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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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