Fashion is a global language; It’s a complete artistic expression of the self.

How you dress and what you wear can communicate to others:

- Self-Worth
- Confidence
- Personality
- Aptitude

 

According to Adam Waude of Psychologist World,

Whether you are male or female, your fashion choices can affect both your self-image, the impression that you convey to others and in turn, the way in which people behave towards you. (Fashion Psychology: What clothes say about you)

Forbes also published an article on the subject regarding what our clothing choices say about us, and to us:

"When you dress in a certain way, it helps shift your internal self," explains Dr. Baumgartner. 

Enclothed cognition gives scientific proof to the idea that you should dress not how you feel, but how you want to feel. Which clothes make you feel powerful? Sexy? In control? Wealthy? The clothes you choose are sending a message to those around you, but also to you, yourself. (What Your Clothes Say About You)

Whether you’re in a wheelchair due to age, health, or an accident, we want to pull our focus on all the things that are possible for wheelchair fashion. 

Our Story of Wheelchair Fashion Discovery

After Non-Scents co-founder, Mimi Greenberg began caring for her mom; she began to realize how much she had to learn about staying fashionable in a wheelchair. She started looking for short waisted tops, breathable fabric, bottoms with no defined waistline, and items that could be removed easily without closures or embellishments that could be irritable after sitting for an extended length of time.

Beatrice Greenberg, the inspiration for our aptly named, Bea-Dee Bags, was a woman of style and attitude. Once restricted to a wheelchair, she would wear the same fleece robe, sweatpants, and slippers that she found comfortable. The whole family could tell that something wasn’t right as Bea began to lose her sass and request to stay in more than dining out.

Thankfully, Mimi had an idea while on a quick trip to Marshall’s and arrived at the nursing home with looser cotton leggings, cheetah print sweaters, bejeweled long-sleeve shirts, and fashionable ponchos to replace the fleece robe. 

It was incredible what a simple outfit change did to Bea’s personality. She began singing again, requesting a glass of Pinot Grigio with dinner, and even started wearing her token red lipstick.  

Our story had a relatively easy and affordable solution to help Bea reconnect with her style and self-image. However, as we began making the stylish bags for wheelchairs and walkers, we realized that there are a lot more people who are restricted to a wheelchair for a lot longer than the 92-year-old matriarch of our family. Thus began our search for other resources that help people in wheelchairs (re)connect with their personal style.

 

Wheelchair Fashion Retailers

 

Chairmelotte - Wheelchair Adaptive Fashion for Men, Women, and Children

 

Silverts - Adaptive Clothing and Footwear

 

 

Rollitex - Wheelchair Fashion for Men, Women, and Children

 

 

Endless Ability Jeans - Adaptive Jeans for Men and Women & Support for those living with disabilities.

Wheelchair Fashion Bloggers

 

The Mobility Resource

 

Pretty Cripple

 

The Wheelchair Mommy

 

Spashionista

 

Pants Up Easy

Do you have any tips for wheelchair fashion? Add your comments below! 

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