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4 Clothing Brands for Women with Arthritis

By Sandra Roussy February 27, 2023 Makeup and Fashion

Do you have arthritis? Have you had it for a long time or is it a new diagnosis? There are varying types of arthritis, but typically it is caused by inflammatory conditions or autoimmune diseases and there is no known cure.

Here are the 4 clothing brands we researched for women with arthritis:

  1. Buck & Buck
  2. Silverts
  3. Caring Clothing
  4. The Able Label

As the nation’s #1 cause of disability, arthritis affects nearly 60 million adults and 300,000 children. Over 100 types of arthritis and related conditions damage the joints and often other organs.

Arthritis Foundation

Most of us want to live an independent lifestyle, but the stiffness and pain in our joints can make it difficult to get dressed and undressed. So what do you do when pain keeps you from doing simple things like putting on your clothes? Thankfully, there are some apparel brands that specialize in designing clothing that is made for reduced mobility.

What to Look for in Clothing for Arthritis

These are elements to look for in adaptive clothing that has been designed for people living with arthritis. Basically, buttons are replaced with other types of fasteners.

  • Hook and loop closures
  • Zippers
  • Velcro
  • Magnets
  • Snaps
  • Elastic waistbands
  • Grab loops

Women’s Clothing Brands for Arthritis

Buck & Buck

Buck and Buck’s arthritis tops feature effortless closures such as velcro fasteners or zippers rather than buttons. Elastic waistbands make bottoms easy to pull on and they also put grab loops into pants that help to pull on their clothing without assistance. The necklines in some dresses and tops are adapted to allow for easy, over-the-head dressing. Shoes and slippers are slip-on styles with velcro or hook-and-loop closures.

3/4 Sleeve Shirt w/ VELCRO® Brand Fasteners

3/4 Sleeve Shirt w/ VELCRO® Brand Fasteners

Snap Front Bra

Snap Front Bra

Silverts

Silverts has been providing dependable adaptive apparel for men and women for over 90 years. They are one of the first companies to focus exclusively on people with dressing difficulties because of physical limitations. Their specially made closures and extra features bring back the independence of dressing.

Magnetic Button Fleece Cardigan

Magnetic Button Fleece Cardigan

Extra Wide Comfort Shoes with Easy Closures for Adjustable Fit

Extra Wide Comfort Shoes with Easy Closures for Adjustable Fit

Caring Clothing

Caring Clothing gives people with a disability the confidence and independence they deserve by making dressing and undressing easier with functional and stylish adaptive clothing. Their styles are perfect for women with reduced mobility.

Women's Wide Leg Pant Bamboo - Khaki

Women’s Wide Leg Pant Bamboo – Khaki

Women's Magnetic Shirt - Dark Grey

Women’s Magnetic Shirt – Dark Grey

The Able Label

Stylish and comfortable adaptive clothing brand The Able Label produces garments that have been designed to make dressing and assisted dressing, easier, quicker, and safer. They use quality fabrics, discreet adaptive designs, innovative fastenings, and hidden extras. You can’t even tell that their styles are adaptive clothing.

Front Popper Fastening 1010 Comfi Bra

Front Popper Fastening 1010 Comfi Bra

Marilyn Wool Blend Velcro Coat

Marilyn Wool Blend Velcro Coat

Let’s Have a Conversation:

Do you wear adaptive clothing because of arthritis or impaired movement in your hands? What types of fastenings do you prefer: velcro, snaps, or magnets? Where do you shop for your adaptive clothing? Which brand is your favorite? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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Janie Bennett

This is not bad idea but, the clothes you showed are ugly, I hope there are some stores out there that have some style. I have pretty bad arthritis but would not be willing to wear ugly just for ease.

Susan Goodman

I also wonder about putting magnets on my clothes and won’t that affect my phone and iPad? Not to mention my credit cards.

Gmarie

Thank you for sharing this! I’ve recently had a flare up of arthritis in my shoulder. Two of my dressing challenges are reaching around to hook my bra in the back and remove tops and sweaters that pull off overhead rather than button.

Janie Bennett

Gmarie, hook your bra in front then turn it around and bend slightly to place your breasts in the cups.

Susan Goodman

I bought some tight pretty camisoles from Amazon and have stopped wearing a bra. It’s not a problem in the winter because I have on a couple layers of clothes. In the summer, I often wear loose clothes. I do have a bra that hooks in the front, made of cotton by Haynes. I still have a couple of my traditional bras that I wear on special occasions and fasten them in the front and slide around, as was described earlier by someone else.

The Author

Sandra is the middle-aged woman you hear about who sheds everything she owns and sets out into the world to rediscover and redefine herself. After more than twenty years spent in the fashion industry designing collections for brands such as La Senza, Victoria’s Secret, and JACOB Lingerie, she shifted her path and pursued her longtime passion for writing, traveling, and photography. Sandra was published in the NY Times best selling book Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It. A deeply personal essay hand-picked by Elizabeth Gilbert about loss, facing fears, and going after dreams. Visit her website: www.sandraroussy.com

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