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How Online Clothing Services Help Guys Who Hate to Shop

How Online Clothing Services Help Guys Who Hate to Shop

Let’s be serious:

If there’s one stereotype that has any merit to it whatsoever, it’s that men really dislike shopping for clothes.

I know that’s a blanket statement, and I know there are men out there who go to great lengths to look their best whenever they step out into public.

But there are a lot of guys out there who, if they didn’t have a significant other to advise them to do otherwise, would be just as happy walking around in a hoodie and sweats every day of their lives. (Believe me; I’m one of them).

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For those of us who still suffer from flashbacks of back-to-school shopping with their mom whenever they walk through JC Penney, the Internet can be a Godsend.

But most websites simply provide the exact same choice of clothing as is available in stores. Sure, you don’t have to drag yourself out to the mall, but you still have to actually put some effort into picking out clothes that look good (or, at least, that you think do).

Luckily, there are now services that will do all the work for you. Some clothing subscription sites for men include Bombfell, Curator and Mule and ThreadLab. With sites like ThreadLab, you have to do is simply be yourself, and a new wardrobe will be sent to your door whenever you need it.

There are numerous benefits to these new wardrobe-creating services, including:

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Individualized Service

Sites such as ThreadLab focus on individual customers’ needs rather than forcing trending styles on unsuspecting victims of fashion.

ThreadLab’s TJ Thompson explains the process: “ThreadLab has developed algorithms and a proprietary data model to take the pain out of shopping. Just tell ThreadLab a few things about yourself including style preferences and body measurements, and we’ll ship perfectly fitting clothes from top brands you know, right to your door.”

Using information gleaned from the profile you submit upon registration, ThreadLab’s computers know exactly what you like to wear, and will bring you exactly what you need, when you need it.

Saving Time and Energy

For many of us guys, clothes shopping is just…well, boring. We’d much rather spend our free time doing something enjoyable or entertaining. Picking out new pants is anything but exciting.

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Even shopping for clothes online can be a hassle. It’s bad enough that in-store selections are huge, but once you hop on the Internet, the selection absolutely explodes. No wonder Mark Zuckerberg wears the same thing every day.

Sites like ThreadLab allow you to pick the type of clothing you want – jeans, hoodies, polos, and more – and does the rest of the work for you. You’ll never be forced to debate the pros and cons of two plain white t-shirts ever again!

Meaningful Feedback

Part of the experience when using these services is providing feedback to the company.

But this feedback goes beyond simply saying whether or not you are pleased with the service. The feedback you give not only helps the company provide better service to all of its customers; it helps you as an individual customer, as well.

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When you provide feedback upon receipt of a set of clothing, your profile will be updated on the site’s database. The company will then have a more refined idea of what you’re looking for in clothing products, and will better be able to serve your needs in the future.

Easy Returns

When you have to return an article of clothing to the store, it’s not always a pleasant experience. Maybe you’ll only be able to exchange the item for something of equal or lesser value. Maybe you don’t have the receipt and the person behind the counter won’t accept the return at all.

ThreadLab, on the other hand, offers a return policy that is guaranteed. If you decide to return a piece of clothing (before wearing it, of course), you can do so within a full year, and you’ll receive your money back. Returns work much like they do with Amazon: you’re provided with a return label, and all you have to do is pack it up and ship it back out.
So, guys: I’d say happy shopping, but you won’t really be doing much actual shopping anymore, will you?

Featured photo credit: Men, shopping / Aleta Valiant / Flickr via farm4.staticflickr.com

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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