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Clothes That Encourage Better Desk Posture

Fit Tip: Fix Your Desk Posture With What You Wear

It's easy when you're sitting at a desk all day to forget about keeping your posture in line. You're focused on office duties and the day's stresses, and before you know it you're slouching again.

Here's a tip for remembering your posture: wear a tight shirt! It's much more comfortable to sit up straight if you're wearing a tighter shirt; slouch, and your tummy pushes out against the fabric. If you're focused on keeping your stomach looking flat, you'll also remember to whip your posture into shape. A loose top, however, hides your stomach and gives you an excuse to stay hunched over. (And check out how this Fit reader improved her posture!)

Do you have any other tips for better posture at work?

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DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 5 years
Wearing a wide belt across your midsection helps, too. I tend to wear flowy-ish tops at work, and then belt them to nip in at my waist -- having that across the top of my stomach makes me so much more aware of my posture, how my belly looks in tops, and even helps me register that I'm full more quickly!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
LOL this is so true! Same goes for low cut shirts. I always sit or stand like a ballet dancer when I have them on. (Not at work, of course)
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 5 years
Psst! Also! Before anyone gets on me for saying it's bad to keep a straight back, that's not what I'm saying! I'm referring only to sitting upright versus sitting slightly reclined - either way, your posture should still be straight. The concern I'm expressing is only about putting all that weight on your hips and tailbone when you're sitting completely upright all day.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 5 years
I actually read that sitting up straight isn't good for your back: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6187080.stm Granted, neither is slouching, but most of the time when you read about posture you're told to sit up straight. There has even been an insurgence of people bringing yoga balls to work to sit on them to "work the muscles around the back" by not having a back support, when really you're not any less likely to slouch. After reading the article, I switch back to my chair from my yoga ball and moved it to a slightly reclined position. Not only does it make it easier for me to keep my spine straight, but I could immediately feel the pressure taken off of my lower spine. I still switch to my yoga ball periodically to bounce, roll or hold positions that work my core muscles while I'm working, but not for extended periods of time.
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