The Beard Brigade

From the red carpet in Hollywood to the paneled offices on Wall Street, facial hair is back in style

John Paul Filo / CBS / Reuters

TV's David Letterman

Two months ago, I was convinced that my husband had lost his mind. Preparing to leave for his job as a Wall Street accountant one morning, he wore his usual crisp black suit, a BlackBerry in his pocket and a new accessory: an unkempt 8 o'clock shadow. "I am growing a beard," he explained. "They are sooo in right now."

He had a point. Everywhere you look these days--on late-night talk shows, on Super Bowl offensive lines, at Federal Reserve Board meetings and maybe even in the next cubicle or across the dinner table--beards that typically resemble two to three weeks...

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