In the future of work fashion, data is the new black. The clothes we wear to work will be sensor-embedded and connected, monitoring stress levels, reminding us of appointments, alerting us and others when there’s important work to be done and more, says Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, author of the 2016 book “Smart Textiles for Designers: Inventing the Future of Fabrics,” and head of a consulting firm specializing in wearable technology and smart textiles. Much of this technology already exists in apparel used in the military, medicine and sports. Blue-collar and white-collar workplaces are the next frontier.

This is the first in a series of articles from The Future of Everything examining the Future of Work.


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