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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 December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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