Even though it was not considered very fashionable for many years, the beard is back. Wherever one looks, young men, or those who think they know about fashion, are growing beards again, much to the dismay of some fashion advisors and experts.
Cultural expert and author Mercedes Bunz was one of the first to notice the trend in Germany after she returned from a long trip to the United States. She said she was surprised to see men in their 30s and 40s growing beards, just like their fathers had once done. Berlin has already begun to have beard parties at some of the fashionable clubs that are popular among 30-year-olds.
"Berlin wears a beard ... a full beard," says Bunz. "That is somehow astonishing because you are often finding beards on faces that would not have considered a beard five years ago."
Two kinds of beards are becoming fashionable, she says. Some men trim their beards to follow the contours of the face, such as Chris Martin from the British band Coldplay. But at the same time, there are other men who like to have bigger, longer beards, which were popular among academics in the 1970s.
Fashion expert Marianne Montag also cautions young men and says maintaining a beard is not easy. In addition, men must choose the right kind of beard, as different beards say different things about them. A full beard makes one look older, while a goatee may make one look undependable. (DPA)
1. What do fashion experts think about the new beard trend?
a. It is only happening in Germany.
b. It won't last very long.
c. They don't like it.
2. Bunz noticed the trend after her trip to ...
a. The US.
3. Big beards used to be popular among ___ in the 1970s.
4. Montag says full beards make men look ...