10 Fashion Inventions We Wish Existed

Back when you were a mere fashion neophyte just discovering the world of clothes, encountering something like, say, a skort was nothing short of an epiphany. "So, it's fancy like a skirt, but I can sit cross-legged like I do in shorts?" And, then your mind exploded.
These days, dickies and jeggings and these guys are totally familiar things to you, and it seems that no new, genius fashion products could surprise your jaded self. Which is why we're here to bring back that magic. Sure, these products don't exist, per se, but we're sure there's some enterprising reader well-versed in material sciences and garment engineering who'll take these ideas to the bank. Until then, let's inspire some epiphanies once again with these 10 fashion inventions that would make our lives so much better.
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Illustrated by Liz Meyer.
Extendable Skirts — A more, let's say, sophisticated way of rolling the top of your uniform skirt over, the extendable skirt goes from an office-appropriate knee-length to after-work mini at the flip of a switch.
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Illustrated by Liz Meyer.
Tights With Built-In Socks — You wear your tights like battle armor during the winter, but they're not quite thick enough for your boots. (Plus, a bit of squish might make party pumps somewhat more forgiving.) We admit to wearing socks underneath our tights to pad things, but shouldn't someone just create a tight with a thicker foot so we don't have to deal with all this creative layering?
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Illustrated by Liz Meyer.
Actually Opaque Yoga Pants — Despite what some CEOs might say, yoga pants that won't rip and will let you do a downward-facing dog without accruing an indecency violation are possible.
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Illustrated by Liz Meyer.
Velcro Beanies — For those of us who aren't blessed with perfectly shaped domes, beanies just don't stay put. For looser styles or heavier knits, a Velcro beanie would keep your hat on your head without you having to pin it in place.
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Illustrated by Liz Meyer.
Hands-Free Clutches — The good thing about clutches is that they're compact, cute, and don't ruin the lines of your dress. The bad part? Holding on to that thing all evening. With the hands-free clutch, an invisible, fabric-friendly adhesive will keep that bad boy in place under your arm all evening. Further products in the collection: bag straps that don't slide off coat shoulders and wallets that stick to the side of your totes.
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Illustrated by Liz Meyer.
Detachable Fancy-Sweatshirt Doodads — Those embellished, patched, bejeweled sweatshirts are so fun to wear, but how exactly does one launder them? And, dry-cleaning a sweatshirt just feels wrong. Removable doodads will make laundry day a ton easier — plus, sometimes you just want to wear a sweatshirt without a faux costume-jewelry neckline.
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Illustrated by Liz Meyer.
Smart Sheer Shirts — You don't want to ruin the lines of a sheer shirt with a camisole, tank, or your favorite shirting bra (which, of course, is bright red). With smart sheer shirts, the opacity would change depending on how you moved around and what you were wearing, so you could sport any bra you wanted (or none at all!) without having to worry about the whole world seeing it.
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Illustrated by Liz Meyer.
A "Do These Blacks Match?" Meter — Coordinating your black fabrics can be a huge pain (especially when your closet lighting isn't exactly photo-studio-grade). A color-coding system that tells you the "blackness" of your fabrics can help you match things up. Regular "color checkups" would enable you to update your numbers as fading occurs.
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Illustrated by Liz Meyer.
2D Sequins — Imagine all the glint and shine of sequins without any of the snagging. This smooth material would still resemble the disco-ball scales of real sequins, but you can finally wear a jacket over it without worrying if you're going to ruin everything.
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Illustrated by Liz Meyer.
No-Gape Button-Ups — A well-fitting button-up is pretty indispensable, but for many women, there always seems to be gaping at the chest. A shirt with a solid front (with a faux row of buttons) and a hidden, zipped back will remedy that problem.
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