8 brands of adaptable clothing for people with disabilities

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You might wonder what is adaptive clothing. The truth is that this is a question for many, as it usually stems from the lack of integration with less disabled people.

In other words, if you are not part of the disability community, which includes people with disabilities and those who know someone with a disability, you will never need to understand the importance of adaptive clothing.

Although adaptive clothing is not necessary for everyone, it is essential for people who have difficulty dressing independently.

While there’s still a long way to go for businesses to understand inclusivity on a larger scale, some brands are taking initiatives in this space.

Keep reading to discover the best brands of adaptive clothing for adults and children.

Click an option below to shop direct from the retailer.

What is adapted clothing?

Adaptive clothing is clothing specifically designed for people with disabilities who find it difficult to dress independently. This can be due to age, use of a wheelchair, level of motor skills, a condition such as cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis, brain injury and more.

Thus, adapted clothing is designed with elements that facilitate dressing.

You will often find that Velcro closures, magnetic buttons, side openings, insertion options, easy access points and sensory materials are used in these garments.

If you or someone you know would benefit from adaptive clothing, or just want to learn more, take a look at the shopping options below.


Target

The shopping mogul has teamed up with Cat & Jack to create clothes to make kids feel comfortable, playful and love the superstars they are.

The kids’ adaptive line includes features like magnetic buttons, side zippers, abdominal access, soft fabric and more.

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Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive was created with one goal in mind: “to deliver classic, cool American style with innovative design touches that make dressing easier for everyone.”

The brand offers styles for women, men, boys and girls. You can shop by user or by solution, such as easy closures, comfort, seated wear and fit for prostheses.

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BILLY Shoes

BILLY Footwear was born when co-founder Billy Price broke his neck after falling three stories. After being paralyzed from the chest down, he lost most of his mobility and had to learn new tips and tricks to successfully dress himself. However, the shoes were another story, as he couldn’t find a stylish yet functional pair of shoes for him.

Fast forward to the present day and Billy has created a brand that focuses on universal design.

Many shoe styles feature velcro, wide waistbands, and zippers that loop almost to the top, providing entry options.

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Adaptive Seven7

If you’re looking for stylish, tailored jeans, Seven7 has you covered.

The pants offered include such components as faux front zippers, minimal seams, velcro closures, soft and stretchy denim, no back pockets and more. Each jean offers something different to meet the needs of people where they are.

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Zappos

An extension of Zappos.com, Zappos Adaptive helps provide men, women and children with what they want and need – because more often than not the two are not synonymous in the disability community.

Zappos Adaptive does this by allowing shoppers to buy a single right or left shoe or create their own pair of shoes in different sizes.

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Area

Slick Chicks Underwear are designed to empower the wearer as they feature side ties, removable straps and open zippers for easy on and off underwear.

Slick Chicks underwear even uses special material to ensure it’s soft, stretchy, antimicrobial, breathable, and moisture-wicking.

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Kohls

“We recognize that a little ease goes a long way,” Kohl’s website states. “That’s why we’re happy to offer responsive designs from a few of your favorite brands.”

Shop Kohl’s Adaptive based on gender, age, or needs, such as abdominal access, diapers, seated comfort, ease of dressing, or sensory friendliness.

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JCPenney

With eight different shopping categories, JCPenney offers adaptive clothing for men, women and children. You can expect sensory materials, easy on and off options, adjustable features and hidden access openings.

For more recommendations, check out the shopping section of the New York Post.

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