Designer stubble

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The lower face of a man sporting designer stubble

Designer stubble is a facial hair style which is a short growth of beard, aimed to affect a rugged masculine or deliberately unkempt appearance.[1] Initially made popular in the 1980s by singer George Michael[2] and actor Don Johnson,[3] the style later regained popularity after being worn by actor Tom Cruise in the 2000s and singers Craig David and Jason Derulo in the 2010s.[4] Several companies now manufacture beard trimmers designed specifically to maintain the designer stubble look.[5] Typically created by trimming the beard to a length of 1–3 mm, designer stubble is roughly three days worth of growth, in contrast to the shorter 'five o'clock shadow'.[6]


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  2. ^ "Designer stubble". Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  3. ^ Bombeck, Erma (10 August 1986). "Don Johnson stubble creates hairy situation". The Pittsburgh Press. p. G7. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Best Beards in Music". ShortList. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  5. ^ Quenca, Douglas (29 September 2011). "Stubble Trimmers - Trial Run". The New York Times. p. E-3. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  6. ^ "The Medium Stubble Beard: How to Maintain a Perfect 1-3mm "Designer Stubble"". 26 October 2020. Retrieved 26 June 2021.