Fashion plays a part in our lives, whether we make that a conscious decision or not when getting dressed for the day.
My daily style statement is pretty simple: shorts/cropped pant/jeans + tank/short sleeve/three-quarter sleeve top, based on my activities for the day as well as the weather. I am not a fashionista by any means, although I do know that our choices make a style statement.
I have to admit that thinking about my health as I buy a piece of clothing, or an accessory, is not foremost in my mind. I generally make a decision based on the color and style, the fit, and the price.
But maybe I should be giving more consideration to the health factor, because there are some fashion choices that are better for your health than others. Let’s take a look at some of them.
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Fashion Choices That are Good for Your Health
Choose Natural Clothing
Next time you are clothes shopping, pay particular attention to the labels and check the material components.
Ideally, you should buy clothes that are made out of 100% natural fabrics, such as cotton, linen, silk, cashmere and wool.
Synthetic fabrics could be considered plastic fabric. In a process called polymerization, chemically-derived fibers are joined together to create fabric. It requires numerous chemicals and solvents to create any type of synthetic fabric. Common synthetic fabrics include polyester, rayon, modal, spandex and nylon.
According to our friends at bodyecology.com man made fabrics can actually be toxic:
1. Polyester is the worst fabric you can buy. It is made from synthetic polymers that are made from esters of dihydric alcohol and terpthalic acid.
2. Acrylic fabrics are polycrylonitriles and may cause cancer, according to the EPA.
3. Rayon is recycled wood pulp that must be treated with chemicals like caustic soda, ammonia, acetone and sulphuric acid to survive regular washing and wearing.
4. Acetate and Triacetate are made from wood fibers called cellulose and undergo extensive chemical processing to produce the finished product.
5. Nylon is made from petroleum and is often given a permanent chemical finish that can be harmful.
6. Anything static resistant, stain resistant, permanent press, wrinkle-free, stain proof or moth repellant. Many of the stain resistant and wrinkle-free fabrics are treated with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), like Teflon.
I like having a small percentage of spandex in certain types of clothes, so I have to be honest and say that this one gives me pause. But I understand the benefits of wearing natural fabrics, organic fabrics if I can find pieces that work for me and my budget.
Back to the benefits of wearing clothing constructed from natural fabrics. These materials allow air to circulate through the clothing, which can help your skin breathe and stay cool no matter the weather. This will prevent you from sweating too much, which can result in embarrassing body odor.
If your skin is sensitive, wearing natural fabrics will definitely be less irritating.Make smart fashion choices that are good for your health, too! Click To Tweet
Get Fitted For A Bra
The proper fit in a bra can make the difference between feeling comfortable and confident, or uncomfortable with possible shoulder and neck pain, adjusting of straps and overall frustration.
It seems like such a simple foundation garment, particularly for someone like me who is not well endowed. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining about my petite bosoms…I have never had any issues with tops fitting well. They are the perfect size for me. I’m grateful to the Lord every day that I still have a pair of them.
But even so, I have been thinking recently about getting fitted for a new bra, even with my small cup size (B). An online source that is gaining in popularity is ThirdLove.com. They offer a “Fit Finder” quiz that seems pretty simple to complete. I like the look and feel of the site and would consider going the online route for a bra fitting.
And, there are always plenty of options in color and style so we look good in our unmentionables!
Wear Compression Socks
As we get older, the pressure in our circulation system can decrease. This may not cause a health problem, but it could reduce enough to cause varicose veins. Even though varicose veins aren’t dangerous, they can still be unsightly and most women would rather not let them be seen.
Many people choose to wear compression socks as a way to improve circulation in the legs and prevent varicose veins from forming, or reduce the ones that you already are dealing with. And of course, we always want to be stylish in our clothing and accessory selections.
That being said, you might want to visit Sockwell Socks and check out their range of stylish compression socks. They are a wonderful option for people who stand for long periods of time, or alternatively, may sit for long periods of time.
Buy Anti-Microbial Tights
Do you wear tights or stockings regularly? As long as you wash them after one wear, you’re good right? Well, think again! In fact, there is a lot more bacteria growing on your skin when you are wearing tights than what you might think. So much so that regularly wearing tights could leave you at risk from certain fungal infections and bacterial skin issues. Yuck.
There is a solution to this potential dilemma, and that is to buy a pair of microbial tights. These tights are made with an antimicrobial agent in the material that can effectively kill off any bacteria that tries to grow on the skin and the tights. They will leave your legs and feet feeling a lot fresher at the end of the day!
Find Supportive Shoes
Did you know that most people pronate or supinate in some way when they walk? This is when the foot and ankle either bend inwards or outwards ever so slightly. Even though you might not notice that you do it, there is a possibility that your natural walk tends one way or the other.
What is the result of walking this way over time? Well, you could experience knee pain, ankle injuries, tendonitis, none of which are particularly pleasant, and can interrupt life activities for sure.
This is especially important for anyone who regularly goes running or jogging as pronation can quickly lead to common injuries, such as shin splints, if it is not corrected.
So what can you do? You can see a podiatrist and get a professional diagnosis to make sure of the type of supportive shoe or other action is necessary. At a minimum, wearing supportive shoes will help to keep your feet going in the proper direction!
Opt For Purses That Help Your Back
If you regularly wear a bag on just one shoulder, you could be causing yourself some back pain. That’s because the weight from the bag won’t be evenly spread out across the back, and this will make the spine lean to one side. And, I don’t know about you, but being a right-handed person means that my purse is carried on my right shoulder. I can’t do it any other way.
Be honest…how much do you stuff into that purse?? Is everything in there really necessary? I used to carry quite a bit around with me and that finally got really, really old. So now my purse is of a small to medium size and I carry just what I need, not everything I might possibly need at some future point in time. I also prefer a shorter strap so I can sling it over my shoulder, over my arm or even carry it by the handles.
Here is an alternative to consider: an ergonomic purse. The scientific technology behind ergonomic purses is that their design is such that it distributes the center of gravity thereby reducing the stress on the back, shoulder and neck muscles.
If you find that your shoulder(s) or back are sore after carrying your purse for awhile, some changes are most likely in order. Just a suggestion.
What is the takeaway here? I think that as we go about shopping and purchasing clothing and accessories for ourselves (and our family, if appropriate), it makes sense to think beyond what is in front of us and consider the fashion choices that are good for our health!