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Dos and Don'ts of Everyday Techno Fashion

I saw this post on Frisky about the NY Times article and noticed the comments about how bright my necklace is. I just had to let people know that I AGREE!

Photo by Ryan Collerd for The New York Times [Left] Photo from my iPhone [Right]

In the photo from the NY Times, it looks like I am wearing a super bright fantastic necklace, but in real life it just isn’t that intense. I make it brighter for events or PR, because well, it's pretty and the shadows casted are interesting.

For me, technology is about subtle hints and hues, not about a blinking ravers’ paradise on my body. Just because its electronic, doesn’t mean all rules of fashion should be thrown out. And, for those of us who love technology accents, we need to recognize that the fashion world is not comfortable with wearable light shows, unless they are on the runway. To help demonstrate this idea I have put together a short list of a glamour girls dos and don’ts with electronic clothing and accessories for everyday wear - stress on the word “everyday.” 

1. Color. Like any fashion accessory, you want to pick a hue that works with your skin tone. For some reason, people throw this rule out when it comes to electrified designs. If you don’t’ normally wear neon green then why would your accessory be that color?

For the first timer, I suggest a thermochromatic Map T-Shirt from Angel Chang [Left], Equalizer T-Shirt [Right] 

2. Subtlety. If people are staring at the piece and not you - then it’s too much. Don't forget how bright and overwhelming lights are. You really have to be a fashion character to carry that look.

Thermochromatic Jersey from American Apparel [Left]  Uranium-Jeans [Right]

3. Comfort. If you can’t walk around or lift your arms, then your tech accessory is too heavy or cumbersome. This can come from a product which has large batteries and circuits or that didn’t think about the placement of the components. Accessorizing shouldn’t be a huge burden.

Temperature sweater by 5050 LTD. [Left], Color Changing Goggles from Alpha Micron [Right]

4. Small Power. Please say no to large batteries and battery packs. They bulge out and make your clothes look awkward and it shows a lack in attention to detail. Who wants to wear a skirt with a big box hanging off the back?

iPosture [Left], Lectra Sox [Right]

5. Style. Most importantly, pick something that works with your personal style.

Punkrock Keypad by my former student Cameron Browning
The Diamond Fiction by Tag Heuer [Right] 


Wow, sounds like something Salvador Dali would have liked. Those must have been huge earrings! Thank you for sharing your story.

Alison Lewis

Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 21:04

Your necklace reminds me of the a story where my uncle made earrings for his girlfriend out of ping pong balls with flashlight lights inside. They were powered by a battery pack and could flash in various patterns. They went out to dinner in NYC and Salvador Dali came over and said how much he liked them! (This was obviously some time ago...)

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 07:41