Until recent years the moustache had become a vintage relic. Now the grooming trend is back in style thanks to charity initiative Movember. The organisation seek to ‘have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health’ by asking men around the world to grow a moustache for the month of November to raise money and awareness of male-specific cancer and mental illness.
As well as being a great cause, we think it’s a great style statement so here’s a little inspiration if you’re feeling a little nervous about the undertaking.
The official rules
First and foremost you must follow the rules of the challenge:
- Once signed up at www.movember.com each mo bro must begin the 1st of Movember with a clean shaven face. (We say it’s not too late to start now though!)
- For the entire month of Movember each mo bro must grow and groom a moustache.
- Don’t fake it. No beards, no goatees, no fake moustaches.
- Use the power of the moustache to create conversations about men’s health and to raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
- Each mo bro must conduct himself like a true gentleman.
Some of the greatest men in history have been proud moustache wearers and supporters, here are some words of encouragement from them…
“Since I don’t smoke, I decided to grow a moustache – it is better for the health.” – Salvador Dalí.
“Kissing a man without a moustache is like eating an egg without salt.” – Rudyard Kipling.
“Since 99.362% of women love moustache rides, it seems only a fool would have a bare upper lip.” – Albert Einstein
“A man without a moustache is like a cup of tea without sugar.” – English proverb.
The style icons
Once you’ve decided to go ahead and sport a dashing tash, you’ll need some inspiration on how to style it. Here are some of our favourite classic gentlemen who made it work for them:
David Niven – What would the infamous jewel thief in the Pink Panther be without that sneaky pencil moustache?! Niven was also the inspiration for the appearance of DC Comics’ Sinestro villain, moustache and all.
Tom Selleck – Selleck established himself as the manliest of men in the 1970s and 1980s and… well, ever since then with his power tache.
Charlie Chaplin – This is a look largely for comedic value but it was part of a look that has become one of the most memorable in cinematic history.
David Suchet – A moustache that almost seemed integral to solving crimes as Hercule Poirot. Invest in some moustache wax for this look.
Clark Gable – So much charm, panache and charisma was stored in that one moustache.
Finally, we’d like to go back to the fifth rule of Movember “Each mo bro must conduct himself like a true gentleman.” Growing a moustache is quite a change to your appearance and your attitude so don’t let your face down – it’s time to stock up on some dapper apparel to show the world you mean business!
We hope to see many of you gents sporting some impressive facial hair at our Winter Wonderland fair on 23rd November where we’ll have the finest vintage country casuals, military wear and classic watches, ties and cufflinks to complete your look. For more details, head to our Facebook event page: http://on.fb.me/1vCvUz7.