Choosing a suit may seem daunting, but if you remember the four F's, you'll be able to shop wisely and make a good investment.
A new suit is a big investment. With all the options out there, choosing a suit may seem daunting, particularly if it's your first. Although it is possible to find a sale on a good suit, it is never a bargain to buy a cheap suit. Your suit is your professional image, and a poorly made, ill-fitting suit will detract from that. The four things to look for when purchasing a suit are: fashion, fabric, fit and finish. Although you absolutely have to try a suit on to ensure the proper fit, you can and should take the time to browse suits online before you go shopping. This will help you focus on the type of suit you want and make your shopping trip go more smoothly.
Fashion. Before you head out shopping, take a minute to decide what sort of suit you're wishing to purchase. If you are interviewing with an investment firm, you will want something quite conservative. If your business or clientele is less conservative, then you can explore a wider range of colors, textures, and cuts. If this will be your only suit, then you will want one that is fairly conservative and most likely black. Consider purchasing both skirt and slacks for the jacket, if available. This will give you two options with only three pieces. Fabric. Women have more than one option when it comes to suit fabric. Heavy wool is a classic choice that will look sharp and wear well. The heavier the wool, the better the suit will drape. For summer there is also the option of a lighter wool garbardine. A linen suit is a lightweight choice for summer, but linen wrinkles very easily. Linen is rarely a good choice for traveling, unless you are prepared to spend a lot of time ironing or arranging for housekeeping to do so. There are also blends available in some women's suits. Although many of these will travel well, they may also look cheaper to the eye. If you choose a suit made from a blended fabric, be certain that the cut and sizing are of high quality.
Fit. This is the most important feature of your suit. If the suit does not fit you properly, it does not matter how well it was made or how much it cost. An ill-fitting suit makes the wearer look awkward and unprofessional. When you shop for suits you must be prepared to try many on before you find the ones that work best for you. This is more challenging for women than men, because there are a wider range of styles to choose from. A size 8 may vary from brand to brand, not only in general terms but in breadth of shoulders, length of torso, and so on. Wear comfortable dress shoes to try on suits. It is difficult to tell if a pant leg needs to be hemmed if you have tennis shoes on. If you are planning on wearing a buttondown shirt under your suitjacket, then wear one when you go to shop for it. The arms of a suitjacket may fit just fine with a sleeveless shell, but be too tight with a cotton Oxford shirt.
When you try on suitjackets, stretch your arms out to the side and in front of you. The jacket should have enough breadth in the shoulders to be able to do this. When you extend your arms to the side, the jacket should not ride up high enough to expose your belly. The ends of the jacket sleeves should fall at about your wristbone. If you choose to wear a buttondown shirt with your suit, this means that the sleeve of the jacket should expose 1/2" of shirt cuff. The armholes should be tight enough that the shape of the jacket hangs well, but not so tight that they are uncomfortable around your upper arm. Try the jacket both buttoned and unbuttoned. You should be able to comfortably button your jacket with no gapping or straining of the buttons. If you plan to always leave your jacket buttoned, then you may not care how it looks unbuttoned. If you wish to wear it both ways, then you will want to ensure that your jacket looks attractive and professional in both positions.
Women have the choice of skirts or slacks with their suit. Some suitjackets even come with both options. Slacks should be fitted and hemmed to the correct length for the business shoes you normally wear. Always sit down in slacks to make sure that the trouser legs are wide enough, and that the waist of the slacks neither digs into your stomach nor gaps low enough to expose your underwear. Similarly, check the length of skirts by sitting down and crossing your legs. The skirt that is an appropriate length when standing may become office-inappropriate when seated. If you like a skirt in all but length, ask to have the hem altered. Skirts can be hemmed up or down as easily as slacks, depending on the cut of the skirt and the length of the current hem. Test pencil skirts by walking around the store at your normal pace. If the width of the skirt inhibits your stride, you may wish to try on a different skirt. It is more likely that your skirt will rip at the side hem than that you will remember to walk more slowly.
Finish. Besides being well-fitted to your particular figure, a suit must be well-made. The jacket should not hang in folds and should not wrinkle, unless it is linen. The buttonholes should be neatly hemmed with a color of thread that blends into the color of cloth. Buttons should not be loose. All seams should be straight and even, and the shoulders should be identically set into the jacket, not one higher than the other. There should be lining on the jacket and skirt and it should be sewn in, not glued.
Keep the four F's in mind and purchasing a suit can be a lot of fun. A good suit makes its wearer feel more efficient and more confident. With a good suit, you can tackle anything--even the challenge of buying another suit.
Dandruff is the accumulation of dead skin cells on the scalp, which form scaly flakes on the head. Homemade recipes are best to treat dandruff.
Dandruff is the accumulation of dead skin cells on the scalp, which, if not removed, form scaly flakes on the head. Normally, dead skin cells are replaced once a month. But with people with dandruff, the process takes about one or two weeks.
To take care of dandruff, here are some recipes:
1. Dry thyme 3 table spoon Dry rosemary 2 tablespoon Apple cider vinegar 1 cup Distilled water 1 1/2 cups
Boil water. Put the herbs in it. Remove from heat. Steep for 1/2 hour. Strain into a bottle. Pour vinegar in it. Shake well. Gently massage a small amount into the scalp after shampooing and rinsing properly. Do not wash hair after application. Towel dry hair.
A regular application with 2-3 days interval can help eliminate dandruff and stimulate hair growth.
2. Coconut oil 2 tablespoon Ginger root (grated) 1 tablespoon Lemon juice 5 tablespoon
Gently massage scalp with coconut oil in circular motion. Mix grated ginger roots with lemon juice. Apply all over scalp. Leave on for 30-40 minutes before shampooing. Repeat every 3-4 days.
This is a great scalp tonic for dandruff. It moisturizes dry scalp and conditions hair while lemon juice cleanses scalp of flakes.
3. Castor oil 2 tablespoon Almond oil 2 tablespoon Mix the oils. Warm them. Gently massage scalp with the mixture at bedtime. Leave it on for the night. (Cover the pillow with a towel to prevent staining.) Shampoo it off the next day. This is excellent to promote hair growth. Massage of oils help loosen dandruff to speed up it's removal.
4. Eggs 2 Amla fruits 4-5 Kesuth (or ashwagandha) leaves 2 oz Distilled water 2 cups
Boil amla in water for 10-15 minutes. Strain and store the water in a bowl. Crush kesuth or ashwagandha leaves to make a paste with little bit of water. Add it in the bowl. Beat eggs separately. Add to the mixture. Mix well. Apply this hair pack to the head thoroughly. Leave on for 20 minutes. Wash with cold water. This not only treats dandruff but also strengthens roots of hairs and promotes hair growth.
5. White vinegar 1 cup Distilled water 1 cup Mix the ingredients well. Apply to scalp after shampooing and washing. Do not rinse after application. Let hair air dry or towel dry hair. Apply once or twice a week to get rid of dandruff.
6. Fenugreek (methi) seeds 3 tablespoon Distilled water 1 cup Soak fenugreek seeds overnight. Grind them in the morning to make a fine paste. Apply the paste all over scalp. Leave on for 30 minutes. Wash off and shampoo. Apply twice a week. This prevents dandruff and falling hair while promoting hair growth.
7. Amla fruits 4-5 Shikakai pods 3 Reetha fruits 4-5 Distilled water 5 cups Boil all the ingredients in water over slow heat for 15-20 minutes. Strain the water in a bowl. Shampoo hair with it twice a week. This is an excellent hair tonic that removes dandruff, promotes hair growth and strengthens the root of the hair follicles.
8. Witch hazel 2 oz Lemon juice 3 tablespoon Distilled water 1 cup Mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Apply to scalp after shampooing when the hair is damp not wet. Do not rinse. Repeat twice or thrice a week. This treats dandruff and gives hair a healthy shine.
9. Olive, coconut or sweet almond oil 6 drops Tea tree oil 3 drops Mix the oils thoroughly. Massage all over scalp and leave on overnight. Shampoo off in the morning. This is an excellent scalp conditioner. The vitamins E and F in almond oil are great for soothing dry, itchy scalp. Olive oil is a superb conditioner.
10. Lavender oil 2 drops Rosemary oil 2 drops Thyme oil 2 drops jojoba oil 3 drops Mix the oils thoroughly. Massage the scalp at bedtime with the mixture. Cover head with a cloth overnight. Shampoo in the morning. These essential oils remove dandruff, stimulate hair growth and thicken and improve hair texture. Also the cooling and calming effect of the essential oils will help you have a good night's sleep.
11. Birch oil 5 drops Cocolut oil 2 drops Lemon juice 3 tablespoon Mix the oils well. Gently massage the entire scalp. Apply lemon juice with a cotton ball. Leave on for one hour before shampooing. Repeat thrice a week. This recipe is a splendid anti-dandruff scalp soother.
12. Aloe vera gel 7-9 tablespoon Apply the gel to the roots of hair. Leave on for 15 minutes. Shampoo. This is a quick fix for dandruff. Regular application keeps dandruff away.
13. Coconut oil 3 tablespoon Lemon juice 5 tablespoon Warm oil. Massage gently all over the scalp. Steam hair. Wrap a towel over the head for better penetration of the oil. Leave on for 1 hour. Apply lemon juice. Shampoo after 15 minutes. The warm oil softens the dandruff while lemon juice cleanses it. Repeat after every 3-4 days for complete dandruff removal.
14. Dry rosemary 1 oz Dry sage 1 oz Distilled water 2 cups Boil water. Pour rosemary and sage in it. Steep for 2 hours. Strain. Apply to damp (not wet) hair after shampooing. Leave on for 5 minutes. This will eliminate dandruff if repeated after every 2-3 days.
15. Tea tree oil 1 tablespoon Jojoba oil 1 tablespoon Mix the oils well. Gently massage scalp with the mixture. Wrap head with a warm towel. Leave on for 2 hours. Shampoo. Repeat twice a week. This method eliminates dandruff and keeps hair healthy.
1.To preserve the potency and lifespan of the products, store away from heat and sunlight in tightly closed bottles and refrigerate.
2.Shelf life is approximately one week after refrigeration since most of these products do not contain any preservative.
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