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7 Basic Things All Men Should Know About Fashion

7  Basic Things All Men Should Know About Fashion

Sometimes it is not just a matter of wearing good clothes, we have to know how to wear the clothes and especially what tones and accessories (i.e. ties…) to combine them with. The more comfortable you feel about the clothes you wear, the more confidence you will exude. This article will reveal some important tips about men’s fashion.

1.  Your Body Size

The first thing to take into account is your body type and lifestyle.

For example, before choosing suits consider the following:

  • Your sleeves should be above the wrist
  • If you need to wear a suit, the length of the suit should be about 20-30 centimeters down from your waist region; the suit should look fitted, not bulky when worn.

2.  Footwear

Good shoes add value to a man. If you’ve never had very good shoes before, the time has come for you to have a pair in your closet.

It is important you wear comfortable shoes because the key to a good outfit relies partly on the shoe you wear.

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When considering shoes, please note that leather shoes are more malleable, while pleather is more restrictive.

3.  Age Constraints

As a man, it is pertinent to recognize that age plays an important role in your fashion style.

For example, T-shirts are generally associated with jeans which are basic for men irrespective of ages.

But, as you advance in age it is important to know what to wear to compliment your age.

If you are above 39, perhaps it’s time to start wearing dark pants and a blazer to exhibit maturity.

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4.  Don’t Always Follow The Trend

No, you should not completely ignore fashion trends, but, perhaps consider things that look less trendy. Sometimes men miss out on getting the appropriate combination because of the craze for that trendy piece of clothing which eventually goes out of style.

It is better to buy clothes that will not go out of style in the near future.

Buying less trendy, yet classic clothes affords you the opportunity to wear them whenever it pleases you.

5. Necessary Accessories

You should not ignore the need to have some few basic accessories that will complete your outfit.

Such accessories include: cufflinks, belt, wristwatches, sunglasses, footwear, suspenders, and ties.

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You need some few basic accessories so you can make an outfit more formal or casual depending on the event. (Perhaps leather shoes, a tie and a dark belt for a more formal event; Just a belt for a causal get-together.)

6. Clothing Hygiene

Taking good care of your clothes is a fundamental basic.

Cleanliness as they say is next to Godliness—so the saying goes. Being clean  tells a lot about your level of hygiene.

Wearing clothes that look faded may look like you either don’t wash your clothes enough or wash them too much.

You can take good care of your clothes by washing them according to the washing instructions on the tag, and ironing them at the appropriate heat as directed by the manufacturer. This will save you the need for regularly shopping for new clothes in your closet.

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7. The Right Color

Color actually tells a lot as it portray various meanings. As a man you should be conscious of the color when buying cloths.

Darker colors shades tend to be more classic. Vibrants colors like red, yellow, and orange may be more trendy (however this also depends on the cut).

It is good to wear clothes in neutral tones, such as black, brown, gray etc. so you can have more matching options.

If you apply the advice in this article you will gain a better fashion sense and will be more confident in whatever clothing you decide to buy.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

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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