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6 Fashion Disasters That Every Man Should Avoid At Work

6 Fashion Disasters That Every Man Should Avoid At Work

A great taste in fashion is not always a guy’s strength. Between responsabilities at work and in private life, most men usually do not have enough time for petty issues like being up to date on what’s new in lifestyle and fashion magazines. Men are not always fond of what’s hot and what’s not for the season. There are plenty of fashion-challenged men out there who seek help on this front more than anyone else. Here’s a short guide to 6 fashion disasters that every man should keep away from. Don’t get left behind. Read this now.

#1 Mistake: Wearing Colored Or White Jeans

Some men do their best to express personality through the medium of color, yet this should never apply to their jeans or trousers. Obviously, they should take a tip from women and wear clothes and styles that perfectly suit their body type.

While it’s true that fashion is channeling the 1980s right now, things are not always like that.

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    Avoid green, yellow, or red jeans. Avoid clothes your girlfriend wears. Of course, there are some guys that can get away with wearing anything they like — like Johnny Depp, for instance. The rest of the male species should avoid wearing colored jeans.

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    Remember: you’re a man, not a boy. And we’re talking about work here.

    #2 Mistake: The Visible Undershirt

    Oftentimes, when you lose the office noose you realize what it hid. When you take off your tie, the top button of your shirt often follows suit. The undershirt’s crew neck never looks good.

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      There’s no need to ditch that undershirt — it’s a must. Sweat stains can be a bigger sin. Opt for a V-neck undershirt instead, to make sure it stays hidden. Go for heather grey — it’s way less visible through light shirts.

      #3 Mistake: Mismatching Belt And Shoes

      A very common faux pas, guys often forget about the sin they commit by forgetting the color rule for belts and shoes. Know that your belt should match your shoes if you want to dress nicely. It’s perfectly fine if the quality of the leather differs, but brown belts and black shoes are a very big no-no.

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        Opt for the same family of color. There’s little room for flexibility when it comes to your office look. Keep your shoes clean and be stylish.

        #4 Mistake: Wearing Inappropriately Colored Socks

        Your socks should always be the same color as your pants when wearing a suit. Don’t match the socks with the shoes, that is a frequent mistake.

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          Opt for navy socks when wearing a navy suit, and not brown socks to match the shoes. However, things are quite different when it comes to light-colored suits. Pair it up with some darker socks, yet make sure that your socks are a shade lighter than your shoes.

          #5 Mistake: Tying A Tie Knot That Is Not The Right Size

          You need practice to pull off a tie knot like the one in the below image or like Merril Hoge (the famous American football player who used to get the tie knot wrong). Make sure you tie a four in hand knot for smaller collars.

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            Balance the size of your tie knot by taking into account the width of your suit lapels and collar — and keep away from clip-on ties.

            #6 Mistake: Suits And Backpacks

            It might be a very wise decision, switching the classy briefcase for a casual backpack, in order to have a more practical way of carting your kit to work. However, there should be some limits. If what you’re using is riddled with pockets and velcro, save it for travelling and hiking.

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              Last Updated on March 13, 2019

              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

              Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

              You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

              Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

              1. Work on the small tasks.

              When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

              Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

              2. Take a break from your work desk.

              Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

              Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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              3. Upgrade yourself

              Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

              The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

              4. Talk to a friend.

              Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

              Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

              5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

              If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

              Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

              Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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              6. Paint a vision to work towards.

              If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

              Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

              Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

              7. Read a book (or blog).

              The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

              Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

              Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

              8. Have a quick nap.

              If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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              9. Remember why you are doing this.

              Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

              What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

              10. Find some competition.

              Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

              Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

              11. Go exercise.

              Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

              Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

              As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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              Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

              12. Take a good break.

              Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

              Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

              Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

              Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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