You’ve no doubt been noticing a higher volume of men sporting sporadically preened facial hair out and about in London over recent weeks.
For those of you completely unaware of the reasons behind your new bout of run ins with moustache clad men this month, it is not merely a coincidence that you’ve been privvy to such a phenomenon.
It is in fact because during ‘Movember’ ‘Mo Bros embrace pogonotrophy (the growing of facial hair)’ and ‘turn their upper lips into hairy billboards for the promotion of male health, and through their efforts raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research.’
Which is why we thought it fitting, as we enter December, to round up a host of opinions referencing this moustache phenomenon and find out how those sporting them have faired over the past four weeks.
Movember’s profile has definitely been rapidly rising year 0n year and there’s even a new beverage commercial referencing the now infamous Movember hysteria that’s surging through the nation, with the new alcoholic ginger beer brand ‘Ginger Joe’s’ getting in on it all in their latest ad.
Now the penny should have dropped for those of you who’ve previously been rather unnerved by such an unusual epidemic!
Men all over the country have been exhibiting a varied selection of ‘mos’.
In different colours, textures, lengths and styles, they are certainly a noticeable addition to anyone’s appearance.
But what is everyone’s take on this method of fundraising? Blogger Andrew Scrace described the Movember sensation:
“Movember brings with it a strange sense of cameraderie. The older gents tell me they’re proud they can still grow one. You get weird nods from men you don’t know, invariably from those alpha males with beautiful full uppers. The compliments over beer: ‘Dude… You look like Hulk Hogan.’ The side-by-side face-stroking in the queue for coffee and the constant conversation about the state of one’s mo.”
But, the novelty of the Movember look is by mo, sorry, no means an immortal barrier from the opinions of others. There is a flip side to all this bravado and such a charitable look can attract unwanted attention and brutal stereotyping:
“There is a constant stream of comments like ‘you look like a ’70s porn star’ or ‘I’m not letting you near my children wearing that’, and my favourite: ‘You look like an anorexic strongman from the ’30s.’”
As well as this, some men feel embarrassed and self conscious with a hairy upper lip. Simon Oliver describes in his ‘Tash diary‘ how he ‘was convinced people were going to be rolling around in the street laughing’ at him when he ventured outside this month. Yet he was relieved to note that ‘London didn’t give a toss though and when I got back I thought I had better things to do than worry about people think of me’.
‘dz-chick‘, describes how on discovering the charitable cause behind Movember, she immediately retracted her previous assumptions; ‘I stopped pointing and laughing at my colleagues’ and instead ‘offered to sponsor their cause’ she says on her site.
The prestigious Penhaligon’s even opened a Movember pop-up barber shop in Covent Garden offering free moustache trimmings until the end of the month!
What’s more, on Saturday 3rd December, the London Fields Brewery will be hosting a special party, aptly named ‘The Great Shave-Off’, where ‘Movember participants will have the opportunity to come down and be de-tached in style, for a small donation to the LFB Movember fund.’
But what have the other sex made of this testosterone fuelled fundraiser?
The London based Decorator’s Notebook blog have come up with a hands on solution for all the ladies out there wanting to join in the fun, with a selection of floral patterned cut out mos to adorn your face with.
Now everyone’s got a reason to go with the mo.
Have you partaken in Movember in some way this year? What’s your opinion on the whole matter? If you were sporting a big bushy mo then get in touch and let us know how the experience was (and if you send in your photos, we’ll try not to laugh) and if you struggled with style take a look here for some inspiration, which will only be of use for you next year now!