Similar to a Crew Cut, the “Ivy League” hairstyle is usually left a little longer and spikier on the top so it can be styled or tousled with hair gel, but still kept quite short or buzzed on the sides. It’s a more diverse hairstyle than a traditional Crew Cut because the longer hair on top could be layered, all one length, parted, or left short and spiked up. Currently, this style is worn by celebrities like Ryan Seacrest, Colin Farrell, and Tom Arnold.
The Ivy League haircut originated from the traditional Crew Cut and became popular in the U.S. after World War II. It is believed that the Yale rowing crew first sported the cut to portray a clean, no-nonsense look. Obviously, this look was then copied at universities across the country, beginning with Ivy League schools who were Yale’s rivals. Making it their own by leaving the hair a little longer than a Crew Cut and styling it made it different from Yale’s, but also widened the scope of it, thus creating the “Ivy League” moniker.
Nowadays, you don’t need to go to an Ivy League school to wear this hairstyle, and you don’t even need an Ivy League barber to cut it for you. the AirCut can cut the sides of your hair down to 3/8″ on the back and sides while leaving the top longer (up to 4″) for styling, creating a look any Harvard man would envy.
Now it’s your turn: Do you or someone you know sport this style? What are the advantages/disadvantages over a traditional Crew Cut? Let us know in the comments!