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Fashion Purge: Learn to Select Clothes that Fit Perfectly

Fashion Purge: Learn to Select Clothes that Fit Perfectly

Confidence can often be a determining success factor with various challenges life presents us with. Beginning with whether or not we take on a certain challenge, then moving on to the middle part, where we quit it or not, and finally – whether we manage to complete it successfully. Confidence has a significant effect on our professional life and the course of our careers, and on the romantic lives we lead and how they turn out in the end.

The truth is that our skills often have a lesser say in what makes a women confident, which is a cardinal mistake – the most elegant accessory a woman can wear is her intelligence. However, considering the fact that people place a lot of value on physical appearances and base first impressions on them, fashion can and should be used as a tool here.

Knowing how to select clothes according to your bodyline is just another skill that needs to be developed. Therefore, if you want to bring out the best of your features you should simply learn how to accent them properly and here’s how to do that.

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Seasonal Purging

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    Like with everything else in life, in order to begin something new, you need to make enough room for it – and I mean this, literally. Having garments that are decades old, which you’re emotionally attached and which are just sitting there and collecting dust, is an obvious obstacle towards creating your fashion signature.

    So, take a good look at your closet and start with your purge. This is something I believe should be done with each season, but the first one is definitely the hardest and it will take a couple of hours at least, so brace yourself.

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    You should start by separating the clothes you actually wear and which make you feel good – it doesn’t count if you wore something once this year, unless it’s a dress code specific item like a black tie garment. Realistically, you can get rid of everything else, because it’s just there to make clutter. Now, two options are before you; first, you can give away everything to a charity, or perhaps save for when your daughters grow up or make a cousin very happy, and second, you can earn some extra money and sell everything online.

    Listen to Your Body

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      There’s a simple way to understand this – the clothes you wear should follow the line of your body, and not the other way around. Although your bodyline can be classified within a description of a particular shape, the truth is that your body is unique and you shouldn’t force it to fit into clothes that are not designed for it.

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      By following a detailed guide that will help you determine the shape of your body, you’ll be able to understand which clothes selection is the most appropriate for you, and not just that – in time, you’ll learn how to pick out quality garments that will flatter your figure and bring out your best features.

      Another thing you should have in mind is that body shapes can change in time, so if you have had any significant change of body weight recently or you had a baby, you should stand in front of a mirror once again and revise your final shape so that you can make a smart decision.

      Create A Fashion Signature

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        At least one fashion current per season breaks the internet with its controversy and the whole fashionista world goes crazy about it. Something such as that – a taboo breaker, usually – is exactly what makes it so popular, but very temporary, as well.

        Adopting each new trend that’s just passing through the runways shows a lack of character and a lack of fashion-related experience. If you’re not really sure what trends you’re into, my suggestion is to do some serious browsing through different eras and find out what suits your character the most.

        Your should build a foundation of fashion knowledge by learning about the power of colors, because they do play a very important role in creating a unique fashion signature. As you learn about fashion eras and falling in love in certain shades, you should befriend an experienced tailor along the way and have them tailor and craft clothes that are for your figure only.

        Reinventing yourself through clothes may sound comprehensive, but it’s just another way to learn about who you are and find just the right means to express your true self. This isn’t a process that should be forced – take your time and sleep on your decisions. One last piece of advice – put on everything and try clothes you don’t think you’d ever buy, because experimenting is the core of our little fashion project.

        Featured photo credit: Royalfashionist.com via royalfashionist.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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