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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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      Last Updated on September 18, 2020

      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

      1. Exercise Daily

      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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      If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

      The basic nutritional advice includes:

      • Eat unprocessed foods
      • Eat more veggies
      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

        5. Watch Out for Travel

        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

        6. Start Slow

        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

        Final Thoughts

        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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