Inside: Looking for adaptive clothing brands that are easy-to-wear but still make you feel confident and beautiful?
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Are you looking for adaptive clothing brands that are functional but still fit your style aesthetic?
Sick of only seeing light blue muumuu’s designed for the elderly?
I feel you.
When I was diagnosed with ALS at 26-years-old, I knew that it wouldn’t be long before I’d have to trade in my button-up jeans and short rompers for oversized dresses and sweatpants.
With limited adaptive clothing brands available on the market, it can often feel like our needs are overlooked when it comes to affordable fashion.
In this article, I’ll introduce you to the 15 best adaptive clothing brands on the market so you can go from feeling frustrated to feeling fierce with the click of a button.
What does adaptive mean in clothing?
Adaptive clothing is clothing that is designed with the needs of disabled individuals in mind. This can include things like:
- Using magnetic closures instead of buttons
- Velcro closures
- Pants with back support and lower cut at the front provide support and comfort to wheelchair users.
- Easy access apparel to things like G-tubes, oxygen lines, glucose monitors, colostomy bags, etc.
- Using smart-sensors
- Reversible clothing
17 Adaptive Clothing Brands that Work with Every Style
Fortunately, adaptive clothing is becoming more mainstream. From iconic brands like Tommy Hilfiger to huge retailers like Target, adaptive clothing is slowly becoming a staple offering.
And for good reason.
According to the Return on Disability Research Group, “The disability market constitutes an emerging market the size of China and the European Union with 1.85 billion people and $1.9 trillion in annual disposable income. People with disabilities and their friends and family, who act on their emotional connection, together, control over $13 trillion in annual disposable income.”
I’m hopeful that as brands start seeing the financial impact of the disability market they will bring adaptive clothing into their main assortment of clothing.
So, with that being said, let’s check out the 15 adaptive clothing brands that work with every style!
From easy-to-close magnetic closures to sensory-friendly fabrics, Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive was one of the first major brands to combine adaptive clothing with luxury fashion.
The assortment features clothing for men, women, kids, and even accessories. You can shop according to the adaptive feature and even filter based on the enclosure type. One of my biggest complaints when online shopping is that I have to search through the product details to find the enclosure type. It’s not always obvious in the photos, and I can’t buy something that would include multiple buttons. This is a huge advantage to be able to navigate clothing options based on your specific needs.
I bought a few items in the past from Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive, including a dress, a skirt, and a couple of pairs of pants. All of the clothing items met my needs in the way that I expected. I had a great experience using their products. Unfortunately, the design isn’t exactly what I would typically wear, but I think they make a lot of great pieces for casual office wear.
Like a lot of adaptive clothing brands available on the market, Silvert’s is specifically made for elderly disabled people. It’s easy to navigate their clothing based on icons that show whether the garment is made for self-dressing or for someone who needs assistance dressing.
Another advantage is that they offer clothing bundles. In my experience, once you find a garment that works with you it’s easier to buy that same garment in several different colors. They make this an easy option by including bundles for a cheaper price with different fabrics in the same style.
I also appreciate that you can shop the site based on your specific means related to your disease. In other words, you can buy clothing for ALS patients or someone with Alzheimer’s. I feel like this would lessen the amount of research someone has to do because they can trust that the garment was made specifically for someone’s disability.
3. IZ Adaptive
IZ Adaptive Is one of the coolest adaptive clothing lines available on the market. Although most of the clothing is specifically designed for wheelchair users, you can find a few shirts and coats made for people with dexterity issues. They offer a large assortment of stylish clothing and even include undergarments like bras and underwear.
One of the best parts of their shopping experience is that they have the “buy now, pay later” feature. Because adaptive clothing is usually more expensive than non-adaptive clothing, this is a great way to offer products to people in a convenient way.
In addition, they also have a 30-day guarantee where you can wear their products for 30 days and if you’re not satisfied then you can return them. This is a great way to offset the price by making sure that you don’t pay for something that doesn’t meet your needs.
Reboundwear is a great option for people who have recently had surgery or are in hospitals often. It’s an adaptive clothing line of athletic wear that’s great for physical therapy appointments, post-op surgery, chemotherapy, etc.
Rather than style, the line offers unique functionality by placing discreet zippers throughout the garments that providess easy access for things like heart monitors, ports, and infusions.
Juniper unlimited is an adaptive clothing marketplace featuring brands such as Yarrow, Magnaready, and Ulex. They offer clothing for both men and women from adaptive clothing brands around the world. They are in the middle of changing warehouses, so a lot of their products are sold out, but make sure to check this website out once it’s back to running like normal.
J.C. Penny has a huge offering of plus-size adaptive clothing for women. They also feature adaptive clothing for men from brands like St. John’s Bay. For every age range, the company provides affordable adaptive clothing with magnetic buttons, flat seams, and loop closures at excellent prices.
7. Lands End
Lands End just launched their new inclusive line of adaptive clothing that’s designed for easy dressing and made to look exactly like their best-sellers. Made for all genders and ages, they have magnetic closures and/or rip & grip closures, while the smooth seams and heat-transfer or satin labels are sensory-friendly.
June Adaptive is another online marketplace for adaptive clothing featuring a range of inclusive products for all ages and genders. I particularly like this brand because they feature a large assortment of products that would meet different needs based on your disability. June Adaptive offers functional and stylish products for a range of ages in the disability community.
Buck & Buck is the type of adaptive clothing brand that you are probably most familiar with. They are definitely marketing to the elderly and disabled audience (which is great because we all deserve to have our needs met). While Buck & Buck won’t be your first choice if you’re part of the younger disabled crowd, they offer a huge assortment for older people with disabilities.
10. Seven7 able
I’m so excited about the much-anticipated launch of Brakefield’s universally-designed clothing line. I’ve been working with this mom-daughter duo out of Nashville as a fit model, and they have some FANTASTIC items that I know you’ll love.
From shirts with strategically places loops for easy dressing to dresses with bold patterns and slits in just the right place (for easy bathroom breaks), they offer adaptive clothing that you actually want to wear. Pre-order begins in February!
12. Zappos Adaptive
Zappos may be known for shoes, but they’ve added an Adaptive collection complete with apparel, intimates, and accessories. This retailer now leads the market in its adaptive assortment, including things like belts that can be fastened using one hand and no-tie shoelaces. They also offer a great selection of post-op surgery clothing that can be worn comfortably during recovery.
I appreciate that during the shopping experience on Zappos Adaptive, they will include recommendations for items that aren’t necessarily marketed for people with disabilities but may still be helpful. Oftentimes, brands don’t realize that items in their current assortment could help someone with a disability.
13. Alter Ur Ego
While Alter Ur Ego doesn’t have the largest selection of adaptive clothing on the market, they do offer a signature jean for wheelchair users in both men and women’s. They also have T-shirts with humorous sayings for wheelchair users like, “I literally can’t stand it.”
14. Care + Wear
Care + Wear focuses more on the medical industry side of things by offering an assortment of scrubs to medical industry professionals, as well as PICC line covers and shirts with chest port access for patients. They also offer adorable NICU bodysuits for premature babies!
They have some great partnerships like this hoodie designed by Oscar de la Renta. Overall, this brand solves problems that may arise during hospital visits through their expertly designed clothing.
Unhidden is an adaptive clothing brand based in London that creates all of its clothing from deadstock cloth in Bulgaria (fabric that would go to landfill otherwise, excess cloth from other retail companies). They offer innovative fashion in both men’s and women’s styles. The assortment includes things like seated twill trousers and double-layer dresses that allow for bloating and port access. This is definitely one of the most fashion-forward adaptive clothing brands on the market!
16. I’m Fine Attire
The I’m Fine Attire is designed with comfort in mind for those who suffer from chronic illness. The brand features the world’s first pain and bloat-friendly legging. that are perfect for those with painful periods, and chronic conditions like endometriosis, pelvic floor issues, and more. The Heat Pack Pocket Leggings were designed to comfortably fit women of all sizes, providing a way for women everywhere to stand up to the negative effects of hormonal changes.
The I’m Fine Attire X BattleWithEndo Pyjama Collection features an oversized flattering top & high-waisted, soft, non-restrictive leggings with our signature Heat Pack Pocket ™. All pajamas come with a heat/cold pack for you to reuse & add extra comfort for those hard days or even just in the cold. It’s perfect for women who have symptoms such as bloating & abdominal pain.
17. PATTI + RICKY
PATTI + RICKY is an adaptive fashion marketplace for adults and kids with disabilities, chronic conditions, patients, seniors, and caregivers. Each year, the brand donates 10% of its profits to non-profit organizations that support inclusion and provide access for individuals with disabilities and chronic conditions.
PATTI + RICKY offers clothing, jewelry, shoes, swimsuits, outerwear, and much more for women, men, and kids. The assortment includes an extensive collection of fashionable items and even features the Hack Ability Toolkit by Open Style Lab™ for purchase.
17 Adaptive Clothing Brands for Adults that Work with Every Style
As you can tell, there aren’t a ton of brands doing adaptive clothing. I’m hopeful that this will change as brands start noticing the financial opportunity of the disability community.
Getting dressed is one of the hardest parts of my day. I’m incredibly grateful to the brands working to change this for me and be millions of others who feel exhausted by their clothing day after day.
Are there any adaptive clothing brands that I missed? Please comment below and I will add them to the list!
Allie Schmidt is a rare disease advocate and disabled mom living with motor neuron disease. She founded Disability Dame in 2020 to provide tips to other moms living with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
In her spare time, you can find her traveling with her husband (she's been to 38 states and 16 countries!), watching reruns of Survivor, or tending to her near-constant sunburn from spending too much time outside. You can follow her adventures here.