Now it’s a term everyone is talking about, including Cosmopolitan, The Telegraph, BuzzFeed and Time magazine. The lumbersexual, it seems, has been living hidden among us for some time.
Still confused about your lumbersexual identity? Check out these “lumber essentials,” the basic requirements for any true lumbersexual:
Beard – A beard is the lumbersexual membership card. Without one, you are simply an apprentice – on your way, but not yet arrived. Your facial adornment may be long and unkempt or neatly trimmed. Either way, the lumbersexual takes pride in his hirsute display of manliness by using beard wash and beard oil.
Work boots – A lumbersexual is tough and needs the footwear to prove it – you’ll need leather, laces, ankle support and scuff marks to do so.
Flannel – Plaid is the rallying flag under which all lumbersexuals gather. Whether it is a true flannel or lightweight cotton, dirty or freshly ironed, alone or paired with a wool sweater, the lumbersexual won’t leave the house without it.
Rugged alcohol container – The true lumbersexual has an affinity for drink. Some lean the way of a can of PBR, others a well-crafted beer or whiskey. Glasses of wine or cute cocktails should raise an eyebrow of disdain.
Ax/Outdoor Skills Tool – You are not an actual lumberjack, but a lumbersexual needs to have some manly, nature-related skills in their literal or figurative tool belt. If you’re not into chopping wood, consider building furniture or cultivating wilderness survival skills.
MacBook Air – It’s not so much that you need a specific brand and item, as much as you: a) have a job that doesn’t involve falling trees, b) are well-versed in the use of electronic devices and c) have an equivalent badge of participation in cultural trends.
Backpack – A lumbersexual might not work outside, but he certainly plays outside – and not just because it is the cool thing to do. In his authentic appreciation for the natural world, he seeks to face the elements in a place where climate control is not an option.