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Retailers Expand Adaptive-Friendly Clothing Options

August 13, 2021 by
Photo Credit: Lennox Rees for The Washington Post; images from Tommy Hilfiger, Zappos, iStock
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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.

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