10 Ways Tech Revolutionized Fashion AmazingAdvances In Style Technology [0:00:00]Gents, I’m excited about today’s video. I love science I love history. And, in today’s video ten technological advanceswhich have transformed the style industry. Are you ready? Let’s get into it. Number one on my list, gentlemen modern manufacturing practices. http://fashion tech
And I know there’s a lot of improvement thatcould be made sweatshops, we want to get rid of that stuff. But, when you look at the transformation that’shappened over the last 300 years, go back 300 years 30% of a family’s time and resourceswere spent making clothing by hand. https://worldgraphics20.com/2020/09/24/fashion-paint-stock-t-shirt-mockup-design/
Nowadays, how many — none of us very fewof us makes clothing by hand and we’re talking 3% of our resources basically of our budgetgoes into our wardrobe. Some people even less, some people quite abit more. But at the end of the day, you’re not spending30% of your — the money that you make the average family.
That is a huge transformation and somethingthat has afforded us most of the world to actually dress a lot better. Yeah, yeah, maybe it’s harder if you don’thave much money, you’re going to have to go to thrift stores you’re going to have to lookaround for things on sales, but you can actually do that. There was a time period when people were dividedby classes because certain classes could afford to have other people make the clothing, tomake it with certain materials. How to be the Best 4 Fashion Technology.
Now, anyone can look the part of the successfulperson, so that you can become — you can get that job as a banker, you can get thatjob as a consultant. It’s just amazing and that’s why that’s numberone on my list. Number two on my list, polyester fabrics andvariants of it. Now, I understand 50 years ago, the suits,the shirts, the trousers, the jackets manufactured from polyester were not very breathable theyfelt like plastic and they got a bad rap for good reason.
But, nowadays, it is very difficult when youlook at the polyester fabrics coming out of good mills it is amazing especially when theyput together blends. We’re talking suits made from 50/50 basicallyor with maybe 30% wool 70% polyester or sometimes vice versa, but these suits are actually ofgood quality. I’m not going to say that they’re going toreplace 100% wool or that, you know, polyester cotton mixes are going to replace 100% cottonshirts. How to be the Best 4 Fashion Technology.
I still love 100% cotton 100% wool. But, the problem with those is they are alimited resources especially wool is going to drive the price up simply because of thematerial. Polyester is cheap and when they can mimicthe actual fibers and they can actually even transform some of them. Actually, I have found some of the blendshave special properties. We’re talking non-iron, we’re talking wickingmoisture. I mean it is really cool what they’re doingand what they’ve been able to do.
But, the number one advantage to you is ithas driven the price down. It has made it so that you can go in and actuallyafford a suit that fits and looks good on you and, yeah, maybe it’s a 50/50 blend, butyou will eventually upgrade to 100% wool. And that’s why polyester is number two onmy list. Ding. Ding. Ding, bonus technological advancement.
Let’s talk about the belt specifically thebuckle. Now, the buckles has been around for aboutfive hundred years, has definitely been useful, but you could say in belts it’s kind of outlivedits use because there are certain issues. If you wear a belt consistently, it will actuallywith a buckle start to wear on the leather. This one actually is starting to get cracksin on the leather and it will also deform. How to be the Best 4 Fashion Technology.
Now, the other thing with the buckle, you’vegot to actually put a hole right in the leather. The issue with this is you only need on averagebelt, you’re going to see about five. They are an inch apart, so you can’t adjustmore than an inch. I don’t know about you guys, but I would liketo adjust more than an inch. That’s where the micro adjust system comesin. How to be the Best 4 Fashion Technology.
So, basically it use — uses a track systemright on here and it can adjust by the quarter inch. There are no holes on the belt as it goesthrough. It’s going to hold securely. It’s no holes, very nice look right here. And, again, it’s got that quarter inch adjust,it is just smooth. Now, this one is made by Anson Belt and Buckle,one of my favorite companies. I’m linking to them down in the description.
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They’re the paid sponsor of this video. And for over five years I’ve been workingwith these guys for I think over eight years. I’ve known the founders and I love their belts. Now, it’s cool they’ve got this technologything, but here is my favorite part about the Anson Belt and Buckle system, it’s interchangeable. Basically you can take the buckles off andyou can match them with any of their belts. How to be the Best 4 Fashion Technology.
So, let’s say you want to match it with — youwant something that’s got a little bit of a pebble on it with a lighter color or maybeyou want to go with something that doesn’t have that pebble design. You want to have fun with red belts, I’vegot green belts. I’ve got — I have, you know, American — actuallyI’m heading to France, so I guess I could say this is my French belt, but you guys knowthis is my American belt.
And you can get these gift sets. They’ve got all these different buckles thatyou can check out. Guys, they are a great deal. And another thing, father-son, it’s a family-runbusiness they have excellent customer service. And they actually send you things like 50– over 50 inches, the length of the belt and you just cut it yourself with a pair ofscissors and then you go in there. How to be the Best 4 Fashion Technology.
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Go check them out there are so many amazingproducts there. Go check it out. Technological advancement number three, rubbersoles. So, we go back to about 1875, we did see rubbersoles starting to pop up on certain shoes. That was when vulcanized rubber and othertypes of rubber became more common, but we didn’t see it till the early part of the 20thcentury that we started seeing rubber soles pop up.
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Before that, it was almost all leather soles. Leather soles are beautiful. I love leather soles, but they have no traction,rubber soles have traction. And by the way, you can take leather solesyou can actually have a strip of rubber going across maybe over a back the heel, that’sgoing to be perfectly fine. But rubber soles have just simply preventedso many men from falling on their backsides and they’re less expensive. How to be the Best 4 Fashion Technology.
So, again we’ve seen the price driven downin men’s manufacturing because of these new materials brought in. Most of the time, I’m going to go leatheron my dress shoes, but on my boots I love a good rubber sole. Next up, we’ve got the quartz watch and Iknow a lot of you automatic watch guys are like, oh, what an abomination.
Well, not really because the quartz watchaccurately tells time and it’s incredibly inexpensive. Those two things in of them self make it revolutionaryand make it why it’s so high on my list. Yes, I love automatic watches, but you lookat how painful and how expensive it was to actually get to that point. How to be the Best 4 Fashion Technology.
And I mean we’re talking John Harrison, whatwas it like in 1761, he invented the marine chronometer after like 25 years of testingand getting it exactly right because it was incredibly difficult. If they would have had a quartz watch justa couple hundred years ago, it would have transformed everything. They’re just reliable. And when it comes down to it, inexpensive.
So, again, you notice how price is prettyimportant to me because I feel that to be able to get style and clothing out to themasses is important and that’s what the quartz watch has done. Next up, we’ve got the safety razor and asthe name implies it was safer than the alternative. At the time, all men used straight razorsand straight razors give you an excellent shave, but there are some disadvantages. How to be the Best 4 Fashion Technology.
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One, there’s a learning curve. Two, it’s unprotected big blade that’s goingacross your skin and can — if you know just something happens, you can really cut andhurt yourself. This was a big deal a couple hundred yearsago, when they didn’t understand bacteria and infection could actually lead to death.
So, understand when the safety razor camein, this was a big deal because you didn’t have to have the learning curve, you couldmore, you know, nonchalantly shave your face maybe even a little bit quicker. You could get a very good shave and it wasa lot safer. So, because of all the lives the safety razorhas probably saved, that’s why it’s up on this list. How to be the Best 4 Fashion Technology.
Number six on my list, I’ve got sunglasses. So, we go back to the 12th century, the Chineseactually used smoky quartz lenses kind of as an early sunglasses. But, even before then we look at natives thatlived up north, you know, just where there’s a lot of snow, they would use glasses thathad just very little slits open and those who would work fine.
But, it was about a hundred years ago thatall of a sudden they started taking glasses and they started putting something with layerson it that could protect you from the UV rays. This started out of aviation. What they found is that pilots going abovecertain altitudes all of a sudden they started having eye problems, they started really seriouseye issues.
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So, the military said, okay, let’s go aheadand develop lenses which will better protect them from the basically the harmful rays ofthe sun at that higher altitude. From that, we actually saw this go into thefashion and style industry because we saw these guys in the 1950s, 1960s, these pilotsjust looking amazing with these sunglasses on and so it became much more common. Nowadays, it’s hard to imagine somebody lookingcool without sunglasses.
Next up, I’ve got compression clothing. Now, compression has been used in medicinesince about 400 BC. But in clothing, we saw it started to be adoptedin 1990. That’s when we first started to see compressionclothing hitting the market. And the big thing here was actually in shaping. That was where, you know, Spanx and othercompanies like that coming out of women’s wear.
But, what athletes started to notice is thatactually it would reduce recovery times and this was a big deal. If you wanted to be able to perform at a higherlevel quicker, then you would start using compression clothing. I simply like compression clothing at timesbecause it’s going to layer better, it’s going to be fit very close to the body.
I don’t like it super tight, but I do likeit on socks, it feels really comfortable. And for some people that have really constrictedblood flow, compression clothing can be a lifesaver. Next up, I’ve got elastic and stretch fabrics. And this is different than compression clothingbecause this is simply for comfort. So, we go back to about 1958 and we saw basicallyspandex and elastane starting to actually be experimented with in clothing.
And, for the big guy for the guy that basicallylifts a lot of weight I can tell you that if you buy jeans you buy shirts that havejust a four-way stretch or even a two-way stretch, you know what I’m talking about. [0:10:07]Because for a lot of these guys, it has been something that they have ripped 100% cottonclothing which isn’t going to have much grit, but with elastic with something that has maybe5% spandex and all of a sudden it has a bit of stretch it feels more comfortable.
They’re going to reduce hot spots. So, for comfort, I have to give elastic spandexand some of these other just elastic fabrics the thumbs-up. Next on my list, gentlemen, we’ve got thezipper. So, before the zipper, pretty much it wasall buttons. And I know some of you guys love your button-flyjeans and that’s cool, but zippers have made it a lot easier in clothing.
What’s interesting though, you go back to1850, that was actually when the zipper was about first invented, then we get — tookanother 40 years to perfect it. But, zippers were initially actually in shoes. It wasn’t until about the 1940s 1950s, youstarted seeing them in various types of clothing. Nowadays, you know, it’s hard to find a pairof trousers that pretty much don’t have a zipper.
I even like it whenever I got a sweater onthat it’s got a zipper with buttons over top. It’s just is a bit more secure, it’s veryeasy to go up and down. I find if you, you know, for older guys orfor anyone that has arthritis or has issues with being able to basically button thingsor maybe you’ve got really large hands, a zipper can be a lifesaver.
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So, for all those reasons, gents, that’s whyzippers are on this list. Next up, we’ve got recycled fabrics and Iknow a lot of you guys are thinking, oh, that’s a modern thing, right? Save the planet go green. Not exactly. Let’s go back to the Napoleonic Wars and whatwe saw was a shortage of wool garments. They needed clothing and they needed it fast,they didn’t have enough wool, so they took all this old clothing and they basically startedchopping it up and they respun it. How to be the Best 4 Fashion Technology.
And it’s kind of a modern thing actually thatwe are now recycling because, hey, we want to save the planet and save ourselves. But, when you think about it it is somethingthat makes a lot of sense. The issue with recycled clothing when youlook at recycled wool you look at recycled cotton, usually with a recycled fiber it’smuch smaller and therefore isn’t going to give you — it’s not going to be as higherquality.
So, if it says virgin wool, understand that’snot recycled. If it says recycled, obviously it’s been reused. And for certain things it could work out perfectlyfine, but if you’re looking for — you’re paying good – a lot of money for something,you probably want to go with the virgin wool. High-density thread for stitching, I knowthat one doesn’t sound super exciting, but understand that your clothing is held togetherby thread.
And there was a time maybe just about 50 yearsago when a lot of this thread would simply fall apart. But some of this thread is so tough that youstart to pull on it, you know what I’m talking about and all of a sudden like your — itgives like your garment gives way before the thread does. When you think about it, how is it they getsomething so thin so strong? Well, a lot of threads they’re using justreally — the way that it’s woven together some of them use Kevlar.
It is amazing what they’re doing with threads. And because of that, a small little thingI wanted to put it though on this list. All right, gents, that’s it. Let me know in the comments what did I miss,what would you have added to this list. And go check out the support article, I’mlinking to it down in the description. Actually, I add a few more other things tothat support article. And go check out Anson Belt and Buckle.
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