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5 Tricks To Make A Plain Shirt Look Fashionable

5 Tricks To Make A Plain Shirt Look Fashionable

During those mornings when your alarm probably did not work, or you got stuck dreaming about your next fancy vacation, all you can do is rush to get to the door so you do not get to school or to work late. These situations do not really give you much time to mix and match outfits. So you find yourself putting on the first thing that caught your eye. Or going with the easiest piece of clothing to wear – the simple shirt.

Some people can wear this effectively, like Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs. But if you are a lady and want to add some pizzazz to your plain shirt, read on.

We do not need to wear a branded or an intricately designed shirt to make a fashion statement. A simple plain shirt, no matter what color, can be turned into something fancy if we apply these tricks:

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Wear a statement necklace.

With an attractive chunk of necklace, you can divert people’s attention from the plainness and monotony of the shirt to a nice statement necklace that has a color that matches or complements the shirt. This is the same with how you think of putting on a necklace when you feel your decolatage is too bare. Do this to add a hint of detail to the bareness.

Wear a bold-colored scarf.

Yes, a scarf. Tie it around your neck or just let it drape on your shoulders. Whatever way you wear it, it will definitely add glamour to your plain, boring shirt.

And not only will it help you feel warmer when it is cold, but a bold-colored and a nicely patterned scarf will be a great complement to a plain shirt. When the weather is hot, you can still get away with using a scarf if the material is really light and allows air to pass.

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Wear bracelets or a nice watch.

Draw attention to your arms instead of the plainness of your shirt. Wear statement bracelets and a nice watch. Wearing these will give people the impression that you weren’t really that lazy to just put on a shirt – you still had time to put on your arm accessories.

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    Wear a blazer or a cardigan.

    Cover up and make a plain shirt look more coordinated by pairing it with a blazer or a cardigan. This makes you achieve a more formal and preppy look, and it also adds dimension to your plain shirt. A patterned cardigan will look less formal vs a plain, solid one. But whichever one you choose to wear, cardigans and blazers are a definite must-have to make a plain shirt less casual.

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    Wear a bright lipstick

    A bright lipstick says it all. It says, “Look at my lips first before you judge my outfit.” Kidding aside, a bright lipstick will always perk up a plain outfit. Just make sure that you shirt color does not clash with your lip color.

    Think of a bold red or brown lipstick worn with a plain black shirt. Or a dark pink lipstick worn with a plain white shirt. Both of these scream “supermodel.”

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      Whichever way you choose to glam up your plain shirt, what matters the most is how confident you are wearing it. And even if you still chose to wear a plain shirt without any of my suggested tricks, what will still exude is the confidence and strong mindpower that you put in wearing that plain shirt. If you seem like you are questioning yourself with your outfit decision, chances are, other people might question it too. So be confident. After all, nobody will really care tomorrow about what you wore today.

      Featured photo credit: Geishaboy500 via imcreator.com

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      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

      Boundaries are limits

      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
      • When do you feel disrespected?
      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
      • When do you want to be alone?
      • How much space do you need?

      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

      Sample language:

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      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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      Final Thoughts

      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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