Beards are back, big time, and its the boy next door, not Brad Pitt, driving the trend. More young men today are bearded than not, observes Robert Crampton. "The beard is about as back as it’s been since the 19th century," he writes in the Times Online, with male models, actors, and athletes joining skinny hipsters in forsaking the razor for "for weeks, months on end."
Orlando Bloom's scruff is nothing next to the "bushier, thicker, glossier, more luxuriant" beards sported by regular Joes. But how long can beards get? "Come the World Cup this summer, Beckham will be tripping over the full Jesse James," Crampton predicts. "Either that, or, if he’s really plugged in, he’ll have teased out a twirly 1940 Spitfire pilot moustache."