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According to the 2012 study from Northwestern the clothing we wear does affect the way we act. They have coined the term “enclothed cognition” to describe the mental changes we undergo when we wear certain types of clothing. “It’s all about the symbolic meaning that you associate with a particular item of clothing,” according to one of the researchers. So, when you wear fitness clothing you are, therefore, more likely to jump, run or do some squats.
So, should you go and buy a whole new workout wardrobe to jump start your fitness routine? Not exactly. Too much too soon can be a impediment to many changes in life. The transtheoretical model of behavioral change, developed in the mid-’70s by University of Rhode Island researcher James O. Prochaska, outlines five stages to making successful changes in your life: Precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance. Buying new workout clothes puts you squarely in the “preparation” phase, just beyond thinking about the change and planning for it. Which is only one step from the “action” phase, that’s where the real change occurs.
I have always been a big believer of not waiting to lose weight before you buy new clothes. When you look good, you feel good. Looking great for your workout is likely to provide you some confidence and encourage you to get out there and kick some butt. So start slow, maybe some new tennis shoes or compression leggings and a tank top. The more confident you feel the more apt you are to get to the gym to achieve the results you’re looking for!
You can read the full article on enclothed cognition, titled “The Psychology of Lululemon” here.
I recently found the most amazing bra! What’s so special about it? It fits me perfectly; It’s so dang comfy I forget I’m wearing it. A bra is something we often take for granted – this tiny (or sometimes not so tiny) piece of fabric is something that is with us everyday from our teenage years on. They come in all sizes and styles with a variety of cup shapes, band and strap widths, and purposes. With all this variety it can seem like an impossible task to find the right one, but while it may take some time I promise: you are worth it. A well fitting bra should almost feel like it’s not there, so if yours is pinching, pulling or poking its time to look for a new one.
In addition to being uncomfortable, an improperly fitting bra can have an effect on your appearance. Nothing you put on top of a poorly fit bra will look as good as it would with a proper fit and style for your breasts. Think of bras (along with panties and Shapewear) as the foundation for your outfit. Would you buy a house with a failing foundation? No! It would be uneven or sloped, cause cracks in the walls and make it difficult to open doors and windows. The same can happen with out the proper foundation for your outfit. Are your buttons popping open on shirts? Do darts on blouses not line up correctly with your breasts? These are signs your foundation isn’t in great shape. Luckily, it’s a pretty easy fix. Read on to see how you can get the best fit for your bra.
How to measure your bra size
Bra fit myths
Myth #1: I’ve been a 34B my entire life!
Myth #2: Holiday eating or stress won’t impact my bra size.
Myth #3: It’s better to wait until I’ve lost these last 10 lbs. to buy a new bra.
Myth #4: Bras last forever.
Myth #5: Once you’ve been fit, you know what size to buy.
The anatomy of a bra
Trying on bras; a fit checklist
- Stoop, or bend forward at the waist
- Swoop, use your hand to gently bring all your breast tissue forward into the cup
- Scoop your breast tissue up and into the underwire
- Smooth fitting cups, no bulging or gaps
- Center panel should lay flat against the chest
- Bra band should be parallel to the floor, or slightly lower in the back
- Straps stay put and don’t dig in to shoulders
- Cup fabric is stable, giving support and shape
- Under wires encircle your whole breast, no poking or protruding
- Good breast lift, the apex (or nipple line) should fall evenly between your shoulders and elbows
- Breasts point forward, not to the side or down
- A finger can be run under the band
- It’s comfortable to sit down in
Wearing a proper fitting bra can uplift your breasts to create a more youthful and slimming appearance, as well as affect how your breasts look without a bra! If you still find yourself in an ill fitting bra, seek out the help of a professional. HerRoom.com’s Bra Fitting Guide provides an extensive library of information on determining your breast shape and bra size as well as fit information for people with unique breast challenges. Most of the information I provided here is an adaptation and summarization of their fit guide. There is still so much more information on their site!
If you’re in the Austin area and would like some help getting the right bra for you, I have an incredible bra specialist who is teaching me more and more everyday about fit, form and quality of bras. You can visit her website here or just go to HaveAPerkyDay.com! Your boobs will thank you for wearing a proper fitting bra!
So, you’ve spent hundreds, quite possibly thousands, on your wardrobe. How do you go about protecting the investment you’ve made in your image? Lots of people have “tried and true” methods for cleaning your clothing items, some are great and others are, well, not so great. We’ve scoured the internet for the most reliable of sources and compiled them all here for you in our guide to caring for your clothing. Continue reading
Maxi Dresses: Top it off with a jacket and some booties in rich fall hues!
Floral dresses: Wear it with a moto jacket and some high heeled, low cut ankle boots!
Jumpsuits: Add a blazer and some stylish heels for an evening out!
Harem Pants: Pop on a scarf with a sweater and some ankle booties!
So, what do you think? Will you be able to winterize some of your favorite summer styles?
Thanks for reading! Until next time ~ Sara
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