People Have Made These Moving Mistakes a Million Times So You Don’t Have To

It’s so common for mistakes to be made when you’ve moving house. But when these mistakes have already been made millions of times by so many different people, why repeat them? Rather than learning from your own mistakes, learn from other people’s. That’s the best way to protect yourself and make the move as smooth and easy as it can be.

Underestimating How Much You Have

If you underestimate how much stuff you have and need to move to your new place, you will underestimate the task you have on your hands too. Getting everything packed up in a secure way and then moving it to where you’re heading is a pretty huge task. And you need to get it right if you’re going to find success and move in a sensible and smooth way. So, be realistic and wake up to how much work this will involve for you.

Not Protecting Your Possessions Properly

If you don’t go out of your way to protect your possessions during your move, you’re going to end up in big trouble. Unfortunately, that’s just the way it is. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that everything will just go fine without you putting effort into protecting each item you have. You need to be sure that nothing gets broken or damaged during the move. You can head to https://www.shiply.com/ to find a removal company that can help you.  

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Assuming You Don’t Need Insurance

Another mistake that many people make is assuming that they don’t need to get insurance. This insurance can cover your possessions as you move them between your old house and your new place. It’s something that is worth doing. You don’t want to be left with no cover and a huge bill if one of your most expensive possessions does fall and break when it’s in the back of the removal van. Some removal companies will offer you this coverage as standard.

Not Backing Up Your Saved Data

These days, everyone has computers, devices and storage systems. And moving them can be tricky. It’s always worth making some kind of cloud backup of your important files and data before you go ahead with the move. This will protect the data that’s important to you incase your systems get damaged or broken during the moving process. Learn how to backup up your data at http://www.wikihow.com/Back-Up-Data. It’s pretty simple and straightforward to do, so there are no excuses for not doing it.

Leaving Pet Arrangements Until the Last Minute

If you have pets, they need to be given some thought early on in the moving process. If you leave this until the last minute, you will only cause yourself more problems. Try to keep their routine normal in the buildup to the move because it can be stressful for them. Make the move as swift and easy on them as you can because you don’t want to cause them problems. If you prepare this in advance, there will be no problems.

Find Yourself Again

There are various reasons why people lose confidence in the way they look. Perhaps you have simply been criticized by a few too many people. Or, maybe you think you’ve put on a little weight. It’s possible that you’ve been part of a toxic relationship where they did nothing but tear your confidence down. If any of these are true, you need to think about how to get your confidence back. There are a few ways you can do this.

Buy Some Sexy Clothing

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Sex appeal is directly related to confidence in the way that if you feel sexy and desirable, you’re also going to be more confident in yourself. So for instance, if you’re proud of your body, you can choose to buy tighter or more revealing clothing. Showing off your curves and the parts of your body that you’re proud of could be just what you need to get your confidence back. Of course, if you’re looking to build confidence it doesn’t need to be something that can be seen by another. Womens lingerie is designed to make your body look sexy in the privacy of your own home. But wearing it underneath your regular outfit can give you that little boost you need.

Restyle Your Hair

Let’s face it, guys are idiots, but they are right about one thing. When a girl restyles her hair, she can look completely different, almost unrecognizable. If you are unhappy with who you are and the way you look, you might want to think about getting your hair restyled. While this might seem like a simple change, it could be just what you need to get your confidence back. If you want some extra advice, just let the stylist choose what they want to do with your hair. Believe me, if you do this, you won’t be disappointed with the results.

Be Bold

Both makeup and accessories can give you the confidence you need. Makeup really can act like a mask, covering up who you are and letting people only see what you want them too. As for accessories, these can simply distract from areas that you are unhappy with on your body. So for instance, if you don’t like your legs try wearing a large belt over a dress. Or, if you find you have a lot of confidence in the bottom half of your body, leggings and wet look pants are a great choice. The trick is making sure people notice the parts of yourself that you are proud of.

Work Out

Finally, you may want to try adding a little more exercise to your daily routine. This will slowly but surely tone up your body and allow you to drop some of those extra pounds. Even if you are generally happy with your body exercise can still boost your confidence. It releases chemicals in your brain that while not directly linked to confidence, make you happier. As such, when you are finished exercising you will feel more sure of yourself.

Getting Fit Isn’t Easy, But It’s Never Been Easier!

Just about everyone is aware that, when you really get down to it, getting fit can be pretty hard. It takes a lot of hard work, time, and commitment. Anyone who tries to tell you that they’ve found a way to make exercise quick and easy is either lying or selling you something, or both! However, just because exercise is never going to be easy doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that you can do in order to make it just that little bit easier. In fact, it’s never been easier to stay fit than it is right now. The end result may still be in your hands and will always come back to the level of work that you’re willing to put in, but here are some of the reasons why working out and staying in shape are just that little bit easier than ever.

New techniques

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As with just about anything else, there is a lot of research constantly going into finding new ways to exercise and get the most of out any physical activity. This research means that you have never had more ways to achieve the specific body that you really want. Where you might previously have had to work out your body in a general way and hope that it had the desired effect, now you can do some very specific types of exercise designed to work out a single part of your body in a very specific way. Of course, general workouts are always going to be important, but everyone’s body and needs are different, so it only makes sense that having more personalized workouts will make things a lot easier.

Technology

There isn’t really anything in the world that technology hasn’t made easier for the vast majority of people. It’s easier than ever to work, to shop, to communicate. Of course, that means there are also plenty of ways that technology has made exercise easier. From advanced exercise machines that the vast majority of gyms are equipped with, to highly sensitive wearable monitors like the Fitbit that help you carefully track your diet and workout routines. Things are so advanced that you can now pick up a smart water bottle that syncs with Fitbit which allows you to be as informed about your workout hydration as possible. While no technology in the world is going to do your workout for you, keeping track of your workouts and making sure that you’re exercising properly is easier than it has ever been before.

Access

There was a time when gyms were exclusively the preserve of relatively wealthy people. The same went for home exercise machines as well. Everyone else had to make do with taking a job around the neighborhood or converting a corner of their home into a workout space. However, both gyms and exercise machines are far cheaper now than they were even a few years ago. This means that just about everyone can afford to have a much more efficient, well-tailored workout. Not only that but a lot of the technology for monitoring your workouts is available on your phone, meaning that you may well already have it in your pocket, no extra cost required.

Growing in The Garden: Could This Be Why Your Plants are Failing?

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Gardening is a fantastic hobby to have- it’s productive, keeps you fit, and you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor come harvest time. You might even save yourself a bit of cash on your grocery bill. However, gardening can be incredibly frustrating, and if you’ve not had much luck, it’s tempting to want to throw in the towel. But stick with it, there are a few minor things that could be affecting your success so make sure all of these are right.

Your Soil

Peat or clay soils are heavy and retain a lot of moisture. Sandy soils are much lighter and faster to drain. Different plants will require different types of soil- this being wrong could lead to them becoming waterlogged or not getting enough moisture. Before sowing seeds or planting up flowers and shrubs, do some research first. Work out what kind of soil they thrive in, you could even go a step further and test the pH level too. According to https://www.jlsinc.net/blog/286-expert-tree-planting-advice when you’re planting trees, the soil should be no deeper than the pot it was grown in. Trees are resilient but they’re not indestructible, the last thing you want is to invest in a beautiful young tree and for it to die where it wasn’t planted correctly, Get the soil right and whatever you plant stands a far better chance.

You’re Over or Under Watering

Even with the correct soil type, it’s very easy to over or under water plants. This can lead to them shriveling and drying up, or the roots becoming waterlogged and rotten leading to the demise of the plant. Don’t neglect your garden but don’t kill it with kindness either. Usually just watering to keep the soil lightly moist is enough- if you’ve not had any rainfall in a while then pop out with a sprinkler or watering can.

It’s Not The Right Temperature

It’s important to know what climate zone you’re in when it comes to planting. Certain plants simply won’t grow if the temperature isn’t right, meaning if you want to grow more tropical crops you will need a greenhouse if you’re in a colder area. For example, it’s all very well thinking you’ll save money on avocados by growing an avocado tree (and tutorials and videos online show you how to do this using an avocado stone) but it will only tolerate subtropical and tropical climates. Again, do your research before deciding what you want to plant and grow.

Your Plants are Competing

Certain plants shouldn’t be put next to each other as they compete for the same nutrients in the soil. Therefore and planning out your plot beforehand is advisable. If you’re planting things willy nilly, this could well be the reason much of your garden is failing. Brush up on which plants are natural ‘friends’ and work well planted together. And which will compete for the same nutrients?

Have you ever considered that any of these could be causing your garden to fail? Do you have much luck when it comes to gardening?

 

How To Look Beautiful This Summer

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Summer is finally here, the sun is shining, and you are raring to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. You need to look and feel good as you set foot outside, and here are some great ways to achieve it.

Fashion sense

The summer is a great time to replace your old clothes with some fantastic new looks. Whether you buy a collection, such as Alfred Dunner from Anthony’s or mix and match your own style, wear clothing that looks and feels good on you.

Buy clothes in a range of styles and colors to match your activities during the day. A new swimsuit is essential while spending time in the pool, and t-shirts and shorts will give your body the freedom it needs during the stifling heat. At the moment, the 1980’s styles are back in fashion with bright, bold colors and jumbo frills. Fuschia colored pinks were popular on this year’s catwalks, and pinstripes were the design style of choice.

You may want to accessorize with a cool new hat, and a trendy bag to complement your summer outfit. At the moment Audrey Hepburn style sunglasses are in fashion, giving you that cool, chic look as you walk around town.

Skin care

You may be wearing the latest fashion in color and design, but if you don’t look after your skin, you may end up walking around town with your face looking like a tomato and blistering like bubble wrap! Not good when you are trying to look beautiful, so you need to take care of yourself.

As awesome as the sun is, you need to stay in the shade when possible to protect yourself from the intense heat. Always wear sunscreen on any exposed areas of your skin, and when lounging in your garden buy a large umbrella to shield you from the sun.

Moisturize your face to keep it soft and supple. There are ways to do this naturally using coconut water or milk, giving you a fresh, healthy glow. Exfoliate daily as well, removing the impurities that have gathered under your skin.

Our bodies lose a lot of water every day, especially in the warmer months, so it is important to rehydrate ourselves by drinking plenty of water. Not only will this hydrate our skin but it will remove harmful toxins as well.

You may prefer the natural look but if you do wear make-up to look beautiful find the right shades to suit your eye coloring and the tone of your skin. You will be sweating a lot, and possibly spending time in the pool, so apply waterproof mascara, to avoid those ugly black streaks running down your face. Curling your lashes will make your eye color pop, and applying bronzer to your forehead and cheeks will give your skin a beautiful glow. However, make sure you wash it off before you go to bed as it will irritate your skin, and make it look blotchy, not helpful to the fabulous new look you are keen to show off.

Common Exercise Myths Debunked

You know what they say; for every two truths, there is a lie! Well, this is certainly the case when it comes to exercising and fitness. If you take a look on the Internet, you will see an abundance of conflicting advice, making it difficult to know what to believe. Below, we debunk some of the most common exercise myths.

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You aren’t working hard enough if you aren’t sweating – Everyone feels that working hard and sweating goes hand-in-hand. However, everyone is different, meaning we all have different sweat rates. For instance, did you know that men sweat more than women? Plus, being physically trained boosts your ability to start sweating sooner and more. Also, there are other factors that are going to have an impact on how much you sweat, such as the environment. If it is humid and hot, you are naturally going to sweat more, even if you are not working hard. If you are dehydrated, you will sweat less. All in all, sweating is not a reliable indicator of how much effort you are putting in.

Strength training will make you bulk up – A lot of women are worried that they will end up with massive muscles if they do strength training. In fact, it is pretty difficult for females to bulk up from a standard strength training routine, as they do not have as much testosterone as men do. Strength training is actually great for anyone that is looking to lose weight or tone up.

It doesn’t matter what type of workout equipment you use – Actually, it does! It is important for the effectiveness of your workout, as well as your motivation levels. Are you going to want to hop on your exercise bike every day if the wheels don’t move smoothly and you feel like it is going to fall apart? Would you prefer to work on a treadmill that tracks your performance and gives you feedback, or one that doesn’t provide any of this? Choose quality equipment, and you will achieve more. To get started, here are reviews of the best Sunny Health and Fitness bike machines.

You should work out every day – You will be pleased to know that this is a myth. You break down muscle fibres when you exercise, so that they can rebuild stronger. But, for this to happen, your body needs time to recover. This is why it is important to have one or two rest days every week.

You need to eat more protein to gain muscle mass – We all seem to be a bit obsessed with protein at the moment! While you do need to eat some protein to gain muscle mass, there is no need to go overboard. Don’t ignore other food groups. Here are some great tips on giving your body all the fuel it needs.

No pain, no gain – No doubt you have heard this saying before. While workout intensity and soreness can be connected, if your muscles don’t feel achy, this does not mean you haven’t had a good workout session. Being sore means that a considerable amount of stress has been applied to the tissue, but it doesn’t mean you have had a great workout. In fact, a lot of people feel fantastic after working out and then feel sore the next day.

To Build Or To Renovate – The Biggest Decision You’ll Ever Make

We all have a dream home in our heads; the perfect space that encompasses style, comfort, and beauty, and is the perfect family home in every sense of the phrase. A lot of people presume that their dream homes will always be just that – dreams, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Believe it or not, you can make your dream home a reality, it’s just a case of taking the steps to create your dream space, as well as knowing what those steps are.

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When it comes to creating your dream home, there are two options to consider; these are: renovating or building. One option is to renovate an existing property and transform it into your idea of a dream property. Another option is to have your dream home built from scratch to your exact specifications. The option that you opt for will depend on a range of factors, including which is the most suitable option for your needs, time frame, and budget.

Knowing which of these two options to opt for isn’t easy, as it can be difficult to determine which the best solution is for you. That’s why it’s a good idea to consider all of the options and decide which one would offer you the best solution to your situation and needs. To help you to do that, below are some pros and cons to each option, as well as some useful tips and pieces of advice to take note of.

Renovating

Renovating can be a great option, as it allows you to transform an old property, potentially the house that you live in now, and make it a dream home. A lot of people choose to renovate an older property rather than building a new one from scratch, but it has to be what’s right for you. It all depends on what you want your dream home to be like, as well as what your time frame is and the size of your budget, of course.

What are the pros of renovating?

One of the main benefits of renovating a property to transform it into your dream home is that it’s less work than building from scratch. Or, at least, it should be. You can opt to do as little or as much work to it as you would like to, it all depends on what changes you think need making to transform the building into your idea of a dream property. You could choose to simply convert the attic into a master bedroom with an ensuite and add a conservatory to the kitchen, or you could strip the property back to the bare bones and start again.

Another benefit of choosing to renovate rather than build from scratch is that if you already live in a property that’s in the ideal area for you and your family, it won’t mean moving. You can still stay close to your friends, local amenities, and jobs and the children’s schools, but can get a beautiful new home to live in; it’s a win-win situation.

Then there’s the cost to think about. Often, choosing to renovate a property can work out much cheaper than choosing to build from scratch, especially if you’re prepared to do the majority of the work yourself, with the help of a few handy tools, like those featured on http://www.toolnerds.com/, for instance. When it comes to renovating a property, having all the right tools in place is crucial, as it can help to cut costs and speed up the project.

A reason that renovating appeals to a lot of people when it comes to creating their dream homes is because it tends to be a quicker process than building a property from scratch. Building a home from scratch that is exactly as you always dreamed it would be can take a long time, so if you’re in a rush, renovating could be the best option for you.

What are the cons of renovating?

One of the cons of renovating a property instead of building from scratch is that you’re dealing with an old property. This means that it could end up costing you more than you would think to make changes to it, as repairs may need to be made along the way.

Then there’s the fact that you have to renovate around the structure that’s already there. Say you’ve always dreamed of having a large open plan living room and kitchen, if the wall between the two rooms is a supporting wall then you can’t pull it down. Renovating a property to create your dream home does tend to come with some compromises.

There’s also planning permission to consider. For older properties, you may struggle to get planning permission for certain changes that you want to make to the property, such as making changes to the exterior of the property, for instance.

Building

Building is also a popular option, as some people prefer to create their dream homes from scratch, rather than making changes to a structure that’s already in use. Whether you opt to build your dream home from scratch will depend on a range of factors, these include things like your time frame, for example. Ask yourself, do you have the time to build a property from scratch?

What are the pros of building?

Obviously, the main benefit of building your dream home from scratch is that you are in total control of what the property will look like. You get to design both the interior and exterior structure of the property; you get to choose what it will look like when it’s built, you have ultimate control over what it will end up looking like, as well as what the layout will be like. You can choose whether it has three floors, four floors, or more – basically, you can design your property in any way that you see fit. Just make sure your plans fit your planning permission, that’s all.

Although it can be pricey to build from scratch, in the long-run, it will save you money. This is because you can opt to build a home that has all new fittings and fixtures that are under warranty and can create a property that’s efficient and eco-friendly. You can opt to install solar panels on the roof, the best insulation there is, and can install an air conditioning system that is an energy efficient as possible – building from scratch can save you a lot of money.

Then there’s the fact that you can literally build your dream house. If you want marble floors, you can have them. If you want a double staircase that meets at the top, you can have it. If you want windows shaped like church windows, you can have them. You get the idea – you can have whatever you want because you’re building your home from scratch.

What are the cons of building?

One of the cons of building your dream home from scratch is the fact that it’s a massive project and not one that should be taken on lightly. Building a property from scratch can take months or sometimes even years and can be a lot of work, and it’s important to understand that. Sure, the end result is great, but what you need to ask yourself is whether you have what it takes to take on such a huge project.

Then there’s the fact that the project could end up costing you more to complete than you thought it would. While it’s all well and good having a budget in place, it’s important to understand that sometimes things don’t go to plan and you end up having to spend more money than you thought you would need to. The question that you need to ask yourself is if things go pear-shaped, do you have the extra money that you need to put more money into your project? If the answer is yes, then there’s nothing to worry about, but if the answer is no, then it’s probably not a good idea to go ahead with the project unless you are sure you won’t go over budget.

There you have it, a guide to the pros and cons of renovating and building to create your dream home. It can be hard to know which option is the best choice for you. But hopefully, the pros and cons above, along with the tips and pieces of advice slipped in amongst them, have helped to make it a little easier for you to decide which is the best option for you, renovating or building from scratch. It might take some time for you to decide which option you would rather go with, but it’s important not to rush the process. The last thing that you want to do is rush things, and end up regretting the decision that you have made. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that you take your time when making your choice about which option is best for you and your family.

What You Should Know About Shaping Up Your Legs And Glutes

If you really want to shape up your legs and glutes, there are a few things you should know. Getting your legs to look exactly how you want them to look can take time, but it can definitely happen! Here are some tips:

Using Heavy Weights
Using heavy weights is key if you want to build muscle tone in your legs. If you just want to slim down your legs, you can potentially do plyometric, HIIT, and circuit training. However, if you want more shapely legs, then using heavy weights is a must. By ‘heavy’, it means you should lift weights where you feel challenged the last few reps. A rep range of 8-15 is best!

Eating A Nutritious Diet
A nutritious diet is also key. Having balance is important, so don’t deprive yourself of a treat here and there. However, you will always get the best results from exercise when eating lots of nutrient dense foods. Bear in mind that how much you eat will make an impact on your results. If you really want to grow muscle, you’ll need to eat more than maintenance. If you want to lose a little fat, you’ll need to eat just below.

Targeting Specific Muscle Groups
Let’s say you want your glutes to grow but not your quads. You will need to spend time activating the glutes before a workout with bodyweight exercises and resistance bands. Also, make sure you focus on exercises you can really feel in the glute but not the quad. Alongside your healthy diet and exercise routine, there are a few other things you can try. Take a look at the infographic below!


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Ultimate Fashion Advice To Give To Your Man

Let’s face it, if you have a boyfriend, fiancee, or husband, you know they struggle to ‘get’ fashion. They might think they know how to dress smart, but do they really know the right colour combinations or the right way to accessorise an outfit?

No, they don’t. In fact, a lot of the time they just chuck on whatever’s comfortable and don’t really care about their outfit. You know this is perfectly fine if they’re just going to the shops or you’re not really doing anything. But, when the two of you go out as a couple and go on a date or go somewhere nice, you want both of you to look good. After all, you spent a lot of time making sure you look great, so shouldn’t they?

So, it’s time to sit them down and give them a few fashion pointers that will help them pick out the right outfits and look good all the time.

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Learn What Matches

Guys have a real struggle when it comes to learning what colours match each other. This often causes them to wear clothes that look nice on their own, but don’t combine well together at all. Like, yeah, those jeans are nice, and I like that top too, but that doesn’t mean they look good as an outfit because the colours completely clash. Show them articles like this one here https://theidleman.com/manual/advice/how-match-clothing-colours/ that pretty much explain how to match colours. If they learn how to get this right, then they’ll definitely be able to put together good outfits from here on in.

Men Can Accessorise Too

It’s rare that a guy will buy accessories for their outfits, but they really should. Something like a nice watch on their wrist can add to an outfit. Or, as seen here https://www.frostnyc.com/collections/diamond-combo, a diamond necklace to completely amp up their look and give them that celebrity style. Even something simple like a pair of sunglasses or a hat can go well with different outfits, particularly in the summer. The bottom line is, they need to know that accessories can help bring their outfits together, and shouldn’t be neglected.

Dress For Occasions

Finally, you have to teach them to dress for different occasions. I recently posted an article on the popular athleisure trend, and most guys are hugely into this. The problem is, they wear this type of clothing when it’s just not suitable. We’re going out on a date, you need to change out of your gym sweatpants and into something nice. Guys have to learn when to tone things up, and when to tone down. It doesn’t matter how good their outfit is, when worn in the wrong setting, it can embarrass them and you. Make sure they have different clothes that can fit different situations and don’t just fill their wardrobes up with the same things.

There you have it, this is the advice you should give to your man about fashion. They’ll act like they don’t care, but trust me, they’ll listen and love you for it.

How To Nail The Athleisure Trend

The athleisure fashion trend is sweeping the world, and everyone wants to know what to wear and how to wear it. So, read this guide, and you’ll find out how to do just that!

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Understand The Trend

The first step in nailing the athleisure look is understanding what it actually is. Essentially, this trend stems from gym and athletic culture. People wear certain things to the gym, such as sweat pants, leggings, tight fitted clothing, etc. Not only do these clothes look good, but they feel good too – they’re nice to wear.

More and more people began wearing these clothes because they looked and felt so good, even when they weren’t doing any physical activities. Thus, the athleisure trend was born. These days, if you want to rock the athleisure look, then you’re going to wear clothes that are nicely fitted and extremely relaxed. Basically, you want to dress like you’re going to the gym, but you don’t actually have to get dirty and workout!

Be Picky With Brands

Normally, it doesn’t matter so much what brands you wear as part of your outfit. However, the athleisure trend is different as there are so many different brands with this type of clothing. The problem is, you can find a lot of cheap looking brands that aren’t going to help you create the look you’re going for. Instead, these brands can make you look a little bit worse for wear, almost like you’re a delinquent youth.

The key is wearing brands that have established reputations such as Nike. Nike makes a lot of clothes that are ideal for the athleisure look. You’ll have plenty of hoodies, track pants, and all the other items you need to complete this look. Sure, the clothes might be on the expensive side, but you might get lucky and find a Nike promo code that reduces the price. Plus, you pay for what you get. If you want a good look that nails the athleisure trend, then I’m afraid you’ll have to pay for it.

Also, one final note on brands is to avoid mixing and matching them. If you have a Nike top try and pair it with Nike leggings and hoodies, etc.

Make Sure Everything Is Fitted

Perhaps the key to the athleisure trend is ensuring your clothes are fitted. This doesn’t mean they have to be skin tight to your body. It just means you should stay away from loose and baggy clothes – especially baggy sweatpants!

Fitted athletic clothing is the difference between creating a look that fits the trend and creating a look that makes you look like a lazy bum! That sounds a bit harsh, but it’s the truth. You can do a lot of things to make this look drift over the edge and become unfashionable.

This is a very interesting trend as it combines gym culture with fashion. It’s also interesting as there are a lot of ways your look can go wrong, so you have to be on your toes. Ensure you follow the advice above, and you’ll nail this trend every time.