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Offline Expectant_Philosopher

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Does anyone know of instances where Metamaterials have been used in clothing to alter the perceived body shape and reduce the appearance of large girth? Not invisibility but towards idealized shape.


 

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There certainly has been discussion about vertical vs horizontal stripes, and perhaps hiding one's size using optical illusions, but there is only so much one could do with that.

There are also, of course, skinny and fat mirrors, but I don't believe they could easily be transferred to one's clothing. 

Some kind of computer generated graphics on clothing would suffer many of the same problems that an invisibility cloak would suffer from including being extremely dependent on viewer angle.

It would be like a toupee.  It is all fine until people realize you're wearing one, then it just seems silly.
 

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One thing worse than posting a "photoshop fail" on social media would be wearing one.
 

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There certainly has been discussion about vertical vs horizontal stripes, ..., but there is only so much one could do with that.
Indeed; and, contrary to popular myth, according to research by Dr Peter Thompson at the University of York, stripes that run across the body are more slimming than vertical ones..
 

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Indeed; and, contrary to popular myth, according to research by Dr Peter Thompson at the University of York, stripes that run across the body are more slimming than vertical ones..
You mean I can put away the referee shirts?
 

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Does anyone know of instances where Metamaterials have been used in clothing to alter the perceived body shape and reduce the appearance of large girth? Not invisibility but towards idealized shape.

While you might be able to do something in theory, in practice metamaterials are not a mature technology and producing them on clothing would be cost prohibitive and probably not work very well at the moment.
 

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You mean I can put away the referee shirts?
Switch to hooped rugby shirts  ;)
 

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