Originating from the 17th century, the Van Dyke takes its name from painter Anthony van Dyke who was reportedly the first to sport this standout facial masterpiece. He was by trade a painted whom, it has been said, enjoyed painting subjects who also wore this style of beard.

Here are 5 ways to wear your Van Dyke to make sure you yourself are a work of art for all to admire.

Original Van Dyke Style


Taking it back to the day with this timeless style. Featuring a soul patch, a French moustache grown with handlebars slightly tailing up to the sides. A neat and pointed goatee, combined with clean shaven cheeks gives this style a classic neat and stylish look. Perfect for the prudent, precise, man about town.

Hipster Van Dyke

Doubtful that the hipster style was around back in the 17th century, but nowadays this style is eye-catching and unique with a split moustache which is sure to turn heads. Along with the middle split moustache, goatee should be maintained at medium length neatly whilst sides should again be cut clean. A very sophisticated and trendy style. Adaptable to suit a formal setting well.

Natural Van Dyke

Let it all hang out for this one. As the name suggests, the natural Van Dyke requires little to no pruning. Given the correct growth pattern, it can look rugged with powerful undertones of a highly confident man not afraid to show his true face. A slight handlebar with soul patch and full sideburns and mid-cheek growth is required for full natural affect.

Biker Van Dyke


This style is one which truly is in full flow. Let the goatee grow long and wide. Time is the biggest factor when it comes to growing the biker Van Dyke. Clean sides a non-connected but fully grown moustache set this one off well. Adventurous and wild. Let it grow and hit the open road without much worry for upkeep.

Compact Style

This style is suitable to those with a broader face and jaw line as it compacted the chin and jawline features. Avail of a thick but compact goatee extending beyond the chin line slightly for this one. Meeting in a squared off style slightly below the chin for maximum impact. Combine with a handlebar moustache, soul patch and slight stubble to set off the look.

Fully Beard Style

A slight amount of license in branching away from the traditional style on this one, but absolutely one of the most striking styles. Fully grown facial hair paired with sideburns and a natural handlebar moustache is a powerful look suitable for both business and social settings with a little pruning and a good beard oil helps this one really stand above the crowd, projecting a strong facial structure.

Worn in varying styles by the likes of Johnny Depp, Pierce Brosnan and Chris Cornell, the Van Dyke is one which every man should have in his repertoire. It is most certainly the beard to be seen in for 2017.

Anthony Gallagher

Anthony Gallagher

Based in Seoul, South Korea, Anthony is a freelance writer and self-professed hair enthusiast. He attends like clock work for a bi-weekly haircut and complimentary ear waxing at his local one woman barber shop.
Anthony Gallagher