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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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Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

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Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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