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    Assuming the world keeps progressing the way it is, how will people dress in 200 years?

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    The birthday suit will be the same.


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    If things progress as they are? Part will be wearing this:



    The others will be wearing this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyoko View Post
    If things progress as they are? Part will be wearing this:



    The others will be wearing this:

    A lot of people are already wearing onesies and a lot of people are barely clothing themselves.
    You have described the present, not the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedPanda View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pyoko View Post
    If things progress as they are? Part will be wearing this:



    The others will be wearing this:

    A lot of people are already wearing onesies and a lot of people are barely clothing themselves.
    You have described the present, not the future*.

    *One clue that you are not describing the future is the fact that your second image is a photo.
    It will be more so in the future.
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    In my opinion, the future fabric for clothes will be able to control the internal environment (i.e. the air between our skin and the inside of the clothes), due to the presence of microscopic temperature and humidity sensors. Furthermore, the fabric will be able to neutralize body odors via layer(s), placed at the height of the feet, groin and armpits. I do not know what this fabric could be, nor will I speculate about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pyoko View Post
    It will be more so in the future.
    More onesies?

    yay.
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    Since Earth will be extremely polluted people will be wearing this kind of outfit to Insure their survival outside their homes.
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    Really no way to tell.

    Given current projections half of descendants will be wearing burka's.
    Of course it could be fancy climate controlled blue jeans.

    And given our remarkable biotech pace, even our "birthday suits" might be quite a bit different. Many of us are born pretty hairy anyhow, by all accord in my case a rather thick and complete covering of lanugo, which shed off in a few days.

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    Not sure why folks think technology will rule fashion. Teenage girls in our climate have access to all types of modern fabrics, insulated gloves, coats, etc. However, they still stand around shivering at bus stops in skirts and no hat. Frozen fingers tapping the cell phone.

    No different from food. Healthy, nutritious food is available 365 days a year but junk food outsells everything.People are not cars or robots. Efficiency or practicality is not what motivates social animals. In 200 years people are going to want to look sexy or grungy or cool or 'shock' or modest or 'whatever' no different that 50 years ago and 50 years before that.

    I basically still wear the same jeans and t shirt I did as a kid. If I'm around another 30 years, will still be wearing them. In 200 years there may be retro Roman, retro Beatles, Retro James Dean fashion. Maybe a billion caped Elvis walking around.

    Then again it may be Burkas and Saris. Dominant fashion will be determined by non western cultures...China, India, subsaharan Africa, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fossilborealis View Post
    Not sure why folks think technology will rule fashion. Teenage girls in our climate have access to all types of modern fabrics, insulated gloves, coats, etc. However, they still stand around shivering at bus stops in skirts and no hat. Frozen fingers tapping the cell phone.

    No different from food. Healthy, nutritious food is available 365 days a year but junk food outsells everything.People are not cars or robots. Efficiency or practicality is not what motivates social animals. In 200 years people are going to want to look sexy or grungy or cool or 'shock' or modest or 'whatever' no different that 50 years ago and 50 years before that.

    I basically still wear the same jeans and t shirt I did as a kid. If I'm around another 30 years, will still be wearing them. In 200 years there may be retro Roman, retro Beatles, Retro James Dean fashion. Maybe a billion caped Elvis walking around.

    Then again it may be Burkas and Saris. Dominant fashion will be determined by non western cultures...China, India, subsaharan Africa, etc.
    That's so true. Throughout history culture seems to drive styles of dress more than anything.

    Just look at the 18th century (1700 up to 1800). The guys with white wigs and long suits and vests weren't all rich. That was merely the mod of dress back then. The guys with the wigs started wearing them because the king did. The king did to cover his bald spot. But the other guys imitated him since he was rich and powerful, and the closest they could get to that was dressing like him.

    Second Question: If you COULD dictate how people would dress 200 years from now, what would you want?

    Personally I really like the 18th century suits and vests, minus the wigs (I hate those). Everybody, (women included) would wear breeches with knee high socks. Dresses would be fine for dressy occasions, but for casual breeches would rule the day. Dressy breeches would exist too, as well as more rugged ones.
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    Trying to predict what people will be wearing in 200 years time could well be a bit like some of the old episodes of 'Tomorrows World'. This was a program made famous for making predictions about technology and lifestyles of the future, most of which have turned out to be way off base. It's difficult to really know in which direction things will move and in two centuries time we could be living very different lives indeed.

    What we can perhaps do is look for some clues in the reasons why clothing has changed in the past and how it's evolved into what we wear today. In this respect we can see clothing has changed to become more practical. We have things like pockets, buttons and zips all of which have been designed to make our clothes easier to put on and take off and more functional.

    We can also see that for the masses clothing has become more tailored and form fitting than in times gone by, when it was much more the case that only the upper classes could afford well fitting clothes. Also we can now see a much greater choice of colours and styles in clothing.

    If we were to perhaps imagine some of these trends continuing into the future then we might expect to see clothing designed to be extremely functional, we may well see features such as self cleaning and the ability to attach and detach to other items at will. We may also see clothing designed to incorporate all sorts of technology, from telephones, GPS, computers, lights and any number of different types of sensors and diagnostic tools.

    What might also see is clothing that is extremely customisable and able to change style, shape, size and colour for reasons of both individuality and fashion but also for practical reasons e.g. in one eviroment it might be necessary to have clothing to keep out the wind, snow and rain and to go indoors where a less comprehensive level of covering protection is required - here the clothing might physically be able to change it's size though the use of technology so that it proves functional in both enviroments.

    We may also see clothing that can act as protective skin, maybe like a wetsuit in water, or to protect it's wearer from extreme heat or cold in desert or winter eviroments, even perhaps possibily able to asborb impact energy to offer further protection. Also we might find that such clothing is capable of self repairs and is even capable of acting as a power source.
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    Given fashion trends in the recent past, there's no way to really predict what silliness someone will come up with.
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    maybe
    we'll have developed complete climate control and everyone will wear their birthday suits?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lorbo View Post
    Second Question: If you COULD dictate how people would dress 200 years from now, what would you want?

    Personally I really like the 18th century suits and vests, minus the wigs (I hate those). Everybody, (women included) would wear breeches with knee high socks. Dresses would be fine for dressy occasions, but for casual breeches would rule the day. Dressy breeches would exist too, as well as more rugged ones.

    I would opt for fashion that is a little more recent.
    For men, I would choose clothing from the last days of the Victorian Era (1890s), due to the long and athletic lines in the suits.
    For women, I would rather pick clothing from the period immediately after WWI (1920s), just because I think it is nice.
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    For women, I would rather pick clothing from the period immediately after WWI (1920s), just because I think it is nice.
    Try wearing it. It was designed by a sadist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexG View Post
    For women, I would rather pick clothing from the period immediately after WWI (1920s), just because I think it is nice.
    Try wearing it. It was designed by a sadist.

    As I am not woman, I could not know that this type of clothing was uncomfortable (and why women wore it at that time)
    If what you state is correct, then I will look for more comfortable clothing that still pleases my eyes.
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    I had an aunt who was a flapper in her day..............to my young eyes, she seemed a stodgy old woman, then my uncle showed me some pictures of her in a younger day.
    She didn't seem uncomfortable in those photographs.
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    It's hard to predict what fashion trends will appear next year let alone 200. We could have the ability to rewrite our genetic code by then or change our limbs for robotic ones. We could cover our bodies with something like e-ink tattoos which we can change at will or any number of other options.

    Personally I'd like to think there will be more individualism rather than people simply buying brand names but I doubt it.
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