Stubble is hot right now. The New York Times even says so. With wonderment and curiosity, Douglas Quenqua canvassed the fashion world and found that: "Like sideburns and chest hair, stubble is one of those organic male accouterments that perpetually cycles in and out of favor. These days, it seems, everybody wants a little scruff." His editors, in wanting evidence of this booming trend, probably sent him to various fashion shows (which he attended), provide statistical evidence of the rise of
beard trimmers "stubble trimmers" (which he found), consult facial hair mavens (who he interviewed) and most importantly, apply the The New York Times male trend litmus test: Did Jon Hamm do it first?
The Mad Men star has become the seal of approval for the newspaper's male trends, giving the green light to fledgling style stories and perhaps legitimizing the most facetious of trends. The burgeoning business of stubble grooming is no exception. "Jon Hamm, whose role on Mad Men inspired many a clean shave, was among the actors pairing stubble with a tuxedo at the Emmys last week," observed Quenqua. Thus a story was born on the .5 millimeter difference between Norelco's "stubble trimmers" and beard trimmers, the faux pas of neck scruff, and stubble's versatility in both summer and winter months.