What is Adaptive Clothing?

October 8, 2019




Adaptive clothing is clothing that is made especially for people who have difficulty in being able to get dressed with ease and comfort. It’s ideal for people who have disabilities, the elderly, wheelchair users and people who live with a condition that makes day to day tasks like getting dressed a struggle. One of the main struggles in dressing is fastening buttons or zipping up zippers due to the loss of fine motor skills. Materials such as Velcro, makes snaps and stretchy fabric to combat this. Adaptive clothing is typically designed with flat seams to reduce friction and has discreet modifications so that the clothing appears in traditional fashion.

There are varying degrees of disabilities and many illnesses including:

  • Arthritis

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

  • Motor Neuron Disease (MND)

  • Edema

  • Incontinence

  • Alzheimer's Disease

  • Parkinson's Disease

  • Stroke

  • Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

  • Brain Injury

  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)


The fashion world has also seen the need for adaptive clothing, Designer Tommy Hilfiger has released a complete line with one-handed closures, expanded openings, and seated options. 

Tommy Hilfiger


Major retailer, Target, has a complete line of adaptive clothing for children.They carry some pieces in store and more options online.


Other online stores that sell adaptive clothing are: Silverts, IZ Adaptive, and Able2Wear








Information gathered from Silverts.com and Tommy Hilfiger.com


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