If the NBA gave rings for style, Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier would’ve led the league in MVP titles. Taking his ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ inspired moniker seriously, the former New York Knick set many trends. But none was as noticeable as his chops.
Whether they were in full, perfectly-shaped bloom, or grown wild a free, Frazier’s sideburns always fit his larger than life personality perfectly. Walt credits sticking to his own individuality with the explosion of his style, “Being in New York you can just be yourself. You don’t have to follow the crowd. That’s how I became Clyde,” the Knicks legend told GQ Magazine, “So that’s how I became Clyde, for my tenacity in believing in wearing what I want to wear.” And that included his eye-catching muttonchops in an era when everyone was clean-shaven.
Perhaps the most apparent direct inspiration is rapper turned actor Ludacris, who first burst on the scene, adding his own unique flair to the trend. Whether it was spirals, additional slits or even in-laid designs, Luda kept his chops on point, making sure to pay homage to the ‘Clyde’ properly.
How to get the look? Be the G.O.A.T of the Goatee
1. If you’ve just washed, dry your face before you begin. Wet hair is longer and when it dries you may find you’ve trimmed too much. You don’t want to look like Charlie Chaplin when it’s over.
2. Comb your mustache straight down with a fine tooth comb. Use the Gillette ProGlide Styler for best results. It’s precision Edging Blade is perfect for the goatee or mutton chops. For the goatee start in the middle and trim first towards one side of the mouth, then towards the other.
3. Use the edger to shape the and sideburns/ Trim away from the hair so you don’t shave off too much by mistake. A good rule to follow when trimming a mustache is to follow the natural curve of your top lip – every mouth is different, and you want your mustache to match your face.
4.Don’t contort your face to get a closer trim! You want your hairline to reflect how your mouth is at rest, not tensed up. So unless you walk around pointing with your lips all day keep it relaxed.