Historically, there has been a gaping hole in the fashion industry for stylish and functional adaptive clothing (aka cute apparel that makes it easy to get dressed or live life for people with disabilities or those who have just gone through surgery). But, considering that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than one in four adults in the U.S. are living with "some type of disability," and the fact that web searches for adaptive fashion were up 80 percent in 2019—that needs to change. There's a serious demand for adaptive clothing out there.
Fortunately, retailers have slowly been responding to this demand over the past few years, with big fashion names—such as Tommy Hilfiger, American Eagle, Nike, and Ugg—offering adaptive collections to a wider audience. Etsy also has a growing list of sellers who make pieces with various necessary modifications.
In case you want a primer on the types of clothing that fall under this category, they include features such as magnetic closures for those who struggle with buttons or metal zippers, tagless pieces and soft fabrics for those with sensory sensitivities, side openings for easy care access, flat seams for less friction, designs that keep items like wheelchairs and crutches in mind, and much more.
If you're on the lookout for some pretty pieces from adaptive brands, then definitely keep scrolling. From a seriously chic handbag line to your favorite fuzzy boot, redesigned for easy on-and-off, check it all out, below.
Currently available in partnership with Aerie, Abilitee Adaptive Wear offers a plethora of adaptive accessories, like comfy fabric belts made to hold insulin pumps and water-resistant ostomy bag covers.
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