THE PRESENT INVENTION IS NOT LIMITED TO THE EMBODIMENTS DESCRIBED AND EXEMPLIFIED BELOW, BUT IS CAPABLE OF VARIATION AND MODIFICATION WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE APPENDED CLAIMS.
An attachment layer is sewn into or onto the waistband of a pair of slacks.
An attraction layer (either singly or in pieces) is made to adhere (temporarily) to the skin of the wearer or to the lower part of the wearer’s shirt or blouse. By this mechanism, the wearer can prevent his/her slacks from slipping too far down or the shirt/blouse from pulling out of the slacks.
Nursing mothers need to have a quick and easy mechanism to enable their infants to nurse.
Often the infant is not being very patient and the mother has only one hand available for opening her blouse. One or more attraction, attachment and optional intensification layers are incorporated into the maternity wear to enable easy opening an closure, and to provide a mechanism for the mother to make her blouse or dress top be less baggy and have a more flattering look.
Straps that go over the shoulder often slip off or press tightly against the shoulder, the latter causing significant pain if the weight on the shoulder is great.
In the case of the sliding strap, an attraction layer in either the strap or in a corresponding pad incorporated into the garment when coupled with an attachment layer will prevent slippage. In the second case, a second attraction layer reversed in polarity from the primary attraction layer will provide repulsion enabling the pressure to be spread over a larger area, thereby decreasing the pain.
Closures without the need for buttons and button holes.
For wrap-around garments, an attachment layer in the “inside” part of the garment (mounted in a direction parallel to the wearer’s waist) coupled with a similarly oriented attraction layer in the “outside” part of the garment provides a continually adjustable closure without the need for buttons and button holes. Depending on the desire of the wearer, the attachment layer can be replaced with another attraction layer. Furthermore, one or more attraction layers can contain one- or two-dimensional alternating magnetic field arrays to reduce lateral slippage in at least one dimension.
An attraction layer is caused to adhere to the wearer’s skin and matches up with an attraction layer in the garment.
For example, a tee shirt with absolutely no back will have its attraction layers oriented vertically starting just below the arm pits. A second attraction layer is similarly aligned but fastened to the wearer’s skin, e.g., with body adhesive or surgical or waterproof tape. Until the wearer explicitly pulls the closure apart, it will stay together regardless of moisture or movement.
Often, a zipper or comparable closure requires a second party to complete its alignment.
The attachment and attraction layers of the present system are self-aligning so, for example, a woman’s dress would automatically close in back with a straight seam. An optional guiding device (analogous to a back scratcher) can also be employed.
A wearer may wish to have a closure seam comprising a continuously variable degree of contact.
For example, a blouse could be fully closed in a formal or business environment, but worn significantly more open in an informal or private setting. An external (hand held) magnet when waved over the closure system of the invention will cause a part of the closure to open, in exactly the amount desired by the wearer.
Certain styles of shoes are difficult to wear without the feet slipping out.
An attraction layer is built into the shoe and a small attachment layer (pad) is made to adhere to an unobtrusive part of the wearer’s foot (e.g., at the back of the heel), thereby enabling the foot to be held in place within the shoe much more firmly.
People who wear high-heeled shoes and stockings have a high incidence of orthopedic problems caused by the foot sliding forward and being compressed by the sides of the shoe.
An attraction layer is placed inside the shoe and a reversed attraction layer (generating repulsion) is taped or affixed to the foot, thereby impeding the forward slide of the foot in the shoe.
People who have had limbs amputated, particularly legs, have a range of specialized comfort problems with prosthetics.
The sweat glands near the stump are far more prolific than normal. If the corresponding socket in the prosthetic device is not an almost perfect fit and has an efficient wicking material to draw away the moisture, a range of skin irritations, rashes, and lesions results. A combination of attraction layers of either aligned or reversed polarity will help keep the stump in the proper position and will minimize chafing in a less than perfect fit situation.
The key to a good game of golf is proper hand position on the club.
Golf clubs with an attraction layer incorporated into the handle (at the proper position and angle) will interact with an attachment layer (or second attraction layer) in the golf glove, insuring correct orientation and alignment.
For creative fashion designs, the present invention can be used to replace straps and backs of dresses and gowns.
Attraction layers can be adhered to the wearer’s body, e.g., with body adhesive or surgical or waterproof tape, at various locations where the wearer desires to attach the dress or gown. A second attraction layer is affixed to the dress or gown at certain attachment points that will adhere the gown to the body at any desired location.
Another use of the GaussWear Bit is with jewelry.
For example, attachment or attraction layers can be affixed to the wearer’s neck or chest. A second attraction layer can be affixed to the back of a pendant or necklace which alleviates the need for a full chain to hold jewelry around the wearer’s neck and provides for a whole range of elegant futuristic looks. To ensure that the jewelry stays securely in place, one or both attraction layers can be composed of either a one- or two-dimensional alternating magnetic field array.
The present invention can be incorporated into sports bras to allow the wearer to adjust between adequate support and a more relaxed, comfortable fit.
One or more attraction layers can be affixed to the wearer’s skin in desired locations. A set of attraction layers can be affixed to various locations on the garment. The wearer has the ability to adjust the sports bra to provide better support during exercise. Then, during the cool down phase, the wearer can re-adjust the sports bra to provide a looser, more relaxed fit.
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