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Concept of Beauty is Universal

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Beauty is a property associated with human beings. This could be considered even as a characteristic. Beauty is not only related to human beings. Beauty can be associated with locations, certain concepts, certain things etc as well. This property or characteristic named beauty makes other people happy about it. Any thing beautiful is a joy for others to watch.

The word beauty was originally taken from Greek language. According to the Greek interpretation, the word’s meaning was – according to one’s hour. This has philosophical implications as it implies that every thing beautiful has to belong to its time. So any one who is trying to look too younger or older for their actual age cannot be considered beautiful!!

Now the concept of beauty is universal. But the way people from one geographical location analyze beauty can be different from the perception of beauty as looked at from some one from a different geographical location. These are the cultural differences of beauty. A beautiful person in American culture may not be the same as that in African culture. A simple example is the weight of the person. In the western culture beauty is synonymous with skinny. But in many parts of Africa and Asia, being fat is considered beautiful. This could be understood in the case of Stone Age man, as a fat person would have a much better chance of surviving a famine. When hunting was the major source of one’s income, having a really fat wife would have been the equivalent of riding a Lamborghini in today’s world!!

Even today in Mauritania, a country in Africa, girls are fattened to such a degree that they are at risk of getting sick at a very young age. As very fat girls are the only ones who get married easily there, it is a common practice there to force feed the girls to extreme levels.

Most societies considered being fat as beautiful until a century ago. The concept of thin beauty is a very recent phenomenon.

The common saying is that, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This phrase defines the subjective nature of beauty to the full extent. As is the case of body weight explained above, people from different cultures tend to look at beauty from different viewpoints.

When it comes to religion, they give more weight to the inner beauty of the person. This usually refers to the character of the person more than his or her looks.

Beauty has mathematical properties too. Beautiful things are usually symmetric and proportional. The Greeks believed that the proportion of the features of any beautiful person must be as per golden ratio. Modern studies have proven that the Greeks ideas on beauty were correct.

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Clothing and Fashion for Men

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One of the most popular item purchased by people shopping for men’s clothing are t-shirts. T-shirts are a great option for building a man’s wardrobe. This is because t-shirts come in a variety of great colors, they offer a great selection of designs, and they come in either long sleeved or short sleeved options. Also if the man that you are shopping for is into vintage designs then you can also purchase vintage tees.

Sweatshirts are another popular men’s clothing option. In the past sweatshirt designs have been limited to grey gym wear, however, now a days you have a lot of great sweatshirt fashion choices to select from. Some of the most popular sweatshirt styles on the market today include hoodies and athletic sweatshirts.

A great men’s shirt option for the work environment is the sweater. Sweaters come in a variety of styles and they can easily be worn as professional wear or for special occasions. Most merchants that sell men’s clothing will sell a selection of men’s sweaters.

To find the best t-shirt, sweatshirt, or sweater for yourself or for a man that you are shopping for, you will want to take into consideration several measurements. These measurements include the size of the man’s neck, the width of his shoulders, and the size of his waist. These measurements will help you find a man’s top that has the right fit and feel. In addition to finding the right size, you will also want to look for the style that are both appropriate for the occasions that they will be used for and that offer a style that the man will like.

Source by Sarah Freeland

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About Keeping Up With Teenager Fashions

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The teenagers of today not only have to keep up with the pressures of their lifestyles, such as demands for them to be singing, dancing and academic whiz kids, but also to maintain a fashion image that meets or goes beyond that of their peers! Going online is a great way to view what is happening in the Boutique world. Browse the latest stunning clothes from classy dresses to outright fashion statements. Teenagers need a time out, to relax and be encouraged to wear what makes them feel comfortable when with their friends. Whether dressed to kill or cool casual, as a teenager, you want that feeling of growing up and the clothes to match.

Being a teenager, could in various ways be compared to living between two different worlds; grownups and kids! You have your own ways and means of communicating, your own jokes and sometimes complex behavior patterns that leave most other age groups, especially parents, bothered and bewildered. However, the main thing is that you feel good about yourself and this is always helped by your particular talent for fashion. You are going to put being different in the face of everyone else; why; because it’s what teenagers do! One way of flaunting your individuality is with your own fashion statement and looking stunning at the same time.

A Fashion Mission

It may come as a surprise to some, to learn that teens are spending most of their money on food and clothes. One of their challenges is trying to choose the fashion clothes that will put them ahead of the pack, but at the same time will not be too far out! How much parental influence is exerted varies between teens, with some wannabe young mothers even trying to compete with their trendy daughters. As if they didn’t have enough pressure from their friends, now mom is trying to get in on the fashion act.

Teenagers are maturing faster in this day and age; they have a collected, independence about them that can shock some moms and especially dads, when they come to a sudden realization that their little girl is, in fact, a young woman? Wow! How did that happen? At 14 years of age, young ladies are well aware of what and what is not acceptable to wear and generally enjoy the sensation of getting attention. A significant amount of time is spent by some teenagers in clothing shops, irritating the staff by trying on numerous outfits. Others take the easy, convenient route, by going online and browsing at their leisure, alone, with their friends or even with mom!

Fashion Experience online

In life, some things never change and one of them is how teenagers are astoundingly choosy about how they look, often regarding details that don’t seem essential to adults. This is one reason why shopping fashionable clothes online, is for this age group known as teens, an experience that will give them and their friends, great pleasure. They can browse through the various categories, making comments as they go and comparing how great they would look in various styles. Many teenagers today, however, do have an inherent class about them and a talent for detail. This can include how the hair is swept and held back in a particular style as well as anything and everything else being the perfect match. On the other side of the coin is that teens of today, don’t “dress up” as those of yester-years. In many ways, it’s difficult for “oldies”, like parents, to recognize what are their usual day clothes and those for going out in the evening! One aspect of this is that although they want to stand out in a crowd of their friends, attracting too much attention to themselves, does not seem to be part of the teenager code of conduct.

At the end of the day, fashions and styles may change, but teenagers will always be teenagers, no matter how they dress!

Source by Brett Kincaide

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Elusive Beauty

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It’s what every woman wants, at least on some level – beauty. Unfortunately beauty itself is elusive, subjective, and what’s more, sometimes unhealthy. What do I mean? Let’s start with elusive. The very definition of the word elusive is, well, elusive. Dictionary.com defines the word elusive as the following:

e·lu·sive /ɪˈlu sɪv/ Pronunciation Key adjective 1. eluding clear perception or complete mental grasp; hard to express or define: an elusive concept. 2. cleverly or skillfully evasive: a fish too elusive to catch.

I particularly like the second part of the definition which uses the example: a fish too elusive to catch. That, after all, is very much the same as beauty. Just when one thinks that they are one step away from being beautiful, they find another area of themselves in need of “beautification.” The classic example, of course, is the woman who becomes addicted to plastic surgery- first it’s the eye’s that need lifting, but once this is done she finds another part of her that needs “fixing.” Perhaps the lips now seem too thin, the chin is sagging, or there are those breasts that are doing the same.

While I have no problem with cosmetic surgery in and of itself, I do believe that one must go through a mental evaluation of self in order to determine whether or not this particular procedure is going to have the desired affect, both mentally and physically. The bottom line is that some woman do indeed feel better about themselves after a cosmetic procedure is done, while some are part of the “never satisfied” group, a group that certainly has issues above and beyond those cosmetic.

Now, on to “subjective.” What’s the old adage? One man’s trash is another man’s treasure- or in our case “woman’s.” In other words, each woman’s idea of what is beautiful, or how she may look more so, is an extremely subjective and personal thing. After all, we’ve all seen a person who completely defies our definition of beautiful and, well, tastefulness, right? I mean, TLC’s show “What Not to Wear” is a perfect example. Each woman who goes on the show has been voted on by “friends” who simply believe she does not conform to the societal standards of what’s okay and what’s not. And I do have to say, there are some women who appear on the show who I, for all my own subjectivities, cannot believe would fit ANY persons idea of taste. However, reminding myself of another adage “beauty is in the eye…” I am humbled by the awareness of my very own highly subjective perspectives on beauty.

So, what’s left? Oh, that’s right – “unhealthy.” Again, I’ll quote a definition to help clarify from Dictionary.com, since the Oxford English Dictionary is not available online:

un·health·y [uhn-hel-thee] adjective

1. not in a state of good or normal health; in an unsound, weak, or morbid condition. 2. not conducive to good health; unhealthful: Night air was formerly considered unhealthy. 3. dangerous; risky.

Many aspects of the concept of beauty are, in agreement with the aforementioned definitions, unhealthy. Few would argue that cosmetic surgeries can be risky, that scores of cosmetics on the market are “not conducive to good health” and that many of the worst offenders, weight-loss products, are “dangerous.” Additionally, America’s fascination with being thin, and sometimes critically so, often leads to anorexia and bulimia which is certainly not a condition that many would consider a “state of good or normal health.”

In conclusion while beauty is, as I believe I’ve outlined above elusive, subjective, and sometimes unhealthy, people worldwide are taking steps to make positive changes to affect the world’s conceptions of, healthfulness of, and preoccupation with, beauty. Some examples include Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty, companies manufacturing dolls with normal characteristics (and measurements) and those who offer more natural and healthy ways to enhance one’s own idea of beauty. Natural beauty choices have, in fact, gained an extreme amount of popularity in recent years. For example Burt’s Bees has, for some time now, been offering all-natural cosmetic and personal care options, organic clothing is now even being sold at retailers galore, and cosmetic companies like Erth Minerals have begun manufacturing mineral makeup that is made from just crushed minerals and therefore without unhealthy chemicals and preservatives. In short, the future of more healthful beauty and for increased options for satisfying our eternal, elusive, and subjective quest for beauty will continue to grow in the years to come.

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