When I think about the people who design our clothing, I can’t help but picture some maniacal super villain, plotting my demise with zippers and buttons. He or she sits hunched over a sketchbook coming up with ways to make a pair of pants as complicated as possible. Then, they slap an arbitrary size label on those suckers and wait for me to try them on. It isn’t perverts with hidden cameras in the dressing room, but fashion designers. They watch with a sick sense of glee as I struggle and sweat while my self-esteem goes out the window.
There’s a long list of clothing that makes life harder, not just for people with disabilities, but for women in general. Fortunately, it isn’t all invisible zippers and tiny hooks. There are some articles of clothing that actually make life easier, and when I find one, I snap up as many as possible.
1. Over the head dresses. These are those cute little dresses that don’t have any zippers or other complicated do-dads. You just throw them over your head and you’re good to go. If you want to get fancy, you can add a those wide belts or a cardigan.
2. Leggings. Okay, we all know by now that leggings are not real pants, but I sure wish they were. These things are just so easy to wear. They are easy to put on and take off. Plus, they can be worn year round; in spring or summer with dresses and sandals; and in fall or winter with sweaters and boots.
3. Sketchers© brand shoes. The designers of Sketchers© are the super heroes of the fashion world in my mind. I have never met a Sketcher© I didn’t love. They make everything from sneakers to dress shoes. Their shoes are amazing. They utilize Velcro, and even their dress shoes are durable enough to last for years (even if you drag your feet like I do). I even wore Sketchers© on my wedding day.
4. Circle skirts. Circle skirts are similar to over the head dresses. There are no zippers or buttons, they just pull right up. These skirts look awesome on everyone because they flow nicely and are not fitted. They look great when you are sitting, making them perfect for those of us that use wheelchairs. As a bonus, they are super easy to make yourself if you like to sew.
5. Cross body purses. Cross body purses are awesome. They have a long strap so you can wear it across your chest and it won’t fall off your shoulder. When I am in my chair, I like to wear it around my waist which keeps it secure without inhibiting my arms. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of designers that make cute cross body purses. Vera Bradley© is a designer who carries a lot of cross body purses in tons of colors and designs.
At UNlimiters, we’re always looking for products that help us live more independent and easier lives. Have you found a product that has improved your life? Let us know in the Shout section of our store and we’ll try to add it to our selection.