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There is no getting around it. You will have to invest money and energy into your clothing, especially if you want to look your best. But are you setting yourself up for fashion failure? Are you guilty of one of these common fashion mistakes? Change your ways, and reclaim your sensational style.

The clothes don’t fit.

Are you wearing clothing in the wrong size? Come on, you can tell us.

The first step in looking great in your clothes is wearing something that fits you. It’s a mistake to get stuck on a size number because sizes can vary spectacularly depending on brands and even the style of clothing. You may need a larger size in a blouse to accommodate your chest but a smaller size in jeans or the other way around. Some styles may not fit you at all, simply because the cut doesn’t conform to your body type.

And remember, just because you can get into it doesn’t mean it fits. This is an easy fix – just be flexible when it comes to size.

The bra is all wrong.

Your bra is the most important article of clothing that no one is going to see. When undergarments go wrong, it can throw off your entire outfit. Bras that are too tight can cause rolls and hills where you don’t want them, and bras that are stretched out or too loose will not give you proper support.

If necessary, ask for a fitting each time you buy a new bra. Make sure your entire bosom fits neatly into each cup and that the bra hooks easily without you having to yank on it.

Once you have a great bra, take care of it. Your bra should never see the inside of a dryer, and hanging it from a door handle to dry is going to pull it into a non-symmetrical shape. Read this article to learn more.

Thinking it’s okay to skip the iron.

We all do it. Who irons jeans anyway, right? And some people don’t iron at all, and that’s okay… if you never leave the farm. Unless you have a closet full of travel-wear that doesn’t wrinkle then maybe you should consider the ol’ iron on occasion.

If you want to wear a piece of clothing that can wrinkle, you need to make a commitment to ironing it. When you walk into a room in wrinkled clothing, you might as well be wearing knit shorts and a t-shirt. It makes you look sloppy and unable to handle the world. And no one wants to make that kind of impression.

You don’t double-check your whites.

Crisp, white clothing can be classic and stylish, but you can easily give all those advantages away by neglecting to check yourself in white.

White is problematic for two reasons. One is that light travels right through it, and the other is that it doesn’t hide much. Before you wear white, check your undergarments. Stand in natural light and check to see if you, or someone else, can see right through that white fabric. And be sure that your underwear is smooth, understated and doesn’t call attention to itself!

Forgetting to check every angle.

You check your look in the mirror every day, but you might forget that all you’re seeing is the view from the front.

Before you leave the house, you should be sure you’ve covered all the angles. Twist and turn to see your whole body, get a mirror that shows multiple angles, or even take a picture. Just make sure you get a good look at what is behind you.

Gettin’ lazy with the laundry.

Think of your clothes as an investment, and treat them like valuables. Keep your clean laundry folded or hung in your closet instead of in a pile on the floor or bed. And when you are cleaning your clothes, follow the instructions! Not doing so is probably the biggest no-no we’re all guilty of. Almost all clothing has a tag that will tell you how to wash and dry it. Read that tag before you buy anything. If you never use a dry cleaning service, it doesn’t make sense to buy clothes that are dry clean only.

Wash clothing in cold water whenever possible and avoid the dryer when you can. Hanging clothes on a clothesline to dry is typically the best option for keeping them looking as new and fresh as possible.

Keep it balanced.

Wearing tight clothing all over isn’t a good look, and loose clothing from head to toe can swallow you. Make sure you are keeping a balance between your form-fitting clothes and your free-flowing pieces. If you are wearing a tight top, balance that out with a loose, full skirt. Alternatively, wear an oversized or boxy top with skinny jeans.

You don’t have clothing tailored.

We’re talking dressy or professional clothing here, which will probably be used less often, but is just as important. Dressy pants and suits should fit your body in a very specific way, and every body is different. Get on the sewing machine and make sure that all your tucks and hems are in the right places and if you don’t sew then find a good tailor, it is well worth it.

You choose your outfits carefully, so be sure to get the best from them. Start by cutting out any fashion mistakes you are making, and your efforts will certainly be reflected by the way you look.

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Renovating? Start Outside By Growing a Fruit Tree

If you’ve just moved into your dream home and don’t plan on moving for a while, then growing a fruit tree in your backyard is a great way to get started with renovating. Not only do fruit trees let you enjoy delicious produce once they’re fully grown, but they can add equity to your home, therefore increasing its value.

Choose Grafted Trees

If you intend to grow a fruit tree for tasty produce, I recommend that you buy a grafted tree rather than growing one from seed. If you intend to grow an apple, pear, peach or plum tree, grafted trees will work best because it takes out the uncertainty associated with growing from the seed. This tree is grown from a part of a fully grown tree, so you can be sure about how the fruit will turn out.

If you choose to order your tree, make sure to plant it as soon as it arrives if it’s a bare rooted tree. If it’s a potted tree, make sure to plant it when it’s dormant. On the other hand, it’s encouraged that you purchase one from a local nursery because they’ll have trees that are likely to grow well in your area.

Select a Spot

Choosing a place to plant your fruit tree is a tricky process because it requires you to take various factors into consideration. Firstly, you need to plant it in a place that allows it to get a good amount of sunlight because fruit trees need 6 hours of full sun to grow healthy fruit. Wherever you intend to grow your fruit tree, make sure that you aren’t growing any other plants or bushes nearby; otherwise, your young tree will have to compete with other plants for water.

Furthermore, consider the size of a fully grown tree before planting your young tree. This is because its size can cause a hindrance if it’s growing in the wrong place; its roots can spread as far as the branches so don’t plant it near the road.

Prep Your Soil

Fruit trees require good drainage because their roots are prone to rotting in soil that holds a lot of water. If your soil type has a lot of clay, you can till it and add organic matter like compost to increase its drainage.

Planting and Care

Plant your fruit tree in spring because this is favorable for most trees. During year one, water your tree on a weekly basis but make sure to water them frequently during hot weather. Choose a good fertilizer that’s specifically made for fruit trees, and apply it in the spring so that fruit can set right.

Prevent Pests

Pests become more of a problem during spring so spray dormant oil on your fruit tree in the last weeks of winter when it starts to get warm. In the spring, stay on the lookout for an infestation and use organic sprays whenever you see any sign of an infestation.

Prune Them

It’s important that you prune your trees often so that it produces healthy and sweet-tasting fruit. You can do so after harvest season by trimming the branches so that your tree has a good form. You may even need to thin out the produce growing on your tree to improve the size and taste of your fruit.

Most importantly, is that you remember to enjoy the process, you’re not only adding value to your property but growing the best-tasting fruit. Happy Farming!

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