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We’re big fans of Robert Pattinson here at GQ Style. The English actor has had something of a renaissance since filming the latest installment of the ‘Twilight’ series in 2020. Since then, he’s released two solo albums and collaborated with some of the biggest names in music. As well as his eclectic taste in music, we love his sense of humour and unique fashion choices. So, naturally, we were intrigued to hear about his hair style throughout the years. Turns out, it’s been an evolution, with some surprising turns along the way.

The Early Years

The ‘Twilight’ series made Robert Pattinson a household name, and he hasn’t looked back since. The early part of his career was spent establishing himself as a leading man, picking up a string of awards along the way. His breakout role was as the bespoke tailor’s son, Darcy, in the 2005 film ‘The Servant’. Darcy is a complex character, headstrong but with a heart of gold; he gradually comes to realise that his true love, Serena, is the daughter of the aristocratic family he works for. When he eventually wins her over, it’s one of the most romantic scenes in film history.

The Evolution Of A Classic Look

Darcy’s story doesn’t end there. In 2007, Pattinson was again nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of a gay pianist in the film ‘Casanova’. The following year, he was announced as the male lead in the adaptation of ‘Pride & Prejudice’, then due to be released in 2020. It’s hard to believe that this has been nearly 10 years since Robert Pattinson hit the big time. What’s he been doing in the meantime? Apart from acting and singing, he’s created a clothing line, launched a fragrance and worked on several films including the Tim Burton-directed ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ (2016).

It would appear that the fashion-savvy Pattinson has been taking advantage of the opportunity to evolve his look. Since starring in ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclispe’, his haircuts and attire have become a major talking point. While the actor has sported many memorable hairstyles throughout his career, we’ve narrowed down the ten best ways he’s changed his hair over the years.

1. The Short-Shorted Cut

One of the key trends to emerge in the past year has been the ‘short-shorted’ haircut. Inspired by the popular ‘80s haircut, the trend has taken off thanks to social media and content creators, most notably YouTube’s Queen of Diamonds, Hayley Taylor. The haircut has been worn by actors Zendaya, Bella Hadid and more recently, Millie Bobby Brown. It’s a style that was made famous by Mark Zuckerberg and his team, who sported the haircut while filming various viral videos.

The haircut has been linked to social media influencers, models and celebrities. Among them are Dev Patel, Naomi Campbell, Storm Reid and Emily Ratajkowski. It’s safe to say that this haircut has been a long time coming. Thanks to influencers and content creators who popularised the style, we can now see hundreds of thousands of people rocking the haircut, which has made it a firm fixture in our fashion lexicon.

2. The Fauxhawk

If you thought that the short-shorted cut was new, think again. Years back, in the early 2000s, a similar trend emerged that was dubbed the ‘fauxhawk’. The style was worn by the likes of Brad Pitt and George Clooney at the time and was seen as a rebellious counterpoint to the traditional long hair look. It was a big hit with men, especially in countries such as Italy and Portugal, and even made its way into mainstream fashion culture. However, as with any hairstyle that becomes so popular it almost inevitably reaches peak fashion and falls out of fashion almost as quickly as it rose to fame. Still, the trend lives on in millennials’ nostalgia and some of today’s most stylish men still opt for the rugged look. It was definitely one of the most memorable trends of the early 2000s.

3. The Layered Hair Look

It wasn’t just hair inspo that Robert Pattinson has been capitalising on. He’s also been sporting some seriously stylish outfits. In fact, it’s been such a memorable year for the actor’s fashion that he even inspired a series of looks that were worn by fashion icons throughout the years.

One of the most famous incarnations of the layered haircut is J.Lo’s ‘Piccolo Teatro’ (2016) costume. The outfit was worn by the singer for a concert at the Teatro Piccolo in Rome and has since become a popular look among people who attended the concert. The layered haircut and oversized sunglasses were an ode to the glamorous lifestyle of the ‘90s. It seems that the fashion-forward Pattinson has been pulling inspiration from the ‘90s in general, with his fashion choices this year being no different. If you want to channel some ‘90s vibes, you can’t go wrong with this classic look.

4. The Bearded Look

Did you know that Walt Disney was the first to sport the ‘bearded look’? The legendary movie mogul was the first to sport the full facial hair style, which he sported in an attempt to recreate a Biblical look. After Disney, it was quickly adopted by rock stars and other masculine icons. Since then, it’s become a major part of popular culture.

The name ‘Beard’ originates from the nickname ‘Bardes’ which was given to George Barclay Mears, a 19th century English traveler who sported a full, bushy beard. The style is named after the 19th-century English Romantic poet, William Wordsworth who supposedly wrote: “Beard / That was worn by the Greek Patriarch / Of Constantinople in good old days”.

5. The Trimmer Haircut

The quintessential image of an ‘80s celebrity is probably Patrick Swayze in the film ‘Roadhouse’. Wearing a tight-fitting black t-shirt and baggy shorts, Swayze’s character is the antithesis of today’s trendy male, with his greased-back hair and sculpted, tanned abs. However, it was Swayze’s iconic hairstyle that made him a fashion icon. The look was a major turning point in the ‘80s and was worn by Michael J. Fox a few years later in the popular sitcom ‘Family Ties’.

The ‘trimmer’ haircut was created in 1960 by the Italian hairdresser, Salvatori. It was originally designed for women, with the inspiration coming from the female form. Designer Miuccia Prada even bought a pair of scissors in the shape of an anatomically correct human foot, just so she could trim her hair in the style. The haircut was worn by Marlon Brando in the 1964 film, ‘The Wild Ones’, which was later adapted into the musical, ‘My Fair Lady’. Since then, it’s become a firm fixture in men’s fashion. The trendy, shaven look has been worn by the likes of Brad Pitt, Donald Trump and Michael B. Jordan. It was one of the defining hairstyles of the ‘80s.

6. The Razor Cut

If the ‘80s were all about the big hair, then the ‘90s are often remembered for the big pants. The decade saw the emergence of the likes of Puff Daddy, Jay-Z and others who favoured a more practical approach to dressing. The style was inspired by the designer Christian Louboutin. His first boutique, ‘Louboutin’, opened in Paris in 1991 and quickly became a popular place for men to buy luxury goods. The designer, who was previously best known for making shoes for women, began creating items of clothing for men, including shoes and hats.

The rise of the designer Christian Louboutin can be directly linked to the popularity of the ‘90s hip-hop scene. His designs were a statement against the large baggy garments that many men sported in the ‘90s. We often see the style associated with men who are proud to show off their practical side. You might also see the style, known as the ‘razor cut’, worn by Liam Neeson in Michael Mann’s adaptation of ‘Black Panther’ (2018).