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Dancing_Doll
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 9:35:16 AM

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Designer stubble, a well groomed light hint of facial hair, can make you look rugged or even refined, depending on which way you wear it. It is one of the lasting facial hair trends that works for so many different men.

What do you think of this look, guys and girls? Hot or Not?

Guys, have you tried this look and is it more difficult to maintain than a full beard or clean-shaven?

Girls - do you like facial hair on a guy and if so, do you prefer this to a full beard?




MadMartigan
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 10:37:47 AM

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I prefer the look myself.

I look far better, in my opinion, with the light stubble. No mustache though. I can't pull it off and I just don't like the feel of them either. I generally keep it clean and smooth around the mouth. So I guess I kind of keep a rugged chin-strap, though that isn't the proper description either. I pretty much keep try to keep a look like what you have in the first image, though slightly smaller. Admittedly, I need to get a couple of those small grooming electric razors to keep things more even.

Definitely prefer my hair fairly short too, like the first image. Though I keep it just long enough to keep a messy kind of a spike.

Most ladies, however, that I've met at least, prefer clean shaven. Which does make sense, if you're giving oral. Or kissing.dontknow
Dudealicious
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:32:28 AM

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I would like to think it's hot, especially seeing as I have sported a well trimmed goatee for many years now. Trick is to keep it maintained, if it gets too bushy kissing is not the most pleasureable thing for your partner.

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Metilda
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:43:33 AM

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It's ok looking. I can't stand kissing with stubble gouging at my face, though. So I favor a slightly more grown bit of facial hair along the lines of a goatee or clean shaven.

Jack_42
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:48:03 AM

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I think it looks as though you need a bath or have just rolled out of bed with a hangover (that must be pretty rugged). I suppose the idea is that opposites attract and as most girls can't grow facial hair it may intrigue them. By the way I posed this question in a thread yesterday.
Dancing_Doll
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:51:55 AM

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I really like this look. I am not into full beards or extreme facial hair, but very well trimmed stubble is absolutely hot on the right guy.

BlondeBookworm
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:34:16 PM

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Dancing_Doll wrote:
I really like this look. I am not into full beards or extreme facial hair, but very well trimmed stubble is absolutely hot on the right guy.


I agree with this, for some reason I find the stubble to be very sexy on some guys, but I don't like beards at all.
Ruthie
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:41:51 PM

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The look is better than the feel. Some guys look really good with it, but other guys look like hobos. Like most looks, it's not for everybody.
Lisa
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 2:05:53 PM

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I love the stubble look. I think the man in the first photo would look better clean-shaven, but when it comes to the rest of the men there...I'm a fan.
Dancing_Doll
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 2:26:11 PM

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I just had to say - The man in the first pic is thee Tom Ford (as in the Tom Ford behind 'Tom Ford'). Fashion designer behind the label, oscar-nominated film director and the man responsible for the epic turnaround of Gucci. Really, he can do no wrong. :)














And yes, yes, I know he's gay. I was just admiring his stubble. And his always impressive Tom Ford'ness.

Dirty_D
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 8:35:43 PM

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YES!!!
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Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013 6:05:34 AM

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Found this article this morning:

Apparently, it really IS science. A study had 351 women rate attractiveness of 10 men in the following stages of facial hair: clean shaven, light stubble (5 days unshaven), heavy stubble (10 days unshaven), and fully bearded.

Heavy stubble was viewed as the most attractive, while clean-shaven and fully bearded tied. Light stubble was not viewed as attractive, as it was often too patchy.

More info

PS If you're interested in participating in some follow up studies, you can sign up here
Swollen
Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013 6:19:42 AM

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Mr Swollen is currently sporting the rough (but kempt) unshaven look - he has longish hair too, with a peppering of grey. Sexiest thing about it is, he has no idea how completely amazing he looks. I would - oh, I do!!! love7
Delphi
Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013 6:27:27 AM

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Lisa wrote:
I love the stubble look. I think the man in the first photo would look better clean-shaven, but when it comes to the rest of the men there...I'm a fan.


THIS.

SereneProdigy
Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013 1:38:20 PM

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Dancing_Doll wrote:
Guys, have you tried this look and is it more difficult to maintain than a full beard or clean-shaven?


Yes, I wear a light stubble too. Comparing maintenance would be a little difficult, as every man has different shaving habits. For example, some men are into old school wet shaving, with a badger brush, hot towels, safety razor, etc. To them shaving to achieve baby smooth skin is a ritual that can take up to 20-30 minutes every morning.

Myself, I find maintaining a stubble quite convenient, althought there was a learning curve, mostly about finding my growth rate and drawing a nice neckline.

What I do is shave with an electric trimmer, without any guard, once a week. I usually do this on a day I don't go out much (Sunday), because it's just too short then to look like a decent stubble.

The next 7 days I just let it grow, and only shave the neck and trim the neckline. Shaving to have a perfectly defined, straight neckline is what takes most time. I do this with a hand mirror, to have a fine view of my profile. Still I'd say it's about the same time as getting a complete shave, as you don't have to shave the cheeks, moustache, etc.

What really is convenient about it, is that if you miss a day shaving the neck, it doesn't look as messy as your stubble will be longer than your neck hair anyways. Still I don't go more than 2 days without shaving this part, otherwise I lose track of my established neckline and I've got to redefine it from scratch. I also only omit the neck on casual days, never on a working day.

I hope this helps other guys who'd like to try this facial hair style. Lwinking
Guest
Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013 3:12:18 PM

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I think it looks fine on some but not on others. Also as others have pointed out, it can often times look patchy and IMO as if the guy was just lazy. You can go from being able to pull it off to not with little differences.

I normally go from a sculpted 5 on my beard trimmer up to a 9 in the winter sometimes. And I go from a goatee to full beard depending on my mood. I also go from a full beard up the cheeks, to just the jawline (that is what I am doing now), or jawline full (though not long) with stubble up the cheek (that look works for me too).

But I dislike stubble on my neck, and think guys who don't shave their necks clean look dirty and scummy.
SereneProdigy
Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013 3:24:12 PM

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JohnC wrote:
I think it looks fine on some but not on others. Also as others have pointed out, it can often times look patchy and IMO as if the guy was just lazy. You can go from being able to pull it off to not with little differences..(...)..but I dislike stubble on my neck, and think guys who don't shave their necks clean look dirty and scummy.

That's why maintaining a perfectly traced neckline is key. This is what shifts the stubble from looking lazy/scruffy to looking neat/stylish.
Wilful
Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 3:15:59 AM

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I've been doing the designer stubble thing for about seven years now.

I was trying to grow a sneaky moustache for a dance competition, and I got heaps of positive feedback from the ladies while it was coming in. So after I was done with Raul, my rumba alter ego, I grew it back.

Still didn't get any though.

And now that I'm married, my wife just teases me for the salt and pepper sprinkled through. So it's really just to cover up my baby face these days.

It's much easier to maintain than clean shaving, and I suppose about the same as a full beard. Although it's much more comfortable than the full. The key is though, you have to have a good electric beard trimmer, otherwise you're just asking for trouble. And as others have mentioned, you've got to keep up with shaving the neck, and the cheeks for those of us into Teenwolf, or Robin Williams territory.

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Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 4:47:03 AM

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Any kind of facial hair is sexy... Mmmmmm....
Mysteria27
Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 6:31:04 AM

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I think it is very sexy looking and hot on some people. I guess it would just have to depend.

My spouse has a mustache and I really like that.

He has also had a gotee which I liked also.

AngelHeart01
Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 1:32:55 AM

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I like the look. I also like beards. I have gone to beard contests and loved it. Beards can be extremely sexy!

Hair on the neck is a turn off with the beard.
SereneProdigy
Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 2:04:30 AM

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AngelHeart01 wrote:
I like the look. I also like beards. I have gone to beard contests and loved it. Beards can be extremely sexy!

Hair on the neck is a turn off with the beard.


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Buz
Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 10:45:40 PM

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Funny, I never thought of stubble as being designer or vogue. I often wear stubble as it grows so damn fast. I guess that makes me designer vogue much of the time. I can't stand for it to grow down my neck though. That itches and drives me crazy. When my hair was long I grew a beard. It was in full in 2 weeks. I started trimming it real short though. My wife loved it all, the long hair and the short beard. My hair got real curly or wavy or whatever, very unruly looking and I had to tie it behind my head in a ponytail to run, bicycle, work out & play sports. That all just drove me nuts. I shower at least twice a day and washing my hair and drying it so often was driving me crazy. Its short now, somewhere just a little longer than a crew cut. Towel and go baby!

Sometimes I have to go clean shaven though for business reasons.

Naughtygrl73
Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013 2:50:09 AM

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I adore stubble that's been well kept, my husband is a defence member, so unfortunately it's not something I get to see on him very often. I love summer holidays when he lets it grown in, goatee and short stubble, oh my, swoon
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Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 8:25:44 AM

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Shaved clean for me - wife can't stand stubble and I can't either
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