Let's Hear It for the Boys!

If you’ve taken a gander at our recent, menswear-inspired lookbook – or have just glanced at the guys in your life these past couple of weeks – you may have noticed  a bounty of bristly faces. “What’s with all this precisely preened plumage poking around the upper perimeter of these Modsters’ mouths?” you may have asked yourself. Well, there’s no reason to keep a stiff upper lip about it anymore – we’re highlighting Movember!

Okay, I know what you’re going to ask next – “What’s Movember?” Well, the word itself is a playful portmanteau of ‘moustache’ and ‘November,’ but the concept behind this term is much more meaningful. The fact is, males all over the world, during the month of November, are growing this form of facial hair to bring awareness to men’s health issues, particularly prostate and testicular cancers.

From its humble beginnings as a concept kicked around by a few friends in an Adelaide, Australia pub back in 2003 to bring back the popularity of moustaches, Movember has since grown into an annual, global celebration of this tufted face trimming in order to raise money for cancer research. Men start November cleanly shaven, then simply let their stubble grow into the form of a ‘stache for the next month, all the while acquiring donations from supportive sponsors. The moustache, then, has become a symbol of awareness, much like the pink ribbon has for breast cancer.

If you’d like give a shout out to your brothers, fathers, male friends, and others, but aren’t ‘scruff enuff’ to grow your own, why not highlight men’s health issues with a handlebar moustache on your bag? On Monday, November 23rd, if your ModCloth order hits $100 or more, excluding the purchase of gift cards, you will receive for free with your shipment the handsome tote shown above (while supplies last)!

In the meantime, discover more ways that you can help the cause by visiting the official Movember website.

About Richard

Richard finds style inspiration in an assortment of historical figures, musicians, and movie characters, including Doc Holliday, Tracy Pew, Han Solo, and El Topo. When not tapping at the computer keyboard for ModCloth, Richard spends his time playing music and dreaming of composing the perfect soundtrack to an epic gothic western film set on a distant, dusty planet, where the cowboys ride rocket-powered motorcycles instead of horses.

8 Responses to Let's Hear It for the Boys!

  1. Caitlin 11/20/2009 at 10:06 pm #

    As an Australian I have seen the Movember Mo’s for a few years now. It’s a fantastic cause, and it’s brilliant walking into a workplace and seeing all the men sporting hysterical moustaches!
    It’s so nice to see that Movember is branching out to the rest of the world and raising awareness as it grows (couldn’t resist a growing pun)

  2. Amanda 11/20/2009 at 10:14 pm #

    I think this movember thing is about to get whored out just like the pink for breast cancer in october thing is. which is very sad.

  3. Nikki 11/22/2009 at 2:55 am #

    where i live its called no-shave-november. i think its great that you guys are featuring movember

  4. Jenny 11/22/2009 at 11:08 am #

    My brother and his friends at work practice what they call “No Shave November” as a protest to possibly having to wear beard nets. I will have to tell him that he could do it for a good cause.

  5. Brittany 11/23/2009 at 8:45 am #

    Yes, Amanda, heaven forbid we bring awareness to fatal diseases such as cancer. It would be better still if we tried to keep it in the closet and never talked about it. Then maybe it will just go away on its own.

  6. Elissa of Spandexpony 11/23/2009 at 4:23 pm #

    Here in the Midwest, our boys are calling it “Novembeard”. Many, many mixed results.

  7. taylor 11/23/2009 at 5:53 pm #

    i love beards and disease awareness!
    beards are sexy, disease is not sexy. maybe something sexy will raise just the right amount of attention this cause needs!

  8. forex robot 11/28/2009 at 2:07 pm #

    nice post. thanks.

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