With Fall Fashion in full swing, there’s no better time to explore how technology can play a role in giving your wardrobe a boost. Last season, we saw everything from data dresses to catwalk shows live in 360 VR. With tech sure to be making appearances via the elaborate runway productions at New York’s Fashion Week, we’ve rounded up six smart designs that not only incorporate tech, but will help add efficiency to your wardrobe.
Levi’s partnership with Google takes their iconic Trucker Jacket to the next level. This jacket with wearable technology woven into the fabric will be the first piece of connected clothing to launch from Google’s Project Jacquard platform.
Project Jacquard allows standard, every day objects to be transformed into interactive surfaces through the use of conductive yarns. Using these fibers, touch-sensitive areas can be woven into clothing or furniture. Designers can design and use these yarns like they would any other fabric, adding tech and functionality to their clothing, without having to become tech experts.
With touch-sensitive areas on the sleeve, users will be able to interact with apps, communicate, and navigate around the city all without pulling out their phone.
Activated Yoga Apparel
Yoga pants have already made appearances at Fashion Week, they’re versatile, comfortable and have become the outfit du jour for so many movers and shakers. And now you can connect these smart yoga pants to your smartphone and be guided through your vinyasa.
With Nadi X Pant, gentle vibrations encourage you to focus on either your ankles, hips or knees while in certain poses. Typically, you’re focused on which muscle is getting the deepest stretch and not on the small adjustments; this allows you to focus and connect with your body while moving from pose to pose.
Hello, Smart Jeans
When it comes to buying a pair of jeans, several considerations come to mind—looks, fit, comfort, flexibility, and now…juice, as in power. These mean jeans allow you to not only look chic and be super comfortable, but they also have a secret. There’s a special pocket for a battery pack that will charge your iPhone® 5/5s up to 80-85% and an iPhone® 6 up to 70% (#Hello iPhone® Battery Charger sold separately).
The Icon is a classic blue jean you can also feel good about wearing—the brand claims that the denim uses 60% less water and 30% less energy consumption. Plus, you won’t have to worry about being without a phone charger while you’re out running errands or looking sly around town.
Sneakers may not be couture in the traditional sense, but if you enjoy walking or running, you know a good pair of kicks is crucial for comfortable excursions. Under Armour’s Speedform Europa Record Equipped Running Shoes track, analyze and store every running metric, so you can leave your phone and your wrist fitness tracker at home—plus they’ve got style, too.
This is also the first smart shoe to use a simple jump test called the Jump Around that helps you decide how intense your next run should be.
Crystals and embellishments are always in style on and off the runway. For those who like elegant accessories, this fashion-forward smart jewelry features a stunning Swarovski crystal and can track your steps, your sleep and also syncs to your phone and can be used as a music and picture remote. No need for charging—the Activity Crystal runs on a button battery.
Wear the Crystal in a pendant around your neck for a simple statement or, for a trendier look, slip it into the deluxe bracelet carrier (sold separately) with even more Swarovski crystals.
Fashion-Forward Smart Watch
Beauty and function collide in this Kate Spade Vachetta and Gold Hybrid Smartwatch. Stay stylishly organized by syncing your watch with your smartphone. Count down to life’s big moments, get bursts of motivation, take selfies, count steps, track sleep and more.
Dress it up with a chic dress, or keep it casual with a flowing blouse and jeans.
Even if you’re unable to attend Fashion Week, these tech apparel and accessory options will keep you connected and super stylish (and for far less than what you’d pay off the runway).
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