V is for Van Dyke Beard

| April 30, 2014

Van Dyke (also spelled VandyckVan Dyck or Van Dijk) is a style of facial hair named after 17th-century Flemish painterAnthony van Dyck.[1][2] A Van Dyke specifically consists of any growth of both a moustache and goatee with all hair on the cheeks shaven.[1] Even this particular style, though, has many variants, including a curled moustache versus a non-curled one and a soul patch versus none.

The Van Dyke is just one of many styles of facial hair that men use to add or change the aesthetic of how they look. It’s interesting how things have moved from something like just having a beard to show that you’re a man to just as with other form of art facial hair now follows popular trends, and actually becomes part of fashion and a persons “style.” It many times becomes a way to stand out, because for a very long time it was proper and normative to be clean shaven, but more and more it seems like things are trending back towards facial hair being normative and not causing otherness, but simply adding an element of individuality.