The majority of businessmen are actually clean-shaven. In fact, a study showed that 98% of the World’s top-100 richest men had no facial hair.
Does this also mean that a beard doesn’t go that well with a suit?
Not necessarily, but in some cases, yes.
There are few beard and mustache styles that go perfectly well with a well-fitting suit, enhancing the looks, but also numerous styles that make you look like a goof trying to mix the two.
Here’s what I’m talking about:
The Best and Worst Ways to Combine Suit and Beards
The truth is that there are only two real facial hair styles that should be worn with a suit.
- Full beard.
A trimmed or even untamed beard – as long as its full – is a sign of ultimate masculinity, and it goes extremely well with a fitting suit.
Same goes for wearing a mustache only. IF the mustache is full enough. No peach fuzz beard with a suit. Ever.
George Clooney’s classic style, Jon Hamm’s magnificent full-beard, and the classic Anchorman mustache of Will Ferrell are great examples of celebrity beards and my point.
Now, the beard styles that don’t fly so well with a suit are nearly all of the styles that aren’t full beard or mustache…
Failed beard attempts, such as peach fuzz, patchy beards, or goatee, simply won’t go well with the elegance and masculinity of a well-designed suit.
You can tell yourself otherwise, but if you cannot grow a full beard or mustache to go with the suit, do not wear facial hair. Be clean shaven and don’t make a goof out of yourself.
The examples of Leonardo DiCaprio’s decent try of a full-beard, patchy Keanu Reeves, and the fuzz of McCounaghey should make my point.
Bottom line: Have a good, thick, beard – that says beard – when wearing a suit. If you can’t grow one, not even a mustache. Don’t try to force it. Go clean shaven and have a read through our article on how to grow a beard faster, and utilize the methods until you can rock a full face of hair.
That’s the truth, gentleman.