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7 Fun Ideas for Coordinating Styles with Your Partner

7 Fun Ideas for Coordinating Styles with Your Partner

You’re in love. Sometimes you just can’t believe how lucky you are to have him or her in your life, and you feel like you just want to celebrate it. Go ahead and show the world that you’re proud to be a couple by trying all of these fashionably fun matching outfit ideas. We’ve included seven of them to get you a week’s worth of envious looks from public bystanders.

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    1. Do the relaxed vacation look with fun shoes like celebrities Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl

    Each of you should grab plain cotton button-down, long-sleeve shirts in your respective perfect blue hues. Those with very dark hair or very tanned and dark skin tones should go with lighter, brighter shades of blue. Those with blonde hair or fair skin look best in medium to navy shades of blue. Whoever loves their jeans the most should wear them, and your partner can wear nearly any color and style of pants they like since this color scheme is very versatile. Finish the look with matching sneakers in the same bright color.

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      2. Take the best Christmas-morning photos with complimentary pajamas

      Just admit it: When you look at the sweet photos of actress Kristin Bell and her hubby Dax Shepard by the Christmas tree in their matching pajamas, you smile. How can you not? Recreate this joyful holiday romance in your own home by getting your own coordinating plaid or striped PJs. Rather than matching exactly, one of you can wear it in a green color while the other wears the same style in red. Now you’ve got the perfect outfits for your next pajama party too.

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        3. Be the classic “fashion-fabulous” power couple in spring or summer with coordinating white bottoms

        First, ladies can wear any white skirt of your choice; we prefer the perfect pencil skirt that flatters your body type and flares in the right places when needed. Then top it with a white button-down shirt or any neutral-colored casual shirt and finish with white heels.

        For him, first, it’s important for men to protect any long-sleeved polo or dress shirt from sweat or deodorant stains by wearing the best undershirts for men that fit and feel like a breathable second skin. For example, you can find undershirt options that help wick moisture away to keep men feeling dry and cool while also staying in place all day. Then, he’ll add his best business-casual shirt and top it with a navy-blue or neutral-toned sports jacket or vest. Finish with white pants, and you’re ready to hit the town together like James Bond and his favorite supermodel.

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          4. Rock the new “Grease Lightning” look together like Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik

          Ladies, plaid “jeggings” or skinny jeans are especially hot in patterns of red, white and black. Then pair them with your best-loved red shirt; the ’50s-style cut is optional. For him, it’s easy to match you as long as he sticks to white and black colors only in his complementary outfit. Of course, we love the final polish of a black leather jacket to bring out his bad-boy side.

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            5. Sunbathe in matching surfboard beach shorts

            Bring fun fashion to the beach with matching shorts that look cute on her and handsome on him. Both pairs have sexy and casual black waistbands with a comfortable drawstring fit that flatters every waistline, mimicking the common style of men’s briefs. While the fabric patterns are the same, hers are short and foxy while his are knee-length trunks for full coverage while surfing. All she needs is a matching bikini top, and he can wear his go-to tank top when you two stroll down the boardwalk.

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              6. Create custom-printed matching jerseys that make a clever sentence together

              Naturally, this idea is even more enjoyable when you both love the same sports team and get jerseys in your team colors. However, you can also just buy plain gray jersey shirts with black stripes, which look good on everyone. This alternative neutral color can also be a good compromise if you both like opposing sports teams too. Bring your shirts to a custom-printing T-shirt shop, and one of you should start the sentence of your choice on your shirt, and it will end on your partner’s shirt. A favorite for spouses is:

              Him: “I stole her heart … ”

              Her: ” … so I’m stealing his last name.”

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                7. Dress as the dynamic aviator duo

                Ever since the press caught Eleanor Calder and Louis Tomlinson from the band One Direction in these complementary casual outfits, we’ve fallen in love with this carefree-chic look that shows just how cute you and your partner can be together without overdoing it.

                Start by both of you putting on a pair of jeans, but pick different colors in medium-to-dark shades of blue, black, or even brown. Then for men, slip on a Raglan T-shirt with mid-length sleeves or any other T-shirt that shows off your pecs that’s in either white, blue, gray or beige. Ladies, slip on a button-down shirt that’s sleeveless or short-sleeved in any color that’s not neutral, a shade slightly brighter than your mate’s shirt. Finish it off with matching aviator sunglasses, and you’re ready to walk through the park with Starbuck’s drinks in hand.

                Now that you’re both cleverly coordinated with each other, you know what time it is. Pull out your smartphone and take those romantic couple selfies! You can also go old-school style and jump in a photo booth together because, after all, being in love makes everything more fun.

                Featured photo credit: Teenvogue.com via assets.teenvogue.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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