Designer stubble can be a rugged way of adding interest to your face, it can give a dashing, even slightly dangerous appeal, the stubble will make your jaw look more angular and give you a more masculine look, and as workplaces the world over move ever closer to a permanent state of casual its becoming more and more easy to carry the look successfully, wearing a suit while sporting stubble projects a look of independence and instant cool, think Andre Agassi playing in the stuffy conservative atmosphere of Wimbledon. If however you don't think your work place is quite ready for you to show up looking like you haven't shaved for days and that doing so might create a Richard Nixon in the 1960s presidential elections moment you can still create the masculine look but with more cultivated designer stubble image similar to something Craig David wears.
How to achieve the look
To get the designer stubble image you should shave every couple of days, this will keep the shadow look without it developing into a full beard. Alternately a set of clippers similar to those used by hairdressers are quite cheap and easily available, using clippers means you can keep the hair at acceptable levels without having to shave back to the skin. Try to choose clippers which are adjustable so you can select your level of prickliness.
If you use clippers trim the hairs in the direction of the beard growth and avoid applying too much pressure otherwise you could risk making your stubble look patchy. Pay attention to the rate of your hairs growth, if it grows faster you'll need to trim it more often, unfortunately designer stubble is an on going process of upkeep, you can't just shape it and leave it.
Whist you are growing the whisker out fight the urge to cut it straight back, it will itch a lot when it gets to a certain level, this is due to the unfamiliar feeling of having hair this close to your skin, it is extremely important to keep the skin clean, cleanse the skin daily and keep your whisker clean with a hair shampoo, the itching will pass, but when it does its still important to keep the skin and hair clean.
If you want to have a more polish look establish a line on the neck and shave below this regularly, for an ultra polish look start another line following the cheeks to shave above regularly
Do's and Don'ts
Try to compliment the look by wearing soft preferably smooth fabrics which contrast with your prickly whiskers, things like silk, linen, lightweight cotton, soft wool blends etc will go well.
Ditch the scruffy clothes, 3 days worth of beard growth with a combination of scruffy clothes will be simply too much leaving you looking unkempt and dishevelled, your going for the rugged look not the ungroomed and smelly look, same applies to intentionally messy hair cuts.
Keep the hair clean and well groomed you can use the same shampoo as you do for your hair, after you've washed make sure you rinse the shampoo out thoroughly.
Invest in a good conditioner and keep the hair as soft as possible, your girlfriend liking the look yet not wanting you to come any where near her because its so rough on her skin is not the desired effect.
See how you look in the mirror with different facial expressions, it may sound silly, but designer stubble will have a different effect depending whether your serious, smiling etc.
Try and start the growth when your off work, you can then let it grow out a bit and then trim the hair back to achieve the look you want, going back to work when your comfortable with your new appearance.
Watch for razor bumps, this is when the hair grows a little bit then turns back on its self pushing into a pore in your skin creating an angry looking bump, the best treatment is to remove the offending hair using tweezers. Also to stop razor bumps occurring comb your whisker regularly.
Remember if it doesn't work, your hair just isn't suitable, or you look more like Yasser Arafat after a heavy night of negotiations than you do George Clooney in three kings, or if you girl friend refuses to let you sleep with her till its gone, or if your boss looks like he's gonna sack you then reach for your razor because the process can be easily reversed and you can then pretend like it never happened.