What would we be wearing twenty, fifty, one hundred years from now? We think that our clothing choices could be driven more by societal, environmental, and technological change rather than abstract concepts of trends and fashion. Here, FHM reimagines what our wardrobes could look like should some cultural shifts occur. Don't worry, despite the world turning at a million miles a minute, your bacon briefs will (sadly) never go out of style.
The end of new clothes
The catastrophic sea level rise that wiped out 20 percent of the planet’s landmass in 2050 hit archipelagos like the Philippines especially hard. The chronic material shortages that followed meant new clothing was a luxury, and repairing and recycling old items, the new norm.
The election of the first transsexual head of state was not the ultimate victory of political correctness: it was actually the (almost) complete abolition of gendered male- and female-specific clothing. Big clothing companies were surprisingly onboard with this one-size-fits-all movement since it meant easy profits after all.
CCTVs became the norm after the Great Drug Purge of 2022 and Metro Manila developed into one of the most heavily surveilled cities in the world. The lightweight mass-produced synthetic cloak became the answer to people seeking privacy when outdoors—aside from the fact that it helps with the yearlong super typhoons spawned by runaway global warming.
The initial sporting application of nanotechnology came in the form of “enhanced” clothing that was legalized for use in the 2090 season of the NBA. Nanotech-filled bands of material that stimulated muscle performance and recovery were attached to strategic points on player uniforms. Later on, these were improved for attachment directly onto bare skin.
During the thirty-year regeneration of the ozone layer, complications to unfiltered sun exposure climbed dramatically year after year. In response, electrochromatic technology used in the massive crop greenhouses worldwide made its way to clothing. Using electric currents to control the transparency of a full body suit, it even let users “expose” themselves to the sun during the safe period of 4 to 5p.m.
Illustrations Tonio Maicon
This feature originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of FHM Philippines.
*Some minor edits were made by the FHM.com.ph editors.