Ivy League Haircut for Men: 12 Modern Iterations to Try

PJ Gach | 31 January 2018

Say hello to your new favorite haircut.

If you’re looking for a haircut that works with whatever you have on your agenda, give the Ivy League haircut a go. The Ivy League haircut goes by other names like: The Preppie haircut, the Harvard Clip, the Princeton,  and the Wall Street haircut. It’s versatile and easy to change up depending on how you feel and what’s on your calendar. For example, you’ve got a big job interview or a family event coming up, add some pomade to your hair and instantly, you’ve got the “Masters of the Universe” style.  If your style is more hipster than office, wear the look a little long and shaggy, and then pair it with neatly trimmed facial scruff.

The Ivy League haircut is essentially a low maintenance haircut. If you’re a guy who wants to wash, condition your hair, and then leave, this is your cut. Ahead we rounded up 12 modern versions of the look for you to try.

12 Ivy League Haircut Styles for Men

What exactly is the Ivy League haircut? This classic haircut is a combination of classic crew cut, but the top of the head is long enough to style into a side part. The hair on the sides and the back of the head can be tapered short, medium, or a longish length.

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The Ivy League haircut is a timeless cut. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Classic Ivy League Cut

For this look the cut is cropped on the sides and back, and fuller on top.

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Wavy hair looks really awesome with an Ivy League haircut.

2. Ivy League Cut for Wavy Hair

The is yet another classic take on the Ivy League Cut. Keep hair in place with Dove Men+Care Sculpting Paste. It delivers a medium hold with a matte finish.

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Face framing looks good. Photo Credit: Digitalimages.com

3. Wispy Bangs

If you like the slightly unfinished/artistic look, ask your barber to create a bang effect. If you feel that your forehead is a bit too broad, the wispy bangs will minimize the look.

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Go cas with a side part. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Ivy League Cut with Side Bangs

A little preppy, a little bit artist, this Ivy League cut has longer bangs that are swept across the forehead.

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Get a close cropped Ivy League haircut if you’re always on the go. Photo credit: Dvora

5. Cropped Cut

If you want to wash and go, ask your barber to give you an Ivy League cut that is short on the top, back and sides. All you’ll have to do is wash/condition your hair and you’re done. If this is you, add Suave Men 2-In-1 Ocean Charge Shampoo + Conditioner to your shower; it washes and conditions your hair at the same time.

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Slick it back. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

6. Combed Back

Add some shine and hold with Axe Clean Cut Look: Classic Pomade. Rub a small amount of the pomade on the fingers of each hand, and then simply finger comb hair in place.


Long in front. Photo Credit: Dvora

7. Ivy League Cut with Long Bangs

Adding length to the front is a bit 90s Brit-Pop, and edgy modern at the same time.

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Ivy League haircuts can go from work to play.

8. Ivy League Style for Thick Hair

Blessed with thick hair?  Add a dab of AXE Natural Look: Understated Cream to your hairstyle. Hair stays touchably soft while it holds your hair in place.

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Definitely interview ready.

9. Deep Side Part

Some barbers and hairstylists will argue that a “true” Ivy League haircut isn’t an Ivy League haircut if it doesn’t have a deep side part.

10. Ivy League Cut and Full Beard

Look professional at work with a neatly trimmed beard and a slicked back style.  To get that wet look, use Dove Men+Care Defining Pomade for a non-greasy shine.

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Curls look great with an Ivy League haircut. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

11. Ivy League Cut for Curly Hair

Curly hair can definitely be worn with your cut. The trick is not completely tame the curl. Use a small amount of Bed Head For Men By Tigi Matte Separation Workable Wax to keep curls defined and in place.

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Add some fullness up front.

12. The Volumized Version

Switch up your look with a little height, or volume in front as a change of pace.


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