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Can a trim, well-groomed "perpetual shadow" be considered professional?

Started this discussion. Last reply by David F. Apr 11, 2013. 12 Replies

My office is fairly casual. It's a wide mix of programmers, project managers, executives, and so we get all kinds of dress and there isn't really any formal dress code. There is an expectation if…Continue

 

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David F. replied to Barrex's discussion Can a trim, well-groomed "perpetual shadow" be considered professional?
"Set your trimmer to 1/8th inch and keep the beard very tight and be done with it. Keep it neat and slightly longer then "did not shave today" and it becomes your style.  Don't keep it neat or have the "did not shave…"
Apr 11, 2013
Jirby replied to Barrex's discussion Can a trim, well-groomed "perpetual shadow" be considered professional?
"Then you are fine."
Apr 11, 2013
Michael B. replied to Barrex's discussion Can a trim, well-groomed "perpetual shadow" be considered professional?
"A clean, shaped "perpetual shadow," in my opinion, shows effort in grooming.   Though, I may be biased. I a thin, jawline beard that I trimmed w/ a #3 guard, and trimmed my mustache w/ a #1 guard up until recently.   Clean,…"
Apr 10, 2013
Barrex replied to Barrex's discussion Can a trim, well-groomed "perpetual shadow" be considered professional?
"Yeah I shave it every day (it grows fast) with an electric razor, then take a straight razor to my neck and upper cheeks. So it is always clean and always just a short, even stubble. "
Apr 10, 2013
Jirby replied to Barrex's discussion Can a trim, well-groomed "perpetual shadow" be considered professional?
"The trick is it needs to look intentional. Keep your neck shaved and any other areas that look less than neat. I trim my beard down to stubble once a week and shave my neck 2 or 3 times a week. If you don't maintain it, it looks sloppy within a…"
Apr 10, 2013
Sean O' replied to Barrex's discussion Can a trim, well-groomed "perpetual shadow" be considered professional?
"It depends. If I had never dealt with you before and was meeting you for the first time, I would probably suspect that you had over-slept and that you were unprepared. From that point on it would be on you to overcome that impression."
Apr 10, 2013
Jirby replied to Barrex's discussion Can a trim, well-groomed "perpetual shadow" be considered professional?
"Yes, just keep your neck in check."
Apr 10, 2013
Chuck Knight replied to Barrex's discussion Can a trim, well-groomed "perpetual shadow" be considered professional?
"It's less an issue of being bearded, and more an issue of being groomed.   Make it look intentional, like you did it on purpose, and it shouldn't be a problem.  Be sure to trim a neckline, and keep it neat.  The "older…"
Apr 10, 2013
Barrex replied to Barrex's discussion Can a trim, well-groomed "perpetual shadow" be considered professional?
"Thanks for the replies. I work for a software company, but my clients come in all types - I have faith-based non-profit clients and I have progressive liberal association clients. So I guess there's really no one-size fits all.  Generally…"
Apr 10, 2013
Jason Detwiler replied to Barrex's discussion Can a trim, well-groomed "perpetual shadow" be considered professional?
"I've been using this for a while and no issues.  As long as it looks like you put some effort into it, it's fine.  When you let it crawl down the neck and get messy, that's not good, but you seem to have it under control."
Apr 10, 2013
Liam S. replied to Barrex's discussion Can a trim, well-groomed "perpetual shadow" be considered professional?
"Yes. Before I went full beard, that was my standard for many years (at my wife's preference). I work both onsite and at clients in financial/legal/marketing consulting, and sit on professional and civic boards. No issues whatsoever. Appropriate…"
Apr 10, 2013
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Can a trim, well-groomed "perpetual shadow" be considered professional?

My office is fairly casual. It's a wide mix of programmers, project managers, executives, and so we get all kinds of dress and there isn't really any formal dress code. There is an expectation if you're meeting clients, sure, but other than that you generally wear what is appropriate for your position. At work I will generally go business / business-casual, occasionally sliding down to a dressed up casual (dressy jeans with nice shoes, polo or untucked button-down, v-neck sweater, etc). And I…See More
Apr 10, 2013
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