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5 Style Tips To Look Simple And Low-Key

5 Style Tips To Look Simple And Low-Key

Nobody wants to be bright and bold all the time. There are days when we want to be just plain and simple, and go about our regular activities. Sometimes we do not want to see people staring at us. Not that we do not like attention, but there are just days when we want space and just to be with ourselves. If we could wear a hat over our whole face, we would do it just so nobody recognizes us. These are the days when we do not want to be bothered, and all that we want is space and privacy.

The need for privacy is not reserved for Hollywood stars and famous people. Needing space and quiet is a natural need of every human being. Think of how some people avoid going to public places where they know they would bump into people that they know. If you are planning to be low-key, follow these simple tips:

1.) Don’t use bold, dark makeup.

Stick with nude colors if you want to look simple. No dark browns or bold reds. Also, use only light lipstick if you will play up with your eye makeup, or use light eye make up if you will wear a lipstick. Better yet, stick with a lip gloss or nothing at all. A bare face is better for staying low-key.

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And do stay away from thick foundations. They tend to make people stare at you to make out if they recognize you or not (subconsciously), despite your thick makeup.

2.) Keep clothes comfortable. Don’t wear anything complicated or too revealing.

Don’t sacrifice comfort for trendy. Choose clothing based on how comfortable and easy they are to wear, instead of how glamorous they make you feel.

If you are wearing an article of clothing that catches attention, your need for privacy goes out of the window. So avoid crazy patterns, shining colors, elaborate details, or complicated ensembles. Stick with simple, plain and basic clothes like tees and jeans if you do not want the extra attention.

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Revealing clothes are a magnet for attention, too, so cover up if you are avoiding unsolicited attention.

3.) Avoid big and flashy jewelry.

Flashy jewelry tends to be stare-magnets. When people see flashy jewelry, they tend to stare at the jewelry to admire it, or they tend to look at the face of the person that is wearing them to see who is wearing them.

If you are not wanting any public attention, avoid wearing too much jewelry, since the sounds it will make while you are moving can draw attention.

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4.) Ditch the high heels and wear only comfortable shoes.

High-heeled stilettos draw attention in three ways. They are nice, they make people wonder how the person wearing them is able to walk 10 feet, and they are often worn in inappropriate places. So don’t wear them if you know you will be walking a mile away, or if you know you will be watching a grade school baseball game and will staying on the side of the field.

5.) Wear outerwear that protects, not ones that are just for show.

When it is time to choose outerwear, choose one that protects, and not one that is just a fashion statement. An example is choosing a thick and baggy jacket that can keep you warm, instead of a thin, form-fitting material that does not really do what it is supposed to do. For example, if choosing between a high-heeled pair of boots that does not really do much for protection against slips on ice, or a pair of thick and heavy winter boots that might not be as elegant-looking but protects from slips, choose the latter.

By nature, humans are curious species. If you give them something interesting to look at, they will want more information about it. So if you want a low-key appearance, don’t give them anything too flaunting, daring, or attractive. Keep yourself natural-looking.

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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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