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Designer Stubble Isn't Sexy

Updated on September 7, 2009
English actor Hugh Laurie is one of the few men who looks good with scruff.
English actor Hugh Laurie is one of the few men who looks good with scruff.

Loads of women really do appreciate a man's ability to look rugged, but here's a secret you're probably unaware of - the less planned, the better. While a 5 o'clock shadow can look damned good on a man who's been at the office until late evening, designer stubble can look pretty not. There are a number of reasons for this, but the most significant is that many women regard this look as highly metrosexual.

I happen to love a little shadow on a man if he's been working all day or all night. But I can't say I'm a big fan of it under any other circumstances. That's not to say all women agree with me - there are quite a few women who like this style. I even like it myself, on occasion. Today I'm going to tell you why I usually don't.

But I still think he looks sexiest without it.
But I still think he looks sexiest without it.

It hurts

Stubble may not feel painful against the back of your hand, but I promise you there are parts of the female anatomy that do not easily forget how uncomfortable it can be. Let me give you an analogy.

Imagine yourself nekkid. You're walking through a beautiful desert. You're feeling wonderful. Really wonderful. So wonderful, in fact, you could almost scream. And you probably would scream, if you could stop yourself from walking into cacti evey few seconds. How sexy would your boys find that?

Unless you're into very specialized kink, I don't think you'd find it sexy at all. I know I surely don't. So, before you go sporting this one, you might want to consider whether or not it might adversely affect your sex life. It would certainly end mine, if someone I was dating decided to grow one.

It Can Make You Look Scraggy.

Some guys can pull it off, but most just tend to look unclean. Men who would normally look rather sexy, suddenly look like they might not have bathed in a few days. Is this what you want women to think as you pass them on the street? Miami Vice isn't a popular TV show anymore!

It Might Not Look As Cool As You Think It Does

This can be said for many things, obviously, but it really applies here. Personal opinion aside, many men simply don't have the genes to produce adequate growth. The results are patchy and strange looking. Girls may not be checking you out for the reasons you'd hoped.

If nothing else, at least take your woman into consideration before you start sporting one of these. A bad interaction with scruff can turn a woman off faster than you can say "ouch!" If you have a woman who doesn't mind, more power to you. If you don't have a woman at all, it might be time to shave that sucker off.

xx Isabella

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