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Top 5 Stories of the Week: Planking .GIFs, the Imperfect Smile, Sustainable Brands That are Actually Stylish, and More

Plus—What people in 1893 thought we'd be wearing now (they were a little off).

Every week we crunch the numbers to see which articles and videos captivated readers most.

1) These 3 Workout .GIFs Will Change Your Plank Game for Good

It's time to rethink how you plank. The ultimate core-strengthening move used to be a rigid, motionless battle against time, but these three dynamic routines are designed to target more muscles for a total-body workout. Watch the three easy-to-follow .GIFs to nail the positions.

For more tips to better your regimen:
Stride Right: 6 Ways to Run Better
Are You Breathing Right?
Why Workout Order Matters

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2) The New Perfect Smile Isn't That Perfect

The holy grail of cosmetic surgeries is achieving a subtle, natural-looking result—the same goes for cosmetic dentistry. Forget your fixation on perfect, pearly whites and crazy-straight teeth, and tune into Smile 101 for everything from choosing the right shade to dealing with adult braces.

For more ways to update your grooming game:
4 Ways to Spring Clean Your Beard (Seriously, It's Time)
4 Expert Lessons on Why You Should Change Your Skincare Routine For Spring
The Return of the Slicked-Back Hairstyle

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3) The Crazy Shit the People of 1893 Thought We'd Be Wearing Today

It can be difficult to foresee what trends the next season might bring, let alone next year, or next decade. British magazine The Strand took the challenge in 1893 and predicted the future fashions of the next hundred years—with hilarious results.

For 21st century fashion trends:
13 Spring and Summer Trends to Buy Now
From Faux Pas to Fashionable: 21 Designers Make the Case for the Return of Men's Sandals
Now Trending: Geometric Patterns and Prints

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4) Video—Give Your Black Dress Shoes a Break with 4 New Classic Footwear Styles That Will Up Your Suit Game in Seconds

Black leather lace-ups are the go-to accessory for a suit and tie, but sometimes a man's got to shake up his routine. Style director Eugene Tong shows you how pairing a suit with a few different shoe options can change your entire look.

For more new classics:
Video—Style Director Eugene Tong's Guide to Black-on-Black Watches
Video—Make Printed and Patterned Shirts Your New Wardrobe Staple
Don't Buy Another Pair of Chinos Until You've Seen This Video

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5) 12 Brands That Are Saving the World—and Your Wardrobe

Remember when sustainable fashion meant unshapely hemp ponchos sold in the back corner of your local health food store? Things have definitely changed for the better as more designers seek to stay on the forefront with innovative measures like LEED-certified ateliers, fair-trade labor, and decreased water use during production.

For more articles celebrating spirit of Earth Day:
3 Cutting-Edge (Yet Old-School) Ways Brooks Brothers' Harris Tweed Blazers Are Uber-Sustainable
11 Luxury Destinations with an Eco-Conscience
The Sexiest New Eco-Friendly Cars

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