The Mustache: Let’s Talk About It

| WEARING | Montezemolo quilted topcoat, Al Bazar double-breasted blazer, shirt, and tie, Pants c/o Banana Republic, Warby Parker eyeglasses, Brooks Brothers gloves, Bag c/o Coach, Timex watch, Cole Haan shoes | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

If you follow HSS on Instagram, you may have noticed that Rob and I were in NYC last week shooting a special project that we’ll be publishing on Monday. You may have also noticed that I was sporting a little something on my upper lip. A mustache isn’t something I’ve ever worn regularly, but I was interested in trotting it out as a different feature of my personal style as well as a way to start a conversation. So, let’s talk about it.

Mustache - He Spoke Style

If you haven’t read it already, there was an excellent article in The New York Times last month focusing on the mustache and its unlikely prospects of returning to its former glory as a potent symbol of masculinity. I won’t rehash the article — definitely check it out when you have the time – but basically what we’re dealing with is that somewhere along the line the mustache passed from just being passé or unfashionable . The reason? Well, it’s got a lot of baggage to unpack.

That’s not to say certain people don’t wear it well or pull it off without irony. One of my favorite bartenders looks great with his stache. And honestly, I sort of dig it on me personally, though I definitely think it ages me somewhat.

However, what I found most surprising was the response to the first photo I posted with it. To be perfectly honest, I thought the stache would be universally hated. In reality, the vast majority of followers liked it, with a small handful (mostly female) wishing they’d never seen it. An interesting gender divide. Why do you think that is?

Mustache - He Spoke Style

One thing to keep in mind if you’re going to start sporting a mustache: it will be a conversation starter. Brace yourself because it’s going to happen. I knew when I went into work with it the first time, I’d be talking to everyone about it. Embrace it. And wear it confidently. There’s no other way.

Mustache - He Spoke Style

Mustache - He Spoke Style

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style


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  • Justin

    Wow love that blazer. Lino ieluzzi hooked you up with the best.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Definitely. There were limited offerings in my size, but this one was a great choice in terms of versatility. I’ve honestly never had a DB blazer fit this well. If I’m back in Milan next month — as I plan to be — I’ll probably drop some coin for a couple more.

  • Delano Scott

    Actually I can relate to the article because last month I grew a mustache for no shave November to raise awareness for men’s health. It was a conversation starter for sure, and admittedly made me look my age and then some. There’s still some idea of innate maturity, experience and wisdom that simply wearing a mustache commands. Having it made me pay attention to my other grooming habits differently. I didn’t want to be the guy with a caterpillar on his lip whose side burns looked like they belonged in a different era. Self confidence is the most important aspect of wearing the ‘stache. Wear it and rock it, just as you have. Somewhere a razor is thanking you for skipping the shave.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Well said, Delano! Thanks for the comment and the support.

    • erosan

      no shave November? I think you mean MOvember :)

      I agree, growing a full beard did the same for me, it made me self aware of the rest of my grooming habits.

  • Darryle

    You (Brian) can wear just about anything, and make it look good, but I think you should leave the mustache out of your wardrobe. It doesn’t look terrible by any means, but I don’t think it adds anything.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks so much for the feedback, Darryle. I know my mother would agree with you.

  • erosan

    Don’t let them tell you otherwise, you can rock that mustache (along with the little shade of goatee).

    I might just be envious, because as much as I’d like to look like Robert Downey Jr in Ironman, I just doesn’t suit me. So I went for a full beard (which I love).

    Also, I want that tie!

    • Brian Sacawa

      I feel like I’ve got a bit of a Gary Oldman/Commissioner Gordon thing going on with the stache. Do you see it?

      And the tie. Yes! I’d been looking for one like that for a long time. It’s made from a suiting fabric and it extremely soft.

      • TimL

        It’s the ol’ school glasses and stache that give you “that” look!

        • Brian Sacawa

          Haha! Cheers, Tim!

  • Matthew Pike

    I reckon it suits you, especially with the style of clothing you wear. Harking back to those golden days.

    Buckets & Spades

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, as always, for the support, Matthew. Cheers!

  • TimL

    Ha….. I thought it made you look very Euro when I first say the pic.
    Very different look for you. I wear a goatee most of the time and like the look but about 3 x year I shave clean to give me that fresh feel. Makes me look younger too.

    You always have the 5 o’clock shadow going and this has been the look for you so the stache once in awhile is refreshing.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Haha, thanks for the comment and the support, Tim. Yes, very different for me.

  • Andres Poiche
  • Ezra Jacob

    Love the coat sir. Just a quick question. When you wear a blazer under your coat, do you typically size up on the coat so it’s not too restricting when worn together? For example, I am a 36R, would you recommend getting a coat that’s 36 or 38. Thanks!

    • Brian Sacawa

      Take your normal size. There may be a time when you don’t want to wear your blazer under the coat and you want the shoulders to fit right. Cheers.

  • Terry Adams

    I sport a serious beard in addition to my ‘stache. The ladies at work are starting to call me and the guys at work “lumbersexuals” because we got that type of style going on. We ordered some beard oil at to keep the facial hair tight. That’s probably what started them talking.

    • Brian Sacawa

      I’ve heard that term before. Never in the wild though! Thanks for reading, Terry.

  • Andrew

    I think that a mustache is a great way to have a unique identity don’t for get about using

    Mustache wax