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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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