The consumer market for smart garments and wearable technology continues to grow. As medical body sensing technologies become more common in clothing, the implications of current ready-to-wear (RTW) sizing techniques on sensor placement is not yet fully understood. Much of the development of these garments is initiated from the tech sector (rather than the apparel sector) and issues related to the manufacture and use of clothing can go unnoticed until late in the development process. Here, we consider the interaction of the need for precise placement of sensors on the body surface and the sizing increments assumed by an RTW sizing system.

Sizing systems for apparel emerged in the U.S. with the first RTW clothing, around the time of the revolutionary war. Early sizing systems were mostly based on guesswork, but became formalized with the first somewhat large-scale anthropometric survey in 1940 and the resulting...

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