 direct suppliers in Myanmar, it said on its website, and has sourced in the country for seven years.

“Although we refrain from taking any immediate action regarding our long-term presence in the country, we have at this point paused placing new orders with our suppliers,” Serkan Tanka, Country Manager Myanmar, said in an email.

“This is due to practical difficulties and an unpredictable situation limiting our ability to operate in the country, including challenges related to manufacturing and infrastructure, raw material imports and transport of finished goods.”

Two protesters were killed by gunshot wounds to the head in Myanmar on Monday, witnesses said, while shops, factories and banks were closed in the main city Yangon as part of the uprising against the country’s military rulers.

Tanka said H&M was extremely concerned about the situation in the country and that it was in dialogue with UN agencies, diplomatic representatives, human rights experts, trade unions and other multinational companies.

“These consultations will guide us in any future decision in relation to how we as a company can best contribute to positive developments in accordance with the will of the people in Myanmar,” he said.

Myanmar’s garment industry is smaller than that of neighboring countries Bangladesh, China and Thailand. However, its around 600 factories are significant employers, providing jobs for around 450,000 workers in 2020, according to the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association

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