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The Best Clothing for Wheelchair Users: A Comprehensive Guide

Choosing the right clothing as a wheelchair user can make a significant difference in comfort and ease of dressing. This guide will help you understand what to look for and why certain features are beneficial.

1. Understanding Fit and Comfort

  • Why Fit Matters: Properly fitting clothes are crucial for wheelchair users to avoid discomfort and pressure sores. Clothes that are too tight can restrict movement, while loose clothing can bunch up and cause irritation. Our clothing features flat seams at the back to avoid bed sores. This design consideration helps to prevent pressure points that can lead to skin issues.
  • Measuring for Fit: To ensure the right fit, it’s essential to take accurate measurements. Use our guide on how to measure waist, hips, inseam, and other critical areas. This ensures clothes are tailored to your needs.
  • Removing Back Pockets: In some garments, we have removed pockets to further reduce pressure points and enhance comfort.

2. Adaptive Clothing Options

  • Elasticated Waist Trousers: Elasticated waist trousers offer ease of use and comfort. They adjust to your waist size and are readily available in various styles, from casual to smart wear.
  • Wide Shoes and Boots: For those with swollen feet or conditions like varicose veins, wide-fit shoes and boots provide necessary comfort. They prevent pressure and accommodate foot size changes.

3. Specialised Accessories

  • Easy Fastening Belts: These belts can be fastened with one hand and use velcro tabs for easy adjustment throughout the day. They often feature a decorative buckle, making them suitable for both casual and formal wear.

4. Weather Protection

  • Wheelchair Waterproofs: Standard waterproof clothing often fails to cover the legs when seated. Look for waterproof ponchos, macs, and aprons designed specifically for wheelchair users to ensure full protection against the elements.

5. Fashionable Adaptive Clothing

  • Keeping Up with Trends: Adaptive clothing doesn’t have to sacrifice style. Our adaptive clothing includes modifications like velcro closures, magnetic buttons, and drawstring waists. These designs ensure that you can stay stylish without compromising on functionality.

Choosing the right clothing involves a balance of comfort, functionality, and style. By considering adaptive options and following measurement guides, you can find clothing that enhances your independence and confidence. For more detailed guidance and options, explore our extensive range of adaptive clothing including trousers, shorts, diabetic and oedema socks, footwear, accessories like belts, gloves and neckerchiefs. Not able to find a size you are looking for? Why not try our made to measure service should you need something a little more specific.