Greatest Invention In Clothing
January 17, 2007 7:12pm CST
What is your favourite invention when it comes down to clothes, is it the blouse, is it braces to hold up trousers, or it could be the plain old taken for granted zip. For me I think the greatest invention is VELCRO! When I was working at the nursery it was so much easier when children had shoes which had velcro on them, made it easier for them to slip in and out of them. Same with velcro on their coats, instead of awkward buttons which the children used to get frustrated with because they couldn't manipulate their fingers into doing the buttons up. For 2, 3 and 4 year olds velcro is a life-saver it also helps them to be more independent as we should encourage children to be. Even adults sometimes had trouble with stubborn zips that would get caught up or were tough to pull up and down on coats, so imagine how children feel when their zipper gets stuck!
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• United States
4 Mar 07
I have to agree that using velcro on clothing and shoes instead of laces, buttons, snaps or zippers is perhaps the best invention ever in clothing. I know that it has been great for children, but as you pointed out, velcro is also an asset for older adults. My father is 81 and he has boots that have a velcro closure. This makes it easier for him to get them on and off because he can do it quickly and not worry about bending down, balancing, and fussing with a zipper. He also has velcro closures on his winter jackets, which is easier for older people with arthritic hands. Just as with the kids, this helps to promote independence. For me, the greatest invention was blue jeans! They could be my "uniform" if I were allowed to wear them to work. You can dress jeans up or down, and you can wear them every day and still have a different look. Unlike most other clothing, blue jeans look better as they "age".
3 Mar 07
Have you ever sen the stretch laces they are like coiled springs , when Ross went to school at first they were heaven sent , he was never good with his hands because of the CP and they were just great , I still have a new pair in the drawer and hes nearly 27 lol. talk about hoarding xx
19 Jan 07
I agree velcro is a very good invention. A Swiss engineer, George de Mestral invented Velcro in 1948. While hiking, he had noticed that burrs (burdock seeds) stuck to his clothing. The burrs had hook-like protrusions that attached themselves firmly to clothing. Mestral used this same model to develop Velcro, which consists of one strip of nylon with loops, and another with hooks. Mestral patented Velcro in 1957. I t was originally used mostly for fastening clothes, but is now used to fasten many other things. My favourite clothing invention has got to be the corset. A corset is traditionally a garment worn to mold and shape the torso into a desired shape for aesthetic or medical purposes (either for the duration of wearing it, or with a more lasting effect). Both men and women have worn - and still wear - corsets. The corset is attributed to Catherine de Médicis, wife of King Henri II of France. She enforced a ban on thick waists at court attendance's (1550's) and started over 350 years of whalebones, steel rods and midriff torture. Thankfully they are now very comfortable to wear.
19 Jan 07
I think you have probably given the best invention ... Velcro .. (or to be PC it's hook and loop hahah!) ... but I bought a pair of trousers (in a sale) that are not only Teflon coated so I can wipe off any dirt .. but are crease free too .. I only wear them when I have to be ultra smart .. but at least I can look presentable .. now if I only had a nice top to go with them ... hahah!
• United States
18 Jan 07
I have to agree with you there! Velcro is one of the better inventions. My kids have all had those velcro shoes that taught them to be independent. So once they came of the age to learn to tie, the child is already used to putting their shoes on by themselves. But I also love the long sleeve and pants oneies. The kind that when the child is tired and you want to change the child into a gown because it makes for easier access to diaper change in the middle of the night...you just snap the little snaps into a different way and now the oneies now becomes a night gown! I love those little snaps on kids clothes! It really makes them stay put. At least until they learn how to undress themselves. Then you can't stop the child from streaking through the house! LOL
• United States
7 Jun 07
I personally think the greatest invention in clothing is the pocket. I absolutely hate pants or shorts and sometimes skirts that don't have pockets. Pockets are just so useful. I don't like carrying a purse all the time and pockets work great. I don't even like gym shorts without pockets. Where am I supposed to keep my gym pass?
8 Mar 07
Have you ever thought maybe it's denim or jeans that's the greatest invention ever?:P Its been invented and re invented in number of ways. Its the most common piece of clothing you have in your closet the whole time. Its something what almost anyone just need a pair of no matter what.:) You have denim everything, pant, bags, skirt, or even car seat!:P