Wheelchair Chic: Fashion Tips for the Sitting FormBy Cassandra Jones -
Not every shopping trip ends in a euphoric montage complete with snappy ‘80’s music—but they don’t need to end in frustration either. Turn up your favorite “treat yo’self” tune and check out these options for wheelchair chic that won’t leave your pocket or taste for flair unfulfilled.
After a foray into the world of wheelchair fashion I found few sites that offered any clothing that met both the wheelchair style requirements and displayed personality. I did find one site, https://izcollection.com/ , that featured fun shimmery shirts and other garments designed specifically for the sitting form. Izzy Camilleri, the designer behind these stellar creations, even made some of Streep’s capes in Devil Wears Prada.
However cool Camilleri’s pieces were, they came at a price—a high price to my college debt oriented mind—and averaged 56 pounds for tops and 63 pounds for jeans. Oof. I do still recommend checking her site out for inspiration, and for the occasional splurge, but you can recreate her looks at a lower price by following these simple tips:
1.) Accent your waist
2.) Elongate your torso with long fit shirts
3.) Spice your look up with printed leggings
4.) Use a wedge or “kitten heel” to accentuate your calves
Since Limitless is a traveling website, I put together the perfect home, to airport, to dream destination outfit for warding off those air blasters and keeping you sleek while comfy. Pair any leggings you’re comfortable in, or a pair of jeans from rollitex.co.uk (I suggest black) with a long sleeve tee. I chose this grey number from Forever 21—for only 13 pounds—with an elongated hem to accentuate your torso length. I would suggest buying a slightly looser size, clingy material tends to fold into awkward bulges.
As I have come to understand, front clasp bras are the preferred choice to keep the ladies up in a wheelchair, but I always found them constricting and the clasp has caused me pain in the past. An easy solution to meet both ease without compromising sanity is a halter bralette. Common in Urban Outfitters and even Primark, these beautiful little beasts do the job while giving your outfit a pop of color. To remove, simply bring the halter over your head, and then lift the band up over your arm and head—this can be achieved with one hand. For Limitless’ look I finished off with a classic army jacket. If you’re worried about the jacket pooling in your seat, buy in a petite, above your regular size to fit your shoulders. The hem will be shorter and therefore won’t end up flooding out the waist we spent so much time carving out.