It can sometimes be hard to work out what you want to wear for particular occasions, so it’s worth thinking about the range of fashion choices available to you – and boy, there are plenty of those!
You also need to think about the different types of activities that you’re going to be doing through the year. Work is going to take up a lot of your time, but you should leave plenty of room for downtime, relaxing in casual clothing or keeping fit with a sporting activity.
Bear in mind special occasions, of course. You could be invited to a wedding or a christening, a special birthday party, or you may have to attend a funeral. Your decision on clothing for any event, occasion, or just your normal day-to-day life helps define who you are and, in many cases, how friends, family, and others react to those decisions.
It’s not as hard as you might think, and there a plenty of things that you can do to ensure that you look stylish whatever you’re doing.
Obviously, it will come down to your budget in the end, but it’s certainly worth looking at higher-end clothing and shoes if you can. They can last a lot longer than cheaper varieties and could actually save you money in the long term. This is especially the case with shoes and boots that get a lot of hard wear, so bear that in mind when you go shopping.
The work environment
It depends, naturally, on what you do for a living as to what clothes you’ll wear for work. You may be provided with a uniform or given a dress code for working in an office. The most important thing is to have clothing that fits well, whether it’s been allocated to you or not. There’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable at work because something is too tight or too loose, and badly fitting clothes can be a danger if your job entails life-and-death situations.
For most office situations, a smart jacket, shirt, and pair of trousers will hit the mark, and you can personalize your appearance with a tie, though don’t make it too outrageous in terms of color and pattern unless you know it’s acceptable. If you’re in a forward-facing position, regularly dealing with customers, a more muted tone is probably best.
Some companies prefer everyone to wear suits, so it’s sensible to have a choice of two or three in the wardrobe. As you progress up the career ladder, you’re going to need them more and more, especially for important business meetings. In terms of shirts, you can never really have enough, so bear that in mind also. They don’t all have to be designer garments, but if you do have some, they can make a favorable impression on colleagues and bosses.
If your work life involves sitting at a desk a lot, then keeping fit and healthy outside that environment is essential for you to develop strength, stamina, and overall fitness that helps sharpen your mind as well as your body. It’s well known that regular exercise improves memory and thinking skills to change the brain. The University of British Columbia carried out a study showing that regular aerobic exercise, such as walking, running, playing tennis, cycling, and swimming, where you raise a sweat with your activity, seems to boost the part of the brain that’s involved in learning and verbal memory.
Knowing how good exercise is for you means that you can develop a range of activities and skills that will boost your system. Once again, the right clothing is an important part of helping you do it well.
When you exercise hard, you’re going to sweat, so you want to choose clothing, whether tops or bottoms, that allow your skin to breathe. Too tight and you could feel uncomfortable over a long period; too loose and you could have the distraction of clothes flapping about and slowing you down.
An exception to the rule about tight-fitting clothes is when you choose compression clothing as an option. These types of garments are designed for men and women and can make a significant difference to your exercise routines, whether you’re just having a brisk walk in the park, playing a game of softball with your family, or having a long training run – and, by the way, you can also use compression attire for work to help you feel more comfortable.
Whether it’s leggings, sleeves tops, shorts, or socks, compression clothes help support your tendons, muscles, and joints, increasing your circulation and reducing delayed onset muscle soreness. You should also find that swellings are decreased and you have a faster recovery time after your exertions.
Your footwear is also an essential component for successful working out. Too tight and hello to blisters and feet that can’t breathe; too loose and your feet will be sliding back and forwards, potentially damaging your skin and the delicate bones in your toes.
With work and exercise sorted, you need that downtime to relax and enjoy a good meal, watch some TV, read a book, or listen to music. Comfort is, once again, the name of the game, so loose T-shirts and pants should be the order of the day. There’s no harm in continuing to wear some compression clothing if you’re feeling sore after some serious physical exertion, so keep that in mind when you’re relaxing after a shower or a luxurious bath.
Leisure also includes vacation time, so pack your thermals for that skiing holiday and plenty of light clothing for that week or two on the beach.
Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, always look to the practicalities of the clothing that you wear. There’s no harm in asking the advice of a partner or friend about particular items, and they might welcome some advice themselves. Just remember that you are an individual with your own sense of style. Sometimes you need to blend in, but you can still use your imagination to stand out from the crowd.