We Got Body-Scanned for New Pants at Bloomingdale's—Here's What We Learned


Bodymetrics at Bloomingdale's, Palo Alto.

It's a well known fact that there are few things as excruciatingly soul crushing as shopping for new jeans. Something about the act of squeezing your body into one unflattering pair after another makes any sane person want to crawl into a pair of oversized sweatpants. So, when two of us StyleBistro editors learned Bodymetrics had opened their first US location right in our backyard, we of course had to check it out.


Bodymapping–which promises to take the guess work out of finding a flattering pair of jeans–sounds a bit scary, but here's how it works: You step into a futuristic looking body-sized pod, strip down to your skivvies, and a Microsoft Kinect for Windows sensor maps your body's precise measurements and curves.


The entire process is done in a flash and once you're done you get to see what your body looks like naked and spinning (yikes doesn't even begin to describe it). You also get a break down of the girth of your various body parts (seriously, couldn't they come up with a more flattering word than girth?), as well as a list of denim style tips and recommendations for specific pairs of pants to buy.

Ultimately, we both learned:
- Our legs are short compared to our torsos, that we should stick to darker denim to minimize our backsides (thanks)
- High rise bootcut is our most flattering style of pants (no thanks).

Considering we're not body twins, the information wasn't quite as personalized as we had hoped. But, for online shopping addicts like yours truly, learning my exact measurements will definitely come in handy.

Perhaps, most importantly, we learned that while sweatpants are the cure for trying on unflattering jeans, the cure for seeing yourself look like a stumpy troll spinning nude in 3D, is a deliciously greasy grilled cheese sandwich.

Curious to check out Bodymetrics for yourself? Visit Bloomingdale's in Palo Alto or Bodymetrics for more information.
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