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How To Get That Designer Stubble Look

Updated on December 14, 2012

The Designer Stubble Look is Everywhere

Designer Stubble is everywhere it seems. Don't believe me then do this. If you are on the subway, in the street, in a bar, in the office ... stop. Look around at the men, and see how many of them sport designer stubble or a beard. I bet most of them. It is an acceptable look in the work place, so even the suits have designer stubble (I should know, I do!). Check out most of the male film stars and celebrities and one will clearly see that the designer beard and designer stubble look is very much back in vogue.

The slightly more rugged look is all the rage, and the designer stubble look can contribute to this, and even help define your face. Let us face it, it is a cool look. With the trend for facial hair being big at the moment, you can even wear the designer stubble look in a smart office (although make sure it is kept smart), any self respecting style guru needs to get some stubble. So how do you go about getting that Designer Stubble look?

How To Get That Designer Stubble Look

Step 1

How to Get it? Now do not think that opting for the designer stubble look means an extra ten minutes in bed, as you no longer have to shave. This is not the lazy man's option. To get a smart cool look will require some effort on your part. In addition, it will need maintenance, to avoid looking scruffy.

The first stage will be to grow the beard out a bit, you want to get it to a stage where you can then cut it back. You will need to decide how you want to handle the neck beard part, but having a neck beard can look scruffy, so this all depends on how long the stubble look is, and also the colour of your hair. If you, like me, have a light haired beard, then you may want to grow it a little longer, as those with dark beards can look more defined with shorter stubble.

Having grown a few days of stubble, and this will depend on how quick your hair grows, you want to get a beard trimmer, that you can set to grade 1. I first mark out the shape of the stubble with a razor blade first, and tidy up the neck beard part, and then gently cut in the shape with the edge of the shaver without a guard. Give yourself a few millimetres grace in where you define it, as you can tidy up later.

Creating The Designer Stubble Look

Step 2

Once you have shaved away and tidied up the bits you do not want, you should be left with the basic shape you want, remaining. Now, take the beard trimmer and set to Grade 1, and then proceed to shave all over the beard. This keeps it a uniformed length, and neat and tidy.

If you work in a very smart place, you may want to make sure the stubble is very precise and neatly trimmed, and neck beard part freshly shaved, so it looks like a clear conscious grooming decision, rather than you just got up late. For the more casual environment, and look, you could do this the night before event and probably leave a bit longer.

Designer Stubble Up Keep

Keeping It Tidy

Up Keep You need to keep on top of things, and the more precise the designer stubble you want, the more up keep. I revisit the stubble every 2-3 days with a trimmer at grade 1, and tidy up any neck beard growth and the cheeks. Again, this will depend very much on how quick your hair growth, and how trim and tidy you want it to be.

Make sure you keep the face cleansed on a regular basis, and apply a facial scrub to keep the skin looking bright, and the stubble conditioned.

Once Done - There Is no Turning Back. I recently shaved my designer stubble all off, while my girlfriend was away, and when she came back and saw me all clean shaved, the disappointed look on her face spoke volumes. "Oh", she said disappointedly, "Where's it gone. I like you like that".

So a week later, I am following the above advice, and getting back my designer stubble look. Check out my recommended Designer Stubble and Beard Trimmers below.

My Recommended Beard Trimmers - Essential Tools for The Designer Stubble Look

To Get A Real Cool Designer Stubble Look you need the right tools. Dedicated Beard and Stubble trimmers are best to keep your stylish image in check. Here are my recommendations.

How to Shave the Perfect Goatee - Every time!

No - it is not you own Bane (from Batman) mask!!! Want to achieve that perfect Goatee beard when you shave. Well How about this interesting device. The makers claim that you can get the perfectly symmetrical goatee beard, every time - just be using this simple device. The way it works is that it is a basic template, which allows you to shave perfectly around. You can adjust the template so it fits a variety of face shapes. Perfect for maintaining a consistent goatee - every single time you shave. No more of the wonky beard - or the beard too small because you have had to shave "a little bit" more of one side, or a little bit more of off the other. Until there is not much to play with.

Remember it is MOVEMBER!!!

I have shaved off my Designer Stubble !!!! and replaced with a MOUSTACHE (for November only) - as it is MOVEMBER !!!

Please support my moustache growing efforts by making a donation. In doing so you'll be helping the 1 in 9 men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Together, we can change this statistic.

Movember Time! - Here is my Mo halfway through the month

Movember 'tache
Movember 'tache

As I said, I'm growing my "mo" or "'tache" for Movember to raise money and awareness for Men's Health issues.

So here is a picture of my progress.

Is the Designer Stubble Look a Good one, How do you maintain it if you have one.

Do You Like The Designer Stubble Look? - Let Me Have Your Thoughts

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    • one SquidAddict profile image

      one SquidAddict 

      7 years ago

      Even though Movember is over I think this look will carry on through 2013.

    • rawwwwwws lm profile image

      rawwwwwws lm 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!! :) Enjoyed passing by!

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      7 years ago

      Good selection here, great lens and well set out. I tend not to shave over the weekend and my wife and kids and grandkids don't like the look

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      7 years ago

      The men in this lens look good with them.

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      7 years ago

      gents specifyed in this lens is beautifulll...

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      Gloria Freeman 

      7 years ago from Alabama USA

      I think this is a good look for you guys.

    • James1978 profile image


      7 years ago

      I've had designer stubble every day for about 4 years now thanks to my Babyliss stubble trimmer. It's one of the best electrical items I've ever bought. I personally prefer the lowest setting and just shave everything the same length, including the neck. I think the sculped look, like the guy in the white vest above, looks a bit odd and looks like you're trying too hard.

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      7 years ago

      Great guide - I purchased an I-Stubble and I absolutely love it so far.

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      7 years ago

      Yes I do want a designer stubble. I'm going to start right now on September the seventeenth to see how it look.

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      7 years ago

      Men with stubble look sexy!

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      7 years ago

      I want to get this type of look because my skin is so sensitive that I can't shave every day. Ive been sporting a goatee with shaving every 2 or 3 days...Id love to get the scruffy look but no matter what trimmer/shaver I buy, it never works

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      7 years ago

      @AdeleW: got a stubble

    • AdeleW profile image


      8 years ago

      I love a man with a bit of stubble - very sexy!

    • theconditionpod profile image


      9 years ago

      Good lens. What about when Movember (No shave November) comes around?


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