2021 is feeling a lot like 2020 as COVID rages on, dictating what we do and when we do it; on a day dedicated to romance, we’re swapping out our evening gowns for our comfiest black and white sweatshirts. The pandemic is such a part of our lives that Cupid is likely to show up wearing a mask to go with his diaper.
This puts the kibosh on plans for lovers and dreamers, ruining dinner and outings to the theater. But lockdown doesn’t mean out of luck. There are plenty of ways to get your romance on from the most scenic spot of your living room, including:
With binge watching getting a giant boost, Netflix has never been more popular (we finished it). Old shows, new shows, reruns, originals - you can turn on the TV, get lost in the action, laugh at the comedy, and totally forget that there’s a pandemic swirling outside. Heck, even the mullet you’re sporting because of salon closures feels a little more empowering after laying eyes on Joe Exotic. He’s a king, after all.
When it comes to fashion, Netflix also gives us plenty of inspiration thanks to a lineup that captures the styles of different places and eras. Whether you’re dressing for a Zoom meeting or a socially distanced outing at the park, mimicking your favorite characters is fun and fabulous. And it’s a great way to spice up your wardrobe while staying at home.
Not everyone pays attention to garment tags. The writing on the inside of a Fortnite tee or a mens black hoodie doesn't exactly make for riveting reading, a War and Pieces of Fabricpage-turner that keeps you guessing. But in order to keep aesthetic hoodies bright and basic t shirts right, you must adhere to a little clothing care.
If you’re like us, not having back pain might be one of your most favorite childhood memories. In fact, back pain is so common that many people can relate, even those still in the throes of youth. It’s among the most frequently cited reasons for missing work and for visiting the doctor. And it’s an issue often compounded by the wrong types of clothing.
This isn’t to say that your white oxford shirts are directly attacking your trapezius or those streetwear varsity jackets are sending chills down your spine. It doesn’t mean stitch hoodies are leaving your thorax in stitches. But – let’s face it - some clothes have your back and some don’t.
A handful of the worst offenders for back pain include:
Clothing comes in all shapes, sizes, styles, and prices. The latter, in particular, can be a bit of a head scratcher: Why does one plain white hoodie sell for $25 and another sell for $300? Why do similar black long sleeve sweatshirts come packaged with wildly different prices? What’s with the evening gown that goes for thousands? Does it do your taxes after dinner is over?
There are all sorts of things that influence how much a piece of clothing costs. But does a cheap t-shirt translate into high value? It depends on multiple components including:
Yoga is nothing new; archeology dates it back to at least the 5thcentury. But it’s exploded in the last decade. Nowadays, it’s common practice to grab your light weight basic t shirt or your comfy hoodies and sweatshirts and head out the door, mat in hand. This practice has grown so popular that it’s changed the face of women’s casual wear: yoga pants are a staple of the female wardrobe, even when a global pandemic isn’t afoot.
Of all the types of clothes we own, sweatshirts are among the most called upon. Like an old friend after a rough day, they embrace us with their cotton arms in a swarm of comfort. Sweatshirts are so popular, in fact, that the average person owns three or four. Except for Trevor Noah – he owns a ton!
While we often pull on sweatshirts without giving them much thought (What makes them tick? Or, more accurately, what makes them thick?), this apparel is interesting. If it walked into a bar, the cute graphic t shirts and fluffy sherpa hoodies would rush to sit near it, hoping to hear it spin a yarn or two.
Some of its most fascinating facts are easily revealed through a little Q&A…...
Many of us are on the quest for to find the Fountain of Youth, an elusive solution to aging. We work out, we slap on wrinkle cream, we visit the dermatologist, we buy organic cotton t shirts and chemical-free cleaners, we head to yoga in our baggy hoodies.
But there are less common ways to increase lifespan too. And one of these involves getting a little help from our (furry) friends. That’s right: owning a pet can add years to your life (and certainly life to your years). Some of the benefits are indeed physical - nothing gets you up and moving like a dog paw in your face at seven in the morning. But pets influence our emotional well-being as well.
Overall, dogs, cats, and -yes- even things like hamsters positively affect us the following ways:
Someday in the future, an architect will build a Coronavirus Museum along a busy city street. Inside those walls, visiting tourists will see all sorts of sites that spoke to this era: hand sanitizer, toilet paper, a shrine to Netflix, and so, so many elastic waistbands.
Let’s face it, it’s the latter that you might identify with the most right now: you’re all sweatpants, all the time.
Still, this isn’t necessarily beneficial to your well-being. Clothes don’t just make the man (or woman); they also make them feel better, too.
Just as there are comfort foods (we’re looking at you, chocolate), there’s comfort clothing. A hoodie you trust like an old friend, a favorite pair of jeans that slide right on, a sweater that matches your skin tone, a form-fitting dress that makes everyone’s head turn – yep, a garment is also a gadget of awesomeness.
But why is this, exactly? Why do clothes have such pull?
Life is all about balance: some days, you eat an egg white omelet for breakfast; other days, you dine on a bag of Cheetos. One second, you spend time looking for cheap t shirts online. The next, you splurge for that high quality t shirt you saw in the local bodega. On Tuesday morning, you get up and run five miles; on Wednesday, you binge watch five episodes of Game of Thrones without getting out of your pajamas.
In fact, balance is vital to our lives. It keeps us from tipping over (for one thing), but it also offers us a life of harmony, where everything is good in moderation. Except for coffee…...keep that coming.
So how can you find this sort of fulfillment and strive for an even-keeled existence? Try the following five tips:
Wine giveth and taketh away. It surges through our veins at parties, allowing us to mix and mingle and regale the crowd with tales of youthful escapades. But it also drips down our best white t shirt, leaving the front stained and soiled. One second, it’s giving us the courage to strut across the bar and ask our crush to dance. The next, we’re at home in front of our computer, determined to buy casual wear online with reckless abandon. Those cute graphic tees might not be available tomorrow. It makes us feel great…...until it makes us feel terrible.
There are some looks all but impossible to pull off during the summer. The warm days aren’t too friendly to long, dark trench coats or sheepskin hand muffs. Even your best hoodies and sweatshirts might be best untouched, left to sulk in the corner of the closet as cool graphic tees take their turn to shine.
But summer fashion doesn’t just mean putting away the parkas and embracing short-sleeves and thin fabric: color counts too. So, what kind of hue makes for a fabulous you? Several of them. Including: