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Dressing for Success with Arthritis
January 9, 2012
Arthritis doesn't need to get in the way of your personal style. "Pain is beauty," the old saying goes, but you can stay beautiful without pain in stylish and fashionable clothes that are still comfortable and easy to wear.
Adaptive clothing is an easy option; however, the style isn't necessarily always for everyone. In fact, if you don't want to spend the money on buying specially-made adaptive clothing, there are probably outfits right in your very own closet that would work out nicely and you can put together with minimal exertion or discomfort.
Comfortable sweat suits can be an easy, quick fix for lounging around the house or running errands. These kinds of pants with elastic waistbands are ideal as far as comfort goes, and if a classic hoodie or sweatshirt is too hard for you to pull over your head, try a zip-up version.
If you need to step it up a notch and dress to impress, consider comfortable cardigans that don't need to be buttoned, wrap dresses that require little effort, and materials like cashmere or microfiber jersey. Also, wrinkle-free khakis and dress pants are great for men and women alike because they don't require ironing, which can be hard on the hands or shoulders. Additionally, some wrinkle-resistant materials (including jersey) can even go without being folded if you are having a rough day and don't feel up to spending a lot of time and effort on laundry.
Skip elaborate tops or pants with a lot of buttons or zippers. The less hand dexterity required, the better. Pull on a one-piece dress paired with a nice pair of ballet flats and go. Slip on a comfortable one-piece top and a pair of pants with an elastic back waist and you're set. Don't forget to wear comfortable, sensible shoes â€” and this goes for men and women alike. Ladies should consider avoiding high heels, and men should be sure that their dress shoes provide enough support in the sole. Non-slip shoes are great for helping prevent injury, and massaging insoles can help with comfort and support. Additionally, when wearing sneakers or athletic shoes, remember that the wrong kind of shoe for the wrong activity can worsen foot health. The ABEOÂ® Arthritis Shoe is a nice option.
If you have trouble with dressing, there are options that can help. Aside from adaptive clothing and the suggestions listed above, there are buttonhooks and zipper pulls, dressing sticks, shoehorns, and even no-tie shoelaces like Lock Lacesâ„¢.
And always remember: when it comes to fashion and arthritis, simple is better. You can look put together and chic while also being comfortable and effortless. What are your tips for dressing with arthritis? Please share with us below.
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