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Standard sizing? Local company has a data-driven way to help you dress

Posted May 10

Be honest – do you like shopping?

I remember calling a friend from a dressing room while I was trying to find a pair of jeans. I was exasperated and exhausted by the process! It’s not my idea of fun.

Brand to brand, sizes are different, and finding the right fit makes shopping for clothes frustrating.

That’s why I’m excited to share this story that comes from a small Cary company trying to standardize sizing. They are called Human Solutions. I found out about this through a friend, Nina, who makes clothes and at one time worked for this company.

Human Solutions

She had me go into a laser scanner so she could get my exact measurements. She used the data to then make a dress for me for a charity event – she was auctioning off a dress just like it. I couldn’t believe how perfectly it fit!

Now Human Solutions is traveling the country trying to get thousands of people to volunteer for a size survey using the laser scanner. One of the people I ran into during this story was Zach Johnson of Apex on his 15th birthday. He is already 6’4”! Children’s sizes especially have not changed since 1970. Zach and his mom volunteered to be scanned to try to make the sizes more realistic.

Scout and Mollys

For this story, we visit different clothing stores, had fun talking with people about sizes, show how the scanners work, and visit NC State, which has the only College of Textiles in America. We also talk about how this data can also be used for other applications – from cars to Army tanks.

Join us on WRAL-TV at 6 p.m. Thursday.


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