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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 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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