The 16 Most-Popular Ivy League Haircut Ideas for Men

An Ivy League haircut, aka Harvard Clip or Princeton Haircut, is a type of crew cut wherein the hair on top is long enough to be parted and swept to the side. This collegiate haircut has its origins from the 1960s and has always been among the most sought-after looks for stylish, smart men.

The high-class cut is prestigious because it allows so many options in styling! Choices include sleek side-parts, textured tops, forward brush, faded sides, pompadours, and a lot more.

Styling the hair on top of the head with products like wax and pomade does all the trick! Upkeep is minimal since you can grow this cut out and still have an impressive look.

Top actors Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum, and Ryan Reynolds all wore this business hairstyle and proved how it never gets out of style! Choose from this up-to-date collection of only the most fashionable Ivy League haircut looks!

The Messy Ivy League Haircut

The Messy Ivy League Haircut
Instagram @lrh_barber

Bed hair on a proper lad is a different kind of sexy. A disheveled form on a Princeton cut achieves just that. A little messy works for an Ivy League haircut but don’t overdo it.

The Side-Swept Ivy

The Side-Swept Ivy League
Instagram @bishop_hairstyle

This Ivy League haircut gives more definition to the side comb-over, creating volume and form to this part of the cut.

The Tapered Ivy League Cut

The Tapered Ivy League Cut
Instagram @awethebarber

Create a side part then shave sides and nape areas gradually. Apply styling products for maximum hold and shine.

The Ivy Crew Cut

The Ivy League Crew Cut
Instagram @barbeariasapompeiasp

Peep that smooth taper and a thicker top. Get in with the program while still looking slick.

Skin Fade

The Ivy League Haircut with Skin Fade
Instagram @barberbysinan

Short back and sides go well with a full top like bread and butter. A skin fade creates an edgier Ivy League haircut.

Comb Over

The Ivy League Comb Over Haircut
Instagram @janikatuovila

Stylist Janika left much for the wearer to style and just enough for us to enjoy. A cousin of the crew cut, you get more versatility in this style with a bit of the fluff on top.

The Textured Ivy League Cut

The Textured Ivy League Cut
Instagram @wit.salon

Layer hair on top and ruffle it our for that messy gentleman look.

The Curly Ivy

The Curly Ivy League Hairline
Instagram @rachelringwood

After that 8-5, you’re guaranteed to start the fun anywhere! Cool curls show the quirky side of that business suit.

Military Cut

The Military Ivy League Cut
Instagram @gjack907

The strictest of the strictest cuts is fashionably dapper! Buzzed sides and a short top means less up-keeping.

The Modern Ivy League Haircut

The Modern Ivy League Style
Instagram @barbershop_port

Improvement on the Harvard clip means faded sides and a well-combed pompadour! The pompadour is an old classic Ivy League haircut that has not gone out of style.

The Ivy League Haircut Fade

The Ivy League Haircut Fade
Instagram @gentlemens_evoke

A rebellious punch to such a razor-sharp style. Tapering the sides accentuates the styling done on the top. Plus, it’s easier to manage!

The Short Ivy

The Short Ivy League Haircut
Instagram @nick_barber_arts

Less fluff on the top means more fun all around! Brandish an on-the-go look that any gentleman can wear at any moment.

The Long Ivy

The Long Ivy League Haircut
Instagram @javi_thebarber_

Professional by day, party-goer by night. Get this Ivy League haircut with a clean side shave and gelled up top.

For Receding Hairline

The Ivy League for a Receding Hairline
Instagram @bobbybanks

Q&A with style creator, Robyn Pape
Hairstylist @ Red Bloom Salon in Calgary, AB

How would you describe this look?

This is a form of a textured crew cut. On Chris, I have shaped the back more cropped to his head and ascended the length as I worked towards his face due to his very straight hair sitting exactly where I cut it. Like a hedge!

He has the perfect hair for “bedhead” so with every one of his looks I make sure he can basically get out of the shower, put product in, mess it up quickly, and leave, while still looking professional for his job as a photographer.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This Ivy League haircut is great for men who want to look put together and professional but don’t want to put in the styling work. For product, I prefer something matte and textured, such as Schwarzkopf’s ‘Mess Up’, which is what I used in this style. This style also looks really nice with cropped sides instead of a high fade, for men who maybe think a fade is too harsh for their work environment.

Side Parted Hair

Q&A with style creator, Rais
Barber @ Big Bro Chelyabinsk in Chelyabinsk, Russia


How would you describe this look?

This Ivy League haircut is like for everyday life and also for an official event. I like the shape and styling.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Style it matte or slightly shiny for straight or curly hair. The best face type for this look is oval or elongated. It’s great for students or young entrepreneurs. With this installation, you can go to a party and work.

The Classic Ivy League Cut

The Classic Ivy League Cut
Instagram @rodzstyle