Top 8 Beard Styles for the Modern Man

Like the men who wield it, the beard comes with its own backstory. They come from all walks of life, and come in all shapes and sizes. With that said, it’s only natural that you would want to find the facial hair styles that speaks to you, and shows people around you a peek into your personality.

That’s why I’ve comprised a list of my top beard styles that you can find inspiration from. You will find that most of these beard styles are ones that will work with almost all facial shapes. So the next time you visit your barber, or pick up your trusty beard trimmer, give these beard styles a chance.

Let’s get into it.

The Stubble (Light, Medium, or Heavy)

Formally referred to as the designer stubble, this short beard style is timeless. Known for its classic, gritty, and versatile look, the stubble has always been a popular choice among men. Whether you decide you want it to have a clean look or a more textured and scruffier one, you can always rely on the stubble to pair seamlessly with any of your outfits.

To achieve an ideal stubble, simply stop shaving for the next few days and allow your beard to grow out naturally. Keep in mind that the stubble is all in the trim, so you’ll want a decent length of hair to work with. An approximate length of roughly 3 cm should be sufficient enough to start trimming it down. Use a beard trimmer to clean up the excess growth under your chin, and create the line on your neck where you want your stubble beard to end. Do the same from the edge of your sideburns to your mustache. Don’t forget to clean up the area under your bottom lip. Then, line up the part of your beard under your mouth to the line you created on your cheeks.

Now it’s time to transform your beard into the perfect stubble. Adjust your beard trimmer settings between 1 and 3 cm, depending on your preference, and start going over the entirety of your beard. If you’re unsure of how long you want your stubble to be, work your way down in length. Trim your beard evenly throughout, and fix any imperfections with either a safety razor or an electric shaver.

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The Corporate Beard

This beard is one that projects success. It compliments a man in a suit and tie rather than one in flannel, so you can confidently wear a beard like this one in board meetings or at business meetings with clients. After all, the corporate beard will stay just as maintained as your composure.

The key to sporting a business-savvy beard like the corporate beard is maintenance. However, it shouldn’t take too much effort. All it takes to grow a corporate beard is to stop shaving for a few weeks while keeping you growing beard clean and neat in appearance. This means making sure you trim all the unwanted hairs growing on your upper cheek and neckline.

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The Full Beard

When people hear the term beard, the full beard is usually the one that comes to mind. It has become the classic icon of beards, yet it still manages to be one of the most difficult styles to succeed at. The finished product undeniably looks fantastic, but the initial stages of growing one can look awkward.

To grow this beard, just let everything under the cheekline grow out naturally. Once the full shape of the beard has grown out successfully, you can start trimming the shape of the full beard, tidying up your cheekline and neckline. To finish it up, just shave any excess hairs on your cheeks and neck to give it that clean, well-groomed look.

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The Mutton Chops Beard

When you’re done and through with the full beard, you might want to give mutton chops a gander next. Transforming your full beard should be relatively easy enough and who wouldn’t want to look like the Wolverine or Mr. T?

I pity the fool who wouldn’t.

Just like the man himself, Mr. T, the mutton chops is known for its more historical and vintage look. However, the modern forms of mutton chops have typically seen the bottom spread out a lot wider than previous versions.

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The Extended Goatee

A perfect combination of the goatee and mustache, the extended goatee beard is well-suited for all facial shapes, therefore making this beard a popular choice. You may have seen the famous Leonardo DiCaprio flaunting this one around. This beard is ideal for men who don’t want to quite commit to a full beard, yet not settling for a simple goatee either.

To grow one, simply grow out your beard further than you’d like your extended goatee to be and trim it down to your preferred size. There are several variations you can do by switching up the shape of your extended goatee.

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The Garibaldi Beard

Inspired by Giuseppe Garibaldi, a popular Italian general in the late 1800s, many men have emulated the way he wore his beard. The Garibaldi beard is similar to the full beard, but its base is more aggressive with its wider and more rounded bottom. It is typically worn a bit scruffy, but it definitely has a different kind of charm compared to a style like the corporate beard.

This beard is more suitable for stockier men with a larger build, but don’t let that discourage you. If you want to grow a Garibaldi beard, allow your beard to grow out naturally while keeping it well-maintained and preventing the bottom from growing out too long.

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The Van Dyke Beard

Similar in appearance to the Guy Fawkes mask, this particular style was popular within the royal party of Europe in the 17th century. Rightfully named after the Flemish painter, Anthony van Dyck, the popularity of this style all but went away until returning in the United States in the late 19th century.

To grow a Van Dyke beard, it’s recommended that you grow out a full beard first and then trim away the unwanted parts afterwards. The great thing about this style is that there is a lot you can do to style your mustache for a more personalized look.

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The Yeard

The Zeus beard.

It’s literally the result of going a full year without shaving or trimming your beard. It also looks great for people who are bald or those who suffer from male pattern baldness.

Great, right? You won’t even need to learn how to shape a beard.

Some have said that it’s okay to trim it up a little as long as it doesn’t affect the length of the yeard. 

This beard shows the struggles you went through. The itchiness, redness, and dryness you endured to get there. It’s there to show dominance among your other beard friends.

Now, you need to make sure you maintain that dominance. To do that, make sure you keep your beard looking nice and healthy, so invest in high-quality beard shampoo, conditioner, balms, oils, and brushes.

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Final Thoughts

Finding the right beard style is no different than finding the right hairstyle or mustache style. They all take the same level of maintenance and care to demand the attention it’s able to grab.

Which beard styles are you rocking? Which one shows off your personality the best?

I want to hear about it.

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