Best Fashion Instagram Accounts to Follow 2016 

Call us social media obsessed, but the moment we realize we’re gaining followers on Instagram, we get a bit giddy. We feel stylish, witty, and, most simply put, cool — until, of course, we head over to Gigi Hadid’s page. Just this year alone, the model gained a whopping 16 million followers, leading the pack in terms of popular fashion-related accounts. What other industry favorites had people eager to get a glimpse into their lives? Read on to find out whose numbers soared in 2016.









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Style Terms to Know 

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Being a fashion girl is hard work. We keep up with all the latest trends, decide whether or not they’re for us — or perhaps if we wish to work them in our own unique way — and keep a record of inspirational looks from celebs and bloggers alike. The struggle.

Just kidding. Actually, learning about interesting new styling ideas and designers is what keeps the fashion wheel spinning, making for fresh outfits on our Instagram feeds that we end up re-creating ourselves. In 2016 alone, we were introduced to a whole glossary of unforgettable fads that we tried on for size.

Some of the 12 terms ahead offer descriptions of fresh silhouettes that have invited head turns. Some of them establish a different way of wearing an old piece of clothing. And plenty of them are words or phrases your favorite It models have gotten behind, giving rise to new trends. Read on to brush up on your lingo.





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Fashion Industry Diversity in 2016 

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Little by little, the fashion industry has made progressive strides in featuring various body types, shapes, and models of different ethnicities on the runway and in ad campaigns. In 2016, Christian Siriano was dubbed the most inclusive of all fashion designers at Fashion Week, and models such as Charli Howard and Celementine Desseaux spearheaded a body-positive campaign called the All Woman Project. Other industry celebs who contributed to the diversity conversation include Zac Posen, Iskra Lawrence, Kanye West, and brands such as Aerie and Victoria’s Secret.

According to The Fashion Spot’s diversity report, the Fall ’16 and Spring ’17 runways were even more diverse than previous seasons. Of the 120 Fall ’16 shows at NYFW, 68.1 percent of the models cast were white and 31.9 percent were nonwhite. These numbers were better than Spring 2016, where models of color only accounted for 28.4 of castings.

Despite these strides, however, no plus-size models walked the Spring ’17 runways outside of NYFW, and of the top 13 most-booked models for Fall ’16 campaigns, 11 were white. No one ever said change was fast (or easy). Last year we wrote about why the fashion industry needed to be more accepting in 2016, so now we ask ourselves, “Was 2016 actually diverse?” Our answer? A solid “Yes. It was.” Read on to see some fashion moments that gave us a glimpse at a more inclusive industry. We can only hope 2017 will be even more diverse and positive.



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A Man’s Sleep Habits Actually Affect His Partner’s Ability To Get Pregnant 

A new study found that men who get either too little or too much sleep might decrease their chances of getting pregnant with their partner by as much as 42 percent. 

Heterosexual couples who are trying to conceive should pay more attention to their sleep, new research suggests ― particularly how much sleep the man gets.

Researchers found that men who get either too little or too much sleep decreased their chances of getting pregnant with their partner over a 12-month period by as much as 42 percent, according to data recently presented at the annual conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Men who got eight hours of sleep per night had the highest rates of pregnancy with their partners, study author Lauren Wise, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Boston University’s School of Public Health, told The Huffington Post.

“Our results suggest that perhaps male fertility could be added to the list of positive health outcomes associated with getting a good night’s sleep,” she said.

The study was the first to record men’s sleep duration and then prospectively measure how that affected those men’s ability to get a partner pregnant, Wise said.

Men who slept more conceived quicker

Wise and her colleagues recruited 790 couples who were planning to get pregnant from all 50 states in the U.S. and all 10 provinces in Canada. The couples answered a series of questions about their sleep patterns and lifestyle in an online survey.

The researchers followed up with the couples for a year to see how quickly they conceived. Men who reported sleeping fewer than six hours a night or nine or more hours a night were 42 percent less likely to get their partner pregnant in any given month compared with men who slept eight hours a night.

It’s possible that an underlying health problem or medical condition negatively affects both sleep and fertility, Wise said.

“We cannot rule out the possibility that other unmeasured factors explain our results, but we controlled for a wide range of variables measured in both the female and male partner,” she explained.

The researchers asked individuals about infertility, the women’s sleep habits, smoking history, alcohol use, stress, physical activity, whether or not the man had previously fathered a child and how often the couples had sex, among other factors. They found that even after controlling for all of those variables, the relationship between a man’s sleep habits and his chances of conceiving with his partner remained.

Men need sleep to produce testosterone

Wise and her colleagues suspect the reason why men’s sleep likely plays such an important role in fertility has to do with testosterone levels. Even though this study did not measure men’s testosterone levels, the hormone is known to play critical roles in the reproductive process. It’s also well documented that the majority of the testosterone men produce happens during sleep, Wise explained.

“Sleep duration and quality are associated with testosterone levels, as well as semen quality,” Wise said.

Still, it’s important to note that the research still doesn’t necessarily show that one behavior (the man not getting enough sleep) was the sole cause of another outcome (having lower chances of getting their female partner pregnant), or that testosterone has anything to do with the results of this study.

Another possibility is that a misaligned circadian rhythm ― when the body’s internal clock is off-kilter ― could be to blame for the reduced fertility among the men, Wise said. Other recent research found that a disturbed circadian rhythm lowers semen quality and had no impact on testosterone levels.

Additional studies that measure testosterone levels in individuals who sleep poorly and also measure how those factors affect the individuals’ fertility would be needed in order to prove that is in fact the reason men who sleep poorly have lower chances of getting a partner pregnant.

For now, the bottom line: If you’re trying to get pregnant, getting good sleep ― especially for the man ― could affect your chances of conceiving in a big way. And it’s not bad for a number of other aspects of your health, too.





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