Retailers Expand Adaptive-Friendly Clothing Options
Now that adaptive athletes finally got their much deserved moment in the CrossFit Games spotlight, it’s a good time to re-raise the topic on adaptive clothing options. Only this time, we’re not talking about athletic wear, but everyday clothes for work and school.
- Just last week, the Washington Post profiled a growing list of retailers like Tommy Hilfiger, Target, Kohl’s, J.C. Penny and Zappos that are adding new adaptive clothing lines.
- Two in particular, Silverts and Unhidden specialize in adaptive clothing.
One big thing: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 61 million or 26% of adults in the U.S. have a disability. So that’s one in four Americans, but adaptive options are noticeably more…threadbare.
Some examples of adaptive clothing:
- Soft clothes without tags or scratchy seams for those with sensory issues.
- Shirts with hidden access to medical ports, and pants that can be easily pulled on with one hand.
- Clothing with magnetic closures instead of buttons.
Need to shop for some adaptive threads for yourself or a loved one? Lifezest assembled this list of 53 retailers selling adaptive lines.
One last thing: If you’re looking for fitness products designed to make fitness equipment in your gym more accessible to adaptive athletes, check out Equip Products, an online adaptive equipment retailer.