Finding clothes that suit wheelchair-users can be a challenge. Many clothing stores do not have clothing that is designed to fit the unique needs of wheelchair-users. However, with a bit of research and knowledge, wheelchair-users can find clothing that fits. These 6 tips might help you on your journey finding clothing that is wheelchair-friendly.
1. Look for clothes with adjustable features - Many wheelchair users find adjustable features such as drawstrings, elastic waistbands, and adjustable straps and closures to be very helpful. Look for clothes that have these features to make sure that the garment fits comfortably and securely.
2. Choose fabrics that are easy to maintain - Wheelchair users spend a lot of time sitting, look for products that are timeless and durable. A good pair of trousers, pants or leggings that can be combined with different looks are a must. Look for fabrics that are machine-washable and easy to care for.
3. Look for clothes that are easy to put on and take off - Wheelchair users may have limited mobility and may find it difficult to maneuver garments on and off. Choose clothes that are easy to pull on and off, or look for items with zippers, snaps, or hook-and-loop closures.
4. Buy tailored and customized clothing - Many clothing brands offer limited sizes and styles that may not fit correctly. Consider getting clothes tailored to fit your body shape.
5. Consider adapting existing garments - If you have a favorite piece of clothing that isn’t wheelchair-friendly, consider having it altered or adapted. This can be a great way to save money and make sure you get the perfect fit.
6. Check out adapted clothing brands - There are some great adapted clothing brands that specialize in providing clothes for wheelchair users. Check out brands such as Tommy Adaptive, MOS by Alicia de Groot and IZadaptive to find clothes that are designed with wheelchair-users in mind.
Tirzah Lopez wearing linnen pants with zipper, linnen blouse from Pangaia and Nike sneakers. - photo by: Danique Regterschot
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