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How To Select The Best T-Shirt For Yourself

How To Select The Best T-Shirt For Yourself

T-shirts are considered our everyday dress, both casual and trendy. However, most people are not aware of the fact that their history goes back about a hundred years.

As the name implies, these shirts were named for their “T” shape. Though we have given them a more casual nature these days, they were previously used as undershirts to absorb sweat, doors, and dust, preventing the outer clothes from being affected by perspiration.

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As the world entered the industrial revolution, more and more men started engaging in activities that generated sweat and grime on the body, such as underground mining and construction. The traditional rough-and-tough undershirts were made into a softer cotton material so that the workers felt comfortable while wearing it under their clothing. Over time, the material got softer and the quality got higher — i.e. from undershirts to day-to-day shirts.

How to choose the best t-shirt depends on the type you want and the body figure you have. Let’s have a look at some of the specifications of t-shirts around the globe.

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The Types of T-Shirts:

The two popular necklines for t-shirts are the crew and the v-neck. Both of these have their own advantages and shortcomings that can help you in deciding which one your body is suited to.

The crew collar is common and the look is ageless. Men with good physiques look amazing in this collar because the broader look it gives shows off those broad shoulders and body tone. Men with slender necks tend to choose this type as it covers up their neck and adds balance to their face.

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On the other hand, v-necks are considered a tad more informal, representing both casualness and a sleek sense of style. Since the necks go deep, men that want to show off their chests may want to try this neckline. Also, men that have broader faces or are shorter look better in v-necks because both these features are balanced by the shirt’s shape as it elongates the body.

The Colors of T-Shirts:

  • If you’re fair-skinned, white will look amazing on you and can easily be complimented with any colored pants. However, if you’re darker, the white of the shirt may not compliment your skin tone.
  • Gray has a tendency of not only giving off a casual look, but also adding a bit of a smoother touch. However, if you’re a sweaty person, keep in mind that sweat stains are more obvious on gray and this might lead to embarrassment.
  • A black t-shirt is sleek and is one color that almost anyone can pull off easily. Whether you like the gothic look or you want a touch of elegance in your closet, black can give you both of these effects. Pair it with jeans to execute a classy look.
  • Navy blue is another color that most men include in their wardrobe. This masculine color looks great for a night out because its casual yet manly look can make you the highlight of the show.
  • Apart from these common colors, you can try reds or greens or lighter shades, but all that depends on your skin tone. Darker skin tones can’t pull off light blue as well, and fairer tones can look weird in bright yellow. Your best shot is to try them on in the changing room and get an outsider’s opinion.

General Rules to Follow:

T-shirts should not be too tight because that will look a little too edgy and can make your breathing difficult. On the other hand, don’t wear them too loose or you risk a very informal style. The length should compliment your body by not being too short or too far below your hips. Sleeves should cover about half your upper arm.

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Remember that what you wear is less important than how you wear it. Your general attitude, the way you carry yourself, and your personality all add a lot to your overall appearance.

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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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