So many choices out there for special needs and adaptive clothing for disabilities!
Just when I really wanted to dislike Target. Really, I can’t stand that place. I don’t “get it.” Why so many moms are gaga over Target and get all silly and then brag about how they needlessly spent a ton of money in the store. I.Don’t. Get.It. I can never find what I need and I find many of their things to be poor quality and overpriced.
And then they came out with adaptive clothing for disabled adults and kids. Can’t hate on that, can I?
I still won’t join the throngs of suburban Moms who just love Target. But I won’t be a hater anymore. (But if the quality of their clothing is terrible, you can expect an update to this post!)
This issue, adaptive clothing, is one that is near and dear to my heart. I actually had this idea 10 years ago. No, really, I did. I actually talked to two local clothing companies about how to proceed. I just didn’t have the money nor the passion to pursue it. And, as Kevin on Shark Tank often says, “There’s nothing proprietary about it.”
There wasn’t. Things like comfortable fabric, no tags, different placement of fasteners–you can’t patent most of it. One of the first posts on this blog was a review of a shirt that used magnets instead of buttons. Those shirts were incredibly expensive and I often wonder how that company is doing today.
I’m glad others saw it too. Much easier to just shop for it rather than run a clothing company.
Special Needs and Adaptive Clothing
Here are some of the features of the various brands of adaptive clothing.
- easier to manage zippers and other fasteners
- different locations of fly and other fasteners, to accommodate wheelchair sitting
- no tags, comfort fabrics for sensory issues
- zip-off sleeves
- footless sleepwear
- diaper-friendly leggings and bodysuits
- hidden openings for abdominal access
- magnets and/or velcro instead of other fasteners
Brands of Special Needs Adaptive Clothing
The two main brands that are emerging from this trend are Tommy Hilfiger, Zappos/PBS and the brands at Target.
Emerging brands of Adaptive Clothing for disabled people
List of brands
- Tommy Hilfiger-adaptive girls
- Tommy Hilfiger-adaptive boys
- Tommy Hilfiger-adaptive men
- Tommy Hilfiger-adaptive women
- Target-adaptive Kids
- Target-adaptive women
- Target-adaptive men
Brands that are not adaptive clothing, but work for us.
I said earlier in the post, this has been an issue for us for a while. And, I want Kevin to fit in as best he can. Since this adaptive and special needs clothing has only been available recently, we’ve had to search around for what we need. I have been able to find brands of clothing that meet his disability needs and still look like every other kid.
- Gymboree-has twill pants and jeans with elastic waist band. Goes up to size 14 in kids.
- New Balance-shoes that come in wide widths to accommodate orthotics. Stride Rite has wides too, but they were starting to look too babyish.
- Nike, Under Armor-sweat pants and athletic pants, so no zipper or fly to manage. And, it is the same clothing that his younger brother chooses to wear.
- Lands End- I either order online or get at Sears. Decent twill pants with elastic waist that don’t look terribly therapeutic.
Adaptive Clothing Deals to be found:
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