Stylish Variations of the Ever Popular and Classic Van Dyke Beard

How To Grow A Van Dyke Beard And Most Popular Looks

The timeless Van Dyke beard has been around since the 17th century and is attributed to Anthony van Dyke, a Flemish painter. He was known for his regal and religious style paintings in which the men wore a short goatee and pointed mustache. This became his classic look and was later dubbed the “Van Dyke.” This style of beard is still very popular today.

Van Dyke beard style simply adds a classic and neatly trimmed mustache to a pointed goatee. They are most often separated at the corners and have a neat and extremely distinguished sharp look. This is a great look for the man who wants a more refined and edgy style for his beard.

Read on to find out how to grow a Van Dyke beard and browse through our selection of some of the most popular Van Dyke beard styles.

How To Grow A Van Dyke Beard

If you want to know how to grow a beard, particularly the Van Dyke style beard, just follow this guide.

*If you already have a full beard, you need to simply follow the steps on how to trim a beard to the right style and texture to acquire a Van Dyke style.

*If you are starting off fresh with a clean-shaven face, you would grow out your beard to the desired length and then follow this guide.

  1.  Wait until your facial hair has grown out to the approximately ¼ inch.
  2. Start off by making a circle beard. Remove your sideburns and the hair from your cheeks.
  3. Shave the hair on the sides of the neck and the bottom, leaving the beard and mustache intact.
  4.  Create a neat goatee following the pattern and definition of your chin hairs.
  5. Create a slight disconnect between the beard and mustache.
  6. Trim to the desired length and style.

Van Dyke Beard Styles

Braid Barbers (@braidbarbers)

There are many different facial hair styles so if you are thinking of growing a Van Dyke beard. This one is a bit more bushy but has a lot of texture. While it is very textured, it is still polished and can work for a professional look. If you really want to take this look to the next level, wear your hair in a bushy undercut.

V- Shape Goatee


If you prefer more of a full beard look, this v-shape goatee is one of the most popular styles for Van Dykes. It is the perfect look if you want a full beard and moustache that still looks edgy. To maintain, trim the sideburns and outline the ends with a razor.

Short Stubble

Braid Barbers (@braidbarbers)

If you like a simple beard, short stubble is polished yet still husky and masculine. Keep it trimmed short on the sides. If you want you can add a bit more length at the chin to give it a more triangular look. This is one of the most popular short beard styles for the Van Dyke.

Short And Bushy Rockabilly Beard

Braid Barbers (@braidbarbers)

The rock beard is perhaps one of the most popular styles amongst the rockabilly crowd. This style is low maintenance for those who work all day and then rock and roll all night long. It still boasts the classic Van Dyke beards and moustache, but also has rocking sideburns. If you really want to rock this extremely manly and tough look, go for a salt and pepper goatee.

Funky Hipster Van Dyke


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If you want to fit in with the hipster crowd and fit in with the more artsy crowd, a hipster beard might be right up your alley. This version of the Van Dyke beard sports extremely short whiskers and a funky moustache for a classier look. If you want to combine this old-fashioned look with a more modern flair, opt for a modern slicked back look.

Gentlemanly Look

Mariano Di Vaio (@marianodivaio)

The gentlemanly look is in high demand these days. This look harkens back to a simpler time yet adds a modern touch to keep up with the trend. A disconnected moustache and short curtain Van Dyke style goatee is one of the most popular beard types this season. If you want facial hair, but not a full on beard, this could very well be the look for you.

Detached Van Dyke Moustache And Beard

Giaro Giarratana (@giarogiarratana)

Another look for those who prefer a neatly trimmed short beard is this disconnected Van Dyke beard and moustache combo. Trim your beard to a small goatee and slightly disconnect it from your moustache. Keep the look trimmed neatly. You can rock this Van Dyke with neatly trimmed short hair or long and lose wild hair. Whatever look you prefer, this is a great style!

We hope that you have been inspired by our selection of popular Van Dyke beard and moustache styles. If you are looking for a new look for your facial hair, or have always wanted to grow out a beard, the Van Dyke could be what you have been missing all along. So what are you waiting for? Start growing out one of these sexy beards and watch the ladies fall at your feet!

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