Do Women Like Men With Beards or Without?

For several years now, it’s been fashionable to sport not only a little bit of stylish designer stubble, but an enormous lumberjack-style beard. If you’re a man who’s considering growing a beard (or shaving one off), then you’re likely to be influenced by the opinions of the fairer sex. After all, most of us wouldn’t both washing if we didn’t, at some level, think that a woman somewhere might approve of the decision.

What Does the Data Say?

The literature on this subject is covered quite extensively in Psychology Today by ‘attraction doctor’, Jeremy Nicholson. One study in 2008 had female subjects examining a number of male faces and sorting them in terms of attractiveness. This resulted in most women judging the men with a little bit of stubble as most attractive, but fully-bearded faces as most masculine, aggressive and mature.

If you feel that your face lacks these qualities, it might therefore be time to start growing a beard. The findings of this study were largely echoed by a later one in 2013: women like a little bit of stubble, as it confirms that the man they’re looking at is, in fact, out of high school.

Now, you might assume that we’re talking about women and men encountering one another for the first time in bars, clubs and train carriages. But what if you’re already in a long-term relationship, and you want to signal to your partner that you’re ready to settle down and take things a little more seriously? In this instance, the maturity-signalling qualities of a big, lush beard might be exactly what’s required.

What’s Wrong With the Polling?

Of course, there’s no shortage of opinion on whether men look good with or without beards – and you’re going to get a slightly different response depending on which woman you ask. Polling data on the subject isn’t entirely reliable, for several reasons.

Firstly, people lie to pollsters. If a political candidate seems a little bit uncouth, then the average person will be less likely to confess to supporting them – even if they go on to do so in the anonymous comfort of the polling booth. A woman’s preference in a man is pretty personal, and so they might simply lie about what they do and don’t find attractive.

Secondly, whether a woman finds a beard attractive will vary according to the man who’s wearing it. When Jason Momoa sports a massive beard, he’s probably going to attract a lot more interest than the average man, because he’s Jason Momoa. If a woman claims that they don’t like beards, it might be that they tend to see them worn by unattractive men.

Thirdly, and we can’t stress this enough: women tend to like men who look comfortable in their own skin. If you’ve grown a beard with the sole purpose of attracting women, and you don’t really like it yourself, then women are going to be able to scent this from a mile off, as a musk of desperation.

Fourthly, fashions change over time, and some of the studies mentioned go back as far as a decade. Back then, beards didn’t enjoy the mainstream support that they do now, and so it’s far less likely that women (or men) are going to profess an appreciation for them.

What Sorts of Beards Do Women Not Like?

As we’ve hinted, the chance of a woman liking your beard will depend on the sort of beard you’re wearing. Exactly what message are you sending out with your facial furniture?

Let’s start with the high-risk types of beard. Beard-growers are in less danger here than moustache-growers, who risk looking dictatorial if they’re not careful. If you’re growing a goatee, then you stand a stand a stronger chance of looking like a more fantastical sort of villain. Think Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon, or the lead guitarists of innumerable black metal bands, or Lucifer himself.

At the other end of the spectrum we have Amish-style beards without moustaches. Now, the Amish grow these for obscure cultural reasons – but everyone else just thinks of them as Amish beards. Unless you’re going for a very specific aesthetic, it’s probably best to avoid these. Of course, you might be tempted to simply allow your beard to grow wild and free. This approach has the advantage of being low-maintenance; you don’t need to spend hours in front of the mirror, taming your facial hair. Results here may vary, however. You may discover that your beard sticks out at bizarre angles, and is rather a different colour than you anticipated. Still, by growing your beard in this way, you’ll have a chance to discover what sorts of beard best fit your personal style.

Finally, we have the Wizard. You know what we’re talking about, here: the Gandalfs, the Merlins, the Dumbledores. Growing a beard for longer than twelve-months (at which point it qualifies as a ‘yeard’) is a considerable challenge, and should be attempted only by gentlemen who know exactly what they’re doing. If you get to a certain age, then you might well be able to pull this off – but if you’re looking to attract a woman, this particular spell isn’t going to be all that effective.

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In Conclusion

As magnificent as a good beard can be, it’s clear that facial hair doesn’t suit every face. And whether women find your beard attractive shouldn’t be your only consideration in growing one. If you have an office job that requires you to meet new people and represent a company to would-be clients and collaborators, then having an enormous bushy beard might not be appropriate. If your heart really is set on growing a beard, then you might need to change careers in order to do so – and for many of us, the hassle isn’t really worth it.

Finally, it’s important to note that women aren’t just attracted to the beard, but to the man behind it: and that even the best beard isn’t a substitute for a personality!

The Stories Behind Premium Fashion Watch Brands

If you’re going to tie your outfit together, then you’ll need a few choice accessories. These are the flourishes that help cement your visual identity, and which ensure that, whatever you’re wearing, you still look and feel like yourself. And there are few more practical men’s accessories than a decent wristwatch. However convenient it might be to whip out your phone whenever you’d like to check the time, there’s nothing quite like glancing down at the face of a high-quality wristwatch. Given that you’re going to be wearing your watch every day, it’s worth investing accordingly. There’s nothing more likely to let down a high-quality get-up than a cheap, tacky watch. Here at Gents, we stock men’s watches from several big names, and we thought it might be worthwhile to take a closer look at exactly what makes them such a big deal.

Hugo Boss

Hugo Boss is one of the oldest fashion companies on the planet. It’s notorious for being the designer that supplied the Nazi party. The founder, Hugo Ferdinand Boss, would die shortly after the end of the Second World War, and thus wouldn’t see his company’s recovery from the ban placed on the company following the end of the conflict. Nowadays, the company recognises this chapter in their story, though they’re obviously eager to point out how much things have changed since then: you’ll find an abridged version of Roman Köster’s history of the period over on the Hugo Boss website.

The company’s relationship with wristwatches didn’t come until quite a bit later; they were granted their first watch licence in 1996. Hugo Boss’s watches, like Tommy Hilfiger and Lacoste ones, are produced by Movado Group. As such, you can expect quality on a rough par with the other brands we’ve mentioned here. Be sure to check out the select few watches we have in stock, including the crocodile-effect Hugo Boss Ambassador and the dial-heavy Hugo Boss Driver men’s watch.

 

Hugo Boss Driver 1512879 Mens Watch

 

Emporio Armani

The Armani family is one of the biggest names in world fashion. Their second brand, Emporio Armani, is reserved for innovative modern designs, and is thereby distinct from the more classic stuff you might associate with the name. The company’s founder, Georgio Armani, cut his teeth in Milan department stores before going on to design clothing on a freelance basis throughout the sixties. He used the experience gained from this to great effect when he established the company in 1975, along with his friend Sergio Galeotti.

The story will probably lend some encouragement to those of us who’ve gotten to our thirties without ever establishing all-conquering businesses. Armani himself was in his forties when he got his venture started; Galeotti persuaded the man to sell his car and start a tiny two-person operation that would, in just a few years, conquer the world. The Emporio brand came to be in the early 1980s, following the success of the ‘Georgio’ brand in the 70s. It’s the name emblazoned across the high-quality Armani watches you’ll find right here on the Gents store.

You’ll find a couple of fantastic Emporio Armani watches on the pages of our website. These include the leather strapped Emporio Armani Beta and the Emporio Armani Luigi stainless-steel wristwatch. Both exude quality, and they’re versatile enough to match with a range of outfits.

 

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Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger was born in New York in the 50s to Catholic Parents. He had eight brothers and sisters, and his father was a watchmaker. After a stint working in a clothes shop in the late 60s, he decided to open his own store, called ‘People’s Place’. He pumped his savings into the venture, and it paid off. The stuff he brought in himself, however, wasn’t quite up to scratch, and thus he decided that he’d like to design some of his own. It was at this point that he realised where his talent really lay: designing.

Unfortunately, the People’s Place was forced into bankruptcy in the late 70s, following local recession in New York. He worked freelance as a designer for a while, but his lack of industry experience in fashion prevented him from finding secure work. Eventually, he met an Indian businessman named Mohan Murajani, and the two established a business together. When the resulting company floated on the New York Stock Exchange in the early 90s, the growth was exponential – but difficult to sustain. Shareholders clamoured for non-stop growth at the same rate, and, in 2006, the company went private again.

You’ll find some of Tommy Hilfiger’s current output right here on our site, including this cream-faced Tommy Hilfiger Gabe men’s watch with a brown leather strap. It’s stylish, bold and elegant – in much the same way as the rest of the Tommy Hilfiger catalogue.

 

Tommy Hilfiger GABE 1710337 Mens Watch

 

Lacoste

This French company was founded in 1933 by a tennis player names Rene Lacoste, who earned the nickname ‘the crocodile’ thanks to his on-court personality. It’s this animal that graces the front of all Lacoste products.

This brand has a slightly sportier reputation than some of the other big names we’ll mention here. In recent decades, its reputation has been bolstered through partnerships with big-name tennis players and golfers, including Novak Djokovic. Thus, if you spend a lot of time enjoying this sort of outdoor sport, you’ll probably be familiar with the crocodile logo.

Lacoste, is, naturally, most famous for its line of high-quality polo shirts. But the innovation didn’t stop there – a string of patents followed as the company incrementally improved its line of tennis rackets, and by the 1960s the company had even branched out into skiwear, sponsoring the 1968 French Winter Olympic team.

Among the more recent devices to bear the famous crocodile are, of course, high-quality designer wrist watches. You’ll find gorgeous specimens right here on our website, including this stylish dark-blue Lacoste Westport men’s watch, complete with rose-gold plated stainless steel. It’s rugged enough to stand up to the water from your shower, but not quite enough to get through high-impact water sports.

 

Lacoste Westport 2010906 Mens Watch