I read recently, that although the term “five o’clock shadow” was popularized in the 1930’s by the company Gem Safety Razor, it actually goes back to the Victorian England tradition of drinking tea at five o’clock. Such were the rules of etiquette, that looking scruffy for tea time was considered coarse and uncivilised. How times have changed! These days, stubble is very much in fashion and seen all about town at any time of the day. Referred to as “designer stubble”, this facial hair is purposefully groomed and maintained. Beard stubble squares a man’s jaw, creates a more dominant jawline and gives a more masculine look. As far as sex appeal goes, it can create a manly, rugged, mature look. Delving further, I found a research study that has been conducted in the U.K. It is an interesting read about the psychology of why women are attracted to different lengths of facial hair and the sub-concious messages that it portrays. Check out these handsome men that pull off the sexy stubble look just fine….
The world of stubble is a little more complicated than it appears. To prevent actually looking like a cave man, there is some useful advice in an article on Fashion Beans to assist you in the stubble growing and maintaining process. Here are some products to also give you a helping hand….