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Futuristic attire - what fashions and clothing will men and women be wearing in the future?

Updated on September 14, 2012

Having a keen interest in fashion, I am always wondering what we will be wearing in the future. This interest started a long time ago, when I was a child growing up in the 1970s. I used to wonder what we would all be wearing in the year 2000, when the new millennium was over thirty years away in the future. I envisaged us all wearing futuristic attire such as white or silver jumpsuits and driving around in hover cars. Obviously this hasn't happened but I still enjoy speculating on the fashions of the future.

So, what will we be wearing in the future? My predictions for futuristic attire are based on themes rather than looks and reflect our changing world, our basic human nature and the challenges we are facing.

The important themes I think we will see are based around:


A reflection of our housing

The trophy house for the 21st century is very much a modernist one. The trend is towards simplicity and sustainability, with lots of glass, space, neutral toned-down colour palettes, clean surfaces and no knick-knacks. We will make the most of space and be much more functional, so roof terraces instead of patios, and vegetables instead of grass.

So the clothes that we will wear in the future are likely to reflect these qualities too.

Less oil, more natural, more local

As oil becomes more expensive, there may be less synthetic clothing, such as polyester and an increase in more natural materials such as cotton, wool, silk.

Cloth brought in from abroad may be more expensive, due to higher transportation costs so locally produced cloth may be used more if it is cheaper.

Responsibility and an end to waste and the disposable fashion mentality

Many people are begining to look at people who lead unheathy lifestyles, which places a burden on health services and are begining to ask why they should be responsible for paying the bill. This questioning may follow through into who pays for the disposal of waste. Due to the rising costs of disposal and an ever increasing population, people may start to ask why they should pay for disposing of other people's waste. If individuals are penalised for throwing away lots of clothing, it may result in the end of the current disposable fashion mentality.

Valuing quality, flexibilty and lengevity in clothes.

As people are forced to reduce the amount of clothing they purchase, there may be a re-emergence of adopting the values of quality, lengevity and flexibilty in clothing, and there may be less disposable clothing in the future.

Simplicity - an end to complexity, and a return to elegance and the emergence of new classics

Keeping up with the fashion trends is also hard work. Many people may think to hell with that and want simplicity. Simpler styles are often more elegant and classic in style. Simple futuristic clothing may lead to new classics emerging to meet our futuristic lifestyles - perhaps my childhood visions of white and silver jumpsuits will emerge as a new classic.

An emergence of Individualty and Tolerance

As society is forced to be less wasteful, people will become more creative with the clothing that they have and individual personal style will become more important than fashion. Hopefully as a result, people will become more tolerant of others choice of clothing.

Previously walking down the high street, you saw a label rather than the person. In the future our High Streets may be full of people dressing more individually.

Conforming individuality

Many people like to dress in an individual way, but they don't want to stand out too much, so there will still be an element of conformity.

Embracing Technology as a way of expressing yourself and a new way of shopping and manufacturing clothes.

Technology has speeded up so much and is so exciting that it has almost become a status symbol to be seen to be keeping up with the latest fashion in technology. People value creativity, novelty and imagination as found in this new technology, and the current snobbishness in clothing, which revolves around labels is giving way to respect and admiration of innovation.

New technology may change how we shop for clothes. Currently in supermarkets there are self scan checkouts and I can foresee in a few years this idea being adopted by clothing and other retailers as people become more comfortable scanning their own items.

With the objective of reducing waste, and the introduction of new technology, our shopping experience may change. Shops may become smaller with only one size being shown on the rail. Your body may be scanned and measured and then the cothing is made individually for you, again following the individuality trend.

If you order over the internet, you may be sent a sample to try on and again the final item may be made to order and fit you perfectly.

End of the label culture and the rise of a new type of status clothing.

Cheap shops such as Primark are destroying the label culture and there is a void waiting to be filled. Green ie Ethical/Fairtrade/Organic clothing is relatively expensive, and therefore may be seen as the new status clothing for the future. You also need to be wealthy to use or own technology, so clothing made using new technology will have a higher status.

Work wear and Leisure wear

With new technology, the nature of our jobs may change and as a result will be the kind of clothes we wear. If we have more leisure time on our hands, leisure wear may become more important.

If you enjoyed reading this article and have your own ideas, please leave a comment and also take a look at my other articles.


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