Why is it important to wear a bra that fits?

The number 1 reason is comfort. This really is more important than many people realize. Comfort affects more of a woman’s life with this undergarment than many men and women realize. The amount of time women spend struggling to make a badly fitting bra work, and the constant mental drain of dealing with a badly fitting, uncomfortable bra is amazing once finding a properly fitting bra is done. It actually is a bit life changing-I am not exaggerating this. Less pain, better posture, fewer back, neck and headaches.

A properly fitting bra isn’t near as uncomfortable as people make out. When your bra fits properly, you don’t get chaffing, rashes, sore shoulders, poked by the underwires, and it can improve your posture. No, I am not exaggerating any of this.

A poorly fitting bra can shift, jab, and chaff. It will move up between your shoulder blades, rub you raw in the front, dig into your shoulders, and move around under your clothing. Imagine underpants that did all of that? If your underpants were shifting, chaffing, and jabbing you-you would get a different pair or go without them right? Why would you think something that is designed to support and be worn under clothing on the upper half of your body should be different?

A properly fitting bra is also less likely to be painful. The majority of your breast support should come from the band around the ribcage, not the shoulder straps. Sadly, most wear bras that are trying to do the opposite, support from the straps. This can cause dents in the shoulders of a woman if it goes on long enough. It can also lead to slouching to try to relieve the pressure. Slouching leads to a sore back and bad posture. Think of how it feels when you carry a heavy shoulder bag any length of time, now consider how it would feel to carry a heavy shoulder bag on both shoulders for 8+ hours a day. It is the same thing with an improperly fitting bra. If the band is too big, it can also allow the breasts to fall out the bottom of the bra, leading to constant shifting of the breast to put it back in the bra or bad posture to try to keep the breast in the bra cup. If the band is too small, you can get “rug burn” from the chaffing and pressure when you move through out the day, not to mention the bulges in places you don’t want them.

If you wear underwired bras, a proper fit in both band and cup size is VITAL. If the band is too big or small, the underwires will poke into your breasts, ribs, armpits. The underwires will also not sit properly on the body. They should lie flat against the ribcage and sternum. If the cup size is too small the underwires will also pinch or poke the breast tissue, and you can have “muffin top” where the breast overflows the top of the cup-not a good look. If the cup size is too big with an underwire, you will not only have the jabbing and poking, you will have shifting and lumps. Again the underwire will not sit smoothly against the body and can slide with every movement you make. The underwire will also not be able to properly “prop up” the breast, leading to it sagging and looking saggy.

Some pictures to help show what I am trying to explain, from Google Images:
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Some quick easy ways to tell if your bra isn’t fitting properly. The above shows just some of the problems of a badly fitting bra.

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The above shows how a bra should fit and the difference it can make, notice the posture is better and part of a good fitting bra is that it does NOT shift with movement?

And finally, since you rarely see it mentioned, a good, properly fitting bra boosts confidence. It’s not just about breast size or fullness, it is about how you carry yourself. When you can stand up straight, feel good in your clothing, and not worry about constantly adjusting, shifting, or worrying about spilling from a bra, you are free to concentrate on other aspects of life that make you feel good about yourself. The lack of wasted mental energy needed when you have a properly fitting bra frees you up more than most realize.

What does a woman feel and think while she is on high heels?

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As soon as I step out the door in heels, I think: ‘I wish I was wearing flats’

As I get further down the road it becomes: ‘I swear these were easier to walk in when I last wore them’ or ‘I would have so much more freedom in flats’ or ‘I would be able to walk so much quicker if I wasn’t wearing heels’…

If I get to an uneven bit of pavement/cobblestones/ stairs I am thinking: ‘please don’t fall over, please don’t fall over’ and every fibre of my being is concentrating on not twisting my ankle or misplacing my foot while trying to maintain some form of grace and composure.

Additional thoughts/ feelings include:

  • (when first putting shoes on) ‘this is going to finnnnneeeeee, I can totally walk in these’
  • (when first walking about in the heels) ‘oh so this is how it feels to be tall’ ‘so weird, the sink seems to far to reach down now’ ‘this is how it is for everyone else 😮 Ooo the view out the window is different from up here’
  • (when with boyfriend) ‘thank god Alex is here for me to hold on to/ carry me home if things get too much’
  • (when arriving home) ‘FINALLY! Get me out of these things!’
  • (when shoes are off) ‘ahhhhhhh freedom for my feets!’

And that is pretty much it. Sometimes I feel all sexy and confident cause I am wearing a great outfit which just wouldn’t be the same without heels. But mostly I just would rather be wearing flats ^_^

What clothing always stays fashionable?

Here are a few:

  • Straight-legged blue jeans.
  • Navy blazer, single breasted, with modest lapels.
  • Button down shirt in solids, stripes, and restrained checks.
  • Pointed collar shirt with modest size collar.
  • Crew neck cable-knit pullover or cardigan sweater, hip length.
  • Modest V-neck smooth knit sweater, hip length.
  • Most things navy blue, charcoal grey, or black, without extremely of-the-moment details.
  • Khaki pants.
  • Trench coats, especially taupe or tan in color.
  • Camel hair coats, single or double breasted, with modest lapels and a half belt in the back.
  • Duffel coats.
  • White t-shirts.
  • Black t-shirts.
  • Black turtlenecks.
  • Harris tweed blazers with modest lapels.
  • Black dress, round or v-neck, not too snug but fitted to the body, 3″ above to 3″ below the knees in length.
  • Denim or chambray sport shirt.

Top 3 beautiful images of death

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Animals that become immersed in the water of Lake Natron, Africa, die and are calcified.

“No one knows for certain exactly how they die, but… The water has an extremely high soda and salt content, so high that it would strip the ink off my Kodak film boxes within a few seconds.” says photographer Nick Brandt

Sodium Carbonate flows into the lake from the surrounding hills. This was used in the Egyptian mummification process so it acts as a fantastic preservative.
The temperatures in the lake can reach 60 °C (140 F), and its alkalinity is between pH 9 and pH 10.5 (like pure ammonia). It’s so caustic that animals who haven’t adapted to it burn their skin and eyes.

Brandt happened upon these animals whilst in the area – “I unexpectedly found the creatures — all manner of birds and bats — washed up along the shoreline.” “I took these creatures as I found them and placed them in ‘living’ positions, bringing them back to ‘life,’ as it were.”

It’s like death frozen in time.

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“Reanimated, alive again in death.”

I think death can be beautiful.

How to Take Body Measurements

There are a variety of reasons why you may want to take your body measurements. You could be making, tailoring, or purchasing clothes, or you may be trying to gauge weight loss. Different purposes will require different measurements but all are easy to take with basic tools and maybe a helping hand. Use the following steps when you take your measurements.

Method 1 of 4: Using a Tape Measure

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    Use the correct type of tape measure. When taking body measurements, you need to use the correct type of tape measure. You will want to use a soft cloth or flexible plastic/rubber tape measure, such as is used in sewing. Do not use a metal measuring tape such as is used in construction (it will be inaccurate).

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    Stand correctly. Stand straight, tall, and breathe normally when taking measurements. Some measurements may be taken better when exhaling, some when inhaling (it will depend on the purpose of the measurement). This may be difficult to do yourself, so get a friend to help you.
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    Measure correctly. You want to be sure that when you measure, the tape is straight and in line with the appropriate body part. For example, for most circumference measurements the tape will need to be parallel to the floor while while lengths will need to be either parallel or perpendicular (based on the line orientation of the body part being measured).
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    Wear appropriate clothing. You can’t get a very accurate measurement when wearing baggy or thick clothing, so try to wear clothes which fit closely or wear nothing at all. Similarly, breast measurements for women will be most accurate when wearing a well-fitting, unpadded bra.

    • If measuring for clothes tailoring, some measurements will need to be taken with clothing on, such as pants measurements and shoulder measurements.
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    Know when to measure circumference vs length. Different measurements will need to be either circumference measurements (the measurement aroundsomething) or length measurements (the measurement between two straight points). Which is necessary should be obvious but all will be indicated in the instructions below.
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    Write down your measurements. Make sure that you write down the measurements as you take them, so that you do not forget them and need to take them again.

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Method 2 of 4: Monitoring Weight

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    Measure your upper arm. Measure the circumference around the thickest part of your upper arm, usually at the bicep.
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    Measure your chest. Measure the circumference around your chest at its widest point. For most men this will be at the armpits, for most women this will be at the nipple line.
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    Measure your waist. Measure the circumference around your natural waist and your lower waist (two separate measurements). The natural waist is the smallest point of your waist (unlike where clothes’ waistlines are located these days) and is usually an inch or two above your bellybutton. Your lower waist is the widest part of your waist, usually at the bellybutton or just below, where weight is generally gained first.
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    Measure your hips. Measure the circumference around your hips at the widest point. This will usually be roughly just above the crotch line.
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    Measure your upper thigh. Measure the circumference around your upper thigh at its widest point. This is usually ½ to 3/4’s of the way up your thigh, from the knee.
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    Measure your calves. Measure the circumference around your calf at its widest point, usually roughly ¾ of the way up from the ankle.
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    Measure your weight. For weight monitoring, you may include your body weight as a body measurement. This measurement will need to be taken with a scale, either electronic or manual. You can find scales for sale at many stores, or for use at gyms and doctor’s offices.
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    Measure your height. The easiest way to measure your height is to stand straight with no shoes on and place your back against a wall. Using a pencil, place the pencil flat against the top of your head with the writing end against the wall. Carefully mark your height against the wall. Step away and measure from the mark down to the floor using any measuring tape.
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    Calculate your body fat or BMI. You may wish to use the above measurements to calculate your body fat or BMI if you are intending to monitor your weight loss. Be aware that body fat calculations are frequently inaccurate or unreliable, though BMI is a fairly accurate way of measuring your weight (unless you are a fit athlete, in which case better not).

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Method 3 of 4: Tailoring or Making Clothing

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    Take the measurements listed above. You will need many of the measurements listed above for tailoring and creating various items of clothing. Read above if your pattern or instructions call for those measurements.
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    Measure your shoulders. Measure the distance between the shoulder seams on an appropriately fitting shirt or jacket or the area you wish the shoulder seam to be. This measurement should be taken across the top of the back and be parallel with the floor.
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    Measure your shoulder seam. Measure the distance between the seam or desired seam of your collar and your shoulder.
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    Measure your sleeve length. Measure the distance between your shoulder seam and your desired sleeve cuff. This measurement should be taken in a straight line along the outside or top of the arm with the arm held up (parallel with the floor).

    • This will help account for the fact that the cuff will move up the arm when the arm is extended, ensuring that your sleeve measurement is not too short.
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    Measure your jacket length. Measure the distance between the middle of the upper shoulder seam and the bottom hem or desired hem of the jacket. It may also be necessary to take a measurement from the back center of the collar seam down to the hem, if the collar seam is particularly high.
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    Measure your shoulder to waist length. Measure the distance between your shoulder seam where it meets with your collar and your natural waist, as described in the above section. This should align with the fullest part of your chest.
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    Measure your shoulder to nipple length. Measure the distance between your shoulder seam where it meets with your collar and your nipple line. This should align with the fullest part of your chest.
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    Measure your upper bust. Measure the circumference around your upper bust by aligning the measure at the middle of your back, just below the bust line (it should at this point be parallel with the floor), and then closing the tape over the top of your breast. This should help measure breast fullness and rise.
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    Measure your your under bust. Measure the circumference around your under bust by aligning the measure at the middle of your back, just below the bust line (it should at this point be parallel with the floor), and closing the tap just under your breast. This should help measure your rib cage width.
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    Measure your pants length. Measure the distance between the waist and the hem or desired hem of the pant. This should be taken in a straight line down the front center of the leg.
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    Measure your inseam. Measure the distance between the crotch seam or desired crotch seam and the cuff or desired cuff of the pants, along the inside seam. This is considered a very personal measurement and tailors should generally respect your personal space and not get too close. If you are uncomfortable, tell them.
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    Measure your cuff. Measure the circumference around your ankle and account for how loose you would prefer the cuff or alternatively measure the cuff of an existing pair of pants by taking the length from side seam to side seam along the hem.
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    Measure your front rise. Measure the distance between the front center of the waist hem and the crotch seam. This is considered a very personal measurement and tailors should generally respect your personal space and not get too handsy. If you are uncomfortable, tell them.
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    Measure your back rise. Measure the distance between the back center of the waist hem and the crotch seam. This is considered a very personal measurement and tailors should generally respect your personal space and not get too handsy. If you are uncomfortable, tell them.

Method 4 of 4: Fitting Bras

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    Understand that there are many methods. Each company will use a slightly different method to calculate bra size. If you can find a measurement guide or sizing chart for your preferred bra manufacturer, use that. You can alternatively receive a free fitting, over your clothes, at most department and lingerie stores. The method described below is a good starting point for figuring out your bra size but you may need to experiment to find the best fit.

    • Keep in mind that bras may fit differently depending on their type. You may need a larger cup than normal, for example, with push-up bras. As with any clothing, it is also possible for bra sizes to run small or large as well.
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    Measure your under bust. Measure your under bust using the method described in the clothing measurement section above. Add three inches to this measurement. If it is an even number then this is your band size. If it is an odd number, round down to the next even number to get your band size.
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    Measure your bust size. Measure your bust at the nipple line as described in the monitoring weight section. The tape measure should just gentle touch you, not be pushing your breasts inward, and be parallel with the floor. If the resulting measurement is not a whole number, round up to the nearest full inch.
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    Subtract your band size from your bust size. This should give you a much smaller number (usually between 2-4). This number is used to calculate your cup size. Here is how the numbers correspond:

    • 0-1/2 = AA
    • 1/2-1 = A
    • 2 = B
    • 3 = C
    • 4 = D
    • 5 = DD
    • This measurement system tends to be inaccurate for larger cup sizes and the system for your preferred brand should be followed.
  • The cloth measuring tape will have both centimeters and inches on it so you can measure according to your preference.
  • Remember when making or tailoring clothing that extra material will need to be left for seam allowances and hems.
  • If your new body measurements are drastically different from your previous numbers, you may wish to measure those areas again to double check for accuracy.
  • For weight loss records, keep a measurement log where you write down every measurement throughout your weight loss journey. Be consistent and take your measurements every 30 days. Subtract the previous measurements from your new numbers to find the difference.

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Warnings

  • Do not pull the measuring tape too tight to where it will press into the skin, though this will give a smaller measurement, it will not be accurate if you are truly trying to record correct size information.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health

Are you worried about your skin and hair? You take care of them so much, but you still have age marks, dark circles and hair fall. Have you ever thought that it can happen because of your mental health? Yes, it can happen! Caring for your mental health can make your skin and hair healthy on the inside.

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    Don’t get OUT OF CONTROL ANGRY. When you get very angry, it effects your skin very much. Becoming very much angry can make your skin aged. When you become angry, control yourself. Take a deep breath, try to relax yourself. Be patient. Make yourself understand that this is just an accident and everything will become normal later on. Remember, “A person can’t always be angry.” Control yourself and think about your skin.
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    Don’t keep late hours. There are some people who keep late at night and thus they have skin problems. Like age marks, wrinkles, dark spots and the health becomes unhealthy. So, try to finish your work early and get enough sleep at night at least 7 hours.
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    Don’t become anxious about anything too much. Because too much anxiety or tension does great harm to your hair. Too much anxiety creates hair fall. If you worry too much, you might loose hair like a hundred! It’s a hormone thing which creates hair fall when you become worried. So, don’t get worried and be optimistic about everything.
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    Take physical exercise regularly. It is very great for your whole body and also for your skin and hair. Regular physical exercise makes your blood healthy and the healthy blood travels around your body which makes your skin and hair healthy on the inside. So, exercise regularly at least 15 minutes.

Trust Your Own Abilities

If you feel it is pointless to work and imagine that your life is absurd, because you feel confused and lost, and think that your abilities are no longer as good as those of others, it’s time to re-energize your self belief. Here is how to renew your sense of purpose and start to trust your abilities again.

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    Take a deep breath and hold your head up. Remember that if you work, you can pay for what you want, whether you achieved or not what you expected, as long as your intention was pure. Seize the opportunity and make the most of it.
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    Always take deep breaths every day for ten minutes at least. Visualize the good in your mind; this picture can have the effect of motivating you.
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    Remember that there is no failure but only useful experiences. Take failure as a lesson in determination. Try again and again and remember that Thomas Edison made ten thousand tests before he got it right.
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    Look to the future. Imagine getting there above all.
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    Try to write down what you achieve, no matter how small the achievement.Writing your history, personal accomplishments, etc., whether small or large, will enthuse you to keep going and is a way of looking back and seeing how far you have come over time.
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    Imagine yourself in front of a crowd of people. What do you want to say to them? How do you want them to perceive you?

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    Praise yourself for all the good you do. When you lack confidence in your abilities, praise yourself for knowing how to motivate yourself when hit by inactivity and laziness. In doing so, you will realize that you can accomplish much, much more.

Have Fun Being Naked

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    Try going without pants and underwear, or go without a shirt or blouse and bra. Or, as an alternative, try sleeping naked.
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    When you begin to be more comfortable watering your plants or dusting the house, begin to expand your nudist world.
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    If possible, sweep your back porch or read a book in a lawn chair.
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    As you expand your nudist world, begin doing more. Run around your house (be careful who may see you), check your mail, grab your laundry (if you happened to still hang laundry to dry!)
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    Find a nude beach in your area. At some beaches, you can take off as much or as little as you want, while some require you to be fully nude. Choose your beach and go for the day. And make sure that you are comfortable with your own body
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    Find others in your area who are also into nudism. There are many groups throughout the world who will be willing to help and give advice. There are also many sites where you can read and keep up with the latest information.
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    Find out if they are having a nude bowling tournament, going camping, hiking, fishing, skydiving, or picnic. The experiences are nearly unlimited these days.
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    If you live in a cold country, and the day is just a little cold, consider how many additional calories you’ll burn by being nude, even if it’s just inside the house.
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    So, go out, have fun, be safe, use plenty of sunscreen, and have a great experience.

How to Dress for Success

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You want your work to speak for itself, but visual cues are nearly as powerful as your last positive review. Human resources managers suggest dressing for the job you want, not the job you have.

Part 1 of 2: Choosing Work Clothing

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    • In addition, it might also tell you if the employees are stylish, wear color, or don dark colors.
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    Err on the side of formality. If you can’t find out what a company or client prefers, wear a suit, polished shoes and classic accessories. You are more likely to impress by overdressing, as long as you steer clear of formal wear.

    • One expert says, always dress one step up the ladder. Attempting to dress several steps up the ladder may work against you, but dressing in accordance with your manager might put you in their favor.[1]
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    Read the dress code. Once you have a job, abide by the dress code. It will usually tell you if the company suggests casual, business casual or business formal attire.
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    Wait until your managers go casual to do it yourself. For women, wear hosiery until it is obvious that bare legs are acceptable for the management. If you work in an environment with older managers, this may appear unprofessional.
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    Wear clothing that fits. Dress wear that is too tight may look inappropriate. Clothing that is too loose can make it look borrowed or like a hand-me-down.

    • Next time you go shopping, take your hip, waist, chest and inseam measurements to improve your chances of finding tailored clothing.
    • Take loose clothes to a tailor or seamstress. Some tailors will also mend clothing to keep it looking like new.
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    Invest in good grooming as well as good clothing. Get a haircut at least every six weeks. Men should be clean-shaven or sport a well-groomed beard or mustache.

    • If you can’t afford manicures, just file your nails at home. Nails that are too long may draw the wrong kind of attention.
    • Keep your hair a natural color. If you want to dye it, opt for another natural-looking shade or highlights.
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    Avoid the most commonly frowned upon clothing. This includes flip-flops, mini-skirts, shorts, tank tops, sweatshirts and jeans.[2]
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    Wear skirts that are just above the knee or longer. Thanks to trends like pencil skirts and maxi skirts there are many good options for women to choose a feminine shape but remain professional.
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    Cover tattoos and other body art. Place spacers in piercings during the work day. Some people harbor prejudices against people with body art, so it’s not the right way to make an impression at work.
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Part 2 of 2: Dressing for a Promotion

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    Invest in some designer accessories. People connect money with success, so wearing an expensive scarf, belt, watch or coat can help a boss perceive prosperity.[3]
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    Don’t wear too many designer items, unless you work in fashion. If you have a low-paying job, but you only wear designer fashions, your boss may get the idea that you aren’t smart with money or you aren’t grounded.
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    Wear clean and pressed clothing. If you don’t have the time or the ability to iron your pants and shirts, get them ironed at your local laundry. You may make up the extra expense with your next promotion.[4]

    • The same is true for business casual environments. Your slacks and dresses should not look crumpled.
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    Replace your shoes if they can no longer be shined. If they are your favorite shoes, order a new pair or take them to a cobbler to replace the soles and improve the finish.
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    Dress up for dinners, meetings and cocktail hour. Choose your outfit the night before if you know you’ll be in a rush.
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    Invest in a fair amount of white shirts and black, dark blue, grey or dark brown pants and suits. Older, more senior people tend to dress more conservatively, so use color in your accessories, rather than your basic suits.
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    Spice things up with color if the situation calls for it. If your company seems to appreciate people with good fashion sense, then try brighter colors and a few fashion pieces. If a company party is coming up and you want the CEO to notice you, pick a color dress or tie color that is a little unusual, but still conservative.