Title:
Method of selecting optimum clothing style based on individually-assessed body type
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A method of selecting an optimum clothing style based on individually-assessed body type. The method comprises the steps of a shopper, interacting with a retail entity, which provides a body type identification system, through which a shopper can assess and select a clothing style optimally-suited for a particular body type.



Inventors:
Burrell, Cheryl (Minneapolis, MN, US)
Pryor, Pamela (St. Paul, MN, US)
Application Number:
11/252072
Publication Date:
05/03/2007
Filing Date:
10/17/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
D05C5/02
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Primary Examiner:
DURHAM, NATHAN E
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
INSKEEP INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY GROUP, INC (TORRANCE, CA, US)
Claims:
We claim:

1. A method of selecting optimum clothing style based on individually-assessed body type, comprising the steps of: (a) a shopper; (b) interacting with a retail entity; (c) said retail entity providing a body type identification system; and (d) at least one clothing item; wherein the body type identification system informs the shopper of at least one clothing item that optimally suits at least one perceivable body type.

2. The method in claim 1, wherein the shopper assesses and subsequently selects an optimally-suited clothing item, based on the perceivable body type.

3. The method in claim 1, wherein the shopper's interaction with the retail entity occurs at a physical brick-and-mortar establishment.

4. The method in claim 1, wherein the shopper's interaction with the retail entity occurs via a web-based application.

5. The method in claim 1, wherein the body type identification system comprises a two-dimensional description of the perceivable body type.

6. The method in claim 1, wherein the body type identification system comprises a three-dimensional description of the perceivable body type.

7. The body type identification system in claim 1, wherein the perceivable body type is associated with a color.

8. The body type identification system in claim 1, wherein the perceivable body type is associated with a body shape label.

9. The body type identification system in claim 1, wherein the perceivable body type is a custom-designed mannequin.

10. A method of selecting optimum clothing style based on individually-assessed body type, comprising the steps of: (a) a shopper; (b) interacting with a retail entity; (c) said retail entity providing a body type identification system, comprising at least one perceivable body type, and (d) at least one clothing item;

11. The method in claim 10, wherein the shopper assesses and subsequently selects an optimally-suited clothing item, based on the perceivable body type.

12. The method in claim 10, wherein the body type identification system comprises a two-dimensional description of the perceivable body type.

13. The body type identification system in claim 12, wherein the two-dimensional description comprises a color associated with the perceivable body type.

14. The body type identification system in claim 12, wherein the two-dimensional description comprises a written description of the perceivable body type.

15. The method in claim 10, wherein the body type identification system comprises a three-dimensional description of the perceivable body type.

16. The three-dimensional description in claim 14, wherein the three-dimensional description comprises a custom-designed mannequin.

17. The three-dimensional description in claim 14, wherein the three-dimensional description is a label comprising the shape of the perceivable body type.

18. A method of selecting optimum clothing style based on individually-assessed body type, comprising the steps of: (a) a shopper; (b) interacting with a retail entity; (d) said retail entity providing a body-type identification system, comprising at least one perceivable body type; (e) said retail entity providing at least one clothing item, wherein the body type identification system informs the shopper of at least one clothing item provided by the retail entity that optimally suits the perceivable body type and wherein the shopper assesses and subsequently selects the optimally-suited clothing item; and (f) said shopper recording the individual body type information with the retail establishment for future use by the shopper and/or retail entity.

19. The method in claim 18, wherein the shopper records individual body type information at the physical brick-and-mortar retail establishment.

20. The method in claim 18, wherein the shopper records individual body type information via a web-based application.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

People have been shopping at retail establishments for decades, for all manners of basic household, domestic and textile goods. Brick-and-mortar retail establishments (hereinafter “retailers”) arrange products on the premises with a variety of factors in mind. Specifically with regard to retailers that sell clothing, product arrangement on the premises is typically distinguished by departments which are often further arranged by gender, designers and ages. Retailers further employ strategies for promoting newer clothing lines by placing items near the most accessible areas of the retail establishment in order to generate the most profitable sales, whereas typically discounted items are placed in less accessible areas of a particular department. On-line or web-based retailers also arrange products on-line for purchase by shoppers. Typically, products are again organized by gender, design and ages via various links or listings.

The clothing selected for sale by retailers is typically driven by the fashion industry. Thus, the clothing made available to the public is driven by and modeled after those fashions presented by the fashion industry (also referred to as “fashion trends”). Retailers typically provide clothing based on the fashion trends, without consideration to whether particular clothing styles are suited to particular body types. Fashion trends, in and of themselves, do not generally develop or evolve for the purpose of optimally suiting a variety of body types. Subsequently, consumers shop for clothing without regard or knowledge as to their particular body types and/or which clothing styles most optimally-suit their particular body types.

Personal shoppers are sometimes hired to consult with and shop on behalf of clients, choosing color palettes and clothing styles that are appropriate to the individual body type and personal characteristics of the client. This is mostly due to a client's need to find professional and/or optimally-suited clothing styles, when the client does not have time to shop for himself/herself. However, personal shoppers are often quite expensive to hire and thus those services are not accessible to the average consumer.

Further, the consuming public is often ill-educated as to their individual body types and which particular clothing items and styles are the most well-suited to their individual body types. At all levels of economic status, people want to convey an image of confidence, professionalism and sophistication with regards to personal appearance.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a method of selecting optimum clothing style based on individually-assessed body type. The method comprises the steps of

(a) a shopper;

(b) interacting with a retail entity;

(c) said retail entity providing a body type identification system; and

(d) at least one clothing item;

wherein the body type identification system informs the shopper of at least one clothing item that optimally suits at least one perceivable body type.

The shopper is further able to assess and select a subsequent optimally-suited clothing item based on a particular body type.

One object of the present invention is to provide a method for retail entities to assist an individual in identifying his or her individual body-type.

Another object of the present invention is to provide individuals with a method of selecting an optimally-suited clothing style associated with an identified body type.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a flow diagram of the method of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a top plan view of exemplary body types as described in the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

FIG. 1 depicts a method of selecting optimum clothing style based on individually-assessed body type 10. The process includes a shopper 20. The shopper 20 may include, but is not limited to, the ultimate purchaser and user of the clothing or a personal shopper employed for purposes of selecting clothing for a client. The shopper 20 then interacts with a retail entity 22, which may include, but is not limited to, a brick-and-mortar retail establishment and/or a web-based (on-line) application administered or used by a retail establishment.

FIG. 1 further depicts the shopper 20 interacting with a retail entity 22, which provides a body-type identification system 24. The body-type identification system 24, may be provided in association with SHAPES™ brand retail services and products. The body-type identification system 24 involves assessment of at least one perceivable body type 26. Body types are perceivable at least two-dimensionally 28. Examples of two-dimensional representations of body types may include written descriptions, including but not limited to, literature describing dimensions, colors, and shapes; books; advertising and promotional materials; pamphlets; questionnaires and other written tools. Body types are further perceivable at least three-dimensionally 30. Examples of three-dimensional representations of body types may include, but are not limited to, labels, mannequins and other physical tools and representations that inform perception of a three-dimensional body type.

FIG. 1 further depicts the retail entity 22 providing an association of an optimally-suited clothing style with the perceivable body type 32. The retail entity 22 may establish such an association through study, consultation and/or advisement with persons of ordinary skill in the art to determine the optimally-suited clothing style with the perceivable body type 32. Such persons of ordinary skill may include, but are not limited to, fashion design experts and personal stylists.

FIG. 1 further depicts that the shopper 20 assesses and selects individual body type and subsequent optimally-suited clothing item 34. The assessment is based on the shopper's determination of a perceived body type 30 and specific physical characteristics selected by the shopper. The subsequent selection is based on the aforementioned determination of perceived body type 30, coupled with the aforementioned retail entity's association of the optimally-suited clothing style with the perceived body type 30.

FIG. 2 provides exemplary perceivable body types 26, including, but not limited to, type G, type P, type A, type L, and type C, as described therein. Exemplary perceivable body types 26 may further include, but are not limited to, colors. Examples of colors may include, but are not limited to, blue, red, green, purple and orange. Exemplary perceivable body types 26 may further include, but are not limited to, combinations of shapes, colors and written and physical descriptions as referenced herein.