How Lab Coats Became a Dying Breed

Lab coats: they're white, mostly plain, boxy. Functional, and ultimately sartorially boring. But ask any doctor or lab tech about their lab coat and they will chat up a storm. Often about how they can't wait to ditch them—if they haven't already. » 3/23/12 3:40pm 3/23/12 3:40pm

Can a Backpack Be Chic?

When Eric Rothenhaus landed a gig as director of design at JanSport five years ago, he wanted to make an impression. He would do it by re-creating, down to the seat-belt straps, the very first JanSport backpack (and the first-ever backpack with a zipper) introduced in 1969. Problem: There were no sketches, patterns or… » 3/09/12 2:00pm 3/09/12 2:00pm

The Plaid Shirt: Rebellion, Grunge and a Touch Flamboyance

Plaid shirts will always represent for me Kurt Cobain, riot grrrls and grunge music. That's because I'm self-centered and lived my twenties in the '90s. But today when I see my husband putting on a plaid shirt, it inspires entirely different connotations. He couldn't be less grunge, but he is a certified geek. And it… » 3/02/12 4:20pm 3/02/12 4:20pm

Skinny Jeans: The Staple of a Well-Dressed Geek's Wardrobe

Skinny jeans have been mocked in song, and at least one unfortunate guy has been roughed up for wearing them. Yet the skinny denim style is not waning. Quite the contrary! » 2/24/12 3:20pm 2/24/12 3:20pm

From Winston Churchill to Andre 3000: The Ecclectic Appeal of the Bow…

No one wears ties anymore. Even fewer people wear bow ties. They're really freaking hard to tie, for one. And the resulting aesthetic is, shall we say, unusual. » 2/17/12 1:00pm 2/17/12 1:00pm

Why We Love Geeky Glasses

When Buddy Holly finally conceded to glasses, his vision was already 20-800. He had tried some of the earliest contact lenses. They became unbearable after about 10 minutes. So he got glasses. His first frames had thick plastic at the top, with a thinner, less obtrusive metal frame for the bottom half. » 2/10/12 12:00pm 2/10/12 12:00pm

Future Military Uniform to Have HUD, Mini-Missile System

US sodiers are not the only ones getting advanced uniforms » 11/18/08 3:26pm 11/18/08 3:26pm. In fact, Koreans may be taking the lead with a new stormtrooper suit that-if it goes beyond the vaporware stage-will include every sci-fi technology you can imagine. From a heads-up-display helmet to personal cooling and heating syss to a matching weapon that…

UK School-Kids Get iPod-Controlling Uniforms: Teachers Despair

Ipod-controlling clothes aren't new » 8/14/08 6:15am 8/14/08 6:15am, sure, but UK retailer Marks and Spencer is taking a teeny risk with its new line of smart clothing. It's aimed at school kids, with controls and pockets integrated into standard school uniform blazers and coats. A five function keypad from Fibertronic is inside the lapels, and…