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Fashion and posture: are the two connected?

Fashion needs models. Designers select the models most suitable for their designs, depending on the project, their theme, the circumstances, and their preferences and when the chosen models don their designs, they showcase them at their very best. As a result, the designer’s fashions are a success and their work sells or is adopted or imitated by others. What makes a good model? When we think of a successful fashion model, as well as their looks and figure, we picture their walk, their stance and their general posture.

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 A fashion model’s posture

The posture of a model is iconic. A catwalk model walks with power, thrust and confidence. They take large strides, their head is held high, and often their arms sway at their sides. When they stand still, they don’t just hang there, they present the fashion to the onlookers. Usually, head is up, shoulders are back, chest is forward, and stomach is held tightly in. The clothes and the model look fantastic. After all, it just would not have the same effect if they slouched forward or their stomach bulged, whether it is loose fitting sportswear, sexy underwear or sophisticated evening wear that they are exhibiting. Fashion and posture are connected – having good posture makes a person and the clothes they are wearing look their absolute best.

How to have good posture

Look after your body; that is, do not neglect your feet, legs, back and stomach. Take care of your feet by wearing footwear suitable for the occasion and the season. Badly fitting shoes can cause blisters and ingrown toenails. Wear the right training shoes for physical exercise to support your feet and enable them to breathe; wear open shoes to let the air get to your feet when it is hot; choose suitable shoes or boots for walking, hiking or climbing. High heel shoes and stilettos should be worn in moderation, for a special occasion and for as short a time as possible.

The damage caused by high heel shoes

Feet act like spring-loaded shock absorbers, distributing your weight when you walk. Wearing high heels puts the mass of your weight onto the balls of your feet, which causes an unnatural strain to your body. The higher the heel, the worse it is. The way you walk in heels is completely different to how you would naturally walk because your ordinary, healthy stride becomes stilted; this can cause bone and nerve damage. Consider the following problems that can occur if high heels are worn too long, too often:

  • The Achilles tendons anchor your calf muscles to your heels, but high heels cause the Achilles tendons to bunch up.

 

  • Spider veins can result from restricted circulation when high heels force the ankles to bend forward.

 

  • Stilettos can cause chronically taut ankle and calf tendons, eventually making walking painful.

 

  • Wearing high heels can put extra stress on the inner knees, which in the long term could lead to osteoarthritis.

 

  • When you wear high heels, you have to walk with your hips thrust forward, make sure your back is arched, and push out your chest. It works the outer hip muscles and tendons hard.

 

  • To walk in high heels, your spine needs to sway unnaturally; this stretches your muscles and causes a sore lower back.

Looking after your back and stomach to encourage good posture

Consider the following exercises to strengthen your core body strength, stomach and back muscles and for overall health and fitness. Try yoga or Pilates to improve body strength and posture. Lower back pain may be due to lumbar muscle strain; if you have any back pain, Healthquest Chiropractic back treatment clinic specializes in the relief of chronic back pain through non-surgical chiropractic back pain treatment techniques.

Most people admit that good posture can make you look thinner, more elegant and more confident, as well as helping the clothes you are wearing make you look your best. Some even feel that good posture will make you look younger and smarter and is also good for your digestion. Work on improving your posture by strengthening your body through exercise, making an effort not to slump or slouch, sitting up straight, keeping shoulders back and head up, and sucking that tummy in. You could even ask a friend or work colleague to point out when you have let your posture slip and return the favor for him or her. After all, if we are really honest, anything we can do to make us appear taller and slimmer is something we could benefit from!

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How Fashion Affects Each Of Life’s Decisions

We may not know it but our fashion choices might be influencing how other people see us or perceive us. In turn, this influences how they interact with us. For example, we see a person dressed drastically different from us, we deduce that they might have different likes and hobbies, and that we won’t like each other. Thus, you’ll put off actually talking to the person or even just meeting them. We don’t date men with cars we think makes him look like a “loser.” We are influenced by other people’s fashion choices and so do our fashion choices influence other people, positively or negatively.

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Drive an expensive car

People judge us by the car we drive; the way we conduct ourselves and handle the responsibility of driving. Making sure you are an informed driver starts with the driver learning process. If you drive a 10-year old car with dings on the sides and peeling paint, people are most likely to judge you as someone who can’t afford a new car or even repairs for the old one. If you drive a Porsche Carrera or a Mercedes Benz, people will think that you have a lot of money to splurge on your car. And they will be more likely to date you, befriend you, and talk to you.

Dress more conservatively to be promoted

Research suggests that in the case of women, the more conservative they dress, the more respected and authoritative they are perceived. In a case study of over 129 participants where they were shown pictures of women in office clothing, with very little variance such as a button more undone on one picture or a woman wearing a skirt one inch shorter than the others, the results suggest that for managerial and corporate positions, people with longer skirt lengths and those with buttoned-up blouses are perceived to be fit for the job. However, those with shorter skirt lengths and with one button unbuttoned was not deemed fit. Nonetheless, for a receptionist position, the length of skirt and type of blouse did not make any difference.

How we dress influences our mood

In a study involving 100 women ranging from 21-64, results found that there is a possibility that wearing certain clothes affect our mood. The study suggests that wearing jeans actually puts us in a somber and slightly depressed mood. The researcher suggests that wearing jeans suggests to the observer that the person didn’t bother with picking clothes that day. To compare, wearing dresses can lead to happier moods, as it seems that the wearer put in a bit of effort to look good. However, this study doesn’t put into the equation that some people are just predisposed to wearing jeans versus people who wear dresses daily as a lifestyle choice. Nonetheless, this research suggests that no matter what your mood is, you will be perceived by other people as being in a happy mood or a depressed mood just based on your dress alone. Our lifestyle choices don’t just affect us. It influences other people on how they see us and how they will interact with us in the future. Fashion indeed influences life choices.

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Men’s Fashion Trend – New Colors For New Jeans

Each season seems to bring slightly new or unique pieces of clothing to collections and although with denim the wheel doesn’t need to be reinvented, sometimes it’s nice to see something just a little bit different than your old standbys.  If you’re searching for some fresh denim choices to transition into your closet, Levi’s jeans for men will have you covered.  With both new styles and colors, they always have an option to match your own style and personal preferences.  Whether you want to buy Levi’s jeans in New York, or are just searching online for a new pair, Dave’s New York certainly has you covered.  Check out these three new options from Levi’s:

501 Shrink to Fit in Chalk Blue

Levi's 501 Liteweight Rigid Shrink to Fit Jeans -

This limited edition Levi’s 501 shrink to fit jean comes in a lighter-weight 10-ounce denim, making it a great option for the warm weather seasons.  As can be assumed by the name, Levi’s shrink to fit jeans shrink when washed, so they should be bought a bit larger than what actually fits.  For sizing purposes, if your waist is 27” to 36” add 1” to your waist size.  If your waist is 38” to 46” then add 2” to your waist size.  In regards to length, add 3” if your length is 26” to 34” and add 4” for lengths of 36” or higher.  For jeans in New York, Dave’s New York has the perfect options.

501 Shrink to Fit in Mineral Red

Levi's 501 Liteweight Rigid Shrink to Fit Jeans - Mineral Red

For a bolder look, try the Levi’s 501 Shrink to Fit in Mineral Red.  Sized in the same fashion as mentioned above, both of these jeans have a classic, straight leg fit, with a 17” leg opening.  With a button fly and original fit that sits at the waist, the 501 fits classic through the seat and thigh.  Levi’s jeans for men are always an easy option for spring and summer.  If you’ve been searching for Levi’s shrink to fit in New York, Dave’s New York has many various colors and washes.

514 Tumbled Ray

Levi's 508 Regular Fit, Tapered Leg Jeans

Levi’s 514 Skinny men’s jeans are another great option for the season.  Providing a rigid denim look with a stiff feel, and a clean look without fading, the fit on these is slimmer than the traditional 501 and 505 jeans.  Currently one of their most popular fits, these combine traditional Levi’s jeans, New York style and quality sure to be trusted.  The 514’s sit below the natural waist, and offer a straight leg with a slim fit through the seat and thigh.  Finding high quality Levi’s jeans in New York City is easy with Dave’s New York.

If you’re in need of some new jeans for spring and summer, the selection of Levi’s available at Dave’s New York can’t be beat.  With a history of quality and offered in traditional styles as well as newer options, cuts and colors, Levi’s jeans are a great selection for days and nights in the city.  As mentioned earlier, with jeans “the wheel doesn’t have to be reinvented,” but having new colors and styles does give you more variety for the season.

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How to Translate What’s on the Runway to Fashion for Everyday

Sometimes it seems like “Couture” fashion designers take the current fashion trends of the season and fill the runways with spectacular designs, but not clothing that everyone one can see themselves in. Each designer has their own individual style of clothing and the trick is to take “baby steps” when it comes to making your wardrobe more fashion forward.

The first thing that you need to do to update your Winter clothing is to make sure that you have a few basic essentials. Every guy needs a great fitting pair of jeans. A nice example is the “Burberry Brit Cavendish Resin Washed Denim Jeans in Indigo Blue” for $195. The five- pocket styling in the darker denim will take you from day to night. Now, with these jeans, you can build an on-trend outfit by adding a little color, texture, and patterns. Just include a few choice accessories, like a designer leather wallet, and you too can rock the catwalk.

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Men’s Fashion Police: Justin Bieber

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The Bieber: one of my fashion nemeses. Yet again he’s managed to make me cringe at the sight of his wardrobe selection. But what’s different this time is how he somehow managed to subvert a typical principle of wear, the principle of matching. Here he successfully color codes his shirt with an accessory, i.e. his hat, but both pieces feature tired cultural mentions (a basketball team and choral lyrics from a way overplayed pop song) and are the exact same color as found in laughable sports uniforms. It’s as of nuance is missed on him or whoever dresses him: rhyming a word so closely with itself just doesn’t fly. Overall, I’d say what’s happening on Justin is remarkable in how contemptible it is. Also, when did he get some lanky?

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?: Johnny Weir

I can’t help but laugh aloud. Johnny, please let us know where we too can get a shiny, papier-mâché inspired blazer fitted oh-so-cleverly with a single button. Also, are you that starved for attention that you went a lacy tulle bow tie? Who did you borrow it from? Madonna? And that shit-eating grin…

Cool shoes though.

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Lesson #102: Notebooks say something

Notebooks, those primitive tomes with dead tree inside them, can be points of style? Yessir! Although print is dying, the ancient practice of hand-inked notetaking continues on.
Cambridge® Limited® Business Notebook
INFEASIBLE: Wirebound notebooks
I had a bunch of wirebound notebooks in college and, not only did the wiring inevitably get warped, but pages would start to tear near the seam. You don’t want to deal with raggy looking crap when you’re in a meeting or seminar. Fine for high school and college? Sure. But the “REAL WORLD”, I.R.L., the realm where you need to impress people, etc.? Not going to fly.

Moleskine Large Ruled Notebook

Feasible: Nicely bound, dependably manufactured notebooks

Moleskine are the kings of cheap yet amazingly durable notebook world. The paper used is acid-free and the pages are threaded into the book, not wired. And no, they’re not leather-bound, but still manage to look sleek. I have several and I think you should too.
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