What is the Internet of Things? According to my friend Wikipedia, it’s a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.
Is your fridge out of milk? Let me add it to your grocery list! Not sure how to clean your coffee maker? Just ask your machine! These are just some of the conveniences you could expect from the Internet of things. The scary thing is that we are almost there, it’s just that the Internet of things would be a global strategy to have everything talking to each other. I mean, we already have smartphones and smart TVs… so this would just mean that all your household appliances would also be.. well …smart!
Because this is a fashion blog, not a tech blog, I have decided to share my predictions of how the ‘Internet of Things’ could potentially affect the fashion industry:
Cher’s closet will become the norm. It’s a brilliant idea, but why on earth is this not mainstream yet? Whether it’s automated purchases to complete a look, or styling advice based on your schedule of activities, I think getting dressed will become more digital than we think. I also saw this body measurements tool that helps you buy jeans online! Now that is pretty cool!
Smartjewellery. Wearable technology is already a thing, I know, but I think more of it. For example, I just bought myself a gorgeous lavender and gold Fitbit Charge 2! An all-in-one accessory and watch that will track my health score all while keeping my wrist looking gorgeous. I can also get involved with an online network to keep me motivated and engaged. And what about changing colours? Michael Kors has already released a smartwatch that has an interchangeable face.
Colour changing makeup. Remember those mood lipsticks from the dollarstore? The colours always seemed to turn into this dusty pink that would stain your lips. Well, I bet there is a fancy brand out there looking at developing a better digital lipstick that would give us a plethora of colours to choose from. Just point at a colour you like and “bam!” instant lipstick change! Have you also seen the nail polishes that change colour based on your temperature? A similar technology could be used for the lipstick I just invented.
Colour changing clothes. Apparently, the 80’s had all of this figured out. Remember the hypercolour t shirts? Man, I wanted one so bad. I think there would be room here for digital improvements, don’t you?
Shopaholic budgeting. Yes, I think we can use this technology for good. Maybe if we start tracking more where our money is spent or the cost-per-wear of our clothes, we will be able to make more informed decisions… and waste less! I’ll take a little budget-friendly and eco-conscious with a side of technology, please!
So maybe, my predictions aren’t super riveting, but what can you do?!
Plus, do you really think I would share a million dollar idea on my blog for all my readers to see for free??!! Any smart business woman would say, helz no!
I am the first to admit that I don’t know much about formal fashion vocabulary. The benefit of having my blog is that I get to learn and educate others along the way!
You’d have to be living under a rock to miss out on this trend alert: luxe textures like velvet and velour are in! The question is do you really know which is which? Because the three fabrics share the common element of a cut pile, it’s often easy to mix them up. They actually have unique characteristics, and once you understand the differences you can actually tell them apart.
With the help of technology, there have been lots of advancements made in the development of textile. As a result, these developments have blurred the lines of what these textiles should formally contain. Even with my research, I am having a hard time truly distinguishing the three, but I have done my best to take away the most important characteristics that define each category. Let’s start with some technical descriptions.
Velvet: woven, cut, crushed; made primarily from polyester, rayon and silk as well as blends of the three; more luxurious. Velvet pile is a bit longer than velour or velveteen with the desired effect of a standing pile.
Velveteen: woven, closely set short pile, never more than 3 mm deep; made generally from cotton, or cotton and silk; is essentially “faux velvet” and drapes less well than velvet. It tends to be stiffer with a hard pile that lies flat (similar to corduroy).
Velour: quite plush, dense and always knit; like velveteen, is typically a cotton-blend textile; drapes similar to velvet. It is known to be a stretchy fabric. The pile is typically midway between velvet (the longest) and velveteen (the shortest).
So how can you feel the difference between velvet and velour?
I was perusing on Pinterest and fell into a “Fashion Vocabulary” black hole. So, I decided to curate these little infographics with hopes that you can refer to them when you need! I mean, I am asked to describe clothing all the time, and because I am not a fashion designer by trade and have zero formal experience in fashion education (apart from watching Fashion television with mom growing up), I myself, will be referring to these charts more often than I would like to admit!