How Technology Is Changing The Way We Dress

Posted: Feb 25 2019, 10:28am CST | by , Updated: Feb 25 2019, 10:31am CST , in Technology News


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How Technology Is Changing the Way We Dress
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Technology is changing just about every aspect of our life, including what we wear. From things that make us safer to how we buy our cloths, check out how tech is changing the way you dress.

New materials and construction techniques are probably the first things that come to mind when you think of the connection between fashion and technology. The wire loom, the invention of Nylon, the underwire bra and Nike's flyknit textile are all examples of construction-based steps forward in the fashion industry.

Today, however, the influence that tech has on fashion affects much more than just how things are made. Technology is integrated into our clothes. It influences what we buy, and in the future, it will become more a part of how we enjoy the pieces we own. Don't believe it? Here are a few examples.

The Internet of Wearable Things

The Internet of Things is getting a lot of attention these days, but you're probably more accustomed to hearing the term used in relation to a TV, smart door locks or an appliance than to clothes. IoT functionality is working its way into the clothes we wear and performing functions like monitoring vital signs, facilitating communication or even helping provide a gentle nudge so you can make it into that yoga pose.

Maybe your next ski jacket will connect wirelessly to your action camera and headphones, so you don't have to go to the trouble of getting your phone out to use your equipment on-the-fly.

Next-Generation Fabrics and Textiles

Fashion tends to be at the center of our conversation about clothes, and tomorrow's clothing takes advantage of new technologies to offer LED-illuminated color-shifting clothes and even solar-powered fabrics that can charge your phone while you wear them. There are even textiles derived from plants.

Not all high-tech fabrics are just designed to help you look good or connect to your iPhone. Some are designed to keep you safer. For example, new flame-resistant clothing is available for those who work in hot settings or applications where there's a risk of exposure to an open flame. While fire-retardant suits have been around for quite some time and are commonly used in motorsports applications to protect drivers after a crash, these flame-resistant clothes are something you could wear every day and work comfortably in. They're not fully fireproof, but the clothes are designed not to take a flame when exposed to heat or fire.

The Rise of Influencers and Social Media

A person who is 20 years old today was born after the rise of social media. What many people think of as a fairly new invention is an integral part of life for the young generation, and what people see on social media influences what they choose to buy.

Rather than spend millions of dollars are television advertising, today's upstart brands are getting attention using platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The fashion blogging industry easily holds as much sway with consumers today as a traditional media powerhouse like Elle or GQ. This has upset the traditional power structure of clothing vendors, allowing much smaller brands to get exposure and slingshot themselves into prominent positions nearly overnight with an endorsement from the right person or company.

There are smartphone applications dedicated entirely to helping the world's fashionistas track and buy the hottest new garb. The online exchange StockX has commoditized today's most popular shoes and watches, allowing people to buy and sell them like stocks and track how value changes over time as one piece becomes popular and another falls out of style. There's almost no limit to what can be done online in the world of fashion.

Give High-Tech Fashion a Try

Whether it's using a deal site like TheClymb or picking up your first wearable fitness tracker, the new era of fashion is fun. We're not advising that you go into debt buying visco-elastic LED wool kneepads for all your closest friends, but don't be afraid to dip your feet in. You might be impressed with what tech can do for your wardrobe.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
Scott Huntington is a writer and journalist from Harrisburg PA who covered movies, tech, cars, and more. Check out his blog Off The Throttle or follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington.




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