Virtual design tools and 360˚ online dressing rooms are cornerstones in the fashion technology world. They’re two of the first tech-savvy tools to combine fashion and technology into a productive team to make your life as a consumer easier and more efficient. Now, developers are taking fashion technology to the next step and using technology to enhance actual clothes. These new collections of wearable technology feature smart fashion tech at its best. Built to improve the health, wellness, and general well-being of whoever wears it, each piece uses smart fabric and the latest in microscopic equipment to create trendy, informative fashion. If you’re tired of clunky pedometers and smelly socks, hop on board the wearable technology bandwagon.
CLOTHES THAT PRESERVE YOUR ENERGY
Next to functional casual, athleisure’s biggest contribution to the fashion world was flexibility. Before this trend came along, everyday clothes were water-down versions of the latest fads. Looking good mattered more than feeling comfortable, even if you were headed out on a casual trip. That aesthetic hasn’t died away entirely yet, but products like EnergyWear from Alphatauri are seducing the public with semi-casual outfits that fit like gym clothes. Made with sturdy titan material, the material reflects radiation emitted by your body back to you as you wear it. This can keep you warm during cool nights, stimulate your circulation, and enhance your overall stamina. No matter what work you’re doing, this wearable technology will keep you going like the Energizer Bunny.
A NEW TAKE ON ECO-FRIENDLY FASHION
If you want an outfit worthy of a weatherman, why not try an elegant new dress changes color according to the acidity of the rain that falls on it. You’ll have to get a little wet to see how it works, so summer is the perfect time to give your rain palette a try. Test your local rainwater for pollution and other qualities as your dress gradually shifts and changes color as it drizzles. Sometimes, you can even complement the look with an iPhone app and share real-time data on acid rain around the world. It’s a little nerdy, but what a cool way to engage in eco-friendly fashion!
Hi-tech jackets put the best of technology into one of fashion’s most trusted staples. They’ll turn you into a literal walking WiFi hotspot. Embedded with copper wires cushioned between two layers of cotton, these trendy new pieces of wearable technology let you link up to wireless internet, GPS, NFC, and Bluetooth. With internet access becoming more and more of a priority in modern society, a jacket like this is probably worth the investment. On the opposite end of the spectrum, hyper-connectivity has also inspired the anti-surveillance coat. This coat uses metallized fabrics to block out radio waves so no one can track you down as you go about your day. You won’t be able to take any phone calls, but you’ll be the epitome of undisturbed. It’s up to you which of these jackets you chose. Maybe it’s easiest to embrace both sides of the argument and buy both.
SMART CIRCULATION SOCKS
Socks are the bane of many an outfit. You have to find a pair that looks reasonable together, swap them out constantly as they get holes, and wash them frequently because of the smell. Wearable technology can’t fix all those issues overnight, but it’s making some convincing headway in the footwear design department. The newest smart socks are made with anti-blistering, antibacterial fabric that gives your foot the freedom to breathe. They even have a built-in AI coach to advise you on everything from training habits to buying new shoes. These top-notch smart-ass socks are sure to improve your overall quality of life.
Wearable technology keeps coming in innovative, unexpected waves. The exciting thing is that each wave seems to be better than the last. Take advantage of our tech-savvy times and stick some smart fashion in your wardrobe this summer.
— Timothy Vest