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Up to 1 in 4 adults in the United States live with a disability, according to the CDC. The fashion industry is beginning to take note of the fact that there is a market for stylish, adaptive clothing and footwear. Options for adaptive clothing and shoes are on the rise in 2023, particularly picks that allow the wearer to showcase their personality in addition to benefitting from innovative and accessible designs. New adaptive clothing companies are launching, and major labels are starting to offer trendy adaptive collections. We're glad to see it — and hope to see more adaptive clothing brands debut in the near future.
For those that don't know, adaptive clothing can include a variety of different features, including sensory-friendly seams (ie: flat seams that are more tolerable by those with sensory sensitivity, such as people who have ADHD or autistic spectrum disorder), hassle-free fastenings (such as velcro or magnets), and easy-access stomach openings (to accommodate colostomy pouches). Additionally, adaptive clothing can feature flaps to access chest ports, hands-free designs (such as with the cult-favorite Kizik footwear), and silhouettes specifically created to conform to prolonged seated positions (ideal for people who use wheelchairs).
While there's still a long way to go in terms of adaptive fashion offerings, we're happy to share 11 of the best adaptive clothing brands that will cover most (if not all) of your bases — including underwear, loungewear, womenswear, shoes, and more. Check them all out below.
Rebecca Ravee Norris is a full-time freelance writer with a decade's worth of lifestyle media experience. Based out of the Washington metropolitan area, she writes for a variety of publications, covering everything from beauty and wellness to style and celebrity news. She is a graduate of George Mason University. There, she earned her B.A. in Media: Production, Consumption, and Critique, along with a minor in Electronic Journalism. When she's not working, she can be found with her beloved Jack-Chi, Cash, adventuring with family and friends, working through reps at the gym, dreaming up her next home decor project, testing a new recipe, getting lost in the pages of a book, or catching up on her favorite shows.
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