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Top 5 Men’s Fashion Trends of 2017

Top 5 Men’s Fashion Trends of 2017

Innovation and minimalism dictated the trends of 2016, so what lies in store for the new year? Men’s fashion is ever-changing, but based on recent collections we can make some accurate predictions as to what the new styles will be in 2017 menswear.

From tailored suits to a resurgence in 90s-inspired streetwear, the year is looking to be variable and exciting, with new trends filtering down from the catwalk into everyday wardrobes. The variation and simplicity of these trends mean that everyone can try them out, whether they do so by visiting a local second hand store or buying the latest designer pieces.

Suits

Best Men's Suits of 2017

    Suits are a classic staple of every man’s wardrobe, and so they should be. With increased versatility in terms of the style and tailoring of suits, 2017 will revolutionize the classic piece. Don’t restrict yourself by breaking your wardrobe into formal and casual; instead, try a mix of suit pieces with jeans and other more relaxed items of clothing. Even semi-formal attire can be a step up from just jeans and a t-shirt. The best looks for the new year are the ones which create entirely new crossovers of clothing.

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    The versatile nature of suits means that you can wear them to work and then out to dinner with a simple change of tie or loosening of the collar. For a piece that is never out of style, a new suit will keep your look sharp and formal. Trying out new cuts and tailoring is a great way to keep your business clothing up-to-date.

    Boots

    Best Men's Boots of 2017

      Practical and versatile, a good pair of boots is a must. For those living in cold climates, they are the perfect piece of footwear to wear through Spring and Autumn as well as in Winter. The advantage of boots over other footwear is that they can be worn to every occasion. In brown or black leather with laces, they are durable, tasteful and will lead you through even the most fickle of trends.

      If you like to be a bit more cutting-edge with your choice of boots, try lower cut styles such as the ankle boot or a pair of boots with geometric cutouts, both of which are in fashion this year. Pair with an overcoat and scarf for a fashionable look in cooler seasons. Boots can be worn on the street and in restaurants or to formal events, so they’re a practical choice for those who want to add some easy style to their outfit.

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      Streetwear

      Best Men's Streetwear of 2017

        Streetwear is taking a step towards innovation in 2017, with practical yet stylish pieces including tracksuits and raincoats. Sports brands will dictate the streetwear trends, and the movement towards sporty style can also be seen in the popularity of sneakers. High-quality streetwear will become popular because of its practicality and comfort. Monochrome colorways will rise to popularity on the street and in more formal situations.

        The latest trends in streetwear aren’t impractical, low-rider jeans but comfortable, non-denim pants paired with casual jerseys. Whether you’re going to watch a sports game or running errands around town, you can look good in styles that were made for men who like to spend their time out and about in the city.

        Short Textured Hairstyles

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        Best Men's Hairstyles of 2017

          According to Men’s Hairstyles Now, rather than the long voluminous hairstyles of the past, the last few years have been all about making short hairstyles interesting. By leaving 1-2 inches of length on the top of the head, men can add texture to their hair on top to style quiffs, pompadours, fringes, and other stylish yet professional cuts.

          With such short hair, styling and texture will become more important so grab some good quality product to prepare. The more texture you can add to your style, the better. Short, textured styles are an excellent choice for men who want a hairstyle that looks good but won’t get in the way or consume too much time. Just remember to keep your face shape in mind when choosing a haircut.

          Sneakers

          Best Men's Sneakers of 2017

            Comfortable, light and stylish – you can’t go wrong with sneakers this year. From retro leather trainers to sporty, light sneakers, sports footwear is a style that is here to stay. Pairing with trousers adds a relaxed, active look to your outfit, while they also make a great summer look when paired with shorts and a t-shirt.

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            Relaxation is a leading fashion trend for 2017, and sneakers embody the movement towards comfortable men’s clothing. While some won’t be convinced by sneakers as every-day footwear, trying them out for casual occasions such as lunch dates will be a great way to get used to the trend. As the most popular form of footwear for the past few years, this is one trend that is here to stay.

            Keep It Fresh

            Taking pieces from each of these trends and combining them will create an original but 2017-inspired look. Anything is possible this year, and choosing from these trends will keep you up to date with the latest trends as well as expanding your wardrobe. If there was ever a year to experiment with your personal style, it’s this one.

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            Last Updated on August 15, 2018

            7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

            7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

            Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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            Why is it important to train up our core strength?

            There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

            This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

            Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

            In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

            One Exercise, multiple benefits

            There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

            By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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            When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

            Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

            In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

            What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

            What will happen when you start doing planks every day

              1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

              Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

              • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
              • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
              • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
              • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

              2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                  Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                  4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                    Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                    A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                    A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                    On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                    5. You’ll improve overall balance

                      Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                      6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                        Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                        7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                          Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                          How to hold a plank position

                          1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                          2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                          3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                          4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                          5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                          6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                          7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                          Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                          Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                            How to improve your plank time gradually

                            1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                            2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                            3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                            Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                            Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                            You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                            • Prolapse
                            • After prolapse surgery
                            • Pelvic pain conditions
                            • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                            • Previous childbirth
                            • Overweight

                            Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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