What's Up With the Fake Mustache Trend?
My girlfriends and I started doing the mustache thing back in 2008 or 2009 sort of like a joke because it was fun and silly. We sometimes pasted all sorts of mustaches on our upper lips when we went out to lounges in New York. Sometimes we also wore our mustaches as uni-brows. It was hilarious!
It's been a couple of years since then, and I'm really surprised to see how much the trend has caught on. It's even gone international! Last week, I went to a wedding in Portugal and one of the main photo shoot props that everyone started rocking was the fake mustache. Interesting, I thought!
This article explores the trend of the fake mustache and different "'stache" ideas you can try out.
My advice: Embrace the mustache. It's an awesome way to liven up any event!
There's a picture of Sean Connery that's been re-posted lots of times over the internet and the heading says, "I mustache you a question but I'm shaving it for later." I bet you read that with a Sean Connery accent!
The Origin of the Mustache Trend
It's believed that the fake mustache trend originated with hipsters as a way to mock conventional ideas of fashion and style. It's meant to be ironic. My friends and I started using them because it was silly and fun!
First we drew skinny Dali-like mustaches on our fingers to make fingerstaches and then we came across some felt fake mustaches at a store that sold party favors. We didn't just use them as mustaches. It was equally fun to use them as uni-brows!
Everyone should be able to rock a fake mustache, not just guys who can grow them out.
Below are some mustache style ideas:
What's your favorite mustache style?
Moustache Finger aka the Fingerstache
A finger moustache, aka a fingerstache is a mustache drawn on the index finger. My friend and I usually did this with a black eyeliner. You can do the fingerstache thing by drawing a mustache on your finger and placing it under your nose to pose for pictures. It's a great alternative to wearing a fake mustache, which starts to itch pretty soon after you paste it on.
The trend to draw mustaches is believed to have originated as a copycat version of a mustache tattoo that was the brainchild of Columbus Ohio-based tattoo artist Giovani.
Mustache on a Stick aka Stache-on-a-Stick
Another way to flex your masculine side, if you're not quite ready to wear a fake mustache or draw one on your finger, is to sport a mustache on a stick aka Stache-on-a-Stick. It's a mustache mounted on a little pole, and it's probably edible. You can pull yours out when the situation calls for it.
Fake Mustache Day!
Did you know that fake mustache day is celebrated around the world? Yep, Fake Mustache Day is on February 3rd. So even if you're not into the whole false 'stache thing, at least do it on Mustache Day!
Movember is a cause that has added to the mustache hype. Movember is a combination of the words November and mustache. It refers to the month of November when men are encouraged to grow their mustaches for the entire month to raise awareness and funds to help research prostate cancer as well as other types of male cancers.
Did you know that one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime? These are the kinds of stats that the Movember movement is spreading.
Women can also support the Movember movement by participating in Mo Sista.
Fake Mustaches and Beyond!
Although the mustache thing started with people wearing mustaches on the upper lip, it's gone a lot further than that lately. There are mustache coffee mugs, jewelry, t-shirts and one thing that I want to get my hands on — a clutch that's shaped like a mustache!
Mustache Terms & Synonyms
Looking for other words used to describe that furry patch above the lips? There are lots and lots of terms to consider, including:
- Abbreviations like stache, tache, tash, and mo.
- Slang terms such as lip blanket, mouth brow, trash stash, face caterpillar, crumb catcher, cookie duster, flavor savor, soup strainer, and booger broom.