Beard styles come in all shapes and sizes.
Some are passing trends and often forgotten for good reason, while others are timeless cultural staples cemented in men’s culture. If you’re wanting to grow a beard and don’t know what beard style to go for, you’ve come to the right spot.
Below we highlight our 15 favourite iconic beard styles that make beard culture pop.
1. Corporate Beard
In years past, very few corporate workplaces allowed their menfolk to sport a beard, no matter how dapper they looked.
Fortunately, those days are behind us, and some beards are now entirely accepted. One style of acceptable grooming is the corporate beard.
This full type of beard style is perfectly even and trimmed to perfection. However, it’s only a beard style for a certain kind of man.
If your facial hair has a mind of its own and can grow in quite patchy, then the shaved look might be a better option for you.
Famous people who rock it: Sergey Brin, Steve Wozniak, Drake.
2. Horseshoe Mustache with Soul Patch
Ahh...The horseshoe mustache with a soul patch.
It’s not for everyone but this mustache and beard style is entirely acceptable in everyday life and looks every bit as complex as the name.
Fortunately, though, it’s not as complicated as you might think to achieve such a look.
This beard style consists of a horseshoe-shaped mustache and soul patch beard.
The horseshoe component doesn’t necessarily have to connect to the soul patch, but you have the freedom to play around to achieve the look you prefer.
Famous people who rock it: Hulk Hogan, Johnny Depp, Zach Efron.
3. The Zappa
Frank Zappa is a guitarist and songwriter with some bangin’ classics like Don’t Eat Yellow Snow.
But while he’s a master of music, he’s also the reason we’ve got the famous Zappa beard style.
If you want people to confuse you with this legend, then go right ahead and start trimming.
This beard consists of a full mustache and edges that taper down to the corners of your mouth.
It’s then finished off with a soul patch. Be careful, though, for if you grow the edges out too far, you can end up with a horseshoe mustache.
You may find that this style of beard is better suited to people with oblong face shapes.
Famous people who rock it: Frank Zappa, Ringo Starr, Viggo Mortensen.
4. Van Dyke
Step back in time and offer a history lesson to those who ask by sporting the Van Dyke beard.
This type of beard comes courtesy of Anthony van Dyck, a 17th-century Baroque artist known for his religious paintings featuring bearded men.
All you need to do to sport the Van Dyke is grow a goatee with a pointy mustache and leave your cheeks cleanly shaven.
Famous people who rock it: Chris Cornell, Kurt Cobain, Tony Stark.
Ever stared in awe at Conor McGregor’s beard? This MMA fighter’s beard is pretty impressive, and you can have it, as well.
It’s known as the Verdi and consists of a rounded beard with a styled mustache.
To pull it off, you have to be able to grow a full, even beard. You can thank 19th-century composer Giuseppe Verdi for this masterpiece.
Famous people who rock it: Conor McGregor, Billy Huxley, Giuseppe Verdi.
6. Full Beard
If you don’t mind dedicating a significant amount of your time to the art of beard growing, then the full beard might be for you.
Rather than expose your chin, cheeks, and jawline to the elements, you can blanket them in a neatly trimmed and groomed full beard.
You just have to spend equally as much time cleaning food out of it as you do grooming it.
Famous people who rock it: Jason Momoa, James Harden, Jim Carrey.
7. French Fork
Contrary to its name, the French Fork beard style originated in the Middle East.
This beard style is a head-turner. But you’re going to need to have a lot of patience and time.
This beard is of a full-length style that grows far beyond your chin. It then splits down the middle into two forks.
Famous people who rock it: ZZ Top, Sweyn Forkbeard, William The Conqueror.
8. Chin Curtain
Abraham Lincoln was the master of beard-growing, which is perhaps why the chin curtain is such an iconic beard style.
Abraham Lincoln may have started the trend, but it continues to live on.
This beard type is of an Amish style and consists of a full-bodied beard, but a clean lip.
Alongside being called the chin curtain, some people also call it the Donegal, Lincolnic, and Spade.
Famous people who rock it: Abraham Lincoln, Nipsey Hussle, LeBron James.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out why this iconic beard style is called the ducktail.
It looks, well, like a ducktail.
This style of beard tends to suit someone who can’t seem to grow thick hair below their lower lip or upper cheek.
Even though it’s quite a full beard, it’s one that can be clean, tidy, and suitable for workplaces.
You can also tell everyone that your beard gets its inspiration from a duck.
Famous people who rock it: Mel Gibson, Gavin McInnes, Charlie Hunnam.
The Hollywoodian, extended goatee and tailback are all names to describe this iconic and popular beard style.
It consists of a voluminous beard connected to a mustache, but without sideburns.
Don’t quite get it? Picture Jon Snow and you’re sure to see the resemblance.
Famous people who rock it: Christian Bale, Kevin Smith, George Clooney.
11. Goatee & Mustache
Anyone who struggles to grow hair on their cheeks will probably find themselves fed up with trying to master the perfect beard style.
But did you know you don’t have to have hair on your cheeks to sport an iconic beard?
The goatee and mustache package will likely satisfy your needs.
Separate, they are attractive enough, but together, they’re fireworks.
You can style each one how you prefer, and without worrying about how to connect them with cheek hair and sideburns.
Famous people who rock it: Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ryan Gosling, Idris Elba.
It won’t take you long to realize who this beard style reminds you of.
Just think Pirates of the Caribbean and more specifically, Jack Sparrow.
This unique beard style has taken the world by storm and you will find many movie fans sporting the popular look.
It consists of a downward mustache that grows down past the corners of your mouth.
While it’s not connected to a mustache, most wearers have a goatee and two braids of facial hair sprouting out from the chin.
Famous people who rock it: Jack Sparrow.
13. Friendly Mutton Chops
Not to be confused with the meat product or the traditional mutton chops beard style, the friendly mutton chops are entirely different.
You can grow sideburns down into a connected mustache while sporting a cleanly shaven chin.
The “chops” can also be thick or thin, depending on your growing confidence.
Famous people who rock it: Wolverine, Bill Murray, Jules Winnfield.
14. Rap Industry Standard
If you have a diamond-shaped face and a love of rap music, then the rap industry standard beard might be right for you.
The best part is, it doesn’t take all that long to grow.
All you need to do is grow thin lines of facial hair around your sideburns and the bottom of your chin, and connect it with a pencil mustache.
Famous people who rock it: 50 Cent, Method Man, Chris Brown.
15. The Yeard
The yeard beard style type separates the men from the boys, and it’s almost a competition between friends.
There’s no grooming, trimming, or maintaining involved – just growing.
In 12 months, let your facial hair go for gold and see what happens.
The best part is, every yeard is different.
Famous people who rock it: Eric Bandholz, Action Bronson, Hagrid.
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