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Adaptive Clothing

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Adaptivity is not what most people think about for their clothes, but there should be an increased awareness of the need for adaptive clothing. For a large and massively under-represented group of people, getting dressed is a difficult or downright impossible task. In the past it has been a struggle for people with disabilities to find clothes that fit their needs, whether that’s a pair of pants with no zipper or a shirt with enough room at the openings to wiggle into.

Fortunately, this issue has been taken up by companies like Tommy Hilfiger, which was the first fashion giant to take a radical stand for millions of people with disabilities worldwide. Last year, Tommy Hilfiger announced its partnership with Runway of Dreams, a nonprofit that makes children’s clothes that offer alternatives like magnets instead of buttons or zippers and larger leg and neck openings that make getting dressed easier. The campaign that followed this partnership gave special needs kids a chance to be a part of an industry that has not considered them up until this point.

As encouraging as it is to see that designers are taking notice and action on this issue, there is also the new issue of cost. This emerging market is still quite limited and with small pool of options typically comes a large price tag. This is why it is important to support the companies that are trying to make a difference in the lives of disabled people and help this market to further expand.

FreeBelts, a new belt brand launched last year, has done this by reaching an entire spectrum of differently-abled people. The product that FreeBelts has championed is a belt without a buckle. This kind of product can be of much use to older folks, those with mental or physical disabilities, and anyone else that just can’t stand the uncomfortable belt buckle. The brand is propelling this movement forward by offering an option that gives those with special needs a choice in what they wear because this product reaches a whole spectrum of customers and is simultaneously focused on being functional and trendy.

One customer named Kristy said, “I have two special need teens at home and they hate belts. I bought them each one of these and they love them...Anything to make our lives a little easier is always something I want to share and brag about!” Another happy customer Sandy wrote, “Great for a child with special needs! This is the best belt ever!  I bought this for my son who is disabled… Thank you for making such a great product.”

The fashion industry has begun to embrace people of all different appearances and abilities, and it is a beautiful thing to behold. Thanks to companies like Tommy Hilfiger and FreeBelts, people of all ages and abilities can enjoy a product that can make their day easier. So next time you put on a pair of pants, a shirt, or a belt, remember that simple parts of a routine for one person could be a source of great frustration for another. That is why we need more inclusive and adoptive items in the fashion world.

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