In the professional world, men have to dress to impress. Your wardrobe for work should include colorful button-down collared shirts, great ties, belts, socks, and shoes. VIBRANT BUTTON-DOWN SHIRTS
There is something to be said for tradition. The basic collared button-down shirt will never be out of style in the professional world. While you may be afraid to venture outside of the (literally) white-collared varieties, a splash of color is perfectly acceptable and professional as well. In fact, brightly colored collared shirts will make you stand out and give you a more commanding presence in the office than your plain old white collared shirt. One of the hottest colors to wear is marina blue - this shade is very eye-catching and sophisticated. It is great for men of all ages, but young men look particularly dignified and mature in this hue. Men should not feel stifled when it comes to wearing a variety of colors - yellows, reds, greens, and even stripes are perfect for a professional workplace. Also, always purchase shirts that fit you properly. Baggy, loose-fitting clothes have no place in the professional world, and likewise, you don't want to have the stuffed sausage button-bursting look either. And of course - always neatly press your shirts for work - wrinkles are big time no-no!
If you want to be taken seriously in your workplace, you can't go around wearing a Mickey Mouse tie that plays "It's a Small World" at the press of Mickey's nose. Fun ties are just that ? fun. In a professional environment, you need to wear professional-looking ties. If you want to wear a Santa Claus tie to the office Christmas party, go ahead, but otherwise, you want your ties to be as classy and stylish as the rest of your wardrobe. Regis Philbin brought tie style into the limelight when he started matching his predominantly solid-colored ties with his solid-colored button-down shirts, and this is a great fashion trend for professional men to emulate. If you are wearing a sky blue collared button-down shirt, pair it with a tie in a complimentary but slightly darker shade of blue. Matching your tie with your shirt is a great way to pull your look together and give your style a boost.
Whether you wear suits at work all the time or you only wear them for special meetings or presentations, you need to have a well-made tailored suit if you are a professional. Don't skimp on the suit ? a cheap suit at a business meeting sticks out like a flamingo in a field of white doves. Visit a department store for a fitting, and make sure that you try on an array of styles and brands to find the right cut and look for your body type. Unless you are in good shape, you should avoid pin stripe suits - they simply don't flatter overweight men. Black and navy suits are the most common, but don't be afraid to try a deep brown suit or a gray one, especially if you can afford to buy yourself a few different ones. For occasions when you don't need a suit, your wardrobe should be equipped with fitted pleated or non-pleated pants in khaki, gray, black, and navy. Make sure that your pants are tailored so that they hit the tops of your shoes, and never wear pants that are too baggy or too tight for your body.
Yes, even men have to accessorize. First of all, never ever wear white socks; they look absolutely dreadful with a work wardrobe. You should have plenty of pairs of black dress socks - at least two weeks worth (especially if you are like most men and you loathe laundry day). You can also experiment with gray or brown dress socks or even argyles - just make sure they match the rest of your attire. Remember: black and navy blue will NEVER match, and neither will black and brown - no matter how much you wish they would. You should have a few belts in your wardrobe as well - a couple shiny black belts and perhaps a brown one as well. You should also have black dress shoes, and perhaps a slightly less formal pair of brown loafers. Always make sure that your shoes and your belt are shined so that you have a polished appearance to top off your professional look.
Gemstones have been sought after and treasured throughout history. They have been found in ruins dating several thousand years. They are valued as gifts symbolizing love.
Generally, the price of any gemstone is determined by: size, cut, quality (color/clarity/treatments), and type. Here are some questions to ask about quality:
Has it been treated? (See treatments listed below)
Is the stone natural or synthetic?
Are there any noticeable scratches, chips or inclusions?
Is the color even throughout the stone?
How good is the color? (Is it vivid?)
If you are buying the stones for earrings or cufflinks, are the stones well matched?
There are many ways that dealers treat gemstones. The savvy buyer asks lots of questions and hopefully tests the results. Here are some treatments to look for:
Irradiation: It is common to irradiate Aquamarine, London Blue Topaz, Emerald, and Diamond as well as other stones. This treatment brings out color and removes imperfections. Many dealers know if the stones they are selling have been irradiated. Honest ones will tell you if they are aware of the treatment.
Heat Treatment: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Ruby, Tanzanite and Topaz are often heated at high temperatures to enhance color.
Dye: This is the most common treatment used. On clear stones, dye may be visible in cracks that are darker than the rest of the stone. Sometimes dye appears as a residue that rubs off or white patches. Lapis and Rose Quartz are commonly dyed. Amethyst and Citrine are often dyed. Black Onyx is permanently dyed in normal processing.
Coatings: Jasper is often dipped in petroleum products to bring out color and to seal it. Emerald is oiled; turquoise is waxed.
Fake stones: Some dealers will try passing off fake stones instead of natural ones. There are fake stones for most gemstones on the market. Always ask what stone something is if you are not certain. Honest dealers will tell you. If a stone looks too perfect it may be fake, irradiated or dyed. I avoid Laboratory made products are known as synthetics.
Tips on buying beads:
Good sized holes (so can use a stronger thread)
Evenly shaped beads (as appropriate)
If the beads are being sold in a 16" strand -- I make sure it is 16" -- not 14" or 15" if possible.
Look for the best quality stone (if buying real stones)
Make sure beads are not cracked or chipped by the holes as this tears the thread
Good color (so can create harmonious necklaces and matching earrings)
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