Fabric that becomes see-through with sunlight

After reading an inspiring article by Yuli Ziv ("What the iPad can teach the Fashion industry") I have to admit: I was annoyed. The iPad is not life changing, it is a fashion fad, exactly what Yuli was condoning and identified to be a problem in the fashion industry (here's a clip that humorously outline the iPad's disadvantages). However, her point as to having to introduce a sense of revolutionising the idea of products in a way that revolutionises our lives (hence, fashion should be full of inventors), still stands. I was thinking about it, and during a conversation with Sam at work the idea of a double effect fabric came up.

Although starting out with dubious motives, a solid dress which becomes see through in certain circumstances may very well have itsadvantages. I am of course assuming that the seethrough fabric is used sporadically and gets included in the cut of a dress which could beseethrough, such as the decoletee, arms or legs.

Water, as we know, has that effect on this silk and cotton fabrics (not to the extent as in this beautiful water dress sported by Gisele Bundchen), but the idea is to not change the condition of the fabric itself but merely its surrounding or the way it is looked at, similar to a 3D film, which changes its shape with the addition of color coordinated glasses.

The way to achieve this without actually affecting thefabric condition itself, I think, could be through light conditions. The idea is not to have transparent dresses (not my idea, anyway). That is already achieved with transparent chiffon. No, I mean something like tan through swimwear. The Swimwear looks like absolutely normal swimwear, and by that I mean they are not seethrough, not even when in the water, but solid (as they should be). They are made from lightweight fabrics with thousands of tiny, mesh pores in the material, which creates an opaque effect, which is what makes it look solid. I am not advertising (read for more info!), but I find that pretty revolutionary.

Now, if there is a way to create a piece that stays visibly solid despite not beingso, surely there must be a way to play with fabric that will look solid or not depending on its circumstances. Now I need someone who actually can go through the scientific motions of finding out what that meterial should in fact be constructed of, and we're good to go(-ish)! My guess is that fluorescent lighting for situations such as a familydinner in the evening or generally cloudy days, will make the surface of this patricular fabric appear solid. However, when infrared and ultraviolet light (sunlight) isreflectedon the surface of the fabric, it appears see through.

Something to think about.

Portmanteau Commentary: Shoes and Justice - How to argue PRO high heels

As a shoes collector of over four inch high heel shoes I am keenly aware of the dilemmas women face ranging from disapproving looks we get from doctors, dealing with unwanted approving looks from loudmouth onlookers who don't understand that wearing high heel shoes is for my own pleasure, not that of others, and the general impression of non-heel wearers that doing so is stupid (ca. 90% of my friends). I've therefore devised a system by which I can bring across my motives and defend them on an intellectual level ("I wear them because they look nice" doesn't really work as an argument). I don't aim to be morally superior, but simply to at least avoid the unfair inferiority of non- appreciators of high heel shoes.
It's not a secret that wearing high heel shoes is bad for you. Heels stress the ball of the foot and puts your body in an awkward, unnatural position. This makes most people bend their hips and spine forward, which in turn creates pressure on the lower back, calves, and hips, resulting in cramping and pain (when not properly dealt with). Last but not least, it affects the nerve ends that lead to many parts of the body including the brain, which means high heels can actually be the cause of emotional distress.

This is all fair and good, and not much can be disputed. The acknowledgment of these facts will give your argument more weight. There are exercises and pointers, which should not only keep the doctor away better than a daily apple or now "five a day", they will give you something to show and enough factual backing to not have to hear "Just stop wearing heels, that should solve your problems" from a rushed NHS doctor and derogatory friends when heels aren't even the issue. You will be able to show such knowledge of the risks involved and your active prevention and strengthening of the health of your legs and feet that they won't be in the position to argue.
Choose your path
Strangers, unfortunately, are harder to argue with, and not worth the effort most of the time. However, even this situation can be prevented. Choose a route and a time to travel that has a fair amount of heel wearing people, such as during rush hour when women are on their way to work. There are too many to pick you out from in the crowd and you are generally left alone. On the other spectrum, if I do have to travel at a time outside rush hour, I always choose the path that is least crowded and will make sure to avoid walking past a building site. Unfortunately, despite being in the 21st century, I have yet to walk past a building site where whistles are regarded inappropriate, a very sad truth.
Use shoes that fit the shape of your feet
This might sound obvious, but it's not. Yes, quality makes a difference, and considering it's something that carries the rest of your body and is the main, often ignored, touching point with our surrounding (sometimes shared with our bum), it is always worth the investment. However, don't be misled by famous brands or labels. For instance, I have quite petite feet and as much as I love Manolo Blahniks and some Primark shoes, they simply tend to be too wide or to flat around the mid-sole for my comfort. Instead, most my pairs are from Prada, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, and Zara (some Calvin Klein, Louboutin and Chloe). Yes, Zara. They fit my feet happily and perfectly in all corners and are comfortable walking shoes, no matter how high. This is, of course, also determined by the type of shoes, not just the make. Some feet structures prefer gladiators, some strappy heels. A pair of high heel shoes either fits or doesn't.
Get insoles
To make a pair of shoes fit uniquely to the sole of your feet, get insoles. If your feet like slingbacks or strappy heels (lucky you!), just a get a couple of small front feet silicone insoles. Whole feet insoles are better, but only work if your shoes are fully closed like boots or court shoes. This will shape to your feet after a few hours' wear and adds a softer layer between you and the ground.
Carry bags in your hand

It is obvious to say that you shouldn't carry much weight as this increases the unnatural load and the pressure on the ball of your feet. However, if you carry a bag in your hand hanging down, it balances the weight of your body automatically and the carrying is left for your arms to do rather than your feet. Carrying bags on your shoulder or on your arm is what shifts the load on top of the feet. On a seperate note, carrying a bag with glaves on has the same effect silicon insoles have on your feet - it substantially eases any pain that might arise.
Do your fair share of feet and leg bodybuilding
Although bodybuilding is "ugly looking" according to Joe Gold, the godfather of bodybuilding, we won't have to worry - we'll focus on legs just enough to promote circulation and help our legs stay flexible, building strength and resilience. To strengthen the lower leg muscles and improve balance, stand on your left leg and raise your right knee until your thigh is parallel to the floor. Keep your arms at your side and tighten your abdominal muscles. Hold for 30 seconds. If you feel like you are unstable, you can balance yourself on a chair. It is best to do about 5 repetitions on each leg. (Source for work out ideas mentioned)
Stretch the Achilles tendon and calf muscle
Our Achilles tendon is named after Iliad's favourite hero, but despite its cultural stance as representing weakness, it doesn't have to in our case. In order to stretch the Achilles tendon and the calf muscle, stand on the ball of your feet at the edge of a step and hold on to a banister for support and balance. Lower your heels slowly as far as your comfortably can. You should feel a stretch that runs from the calf down to your heel. Raise your heel then lower again, this time with your knees slightly bent. You should hold this for about 30 seconds. (Source for work out ideas mentioned)
Massage your feet
Speaks for itself, and can be done discretely whilst sitting on a bus, train, restaurant or working desk (etc). I tend to do so by placing one of my legs across the other in a way that it seems to form a square/ triangle. This helps stretch the calf , hips and ankles. Here's a colorful diagram of the nerve ends of our feet, but I usually just go for the parts that feel good when massaged. Quite simple, really. Do this regularly, if you can, best case scenario is every three hours.

That's it! Just these small actions (I don't have time for full blown excercises) should not only make you a better high heel wearer and increase your health, it will keep annoying doubters at bay and place you in a position of intellectual superiority as well as personal, visual and visible advantage.