I remember a time when a guy was considered to be scruffy, careless, drunk or out of work if he walked around unshaven. Today it seems that the reverse is true. Not only is it OK to be unshaven, but apparently it is now considered to be manly, sexy and in style. I have a lot of questions about that.
First of all, how do those guys achieve that look? I have in my bathroom, three safety razors, two electric razors and one straight razor (that I use from time to time just for the hell of it.) Not one of those razors will give me that sexy unshaven look and there is no way that I can figure out how to achieve that look except to not shave for three days. After that I start to have the unsexy unshaven (unemployed) four-day beard so I need to shave again. But then when I do, I’m back to my former unmanly look again – until about three days later. Is that how it’s done? And what happens to my sex life during those three clean-shaven days without that sexy unshaven look. (That will be the subject of another column.)
Secondly, do women really think that an unshaven face is sexy? Sounds pretty scratchy and uncomfortable to me. And why would they? Don’t they already know that men tend to grow hair on their faces? Real men, that is. Would they appear even more sexy with a full beard that reached to say, their navel?
Maybe I should revise that second question. Do men think that women think that scruffiness is sexy? Apparently so if you look at all the current cologne ads for men. OK guys, good luck. Whatever works for you. And even if women did think it looked sexy, would it be worth the discomfort of that unshaven feeling? I felt under the weather for a few days last week and I didn’t shave. After three days, the unshaven feeling was almost as uncomfortable as my illness.
Then there is the question of how did scruffy suddenly become sexy? To answer that I suggest that it is just another brainstorm of the fashion industry which has to think up the next greatest thing on a yearly basis. First it was narrow ties, then it was wide ties, then it was back to narrow ties again. (I have plenty of both in my closet. I’m ready for the next fashion trend, no matter what it is.) I also remember when it was gauche to wear brown shoes with a blue suit. Another fashion idea out the window these days. But then again, I can also remember when you could understand the words to songs.
My next question is where will men’s fashion go from here? Elaborate fancy curled moustaches like they wore in the Old West? Parliamentary wigs? Codpieces like what was fashionable in the 1500’s? Unzipped flies? Loose, baggy shorts that hang down to one’s ankles? Oh, sorry, that is fashionable already.
My personal solution to all this is to keep on shaving like always and just wait for narrow ties to come back in.
©2015 by Paul Burri
Paul Burri is a self-described retired smart ass who feels he has earned the right to say anything he damn well pleases. He is an inventor, entrepreneur, business consultant, educator, newspaper columnist and has been a SCORE (www.score.org) counselor for over nine and a half years. Over his 65-year business career he has owned 9 businesses and has worked as general manager for many small companies and on a managerial level for such major companies as Northrop-Grumman and The Disney Corporation. He has over 175 inventions to his credit, counseled over 190 SCORE clients, served as a docent at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, sits on the board of directors of several local small businesses, and is currently writing a book about small business.
He lives with his wife in Santa Barbara CA and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and has nothing better to do than to tell his “war stories” to whoever will listen – many times repeatedly.