As a huge fan of menswear - mainly for the oversized silhouettes and understated sexiness - the resurgence of this aesthetic is every bit in my wheelhouse. In a sea of second-skin Gucci one-pieces and nostalgic high rise g-strings, one can be thankful for the coziness that accompanies a trend like this. While incorporating menswear has been around for over a century, it has been adopted by girl bosses and mega-influencers alike in recent years.
Dating back to the early 1900s when men's workwear was adopted by women during the war, incorporating menswear into your wardrobe is among one of the classic easy ways to freshen up your look. Traditionally loose-fitting and long-lined clothing belonged exclusively to the boys, but that is quickly becoming extinct. It's high time we forget "borrowing from the boys" and invest in pieces that are yours, and yours alone.
The history of menswear revolves around reinvented basics, simplistic designs, and neutral palettes. The silhouette is primarily loose-fitting, which allows for a lot of layers and interesting pairings - the remnants of which trickled on the spring and summer trends over the last few years. It's even entered the arena of suiting, with casual suiting becoming more prominent in womenswear and especially in the wake of the pandemic.
It might come as a surprise, but incorporating menswear into your wardrobe is the simplest way to freshen up your everyday look. If you're scared to take the plunge or unsure what pieces are worth investing in, here are chic 5 ways to add traditional menswear to your 2021 wardrobe.
1.The Structured Boyfriend Blazer
The easiest way to incorporate menswear into your everyday look is by adding loose-fitting outerwear. While you can opt for a trench coat or puffer jacket in the colder months, a structured boyfriend blazer is the chicest option. The lines elongate your torso while the structured shoulders create a dynamic silhouette on a female figure.
2.The Perfect Button Up
On every runway from Balmain to Valentino, the perfect crisp button-up is a huge staple piece for 2021, especially during the spring and summer months. There's an understated sexiness to styling an oversized button-up with high-waisted pants and a sexy bralette. For an even more casual slay, pair with neutral but monotone biker shorts or one-piece (as pictured).
3.Relaxed Fit Trousers
A trend that combines the comfort of working from home and with the formality of traditional menswear, relaxed trousers are going to be big again this year. With a bevy of styles, colors, and cuts available across many designers and retailers, you can find a pair for just about any occasion.
4.Dad Sweater Vest
It's versatile and able to be worn throughout the seasons. Vests are forecasted to be everywhere this year, whether more fitted or oversized. With any trend piece, the more natural way to style it is to pair with your most loved pieces. In the colder months, you can use it as a base layer piece styled over your favorite button-ups or flowy blouses. In the springtime, I'd style it up with a great pair of trousers and a decorated, lacy bralette peeking through.
The longevity of loafers is reason enough to invest and add them to your wardrobe. Loafers are the perfect transitional footwear, whether you're running from a late meeting to drinks with the girls, or playing smart over a weekend trip; you cannot go wrong with loafers. With the introduction of backless loafers (thanks, Gucci!), there's no doubt that loafers are the staple for your big-girl wardrobe.
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Courtney is a contributing writer, based in Puerto Rico by way of Tennessee. Interested in the intersection of fashion and culture, she has an affinity for fashion, empowerment, and really good tacos. Keep up with her on Instagram (@hautecourtxo).
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Our teeth are connected to so many things - our nutrition, our confidence, and our overall mood. We often take for granted how important healthy teeth are, until issues like tooth sensitivity or gum recession come to remind us. Like most things related to our bodies, prevention is the best medicine. Here are five things you can do immediately to improve your oral hygiene, prevent tooth sensitivity, and avoid dental issues down the road.
1) Go Easy On the Rough Brushing: Brushing your teeth is and always will be priority number one in the oral hygiene department. No surprises there! However, there is such a thing as applying too much pressure when brushing…and that can lead to problems over time. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush in smooth, circular motions. It may seem counterintuitive, but a gentle approach to brushing is the most effective way to clean those pearly whites without wearing away enamel and exposing sensitive areas of the teeth.
2) Use A Desensitizing Toothpaste: As everyone knows, mouth pain can be highly uncomfortable; but tooth sensitivity is a whole different beast. Hot weather favorites like ice cream and popsicles have the ability to trigger tooth sensitivity, which might make you want to stay away from icy foods altogether. But as always, prevention is the best medicine here. Switching to a toothpaste like Sensodyne’s Sensitivity & Gum toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth will help build a protective layer over sensitive areas of the tooth. Over time, those sharp sensations that occur with extremely cold foods will subside, and you’ll be back to treating yourself to your icy faves like this one!
3) Floss, Rinse, Brush. (And In That Order!): Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s not what you do, but how you do it”? Well, the same thing applies to taking care of your teeth. Even if you are flossing and brushing religiously, you could be missing out on some of the benefits simply because you aren’t doing so in the right order. Flossing is best to do before brushing because it removes food particles and plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. After a proper flossing sesh, it is important to rinse out your mouth with water after. Finally, you can whip out your toothbrush and get to brushing. Though many of us commonly rinse with water after brushing to remove excess toothpaste, it may not be the best thing for our teeth. That’s because fluoride, the active ingredient in toothpaste that protects your enamel, works best when it gets to sit on the teeth and continue working its magic. Rinsing with water after brushing doesn’t let the toothpaste go to work like it really can. Changing up your order may take some getting used to, but over time, you’ll see the difference.
4) Stay Hydrated: Upping your water supply is a no-fail way to level up your health overall, and your teeth are no exception to this rule. Drinking water not only helps maintain a healthy pH balance in your mouth, but it also washes away residue and acids that can cause enamel erosion. It also helps you steer clear of dry mouth, which is a gateway to bad breath. And who needs that?
5) Show Your Gums Some Love: When it comes to improving your smile, you may be laser-focused on getting your teeth whiter, straighter, and overall healthier. Rightfully so, as these are all attributes of a megawatt smile; but you certainly don’t want to leave gum health out of the equation. If you neglect your gums, you’ll start to notice the effects of plaque buildup, which can irritate the gums and cause gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Seeing blood while brushing and flossing is a tell-tale sign that your gums are suffering. You may also experience gum recession — a condition where the gum tissue surrounding your teeth pulls back, exposing more of your tooth. Brushing at least twice a day with a gum-protecting toothpaste like Sensodyne Sensitivity and Gum, coupled with regular dentist visits, will keep your gums shining as bright as those pearly whites.
Russell and Nina Westbrook are one of those low-key, unproblematic couples we don’t talk about enough. They met in college and got married in 2015. They also have a beautiful family with three kids. While Russell is an NBA star, Nina is a licensed family and marriage therapist and a mental health advocate.
She recently launched the podcast The Relationship Chronicles with Nina Westbrook, and in the latest episode, she had none other than her husband on as a guest. The college sweethearts dived into important topics from marriage to children and how they navigate it all.
One of the topics they touched on was dealing with resentment in your relationship. The former MVP highlighted the sacrifices his wife has had to make in order for him to pursue a career in the NBA, and that’s why it’s also important for him to support his wife whenever he can.
“For me is respecting and understanding what your partner do and the time it takes,” Russell said. “Not kind of downplaying what they do, understanding the time and energy and effort they're doing to make sure whether it’s their job or making sure home is taken care of, and understanding that, I think that is the challenge of not being resentful.”
Nina agreed and also shared her thoughts on resentment. According to her, one of the best things couples should do is have their own identity and passions outside of the relationship in an effort to be fulfilled.
“I also think that when you’re in a relationship, that’s why it’s so important that each individual kinda pursue their own passions and follow their own dreams as I feel like it only becomes or leads to resentment when one person is not feeling fulfilled in what they're doing in their lives,” she explained.
“And so, they will start to look at the other partner who’s happy or excelling or promoting or moving along in their journey, then they’re left feeling stuck like they sacrificed themselves, their happiness, their career, their future and have not pursued it in the name of the relationship or their partner. So, it’s so much easier to avoid those feelings of resentment when you’re each equally pursuing your passions.”
The couple has many passions that they work on together and separately. Outside of basketball and his family, Russell has become known for his eclectic style and started the fashion brand Honor The Gift. Nina has her podcast, and she also started the mental health website Bene. Together, they run the Why Not? Foundation, which works with kids in underserved communities.
“I’m a firm believer that one person can’t be everything to you, so you have to sort of seek out those different friendships or groups or hobbies or activities that help to fulfill you,” Nina concluded.
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