The styling of mutton chops became increasingly popular in the 19th century among Europeans. The sideburns were allowed to grow bushy and thick and the beard was shaved off in order to further stylize and personalize the look. Later sported by Teddy Roosevelt, Elvis Presley, and even Mr. T, mutton chops have begun to make their way back into the limelight with each new generation. Now it has become one of the most trendy, popular and modern facial hairstyle among all ages.
Popular Mutton Chop Sideburns
If you’re thinking of incorporating mutton chops into your look, here are a few modernized options to choose from:
1. Clean and Classy
This look is achieved by fully growing out the sideburns into the beard, shaving off the goatee, and trimming down the hair of the beard with scissors. Keeping the chops moderately thick is the key to this look, as it further outlines the masculine shape of the jawbone. Precision and symmetry are very important when styling this look, so brushing down the hairs and trimming each day may be necessary for some.
2. ‘statue it Up
This look is similar to the first, but the mustache is left on as opposed to shaved off. If you want to leave a little bit of unruliness to the look, you can do that by slightly trimming the beard and mustache down until you’ve reached the desired length.
3. Thin Strap
Also known as the “friendly mutton chops”, this style is a sleek, more sophisticated chop option. You can achieve this look by shaving off the bulk of the chop so that all is left is the chin strap and mustache. Then tailor and trim down the hair with some scissors to leave the hair short while still maintaining some thickness.
4. T- Chops
This style is achieved by leaving the chops thick and cutting them down short, shaving the mustache thin and away from the nose, and leaving the chin portion of the beard long. This bad ass look has been sported by none other than Mr. T, himself, who pities the fool who questions his chop style.
This mutton chops beard is a very edgy option, giving you a more precise and sleek look. In order to achieve this, shave off the goatee and, starting from the chin, create a shop that begins thin and gradually increases in size as you move up to the sideburns. You’re trying to achieve a thin, triangle-like shape that frames the jawbone.
6. The Wolverine
While you won’t have the ability to heal super fast or retract 12 inch razor sharp claws from your knuckles (I know, bummer), you can at least look the part. Hugh Jack man made this particular scruffy version of mutton chops popular in the X-Men and Wolverine movies. To achieve this look, shave off the mustache, a small portion of hair underneath the mouth, and expose the chin. The key to this look is leaving the majority of the beard intact to frame the chin and mouth.
7. The Lumberjack
These mutton chops are more stylized, as the chin portion of the beard is given a more rounded shape, and the hair framing the jaw is shaved thin while the sideburns are left thick.
8. The King
If you’re bold enough to sport the look made famous by Rock n Roll king, Elvis Presley, then make sure your sideburns remain thick as they grow into the beard. Then, shave the majority of your face clean, leaving a small portion of your beard right below the cheekbone. Shape and trim the hair down for a more precise look.
9. Barely There
This is a more modest chop that is both modern and sexy. To achieve this, shave off the goatee portion of the beard and cut the beard down very short using either clippers or scissors. Shape the chops so that they frame the jawline.
10. Holy Mother of Gaul
If you’re not afraid to sport some gaudy chops like these, grow it all out, shave off the chin beard and, using some beard wax, comb the rest of the hair up into a sophisticated coif. Go hard or go home, right?
#11: Six o’clock Shadow
This look is part way between a mutton chops style and a full bearded look. Shave the hair off of your chin leaving only a little bit of stubble in the area underneath your mouth. This look is perfect if you want a rough and ready look.
12: Fluffy Sideburns
The “lack of styling” helps to make this style what it is. This style really goes against the grain. You can work to create this look by running a comb backwards through your sideburns, to help to fluff the hair up a bit.
12: Angular Styling
This style joins up the mustache with the sideburns. A steeply sloping mustache creates sharp angles where it meets the mutton chops, and helps to create a serious look. This style is very popular with older gentlemen who command respect.
14: The Mod
British cycling hero Bradley Wiggins is well-known for his modish sideburns. In fact, he is partly responsible for helping to bring sideburns back into fashion! This mod look is a total throwback to the 60’s.
15: Thick and Dreamy
This style is perfect for people who love the idea of sideburns. They are very thick and cannot be missed by people who are looking at them. Although this is a very retro style, plenty of people have chosen to bring this style into the new millennium.
16: The Burnside
General Burnside is the king of the sideburns. He rocked the style so hard that sideburns are even named in honour of him. His attitude towards facial hair was go big and bold. If you want to make a big impact like Burnside, try copying his facial hair style.
17: Bushy ‘burns with a Handlebar Mustache
Invoke an old school style with big side burns and a classic handlebar mustache. This style involves big and bold sideburns, and a big and bold mustache, but never the twain shall meet! Keep teasing your mustache so that it turns up at the corners to give it a more 19th century look.
18: Pretty in Pink
Make a real impression by dying your hair a wild and unusual colour such as shocking pink. Dye your sideburns and any other facial hair the same colour that you dye the hair on your head. This will help to give you an undeniably eye-catching look.
19.Bushy Chops with a thin Mustache
Bushy facial hair with a thin mustache is actually a really great style choice if you have a round face. The bushiness can help to take away from the circular shape, whilst the thin mustache will help to ensure that your face remains open and approachable.
20. Facial Hair with a Shaven Head
The effect of your facial hair is likely to be far more striking if you have less hair on the top of your hair. A shaven headed style is great if you want to maximise the effects of your amazingly thick sideburns and your connected handlebar mustache.
21. Chin Strap Beard with Handlebar Mustache
If you want to try to make your jaw look more square, you can grow your sideburns into a chin strap beard. The “chin strap” follows your natural jawline but can be used to enhance its shape. Although chin strap beards can go all of the way around, this chin strap cuts out the middle section in favour of a mustache.
21: Thin Sideburns
Whilst many of those who have sideburns choose to style their facial hair in big, bold and bushy styles, sideburns can still look great even if they are on the thinner side. If you struggle to grow thick facial hair, this might be the right sideburn style for you.
This sideburns and beard combination carries on under the chin and the across to the other side. Its a good choice if you want a style which is a little bit wild and shaggy looking. It is a kind of werewolf style!
24. Sideburn Art
If you are feeling bolder, then choose to shave your sideburns into art. It is best to ask a competent barber to help you out. In order to do this style for yourself, you will need a steady hand and you will have to be able to work with both your right and your left hands!
25. Geometric Sideburns
Geometric patterns and shapes can help to make your mutton chops look more business-like. If you want to keep things looking smart, then you will have to trim and groom your ‘burns every morning before you head into the office.