February is here — and either you’ve been on a roll with your New Year’s resolution fitness goals, or you’ve fallen off the bandwagon just like the rest of us. Unless you’re working as professional supermodels like the Hadid sisters, some of us need the extra help to get us on track. Cue in the next trend in athleisure wear to help aid you: smart clothes.
The latest to hit wearable tech expands beyond your typical arm candy. Many products moved away from the wrist and onto, for example, the chest, the shoe, the sock, the belt, the shirt and even to the underwear. While they’re flicking off sweat, this new category in apparel can monitor things like breathing rate, heart rate, calories burned and more. Some even keep tabs on your form, alerting in real time you when you need an adjustment. Check out our top three notable round ups.
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The world of smart wearables has brought fashion and tech in the kind of coupling we are into in our ever connected world today. It sounds futuristic and cool, a commixture of two sleek worlds that once had nothing to do with each other — but speed up to the present and you’ll find they’re now fully aligned. Everything from fashion shopping sites with their own apps to wearables, including smartwatches and fitness trackers, are the advancement of fashion-tech. Even 94 year old fashion accessory icon Iris Apfel, has welcomed tech in her life with a recent collaboration with wearables line Wise Wear.
When approaching the right smart tech jewelry for you, design is the first to consider. It should go without saying that function without design, is just not “fashion-tech.” Second should be what functions are the most important to you. The premise of wearable technology is to get you the information you need, when you need it, without you having to dig for your phone through the black hole that you call your purse.
The best look is a look of engagement people, and not the one where you’re constantly gazing at your phone in the presence of good company. That’s where smart rings come into play. Today we spotlight the super powers of the smart ring, which would seem like a match-made in heaven— but of course not all are created equally.
Courrèges introduces self-heating outerwear.
The heat is on, literally.
We know we’re on the brink of breaking into summer officially, but we still can’t help thinking what’s next in outerwear. During Paris Fashion week back in March, French fashion house Courrèges kicked it up a notch by introducing three coats with self-heating technology. The three color ways came in black, blush pink, and in a houndstooth pattern. For their sophomore collection for Courrèges, design duo Arnaud Vaillant and Sébastien Meyer introduced these three tailored winter coats, each with an integrated heating system that’s activated by the push of a button, and can be charged with an iPhone cable, according to The New York Times.
“We started to think about the future of fashion, because design needs to work hand in hand with technology if we want fashion to evolve,” Vaillant told luxury e-comm site SSENSE in an interview. “The way we make clothes needs to evolve if we want more comfort and well-being. This transition is possible if technology responds to our primary needs: well-being and comfort.”
New Year, New You, New Resolutions. According to research data, last year about 37% of American’s had resolved to stay fit and healthy, with indications that the same could be said true for this year. If you’ve already gone out and purchased and Apple Watch or a Fitbit to help monitor your progress, we’ve got something else you might want to try and it screams “GIRL POWER”. Canadian startup OMsignal is launching a biometric bra at CES 2016, the Consumer Electronics Association’s International Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas. That’s right, the world’s first smartbra. Not since Wonder Woman’s bullet-deflecting-bodysuit have undergarments been so vital to keeping women fit and healthy. While this bra isn’t equipped with heroic technology, it does come fitted with the same heart monitoring sensors as your health bands, except it’s way more accurate, being fitted so closely to your heart. If that doesn’t have you hooked get this: the bra is totally customizable for all your athleisure needs.
Traveling during the holidays can test the patience of even the most seasoned travel pros. Be it by plane, train, or automobile, getting to where you’ve got to go this season is bound to bring with a plethora of stressful situations. Never ending traffic, long lines at the airport, TSA checks, and weather delays can all cause headaches. Not to mention the costs associated with celebrating “the most wonderful time of the year.” Airline, hotel, and car rental reservations are in high demand; there’s no such thing as a last-minute deal. Or holiday deal, period. It’s almost enough to make you want to call up your folks and tell them you’re just not coming. Instead of getting stressed out, get smart. Take a deep breath. There are ways to survive this travel gauntlet, with your sanity–and holiday spirit–unscathed . For fellow fashionistas, what to wear while traveling is forever a tricky question. The best outfit for an airplane is going to be equal parts stylish and comfortable, crafted to handle both hours spent sitting and stylish post-gate activity. Here is where the genius of a uniform comes into play: Figure out what works for you, then reach for it without thinking any time you’ve got travel on the calendar. Having an arsenal of fool-proof closet essentials–the big cardigan, the comfy trench, the stylish sweatpants, the easy to slip off pair of flats, the loose fitting boyfriend jeans–are all the best items to reach for when picking a look that’s easy, chic, and #OOTD worthy.
Wearable Fashion Tech is the name of the game these days.
It makes total sense, that from what brand and season of bag we are carrying, to the latest in technology we are seen with so we can keep up our blogging A-game. But let’s admit, that the wearables market is getting saturated with trackers of all types. As technology and fashion are quickly climbing together, it’s best that technology keeps up to even, um, Anna Wintour’s standards.
That’s where Bezels & Bytes come in, born none other then tech capital of the nation, San Francisco. Bezels & Bytes is a fashion wearables company helmed by Melissa Koerner, a former marketer at Gap, and Sarah Shapiro, a onetime accessories buyer for Bloomingdale’s — so there’s no doubt that the brand has a strong style background. Melissa and Sarah discovered that their mutual love for technology was at odds with their love for fashion and personal style.
Melissa and Sarah went to parties, baby showers, and weddings and saw fitness trackers and cell phones completing otherwise very stylish outfits. They discovered the need for “Style 2.0”: helping modern, stylish women keep their technology at hand in a fashionable and personal way.
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The current prototypes are made only for FitBit Flex, but they hope to expand beyond just that. New technology will be dressed in the latest trends in the form of a sleek necklace or an Hermes-esque inspired studded bracelet.
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Now go show everyone at the office, who’s the fashionable boss.