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TORONTO – JUNE 2018 – Give a man a pair of shoes and he can walk a kilometer. Give a homeless person a pair of socks to put in those shoes, and he can walk endless kilometers to find food and shelter without the threat of developing frostbite, infectious blisters or other debilitating foot diseases. For those in need, socks often rank more important than food. Finding a pantry or shelter for food is sometimes challenging but feasible. There is however, no single supply of socks to keep the homeless on their feet.

      In an insurmountable act of compassion, Society Socks – the subscription based sock retailer with a social mandate – will join Nestlé Waters Canada; Canada Cartage; The Bargains Group; Home Depot; Toronto Police Service 13 Division; and over 100 volunteers for the 19th Annual Project Water - an Engage and Change initiative to provide bottled water along with 3,000 summer survival kits, including socks to those in need via 150+ social service agencies, outreach providers and homeless shelters in an effort to provide life saving resources to the homeless in extreme summer conditions: Wednesday, June 27th,  2018, care of The Bargains Group, 890 Caledonia Road, 9:30 am.

SOCKS WITH A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE

      Founded in 2015 by Filip Pejic and Sergey Sapelnyk, Society Socks was born from a desire to create a socially responsible business platform designed to bring humanitarian causes to the forefront of the retail fashion industry in an organic and consumer friendly way. “We wanted to use our voice in the retail industry as a gateway to bring benevolence to global causes and the people in it, “said Society Socks co-founder, Filip Pejic. “Printed socks allowed us a canvas to address social issues in a fun and fashion forward way.”

      The sock trend that every chic consumer is sporting, fun prints and vibrant colours are the mark of the style savvy who knows how to rock a pair of socks. For every pair of Society Socks sold, a pair of socks is donated to a cause in need. To learn more, please visit www.mysocietysocks.com

PROJECT WATER - IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO SAVE A LIFE

      “Water is the essence of all life and is an invaluable resource to those most vulnerable all year round,” said Jody Steinhauer, founder of Project Water. “However, lack of clean drinking water among those less fortunate takes precedent in the warmer months when the risk of death by dehydration increases significantly due to excessive heat and humidity.” It takes a village to save a life. “We are grateful to our community partners such as Society Socks in leading the charge in this ongoing endeavor to help save the lives of those living on our streets and in shelters and encourage all in the GTA community to rally for those whose life expectancy is at risk over something we all take for granted – shelter and clean drinking water.”

      Project Water is an Engage and Change program committed to helping those less fortunate endure the hardships of summer by providing such necessities for the needy as: bottled water, a re-usable water bottle, socks, sunscreen, hat, toiletry and first aid items, etc. Since its inception in 2000, Project Water has placed in excess of 2 million bottles of water into the hands of Toronto and surrounding area homeless. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.engageandchange.org.

 

Media Contact Francis Gambino
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Doing good everyday is as easy as an email. Good Street is helping hundreds of people create a habit of doing good with individual contributions of as little as 25¢/day.

Every morning, subscribers to this charity platform receive short blurbs about two featured organizations aimed at tackling the same cause in unique ways, and members choose which one of those charities they want their donation to support- all from within the email. 

Volunteering our time or donating money to worthy causes is a good thing, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Good Street makes it easily actionable to make an impact. The service embraces an eager audience and fosters a community of people that make giving to charity a daily habit. 

Turn small change into a big one

Good Street’s causes change daily and they range from issues big to small, local to global, and current to longstanding. All featured charities are areligious, apolitical, and effectively transparent. Two charities a day means Good Street is introducing members to 730 meaningful charities each year.

For example, one cause that the company tackles is breast cancer, by giving users two options for donation: a charity supporting research for a cure, or another charity providing familial support. Members click on the charity they would like their 25¢ to go to.

Should you forget to open the email or click on a charity on a given day, your donation will be split between the two charities, following the proportions of how the community gave (eg. If 60% of Good Streeters gave to Charity A, 60% of all remaining donations will be allocated to Charity A, and 40% to Charity B). The daily Good St. email is sent out at 9am and you have until 9pm to choose your charity for the day. If you don’t love a given day’s cause, members can click a “Rollover” button and the next time a charity is chosen, the entire “Rollover” pool will be given. 

Good St. also offers the opportunity for gift-givers to prepay for up to a month on behalf of the recipient. The recipient will get the daily email and decide how to spend the gift money. This way, a gift-recipient has the ability to share their own charitable ventures with their friends and families through firsthand experience.

So far Good Street has helped members give over $210,000 to thousands of impactful charities, and continues to provide hundreds of members with an easy and enjoyable way to do good! 

The power of the collective enables them to turn small incremental changes into a big one! Join them and help change the world one quarter at a time. Mention Society Socks when you join, and Good St. will donate $5 to Engage and Change - our charity of choice for donating socks to the homeless!

 

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Many men wonder how to style a blue suit with black shoes. This is a very common question. The truth is, this combination is a classic look that men have been wearing for years (actually, since the early 19th century). Don’t be afraid to wear your blue suit with a pair of black shoes.

Although this combination is generally easy to pair, we’ve provided some style tips to avoid common faux pas, and to ensure that you’re looking dapper. Read on for our 8 styling tips on how to wear a blue suit and black shoes below.

1. Black leather oxford or brogue.

The most classic dress shoe that every man must own, is the black leather oxford. This is the black shoe that is the most formal, and perfectly suits a blue suit. If you’re looking for a slightly more casual outfit, you can wear black leather brogues. These two styles of dress shoe are the classics – you’re guaranteed to never go wrong with them. Try to avoid flat-toe dress shoes, or slip-on dress shoes (these are different from loafers).

2. A non-patterned suit is the standard.

 A reliable suit that can be worn in many occasions, is a simple 1-toned blue suit. If this is your first suit (navy or otherwise), choose a plain-colored suit, due to its versatility. It will be relatively easy to match this suit to the rest of your wardrobe.

3. Choose your tie colors appropriately.

When looking at tie colors, you can think of tie selection in reference to the color wheel. Analogous colors like green, which are next to blue on the color wheel, fit naturally with a blue suit. For styling tips on wearing ties with a grey suit if you own one, check out our post here.

4. Drop the tie if you want to go more casual.

For a more casual look, you can simply drop the tie from your outfit. The black shoes will maintain a slight tone of formality in your fit, and will still appear more serious than wearing the same combination with brown shoes. To make the outfit even more relaxed, you can mix in some other types of dress shirts. Alternatively, a color directly across from your suit (like orange), will offer the most vibrance and contrast. Triad color combinations will give your outfit balance (i.e. blue suit and red tie).

5. Wear a white or blue dress shirt for a classic look.

If you’re unsure about which dress shirts match best with a blue or navy suit, opt for the classics. The most classic combination with a blue suit, is a crisp white dress shirt – you can’t go wrong! If you want a trendier look, try out a different type of collar (like a cutaway, seen below).

6. Mix and match other shirts, too. 

Depending on the situation, a strong choice may be a dress shirt that’s not plain white or blue. You should experiment with different styles (once you have the basics down, of course). For example, a white shirt with blue pinstripes may be a great option. For an even more casual look, try crazier patterned and colored dress shirts (paisley, muted colors, etc). As long as the colors don’t clash and the patterns are not too crazy (although this is subjective, so use your judgement), your outfit will look great.

7. It’s all about the fit: perfect fit always wins. 

Even if you’ve perfectly followed and executed styling guides on how to wear a blue suit and black shoes, your outfit can still look out-of-whack. An essential aspect of formalwear for men, is fit. Off-the-rack suits must be tailored (and if you have the budget for it, we advise custom-made suits). The fit of your outfit is half the battle: a ridiculously expensive suit will not compensate for poor fit (however a suit on the cheaper side, can look like a million bucks with the right fit).

 8. Don’t forget the socks!

 An often-forgotten aspect of men’s suiting is the socks. Menswear is often very subdued, and traditionally doesn’t allow of colorful self-expression (beyond a couple of small accessories). Be bold – opt for a crazy pair of socks with your blue suit and black shoe outfit! For a slightly more conservative look, choose socks that match the color of your pants. If you want to get bolder, choose some non-clashing colors (for example, red isn’t your best choice). For a cohesive outfit, try to match your socks to your tie or pocket square in either color or pattern. If you want to step your sock game up, check out our sock subscription here!

 

Recap of 8 Blue Suit and Black Shoes style tips:
  1. Stick to Black Leather Oxford or Brogue
  2. A non-patterned suit is the standard
  3. Choose your tie colors appropriately
  4. Drop the tie if you want to go more casual
  5. Wear a white or blue dress shirt for a classic look
  6. Mix and match other shirts for appropriate occasions
  7. Perfect fit always wins
  8. Socks complete your outfit!
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Even though your local department store will sell large bins full of white socks at low prices, it doesn’t mean they are right for every occasion. While to many people the type of socks you wear isn’t overly important, it can actually make or break your outfit. Therefore, we’ve outlined when you can wear white socks, and when it’s also not appropriate to. 

When you can wear white socks:

White socks are not the most attractive option, especially given that there are so many bold, bright and stylish options that suit all occasions so much better. However, every now and again, an opportunity may arise where you can pull white socks from the depths of your drawers and give them a long-awaited outing. 

Sports

If you partake in any sports, then white socks are entirely okay. They work well with most tracksuit pants or shorts and are often the right fabric to wear inside hot shoes as well. Both mid-calf and ankle white socks are fine for sports events and activities. However, given that most sports games require you to wear your team’s colors, the calling for white socks is no longer as urgent as it once was.

Argyle Clothing

If you’re looking for an exception to the “no white socks” rule, then argyle clothing is it. Argyle clothing is any attire that features diamond patterns with layers and overlapping motifs. The diamonds can be intercrossing, overlapping, on solid lines, or an individual design. Given how busy the design can be, the only relief to the eye can be stark white contrasting socks.

However, not any white socks will do. You should opt for thin, quaint just-above-the-ankle socks that are light cotton and as far from tube socks as you can get.

At Home

Every once in a while, we all like to lounge around in our homes wearing clothing that’s comfortable rather than a fashion statement. When your entire outfit is one that you wouldn’t be seen dead in public in, then it’s okay to don the white socks – or even mismatching socks – and settle in for a day of watching TV.

Most socks on the market are, of course, white, so at some stage in your life, you’re going to succumb to the pressure and buy a bulk pack of discount socks. While your wearing opportunities might be limited, wearing them around the home can be given the big green tick.

When you can’t wear white socks:

Just as you may have suspected, there are going to be just as many occasions where white socks aren’t suitable. They might be the most affordable option, but it doesn’t mean they will draw attention to your outfit in the most positive way. Here are a couple of the many occasions where white socks may be a less desirable option.

Any Formal Occasion Where You’ll Be Sitting Down

One of the most annoying things about pressed or pleated pants, or even dress pants, is how they ride up your legs when you’re sitting down. If you find yourself conducting a meeting with a client, or you’re in a situation where you need to sit down in front of someone, you may want to consider your sock choice.

You may have spent a long time thinking about what shirt, tie, and pants to wear, but spend a little longer and factor your socks into the decision as well. As soon as you sit down, you will find that those white, bobbly socks will be on show for everyone to see. Due to their stark coloring, all eyes will be drawn to them like a solar eclipse. It will become all the more glaringly obvious as well if your choice of pants is navy or black. To avoid this, why not look into buying yourself some patterned socks?

With Casual Shorts

On a beautiful sunny day, it always feels like a good idea to put shorts on and head for a meander around town. However, given that sandals are often not the comfiest of footwear, many people instead opt for sneakers or something similar. If you then match those sneakers with white socks, you are committing a mortal sin. Wearing bright white socks along with shorts is a big fashion no-no, and all eyes will be on your ensemble.

What Can You Wear Instead?

To solve the white sock debacle, have a look at all your different pant options in your wardrobe or drawers. If you’re in business, you’ll probably find that the majority of your clothing consists of blue, gray, black, and more natural hues such as khaki. Take note of this as you head out shopping or as you shop online!

There is a time and a place to wear white socks, and it’s typically not very often. If you’re not taking part in sports, you’re not at home, and you’re not wearing Argyle, then consider replenishing your sock drawer with socks that naturally blend in with your pants, opposed to contrasting against them.

 

Cheat Sheet: When to Wear White Socks

Do wear them when

  • Playing sports
  • Wearing argyle 
  • Staying at home

Do not wear them when

  • Wearing formal attire (especially if you'll be sitting down)
  • Wearing Casual shorts

 

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Sitti (pronounced Si-Tee), the Arabic word for Grandma, is a social enterprise that launched with one simple goal: aid refugee women through the production of olive oil soap. Since their inception, the company continues to make soap, as well as a few other products, including soap dishes, totes, travel pouches and more.

The founders, Noora Sharrab and Jacqueline Sofia, were inspired by their grandmothers craftsmanship when it came to making soap: “nothing but premium, local olive oil, and lots and lots of love.” Another motivating factor, which led to the conception of Sitti in 2014, was the duo’s desire to empower and uplift the women of the Jerash “Gaza” refugee camp in Jordan – home to marginalized Palestinian refugees. Consequently, those employed by Sitti, through fair-wage, are some of the powerful, inspiring and wise women who have persevered in the face of hardship at the Jerash refugee camp. It is the co-founders’ goal to provide them with the foundation for a self-sustaining venture.   

 The refugee camp

The soap, handmade with patience and care using the traditional hand-pressed “Nabulsi” method, takes a minimum of thirty days to dry before it can be distributed. Sitti's website explains that this slow, yet rewarding process, is a testament to the commitment of these women: to their family, their community, and their culture.

Outside of the workshop, Sitti is committed to supporting women and girls through education and empowerment. As their profits rise, so do their efforts to implement educational and skill-development programs, such as computer classes, English classes and scholarship programs. Their goal, here, is to facilitate the independence and freedom of Palestinian refugee women, which in turn supports their communities. The purchase of any Sitti product enables customers to both support this mission as well as empower these women by allowing them to further contribute to their family’s and community’s needs.

To learn more about the women making the soap, as well as their accomplishments and hardships, check this out.

For updates and crowdfunding campaigns, follow Sitti on Instagram, here.

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Colorful socks have become a very trendy fashion accessory for men in the past few years. In fact, they’ve become so stylish, that men are opting to sign up for monthly subscriptions (like the one from Society Socks ;) ). The days of white socks as a fashion piece are over.

With the rise in popularity of crazy socks, a question that is frequently brought up is how to wear colorful socks. Below are a few styling tips when it comes to choosing the appropriate colorful socks for any outfit.

1. When Dressing Casual, Rock the Colorful Socks!

If you’re dressing up for a casual event (going out, casual Friday at work, etc), let your imagination run wild with which pair of socks to wear. There really aren’t any ‘rules’ when it comes to how to wear colorful socks. If the majority of your outfit is subdued and doesn’t have any loud pieces, throw on a funkier pair of socks with a crazy pattern. If you’re ever unsure, as yourself how you’d react if your friend or colleague wore the same pair of socks.

2. Match the Socks to Your Outfit

Depending on if you’re dressing for a casual, semi-formal, or formal event, your socks should reflect the rest of your outfit. Casual events are perfect for crazier colorful socks. Semi-formal (or business casual) settings may still allow for slightly crazier (although partially subdued) socks. In more formal settings (full suit and tie), it’s best to keep the color of your socks similar to that of your suit or tie. We've written up a more detailed guide on how to match your socks to your outfit here

3. Matching Colorful Socks to Your Pants

For a more cohesive outfit, try to match your socks to your pants. You can find a pair of socks that has the same base color as your pants, or stray a couple of tones away from your pants. For example, blue socks work well with blue jeans, and grey socks work well with beige chinos. However, louder and more colorful socks are more fun to wear – don’t be afraid to experiment with crazier patterns and colors! For tips on which socks to wear with jeans, read our guide here.

4. Don’t Show Too Much Sock

Another recent trend in men’s fashion is the continuously decreasing length of men’s pants. Men are hemming their pants higher and higher, which is showing more and more of your socks. However, something to watch out for, is making it look like your pants just aren’t a good fit (and showing too much sock in the process). Make sure that your pants are hemmed to an appropriate length, and they’ll complement your colorful socks that much more!

5. Be Aware of Clashing Colors

While very bright and colorful socks are now the norm, be aware of wearing socks that horrendously clash with your outfit. For example, if you’re wearing olive green chinos, stay away from the bright red pair of socks (unless it’s the holiday season!). If your socks clash too much with the rest of your outfit, the entire ensemble may just look silly.

6. Choose Your Patterns Wisely

If you have other elements in your outfit that are very loud and patterned, it may be wise to avoid patterns on your socks. Additionally, the pattern of your pants may clash with your socks. Don’t forget to look at your outfit holistically, and see any opportunities for elements to clash!

Another watch-out when choosing an appropriate pattern is the setting. Much like more colorful socks, it may not be appropriate to wear patterned hamburger socks to a very formal suit-and-tie meeting.

7. Only Time to Avoid Colorful Socks

If you’re dressing for a more formal occasion (wearing a tuxedo, or dressing up for a funeral), avoid the colorful socks. In the former instance, the socks may make the outfit appear tacky. In the latter, lackadaisical socks may appear immature and out of place. Know the occasion (the majority of scenarios allow for colorful socks to be worn).

8. Let Your Socks Shine!

Ultimately, wearing colorful socks is about showing some personality and adding some spice to your outfit. Don’t be afraid to try new things – what’s the worst that can happen? With a few exceptions, most socks that you’ll find can be matched to almost any outfit. Embrace a unique pair of socks. After all, “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different."

Are you interested in learning more about the different types of socks that you can buy? Check out our guide here, where we explain the benefits and drawbacks of cotton and polyester. Also, give this sock subscription a chance to add some colorful socks to your wardrobe - the socks are 80% combed cotton, meaning they're comfortable and breathable!

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Maintaining a long-distance relationship with your boyfriend can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. With enough love, communication and plenty of holidays, it can not only work but flourish.

However, when you’re looking for a birthday gift, knowing what to get them can be tough. As you don’t see them on a daily basis, or always know exactly what they need or want, you run the risk of getting something they won’t use or need.

We’ve listed ten birthday gifts for long-distance boyfriends that may tick all the boxes for his needs.

1. “Hug This Pillow Until You Can Hug Me” Pillowcase

Being in a long-distance relationship can be tough but having pillows that remind you of your significant other can send a warm feeling through your body. Even if you’re sleeping alone, with one side of the bed cold, a pillow that reads “hug this pillow until you can hug me” is a beautiful sentiment. What’s more, this one, in particular, is made of high-quality cotton and comes in a range of styles and sizes to suit.

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2. “Love Has No Distance” Coffee Mugs

If your boyfriend works in an office, then these “Love has no distance” coffee mugs could tick all the boxes. Coffee mugs are a fun way to make the work day less boring, and this one will remind him that when he’s using it, you are using it as well.

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3. Stylish Socks

Often, the girlfriend’s role in any long-term relationship is to ensure your boyfriend or partner has enough socks, undies, and general undergarments. Typically, it’s the last thing a man wants to buy for himself while away from home. Therefore, why stop doing what you do best just because thousands of kilometers separate you? Give him some awesome socks that he is sure to love wearing! In addition, these socks come with a social cause, where with every pair purchased another pair is donated to charity.

Learn More Here

4. Long Distance Key Chains

No matter where you are in the world, you’ll feel closer than ever to each other with these keychains. The attached product is available as any state in the US, and allows you to choose two matching keyrings that represent the distance but not the connection. (You can find others outside of the US).

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5. Custom Engraved Coordinates Rings

If you have decided that jewelry is the best birthday gift for your long-distance boyfriend, the next step is choosing the best piece. While you are sure to know a lot about your boyfriend, you may not know the exact style of rings he’s into. If this is the case, a safer option is to select a plain band that’s custom-engraved. These coordinates rings are engraved with the coordinates of your choice. Add yours and his coordinates and feel the unique connection of knowing you’re both wearing the same ring at the same time.

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6. Couples Necklaces

When you’re searching for a birthday gift for a long-distance boyfriend who’s in military service, it can be tricky to know what to get him. While, of course, the comforts of home can be enough to bring warmth to his heart, so too can couples necklaces. His can say I’ll be back, while yours can say I’ll be waiting. This not only reiterates the knowledge that you’ll both be faithful but gives him something to look at and love while he’s away from you. 

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7. Love Artwork

Whatever the reason you and your boyfriend can’t be together, it doesn’t mean you can’t treat each other to gifts every now and again. The postal service is typically quite reliable, so finding a beautiful piece of love art as a birthday gift for your long-distance boyfriend is not out of the question.

You can either opt for something premade such as this one with two hands creating a heart, or you can make your own. Artwork symbolizes love in the best way possible and can shorten the often-vast distance between you. Even better, he can add it to his wall and think of you every time he looks at it.

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8. Body Pillow

If both you and your partner have a similar sense of humor, he is probably going to enjoy this body pillow. As a birthday gift for a long-distance boyfriend, it ticks all the boxes. It’s fun, humorous and is even functional at the same time. He can either use it as it was intended – like he’s sleeping in the bed next to you – or he can display it in his home where every time he looks at it, he thinks of you and your beautiful personality.

 Humorous gifts often make the best presents, so don’t be afraid to buck the trend and opt for something a little out of the ordinary.

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9. Couples Bracelets

If you’re looking for a birthday gift for a long-distance boyfriend that shows him you’re his and he’s yours, couples bracelets are the answer. While he’s wearing his bracelet, he will know you’re wearing yours, and you can feel that your connection is stronger than ever.

What’s more, jewelry is one of the most popular gift options for those in a relationship, so you’re hitting two birds with one stone by choosing one that represents a long-distance relationship. These couples bracelets are also something unique in the respect they are different from each other. Yours is white with a queen’s crown, while his is black with a king’s.

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10. King & Queen Glassware

If you and your partner often bond over a quality bottle of wine, but distance currently separates you, then this King & Queen glassware set might tick all the boxes. With one glass labeled king and one queen, you can both enjoy a glass of wine and think of each other

Even if you’re not in the same location, a birthday gift for a long-distance boyfriend can be both thoughtful and functional. We hope you can find the perfect gift you are looking for! Have ideas for gifts we should add to the list? Comment below!

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A job interview can be stressful, especially when it’s your dream role and you’re hoping you’re able to portray yourself as the perfect person to fill the vacancy. While you’re worried about saying all the right things, holding your body in the right way and perfecting that killer smile, you can often forget how you’re supposed to dress.

 Is there a right way? Is there a wrong way? What color tie should I wear to an interview? What about a suit? A shirt? Within this guide, we cover what color tie to wear to an interview, as well as how to ensure you’re dressed for success. These tips just might spell the beginning of your journey with a brand new employer.

Why Should I Wear a Tie to an Interview?

Plain and simple, wearing a tie is all about respect, and presenting yourself as a professional. If you walked into an interview wearing a casual jacket, or even just a plain shirt, it could give off the impression that you just don’t care about the job.

If you’re dressed for success, and you’re interested in the finer details such as “what color tie should I wear to an interview?” then your interviewer may perceive you as someone who has an eye for detail, and an aura of professionalism both staff and clients will love.

Should I Wear a Skinny or Standard Tie?

Did you know there is more than one type of tie? Aside from the color choice, the size is also important. Skinny ties are taking the fashion scene by storm, but they are less prevalent in corporate professions. If you’re going for a job interview in hospitality or retail, you can most definitely pull off a skinny tie. However, for any other industry, you are best to stick to standard ties you can buy from most stores selling suits and menswear.

What Color Tie Should I Wear to an Interview?

If you’re wondering if the color of your tie matters, it does. Believe it or not, the color of your tie can often reflect your perceived personality, and this might be positive or negative for your employer. Therefore, if you’re going to the effort of picking out a nice outfit for your job interview, pay particular attention to your tie color.

Conservative colors are definitely the more preferred option, and that is why they are the more common option found in menswear department stores. What’s more, a solid color, or only a subtle pattern, is also preferred.

Blue

Blue is a favorite color option because it represents persistence and peace. If you wear a blue tie, your potential new employer may see you as a hardworking individual who doesn’t take no for an answer. This is a particularly popular color option for if your new role could be in sales or management.

Red

Another favorite color to wear to interviews is Red, though we don't necessarily recommend it. Red ties can often make you appear to be looking for power and control. Unless you are going into an interview for a job that commands these traits such as jobs in Sales or Finance, we recommend looking into friendlier colors. 

Black

While black clothing is a very standard option in most people’s wardrobes, it’s best to avoid this as a tie color. Black ties are more suited to weddings, funerals, other formal events, or special occasions.

Patterned

If you believe choosing a patterned tie is the best option for you, make sure it’s not detracting from what you’re saying, or how you portray yourself.

For example, if you head to your interview wearing a bright, bold, polka dot tie, your interviewer will be too busy focusing on that to take in what it is you’re saying. Therefore, it’s in your best interests to opt for those subtle lines, dots, and geometric patterns that are very faint, yet add texture to your outfit.

Earthy

Earthy tones are also a popular option when you’re wondering what color tie to wear to an interview. Sandy, earthy and pure colors help your outfit to stand out, while not distracting your interviewer.

What About My Shirt?

Now that you’ve decided on a tie, the next step is to choose a shirt. Selecting a shirt is equally as crucial as a tie because what you choose to wear can make or break your interview success. The most important thing to note when you’re purchasing a new shirt for your interview is that patterns are not a good idea. Avoid patterns at all costs and, instead, opt for solid colors such as white, or light blue. Patterns can be distracting, and can even portray you as someone flashy who likes to stand out from the crowd. In a corporate situation, this is less than desirable.

 You also want to choose a button shirt with a straight collar opposed to a button-down collar, as these are more formal. Avoid short-sleeved shirts that make you appear too casual, and stick to long-sleeve shirts – even in the heart of summer.

The size is also essential. A shirt that is too big can make you look untidy, while a shirt that is too small can make you look as uncomfortable as you feel.

The ideal shirt: a long-sleeved, white, straight collar shirt that’s measured and tailored to suit your exact body shape and size.

The Final Touch: Your Suit

Many people find it difficult to decide whether they should wear a suit or not. Knowing what color tie to wear to an interview is a challenge on its own, but knowing if a suit is acceptable or not is entirely a different story. An easy way of deciding is knowing whether you would wear a suit to work every day if you were given that job. If it’s a large corporation or a managerial position, a suit is a must. 

Black, dark gray, and dark blue are all valid color choices for your suit. You must also make sure the suit is tailored to your body, isn’t too big or too small, and is free of creases, marks, imperfections, or stains. You want your interviewer to know you’re refined, classy, and practical, and the best way to show this is through wearing a tidy suit.

Choosing the best outfit to wear for your job interview can all start with the color of your tie, but your shirt and suit also have to match. Look professional by opting for conservative colors, and get the edge over your interviewing competition. 

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In today’s political climate we would be lost without comedy. When the White House gives you Tweets, you make memes… right?

This isn’t to say, though, that all we can or should do in the face of tragedy is laugh. Instead, it is intended to suggest that subversive comedy is alive, well and, most importantly, thriving. Sometimes, the best way to disrupt established systems and norms is to poke fun at them and call attention to their absurdity through the medium of laughter. Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, co-creators and stars of the television show Broad City, know all about this.

For those who don’t know, the show chronicles the daily lives of two best friends – Abbi and Ilana. What once began as an independently produced webseries, composed of a collection of short episodes, has grown into a critically acclaimed production broadcast on Comedy Central.

You may be wondering what this has to do with politics and social systems. What makes the show so special is the feminist duo’s use of subversive comedy, which is aimed at undermining and dismantling certain power structures and traditional understandings of people’s roles in society. Throughout the course of its 4 seasons, for example, the show has humorously, yet critically, tackled issues relating to race and racism, sexuality and fluidity, mental health, feminism, and more. The women of Broad City address these issues in a light, yet unbelievably thought-provoking manner, all while providing individuals with diverse identities and worldviews a platform to be seen and heard on.

In this way, Abbi and Ilana are social activists. They plant seeds and encourage the forward thinkers in society who, to give a few examples, believe that there is no one way to perform your gender, and that there definitely isn’t a standard that you must abide by when expressing your sexuality. These are two women who aren’t afraid to tackle some of the most delicate issues that we are dealing with in the 21st Century, like gender roles or race dynamics, and they do so sensibly - in a way that can be understood and appreciated by anyone who is willing to listen. 

The best part? Broad City’s activism isn’t restricted to the confinements of its half-hour block on Comedy Central. Ilana and Abbi take every chance they get to voice their opinions and beliefs, on screen and off. All it takes is a few scrolls down Ilana’s Instagram page to know what I’m talking about. Not only will she post in solidarity with movements, including the women’s march and gun reform, but she actively participates in fighting for change and informing her followers on what they can do to take action that surpasses mere slacktivism.

Not only do Abbi and Ilana use their voice and their platform to address critical issues plaguing society, but they also use their status to support those who are underrepresented in society. On February 15th, the duo announced a contest in which 2 lucky winners will be flown out to meet Abbi and Ilana in NYC. The catch? You must donate 200 nickels (10 bucks) to Girls Write Now, an organization that is dedicated to supporting and mentoring underserved female writers, in order to be entered in the draw.

As per Abbi and Ilana:

“…when women have the agency to write stories, they take back the power of creating narrative – no matter what gender those narratives represent. Girls Write Now is helping foster that power in the next generation of women writers. Facts on facts on facts.”

Considering the two’s tenacious fight for gender equality, this initiative does not come as a surprise – but that doesn’t make it any less inspiring. While a donation of $10 gets you 100 entries, the more you donate the more chances you have of winning. Regardless of the outcome of the draw, though, there are no losers here. Even if you don’t win, participants can feel secure in knowing that they’ve supported high school girls across New York, who face income and race-related obstacles, in achieving their dreams. These donations are supporting and encouraging women, who likely wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity, to contribute to the visibility of diverse narratives that deserve to be heard.  

The future is changing, and the women at Broad City are doing their part, while also empowering their fans to do the same.

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If you’re looking for self-improvement books for men – either for the man in your life or yourself, there are an abundance of options from which to choose. At some point in your life, you may discover there are certain things about yourself that you would like to change. Whether that be your career prospects or traits of your personality you’re not happy with. When the time comes to alter yourself in some way, consider some of these ten self help books for men below.

1. The Man in the Mirror: Solving the 24 Problems Men Face

https://www.amazon.com/Man-Mirror-Solving-Problems-Face/dp/0310331757/

Not every man is happy with the man staring back at them, so if you are of this train of thought, this paperback ‘The Man in the Mirror’ could be just what you’re looking for. Winner of the Gold Medallion Award and listed 18 times on the ‘best seller’ list, it’s clear to see there’s potential for any man to change his life by reading this book.

It focuses on your identity, your relationships with others, your financial situation, and even your temperament. It aims to help you transform your life one step at a time, by focusing on the many problems men face on a daily basis.

2. Backbone: The Modern Man's Ultimate Guide to Purpose, Passion, and Power

https://www.amazon.com/Backbone-Modern-Ultimate-Purpose-Passion/dp/1780289332/

You can often be hard-pressed to find decent self-improvement books for men. Often, they are more targeted towards females. However, this book called Backbone bucks the trend and is dedicated to helping men find their purpose, passion, and power.

The book is less about making you read, and more about making you interact and join in with what is being described. You learn about relationships, being a father, your sexuality, your limitations, and even life’s purpose itself. Written from the author’s perspective, it includes his observations, his life experiences, and things he has found out along the way. Out of all self-improvement books for men, this is one that is well worth your consideration.

3. Man UP: Release the Champion in You!

https://www.amazon.com/Man-UP-Release-Champion-You/dp/1581693133/%20

Man UP, by Dr. Cliff Self, focuses on every man being a better version of himself. Using concise teaching methods and masculine language, he evokes male readers to take action and improve themselves. Man UP is designed to help men stay true, be honest leaders, be empowered, be faithful, and bring back manhood. Whether you’re an avid reader or not, you’re sure to find this book to be captivating and truly inspiring. 

4. Achieve Anything in Just One Year: Be Inspired Daily to Live Your Dreams and Accomplish Your Goals

https://www.amazon.com/Achieve-Anything-Just-One-Year/dp/0981363903/ 

If you’re looking for the perfect book that will see you achieve incredible things, consider purchasing ‘Achieve Anything in Just One Year’ by Jason Harvey. When you’re doing the same things day in, day out, it can be easy to get complacent. You miss opportunities, lose motivation, and lose faith in your abilities. This book aims to help you get that back. It will help you to reinvent yourself, find that lost motivation, be happy, and take action. It even features one year’s worth of actions to take to help you achieve anything you want to in just 12 months.

5. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World

https://www.amazon.com/Make-Your-Bed-Little-Things/dp/1455570249/
Even in the darkest moments of your life, self help books can bring you out of your thoughts and encourage you to do great things. Make Your Bed is one such book. Written by Navy Seal Admiral William H. McRaven, it recounts stories from his life, people he met, hardship he faced, and choices he had to make. It’s told with dignity, all the while offering advice, wisdom and encouragement to show you that you can achieve more – even if it’s just by starting your day by making your bed. This is one of the best self-improvement books for men you may ever read.

6. Anger Management Workbook for Men: Take Control of Your Anger and Master Your Emotions

https://www.amazon.com/Anger-Management-Workbook-Men-Emotions/dp/1623157307/
Written by a psychologist, this Anger Management Workbook for Men offers a no-nonsense approach to getting your anger under control. While many self-improvement books are designed to encourage and motivate, this workbook is designed to make you work. It teaches you skills to manage your anger, builds your confidence, offers advice on how to gain self-control, and most importantly, helps you to respect yourself.

It also offers practical advice and clinical examples of proven-to-work anger management methods. You will find that it’s one of the most helpful books for men on store bookshelves today.

7. The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire

https://www.amazon.com/Way-Superior-Man-Challenges-Anniversary/dp/1622038320/
Every man wants to master the challenges of women, work, and sexual desire, and ‘The Way of the Superior Man’ can help you achieve just that. This 20th-anniversary edition, which differs from the original with more contemporary thoughts and practices caters to men who want a more practical approach to self-improvement.

Out of all our recommendations, this one, by David Deida, is the most straight-forward. It offers helpful advice on your career, women, family, intimacy, love, and even spirituality.

If you need a practical book that will help you to live a free life of integrity while mastering some of life’s most significant challenges, this is the book for you.

8. The Manual to Manhood: How to Cook the Perfect Steak, Change a Tire, Impress a Girl & 97 Other Skills You Need to Survive

https://www.amazon.com/Manual-Manhood-Perfect-Impress-Survive/dp/0800722299/
Sometimes, the most critical tasks for a man to carry out and not by his woman, are not achievable by all men. Whether they haven’t learned it, or they’re just not good at it, it can be a cause of shame for some. However, this practical guidebook called ‘Manual to Manhood’ covers all those aspects of “being a man” you may wish to master.

From changing a tire and cooking a steak, through to tying a tie, planning a date or managing money, there is a little bit of everything to help you on your way. It even offers the opportunity for you to roll your sleeves up and learn how to clear plumbing blockages and find wall studs. Every man, young and old, will find this book useful, so if you’re looking for self-improvement, this is most certainly a good option.

9. What Women Want When They Test Men: How to Decode Female Behavior, Pass a Woman’s Tests, and Attract Women Through Authenticity 

https://www.amazon.com/What-Women-Want-When-They-ebook/dp/B00JV8UYO4/
If you asked any man, they would tell you that they have a hard time knowing what women want. That’s why they look for self-improvement: so they can understand themselves, and understand women. This book ‘What Women Want When They Test Men’ is designed to help you be honest, more attractive, more seductive, stay intimate, stop living in fear, be firm, and be confident. It will help you to get into the mind of your woman and understand what she wants and when she wants it.

If you’re tired of playing the mind reader, it’s time to find out for sure.

10. Becoming a Significant Man: Unleash Your Masculine Self to Become the Better Husband Your Wife Desires, Better Father Your Children Deserve, and Better Leader the World Needs

https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Significant-Man-Masculine-Children/dp/1683501233/
If you don’t feel you’re quite enough for yourself, your family, and your children, it’s time to make a stand. While looking for self-improvement books for men, you may have come across ‘Becoming a Significant Man’ by Warren Peterson. This book helps you to understand and value the man you want to become. It will also show you how to get there. If you’re tired of struggling, pretending, lying to yourself or feeling lost, the book you should be picking up is this one. Be a significant person, and be a significant man.

You can find books designed to help revolutionize who you are anywhere, but how many self help books for men are there? Believe it or not, there are hundreds, if not thousands. Consider one of these ten books and change who you are for the better.

Here's a quick recap of the ten self help books for men:
  1. The Man in the Mirror: Solving the 24 Problems Men Face

  2. Backbone: The Modern Man's Ultimate Guide to Purpose, Passion, and Power

  3. Man UP: Release the Champion in You!

  4. Achieve Anything in Just One Year: Be Inspired Daily to Live Your Dreams and Accomplish Your Goals

  5. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World

  6. Anger Management Workbook for Men: Take Control of Your Anger and Master Your Emotions

  7. The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire

  8. The Manual to Manhood: How to Cook the Perfect Steak, Change a Tire, Impress a Girl & 97 Other Skills You Need to Survive

  9. What Women Want When They Test Men: How to Decode Female Behavior, Pass a Woman’s Tests, and Attract Women Through Authenticity 

  10. Becoming a Significant Man: Unleash Your Masculine Self to Become the Better Husband Your Wife Desires, Better Father Your Children Deserve, and Better Leader the World Needs

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