13 INDISPENSABLE MUSTACHE STYLES TO TRY THIS MOVEMBER

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Ah, the mustache. It is, perhaps, the most misunderstood of facial hair styles. For a long time, not too long ago, it was considered a joke, something that was worn ironically and inspired the odd "bow-chicka-wow-wow" from friends and family alike. Sure, there were always a few folks who wore one well, almost as a signature flourish. But recently, the mustache has come roaring back into style, popping up on genuinely cool guys like it did back in its '70s heyday. And why not? Done right, a 'stach can look great! And since Movember is coming, you might be thinking about trying one for yourself. Go for it. Just be sure to look at these 13 accomplished mustache-havers for inspiration first.

The Ron Swanson
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This might just be, for a generation of American men, the quintessential mustache. It's bold. Almost bushy, but not unkempt. Powerful, but quietly so. Just like Ron Swanson himself.

The Tom Selleck
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And for a different generation of American men, another quintessential 'stache. Magnum, P.I.'s push-broom is a little more sculpted than Swanson's—note the tapering at the corners of the mouth—but no less authoritative.

The Richard Roundtree
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You aren't as cool as Shaft, but maybe you can channel some of his style with your 'stache. The trick here is letting the hair grow down and around the corners of your mouth, giving it a bit of a handlebar feel. Go overboard, and you'll look absurd. But hit that happy medium, and, well...just look at the man.

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So delicate and debonair, it's barely there. The Errol Flynn is a throwback, for sure. But, hey—maybe that's your jam.

The Lionel Richie
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On first glance, it almost looks like a standard, run-of-the-mill mustache. It's not. Richie meticulously groomed it so that nary a hair fell over the edge of his upper lip. It's a manicured look, to be sure. But if you can't stand the thought of follicular overhang (and prickly little hairs poking your lip), it might be just what you need.

The Rollie Fingers
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Also known as the obscure, overly genteel Brooklyn bartender's mustache of choice. The full-blown, twisty handlebar is ridiculous—in that it is actually deserving of ridicule most of the time—but there's an off chance it'll work for you if you've got a little bit of Fingers' natural swagger.

The Steve Harvey
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Honestly, it kind of looks like Harvey glued a piece of felt to his upper lip. Or, perhaps, colored it in with a Sharpie. It's uncannily uniform, and maybe a little strange to behold. Is that your thing? Could it be? Should it be?

Burt Reynolds
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We had to separate Reynolds from Selleck and Swanson because he's serving the same kinda vibe—strong 'stache, old-school swagger—but deserves his own shine. The mustache is different in that it's a tiny bit more delicate. Not actuallydelicate, mind you. Just by comparison. Observed in the wild, it's a look that's sure to make an impression.

Freddie Mercury
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Remember that note about Richard Roundtree's mustache? No? Well, it's all about giving your facial hair a little extra verticality by letting it grow around the corners of your mouth. Freddie Mercury, legendary mustache-haver, understood the power of that move.

Milo Ventimiglia
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Okay, yeah, sure: Ventimiglia is just plain handsome as hell. But his mustache may be the strongest argument on this list for giving one a try (even, gasp, un-ironically). Let it grow to a medium length, keep it tended (but not too), and cut it off right as it passes the lip line. Modern, and—dare we say it?—genuinely cool.

The Eddie Murphy
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If you've got some serious coverage and coarser facial hair, you can likely get away with a super-short 'stache that still makes an impression. Just take a page from Eddie's book and wear it with a smile.

Billy Dee Williams
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The mustache equivalent of a knowing smirk. How do you do it? Let it grow past the lip line, or just keep it a little longer and twist it up and out at the edges. You're not going for a handlebar, just extending the 'stache for maximum effect.

The Salvadore Dali
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An absurd mustache? Without a doubt. An iconic one? That's also true. Easy to emulate? Not at all. You'll need to grow and grow your whiskers, keeping the upper part of your upper-lip area clean shaven. Then, a heaping helping of mustache wax, a lot of twisting and lifting, and you're golden. Maybe.

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