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11 Men’s Essentials to Build the Foundation of a Successful Wardrobe

11 Men’s Essentials to Build the Foundation of a Successful Wardrobe

When it comes to the essentials, the list that a man should constitute for a wardrobe is not that long. You just need some simple T-Shirts, button down shirts, perfectly cut pants, and the one three-piece suit. Here, in this article, I’ve compiled a list of some essentials, which are compulsory to build the basis of an unbeaten wardrobe.

1. Simple White Button-Down Shirt

Almost every one of us already has button down shirts in our closets, but don’t forget to have the white one! You can wear it with a suit to create a more casual look, pair it with stretchy pants and a belt or wear it under a jumper. It’s a very useful item which your wardrobe has to include. I prefer the cotton material when it comes to buying button down shirts.

2. A Light Blue Shirt

It is an essential workday item to have it in your wardrobe. You can wear it with a navy blue suit or just pair it with beige smart cut chinos. Pair it up with a dark color tie and get ready for a promotion.

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3. A Grandad Collared Shirt in White

In the case, that you don’t want to wear a tie, then the white granddad collared shirt is a great option to choose. You can pair it with jeans and a deconstructed blazer. These shirts are so damn perfect that you can also wear them with your suit as well.

4. Crewneck Jumper in Navy Blue

Yes, we said earlier that a white button down shirt is the most versatile item in your wardrobe, but it’s also not wrong to say that a navy blue colored crew neck jumper can be worn with almost everything. It also acts as a layer in the winter season and of course a feature piece in summer, too.

5. Dark Colored Slim Cut Chinos

If you want to wear suit trousers and want an alternative to jeans, then dark-colored slim cut chinos/pants are the best option to choose. These pants are perfect for both summer and winter. You can pair them up with a men T-shirt and a blazer or whatever you want.

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6. Wool Flannel Trouser

It’ another incredible item that your wardrobe should have. You can pair it up with a white shirt tucked in, along with a dark-colored blazer or a crew neck jumper. No doubt, that it’s an ideal bridge between both casual and formal denim.

7. Denim Jacket

When it comes to denim jackets, you can’t even believe how easy they’re to wear. You can wear them over the loopback sweatshirt, or you can pair them with any light colored button down shirt or T-shirt along with a classy jeans of any color. These jackets are critical to creating a casual look.

8. Suede Boots (Brown)

Undoubtedly, suede boots are so chic, and they’re very easy-to-wear. That’s a perfect choice with no laces and it also gives you a smart look when paired with fitted jeans.

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9. Simple Light Colored Sneakers

When it comes to sneakers, they speak for themselves. You can opt for white sneakers and wear them casually. They’ll look even better when they’re more bashed up. So, what are you waiting for? Just have a try!

10. Classic Blood-Colored Loafers

That’s another perfect item that you don’t want to miss in your wardrobe. You can wear these classy loafers with slim cut pants. And don’t forget to invest in some ankle socks as they prevent unpleasant smells.

11. Black Lace Ups

It’s certainly true that all men need a pair of black lace-ups in their wardrobe. These elegantly-shaped boots are perfect to wear with a suit or a tux. You can also wear them with a pair of jeans.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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