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New Adaptive Clothing Lines For People With Disabilities

Posted by Erica Bettencourt

Thu, Jan 03, 2019 @ 11:21 AM

Tommy-Adaptive-Clothing-Line-Tommy-HilfigerA report by the U.S. Census Bureau shows nearly 1 in 5 people live with a disability. A common challenge many people with a disability face is getting dressed and undressed by themselves. Adaptive clothing can be a great help.  

According to caringvillage.com, adaptive clothing is designed with the dressing needs of the elderly and disabled in mind. Typically, the adapted features include:

  • Velcro-type closures instead of buttons
  • Open-back blouses, shirts, and dresses with Velcro-type closures that still retain the traditional button styling on the front
  • Lap-over back-style garments with snaps for the individual who cannot raise their arms
  • Zippers with easy-to-grasp pull tabs
  • Pants with side zippers
  • Seatless pants to help with incontinence
  • Shoes with Velcro-type closures instead of shoelaces
  • Slippers that adjust in width to accommodate swollen feet and ankles

A CBS news article discusses other innovative design elements that include adjustable hems on shirt sleeves and pant legs for individuals with limb differences. 

A Coherent Market Insights study predicts the global market for adaptive clothing will approach $393 billion by 2026. 

Popular brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Target, Nike and Zappos have launched clothing and shoe lines for these consumers. 

Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive

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Target Children's Adaptive Line

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Zappos Adaptive Line

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Nike Adaptive Shoes

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