If you’ve spent any time exploring all of Little Bay Root’s sweet Oregon apparel, you’ve probably come across our Beards are Big Here shirt. Beards are so big here, Portland has even played host to the World Beard and Moustache Competition. So you can imagine, we take our beards pretty seriously.
There are some pretty epic styles out there
Do you prefer a classic like the handlebar and goatee combo? A Van Dyke for a bit of historical flair? Or you could keep your chin clean and rock Elvis-impersonator worthy mutton chops. You could even, if you wanted, rock a neck beard. The options are as endless as your imagination (and trimming skills).
A bearded history
When it comes to beards, there is no chicken or egg question. Man grew facial hair long before we had the tools to shave them off. Instead, beards were shaped, trimmed, or curled to display one’s style and affluence. Having one down to one’s waist could be a sign of honor or wisdom and having it shaved has been a punishment in some cultures. Your beard could even be the difference between knighthood and clergyman. Beards have even been taxed in the past to wipe them out of fashion (temporarily; they always come back).
So what’s up with the resurgence of beards?
The latest beard trend likely has its roots somewhere between hipster culture and Movember (a charity focused on men’s health issues like suicide and prostate cancer). Or maybe we’ve just hit that point in the beard cycle again. Whatever the case, beards are here and we at Little Bay Root are fans. If you’ve grown a truly epic face-cover, think about joining Beard Team USA to compete. Whether you join or just spectate, make sure check out our Oregon apparel to show your appreciation for the spectacular facial art that’s abundant around here.