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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 December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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