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Fashion Choices That Are Good for Your Health

(Last Updated On: November 1, 2019)

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
natural fabrics

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.

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Get Fitted For A Bra

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.

Department stores such as Nordstrom, JC Penney, Macys and Kohls offer bra fitting specialists at no additional charge, and/or fitting events that are publicized in local markets.

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. 

fashion choices that are good for your health

Buy Anti-Microbial Tights

antimicrobial 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

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

fashion choices that are good for your health

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 purseThe 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!

Candi Randolph Midlife Blogger


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12 COMMENTS

  • Hi Candi, I’ve never thought about my health when making fashion choices, but your tips make perfect sense. I do know that I don’t wear heels much these days. I needed to go to a funeral last week and wore heels for the first time in ages. I was tottering everywhere 🙂 Thanks for the tips and I’ll think of them next time I’m on a fashion buying spree! Have a great day!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      I’m with you on the heels, don’t think I’d make it very far, and usually opt for the lower heels and more comfortable shoes or sandals. Writing this post will definitely make me think about buying clothes and accessories in a new way!

  • Mrs. SBF

    Wow. Who knew? I think I’ll probably think of you and this article next time I go shopping! Thank you for such valuable information.

  • Candi Randolph
    AUTHOR

    You’re welcome! And it does make you stop and think a bit, doesn’t it?

  • Deborah

    I’ve thought about some of these things: the fitting bra, comfortable shoes, and the way I carry a bag; but not others – such as the fabrics I wear! Interestingly I’ve been inadvertently wearing compression tights recently (I thought they were stocking socks) and they’ve been really comfortable so I’ve stuck with them! #teamlovinlife

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Hi Deborah…I learned quite a bit about fabrics as I researched this post…who knew? Glad the compression socks work well for you! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Sue

    Candi, I’m definitely with you on the comfy shoes these days, I only occasionally wear high heels and usually regret it. The bag issue is a real one too, I really notice a difference when I wear a bag (left shoulder for me) that is weighed down with excess. I’ve tried a backpack style handbag, but it’s annoying having to constantly take it off to get purse or water bottle out so still don’t really have a helpful solution to that one! I must confess I bought a heap of new bras from K-Mart recently, I think I got 6 for less than $50 because I’m tired of paying $50 each!! It will be interesting to see how they go, but so far they’re comfortable and meeting my (less-than-well-endowed) needs! I try never to wear tights or stockings, I hate them!!
    Interesting post xx

  • Candi Randolph
    AUTHOR

    Thanks so much for stopping in, Sue. I’m with you on the purse issues, and over the years have decided to carry less and less, to keep the purse lighter. It really starts to weigh you down after awhile when it is so heavy!

  • Joanne Tracey

    I have a weak back, so the handbag thing is one I’ve had to master. A thought-provoking post re the fabrics. Definitely something I’ll keep in mind. Thanks for linking up #Teamlovinlife

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thank you for stopping by to have a read, Joanne!

  • Kathy Marris

    I do like natural fabrics where possible. I love my bamboo underwear and t shirts – they feel soft against my skin. I’m also now in the habit of wearing podiatry designed shoes. There are some great styles available these days. And yes wearing a properly fitting bra is a must do! #TeamLovinLife

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      I agree, natural fabrics feel great, and I feel good wearing them. Thanks very much for stopping by!

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