There have been many interesting advances in clothing design recently, whether it's wearable LED panels for runners or sweat-powered cooling fabrics. One of the latest entries is pretty much the opposite of athletic gear. It's a wearable illusion called the Funkybod muscle top.
The top from UK-company Funkybod makes it look like the wearer has well-developed pecs earned from putting in hard work at the gym. Padding is also added to the shoulders and arms, making the shirt look a bit like those muscle-y superhero costumes. It's marketed as a confidence-booster for both skinny guys and the man-boob set.
The company touts the technical nature of the top. It is made from microfiber, which "is combined with more breaking technology in the discreet plates used for muscle sizing, when a muscle is tensed that area will feel tense and when relaxed will behave accordingly therefore making it very hard to realize one is being worn."
So the $49 muscle top is pretty much a padded bra/Spanx garment for guys who want a little more oomph up top. The exact technical material that goes into making the fake muscles seems to be a company secret.
A demonstration video shows a skinny guy looking pretty convincingly bulked up, but there doesn't seem to be any video evidence of the shirt tackling really serious moobs. The muscle top may seem like a novelty product, but Funkybod reports brisk sales in Europe and Hong Kong.
Should you decide to get funky with your chest area, keep in mind that the top won't do anything for your spare tire. It also won't do anything to impress the ladies should you get to the point of taking it off. Good luck wearing this thing at a pool party.