Facial hair has been a popular form of self-expression for centuries, with men using their beards to convey their personalities, cultural identities, and fashion sense.
From the classic full beard to the trendy goatee, the world of beard styles is vast and ever-changing. But how does one choose the perfect style to fit their individuality?
Fear not, as we dive into the world of beard styles, exploring the latest trends and timeless classics alike. So sit back, relax, and let’s discover the best beard styles for you!
The best beard styles for 2023 consist of proven styles such as the Van Dyke, the Verdi, the boxed beard and the Goatee. It also consists of the return of a style that was last seen in the early 2000s.
Let’s get into it!
Top Criteria Before You Choose a Beard Style
This just one most important thing that you should keep in mind before choosing your beard style.
Your face’s shape is the first thing that determines the beard style that you should go for.
Your mustache and beard style’s end goal is to accentuate certain features of your face because every beard style will not look good on everyone.
It will help if you choose a beard that suits your face, as selecting the wrong beard for the face can distort your looks instead of improving them.
For example, if you have an elongated chin and angular jaws naturally, it is not a good idea to sport a pointed goatee as it will make your face look unnaturally longer.
So What Style Should You Adopt For Your Face Shape?
Here are a few face shapes and the corresponding best beard styles that you can adopt for them.
While we are not recommending exact beard styles here, we give you a broad outline of what will look good on your face.
1) If you have a square-shaped face, you should keep your beard short on the sides of your face while keeping it full on your chin.
This will accentuate your square jawline. Some of the beard styles you can adapt for the square face are the goatee, the royale beard, and the circle beard.
2) If you have a round face, you can’t afford to grow your hair wildly. Instead, trim your face by getting an angular shave parallel to your cheekbones.
We suggest that you keep the hair on your chin full of distracting attention from the roundness of your face. Some of the beard styles that you can wear are the Van Dyke beard, anchor beard, short boxed beard, and the Balbo beard.
3) Suppose you have an oval face, congratulations. Your face is best suited for almost any beard style. So take your pick from any beard style and try it out.
4) If you have a rectangular face, your hair at the chin needs to be short compared to your sides’ hair.
This will show off your strong facial structure. Some of the styles you can try on a rectangular face are a mutton chops beard, a chinstrap beard, and a gunslinger beard and mustache.
Best 15 Beard Styles for 2023
In 2023, men are seeking to express themselves and showcase their unique personality through their facial hair.
With workplaces becoming more flexible and remote work being more common, men have the opportunity to try out new looks and experiment with different styles. From the simple and rugged stubble to the sophisticated Van Dyke, there’s a beard style to suit every preference and personality.
This article aims to provide inspiration and guidance for men who are looking to up their grooming game in 2023. We’ve compiled a list of 15 of the best beard styles, exploring the various options available and offering tips on how to achieve the perfect look.
So, whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to the beard game, join us as we delve into the world of beard styles and discover the perfect look for YOU.
The 5’Oclock Shadow
The 5’O clock shadow or a few days old stubble beards is the shortest beard that you can wear. It is a classic beard that never goes out of fashion.
A 5’O clock shadow takes one to four days to grow. The darker your hair, the better it will stand out.
Some of the celebrities that have worn this look include David Beckham, Zac Effron, and Adam Levine.
Short Rounded Beard
The short rounded beard can be seen as a variation of the corporate beard but with even less hair length.
It is a great choice for men with round, square, or diamond faces as it grows along the natural curves of the face and doesn’t make a face look bulky too.
In order to get a short rounded beard, keep growing your beard for one or two months and trim the hair uniformly.
The Corporate Beard
As the name suggests, the corporate beard is a close-cropped beard where the length of the hair is 2-3 inches.
Since length is not the focus here, the density of the hair matters a lot. This beard is not a great fit for people who have patchy or very less density of hair.
As you know by now, hair growth on the face is not uniform, so it is essential to groom your hair and keep wild hair growth in check.
This beard is so named because it is a style that was popularized by Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale.
However, this does not mean film stars can only wear it. Basketball player, Lebron James is famous for sporting this beard as well.
The USP of this beard is that it shifts the attention away from the cheeks to the jawline and the chin. The cheek line is low, and the focus is on a thick growth of hair on the chin and the jawline.
This beard is a good option for men who face problems growing a substantial amount of hair on the cheeks and sideburns. It is also good for men who want more length and dimension on their jawline.
The Short Boxed Beard
Imagine an angular version of the corporate beard, and you have the short boxed beard. There is little more length around the chin, which helps create the sharp edges around the boxed beard and highlight the jawline.
`You need to grow your beard for two to three months to get this look. You need to create a tapering down effect from the sideburns to the chin, and for that, you need to use a good trimmer with different length guards.
A short boxed beard is a great option for all face shapes, but it goes especially well with oval and oblong faces.
The Verdi is a classical beard named after the 19th-century Italian musician Giuseppe Verdi.
This is a thick full beard that gives off a sense of class to the wearer. It also consists of a handlebar mustache and a rounded beard that is three to four inches thick.
Some men keep a smaller mustache that is separate from the beard.
You’ll need four to eight months for the beard growth, and it will be slightly longer for reaching the handlebar mustache length.
We suggest that you keep the shape of the beard naturally rounded.
Power Beard With Trimmed Mustache
A power beard is also known as a natural beard. It is a beard that is between four to six inches long. Power beards can be wavy, curly, or straight. There is no fixed norm about how it should be.
The power beard with a trimmed mustache is a great option for men who have been really blessed with great hair growth genetics.
Just make sure that your mustache doesn’t cover your upper lip, or you have the displeasure of getting food in your mustache.
The beardstache falls in the middle ground between the stubble and the full beard.
It is so named because the mustache is fuller and longer than the surrounding hair in this style of beard.
The practical side of the beardstache is that it is a great alternative to the full beard in the summer months.
The best part about the beardstache is that it looks great for any occasion or situation. You can easily straddle the formal and informal environments in it.
There are different styles of goatee in the market today, but we still swear by the classic goatee.
It is a small patch of hair on the chin that stands on its own without any mustache or cheek hair. The rest of the face is absolutely clean-shaven, but for the small area on the chin.
The goatee is particularly well suited for long and round faces and it is the best beard style if you have a patchy beard.
Read Also: Goatee Vs Beard: Which One To Choose?
The Van Dyke
The Van Dyke beard style is a beard that has a goatee along with a disconnected mustache. More often than not, the goatee and the mustache will be long and pointy.
It is a classic beard style that has been in vogue for centuries, and we don’t see that changing in 2023.
Many people often confuse the Van Dyke with a goatee, but the essential difference is that while the Van Dyke is characterized by a goatee and mustache both, a goatee doesn’t need to have a mustache.
A clean-shaven neck and precision in the borders is a must for a Van Dyke. Keep this in mind.
Say mutton chops, and we are transported back to the early 2000s when Hugh Jackman made it a badass style statement as the Wolverine.
We think it’s time they made a comeback, and 2023 is a good year as any to do so.
This is a beard style that will help you to stand out from the rest. They are basically sideburns that grow till the sides of the mouth right across the cheeks. This creates the effect of two large sideburns as if they are chops of a sheep.
Warning: This is not a style for everyone because it takes oodles of confidence and a rhino’s hide to pull this style off, but then again, if you are that kind of person, don’t let anything stop you.
Read Also: Wolverine Beard Style
The Patchy Beard
Let us be honest. No amount of miracle hair growth creams and oils can help some guys grow beards. This is where a patchy beard comes in.
The key is to highlight those parts of your facial hair that grow while keeping the patchy sections short.
For example, if your cheek hair is patchy, grow your chin hair and mustache. Keep the cheek hair at stubble length.
There are many celebrities such as James Franco and Johnny Depp who rock the patchy beard, and there is no reason you can’t too.
Read Also: Keanu Reeves Beard Style
The 3-day Stubble Beard
The 3-day stubble beard is also known as the medium stubble beard.
It is a beard that takes anywhere between 3-5 days to grow and is anywhere between 3-5mm in length.
This is a great beard for men who can’t grow a lot of hair naturally, and it is best suited for faces that well-defined chins and jawlines. It is also a low maintenance style that requires minimal upkeep.
It is a type of disconnected beard also known as an inverted T beard.
It is a beard that does not have sideburns but has a trimmed floating mustache.
This a type of beard that is suitable for men with patchy hair growth around their mouth.
The Balbo beard is especially great for men who have a weak chin as it creates the impression of a fuller chin.
The Anchor Beard
The Anchor Beard is also another type of disconnected beard. It is a beard that runs along the jawline and is accompanied by a disconnected mustache.
The most famous example of the anchor beard in recent times is perhaps Robert Downey Jr. or Ironman from the Avengers movie franchise.
This is another beard style that is suitable for men with modest hair growth.
Whether you prefer a classic and timeless look or a more contemporary and trendy style, there’s a beard style out there to match your personality and preferences. From the simple and rugged stubble to the sophisticated Van Dyke, the possibilities are endless.
We hope this article has provided you with inspiration and guidance on the best beard styles to try in 2023.
Remember, grooming is not just about looking good, but it’s also about feeling confident and comfortable in your skin. So, experiment with different styles, find the one that suits you best, and rock it with confidence!
This article is mainly to inspire you and give you fresh ideas for new or older beard styles.
That’s it for today’s article. I really hope you found it helpfull.
Let us know how it goes—best of luck.
Until next time,
Tasos Moulios is the founder of Beardlong. He loves trying different beard and hair styles and blogs about them. The tips he shares come from his own experience and love for what he does.