Thursday, February 23, 2012

I'm an Urban lumberjack and I'm okay

I sleep all night and I work all day....
Remember that song?

Anyhow I was reminded of it the other weekend while we were at the Brickworks.
I couldn't help but notice many a fury face.
Sure it was a Farmer's Market, and there were plenty of bearded tree huggers roaming around with hemp cloth canvas bags of celeriac, beets and seed bread, but I've noticed this "fashion" trend all over the city.
(for the record, I too have a hemp canvas shopping bag, love trees and enjoy beets just as much as the next gal)
But it's as though every Canadian male has decided channel their inner Canuck and grow facial hair, sport a red & black checked flannel shirt, slim jeans and black or brown lumberjack boots.
A few even had the ubiquitous wee black knit toque worn just so..
I honestly can't tell a twenty year old guy from a fifty year old man these days.
Okay maybe a slight exaggeration, but still, these young guys look so much older with all that facial hair.
Bonus for the older guys, who now look kind of young and hip.
Don't get me wrong, I kind of find it sexy in a manly kind of way.
Then again I'm glad big daddy's face is smooth and hair free.
Though admittedly he does have many a plaid flannel frock in his closet.
And now that I think about it, he ocasionally grows in a small soul patch under his bottom lip just to see if I'll notice and am paying any attention to him.
Truth be told, weeks will go by until I finally do notice it and say "hey when did you grow that?"
and he'll just sigh and tell me a it's been there for a month or so. oops.
Then he'll secretly shave it off and wait a few more weeks until I finally notice it's gone.
Clearly there needs to be more make-out sessions around here...

But it's really become "the look" for guys these days.
I know it's been that way for a while now, but I wonder, is it unique to Canada?
Or maybe bands like Bon Iver & Fleet Foxes, just to name a few, that have started this new unkempt hippie trend?
I will say that when in Europe last fall, I definitely didn't see any men dressed the way our hairy Canadian guys dress.
In fact quite the opposite. Most were very quaffed and tres chic.
Just a random observation.
How about you, do you like your guy to be clean shaven or sporting a bit of chin curtain?


Tania said...

Clean shaven please! And pray for the lumberjack phase to pass! Soon!

Tracy said...

Beards have been a huge fad over this way the last few yrs. Esp. in the Pacific Northwest!

Have you seen this? Too funny!

Can't imagine it in TO though! For the record - my hubby has had a full beard since I was pregnant with our first. He was afraid to shave it when she was a baby in case she didn't recognize him ;) I <3 it.

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