Whiskers were fine in the bush where men could not be expected to shave every day. The s and early s were another heyday for the moustache. It's a playful look," says Peterkin. Advances in technology nudged fashion towards the clean-cut look — from the s men could use safety razors instead of strops and blades — but styles for facial hair also tell a story of changing ideas about men and masculinity. As the art of moko or facial tattooing declined in Maori society from the middle of the century, more Maori men grew moustaches or beards. Men who spent weeks in the mud and grime of trenches relished the chance to wash and shave in clean water, and after the war, the shaving trend continued. Sometimes you see it superimposed with a mustache on top or with bigger side burns, but stubble is sort of the base," says Peterkin.
It's a playful look," says Peterkin.
Men and their moustaches
As New Zealand became more urban, though, and society demanded that men be more respectable, the beard, like the rugged frontier, was left behind. Fellas, we know that we can be a bit judgmental, but first impressions are the most lasting. Being without a beard gradually became seen as a sign of a civilised, modern man. Moko and facial hair. Men who spent weeks in the mud and grime of trenches relished the chance to wash and shave in clean water, and after the war, the shaving trend continued. The All Blacks of the s and s — conscious modellers of style compared to their forebears — sported all manner of head and facial hairstyles, but moustaches on their own were largely a thing of the past.
I think younger guys who wear it are confident enough to believe that you can read their mustache in any way and not really care. And whether you realize it or not, your facial hair also says a lot about you. Then every decade after, there was a little pocket of facial hair," says Peterkin. In an age as obsessed with health issues as our own, some people claimed that good beards meant good health. This style took its name from the handlebars of push-bikes, and to get that same look, men would trim and wax the moustache into shape. I think college campuses and hipsters in Brooklyn are where men experiment with it the most.