When it’s colder outside, it’s pretty common for everyone to get creative with their looks in some way, shape, or fashion. But with the crisper air, beards are prone to go in full effect. By far, it’s one of the best trends at the moment and women absolutely love the scruff. So, if you’re still rocking a clean-shaven look from the summer heat, it’s time to let loose and let your masculine side show.

When it’s colder outside, it’s pretty common for everyone to get creative with their looks in some way, shape, or fashion. But with the crisper air, beards are prone to go in full effect. By far, it’s one of the best trends at the moment and women absolutely love the scruff. So, if you’re still rocking a clean-shaven look from the summer heat, it’s time to let loose and let your masculine side show.

We’re all really feeling the full beard and mustache look. And it really does look great on everyone. After growing your facial hair to its maximum capacity, grooming becomes key. It’s really up to you, whether you’d like to go sans sideburns. Before shaping your cut, start with Shiseido’s Deep Cleansing Scrub to activate the skin to prevent dryness and a dull surface. Depending on whether you’d like to maintain a cleaner or more disgruntled look, shape your edges with Dermalogica’s Close Shave. Thicker hair definitely can be prone to more razor bumps or ingrown hairs, and this oil encourages a smoother shave while also conditioning. Regardless of texture, move forward with cleansing your face and also conditioning your stubble with the Moisturizer and Conditioner from Stubble & ‘Stache. It infuses oils to give both your face a deep clean, while not drying out your facial hair follicles. Most importantly, lock in elasticity with Creed’s Millesime Imperial After Shave Balm. Using natural ingredients, it leaves both your skin and beard feeling soft. Despite having such a rough, manly look, no one wants brittle hair. Protect it, so that you can wear it, style it, flaunt it until spring blooms.

-Brooke Leigh Howard
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This season, fashion goes back in time (way back actually), as a number of designers have pulled inspiration from the Victorian era. The trend, known as “Neo Victorian,” includes lots of ruffles and lace, extremely high collars, and dramatic silhouettes. Basically, all the elements of classic Victorian elegance but with a modern twist. And while the past couple of seasons have required us to dabble with looks from different decades, this trend takes us back centuries. Seen at a ton of major fashion shows, including Altuzarra, Alberta Ferretti and Alexander McQueen, it’s safe to say that this bold new trend is taking the fashion world by storm. At Altuzarra, the Victorian influence was obvious throughout the entire collection – as it should have been since the designer pulled inspiration from “18th century dandies.” Prince of Wales check coats, came paired with delicate lace dresses, high collars were everywhere, and even the boots (which there was quite the variety of) included that Victorian touch thanks to tiny peek-a-boo frills of white eyelet. Altuzarra modernized the collection with plenty of sexy sheer pieces, luxe fur, and, of course, his signature slit. Designer Alberta Ferretti looked to the Italian Renaissance for inspiration and the result was a collection heavily concentrated on “sophisticated” materials, such as velvets, textured trapunto, organdy, mohair, and georgette. Sarah Burton, the designer behind Alexander McQueen, also jumped on the Victorian bandwagon, but did so in a much edgier way, as models were sent down the runway with hair and make-up that looked a bit disheveled – in the most perfect way possible, of course. The collection matched that same sentiment with pieces including black lace, sheer elements, and edgy leather.

Can’t wait to try this bold trend? Keep in mind that the runway style is extremely couture, so you need to play it down a bit. Lace is a great (and low-key) way to try this trend. Pair a lace top with some edgy culottes. Ruffle blouses are also another option for taking part in the Victorian craze. Just remember to pair your ruffled blouse with something tailored such as a blazer or trousers – this will modernize your look.

– Daniella DiRienzo