Written & Reviewed by Alisa Matsushita-Bomba
Summer is around the corner, and it's time to update your wardrobe for the season. If you have a disability or a chronic illness, finding fashionable and functional clothing can be a challenge. However, with adaptive clothing, you can create a summer wardrobe that is both stylish and comfortable. People who enjoy using adaptive clothing shouldn’t have to choose between being fashionable and dressing in clothes that allow them to have a higher quality of life. This is why we have come up with tips on how to create a fashionable wardrobe with adaptive clothing options from June Adaptive. Here are some tips and tricks to help you look stylish and chic all summer long using June Adaptive clothing:
Start with the basics:
A great summer wardrobe starts with the basics. Invest in high-quality pieces that you can mix and match, such as a black shirt. June Adaptive has many basic shirts and pants options in neutral colours like black, white, beige, and grey that will allow you to create simple, versatile outfits that go with any accessories. Not only will these pieces be versatile, but they will also be able to be worn in the future without fear of looking outdated, since basics will never go out of style. At June Adaptive, you can find the Women's Recovery Top with Zipper Access, made with zippers along the shoulder seams to halfway down the sleeves, and zippers in the front. These features allow for reduced dressing time, making it an easy dressing recovery piece, great for post-surgery exams.
Choose breathable fabrics:
Summer can be hot and humid, so it's important to choose fabrics that will keep you cool and comfortable. Look for materials like cotton, linen, and rayon. June Adaptive has clothing made with materials such as cotton that are breathable and soft to keep you comfortable in the heat.
Add pops of color:
Summer is the perfect time to add some color to your wardrobe. After getting some basic pieces, you can spice up your wardrobe with some statement pieces that will make you stand out wherever you go. Consider adding bright and bold pieces to your wardrobe, such as a light green top or a pair of bright coloured shorts. Keep the color palette of your clothes in mind. Bright colors can be a great way to add visual interest to your outfit, but be mindful of how they complement your skin tone. If you have warm undertones, look for prints with warm colors like reds, oranges, and yellows. If you have cool undertones, opt for prints with cool colors like blues, greens, and purples. Viva Magenta, a pinkish-red shade, is the official colour of 2023 according to the Pantone Colour Institute. You can find a similar colour on June Adaptive’s website on the Women's Active Top with Back Overlap in red. This top is ideal for assisted dressing or individuals who use wheelchairs. A crew-neck top designed with a fully open back makes it easy to slip on without raising your arms or fastening the front buttons.
June Adaptive also carries accessories like bracelets and necklaces handmade by artisans in Turkey that are made with a magnetic clasp to make it easier to put the jewelry on. Hats and sunglasses are also key for use in the summer. Not only do hats and sunglasses protect you from the sun, but they also add a stylish touch to any outfit. When it comes to sunglasses, look for adaptive options that are designed to fit comfortably over your glasses or eye prosthesis. Polarized lenses can help reduce glare and improve visibility, making them a great choice for summer activities like driving or spending time near water. Consider investing in a wide-brimmed hat and a pair or two of trendy sunglasses to match your Aspen Bracelet with a Silver Magnetic Closure.
Find the right footwear:
When it comes to summer footwear, comfort is key. Look for shoes that are lightweight and breathable, with features like extra depth, removable insoles, and adjustable closures to accommodate a variety of foot shapes and sizes. Adaptive footwear brands like June Adaptive offer a variety of options that are designed to provide support and comfort for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses. For example, shoes with adjustable straps or closures can make it easier to put on and take off footwear independently. Sneakers with extra cushioning can provide added support and comfort for those who spend a lot of time on their feet. Consider investing in a few different pairs of adaptive footwear to match different outfits and activities. Sandals or flip flops may be appropriate for a casual beach day, while sneakers or walking shoes may be better suited for a day of exploring the city. Consider taking a look at these Women's Two Straps Sandals, available in colours black, neutral, and rose petal. These have cushioned insoles and two adjustable straps that open up completely, perfect for those with bunions, corns, hammer toes, foot edema, diabetes and podiatry foot problems. June Adaptive also carries socks to match your shoes and provide more support.
Experiment with prints:
Prints are a fun way to add some personality to your wardrobe. Consider trying out floral prints, animal prints, or geometric patterns. Adaptive clothing brands are increasingly offering a variety of prints and patterns, making it easier than ever to incorporate this trend into your summer wardrobe. June Adaptive offers both solid and print designs so you can figure out what you prefer to wear. Don't be afraid to mix and match different patterns and colors - the key is to balance the prints and colors to create a cohesive and stylish look.
Layer for cooler nights:
Summer nights can be cooler, so it's a good idea to have a few lightweight layers on hand. The key to layering for cooler nights is to start with a lightweight and breathable base layer. For adaptive clothing, think about investing in a moisture-wicking fabric like a blend of cotton and spandex. Adaptive cardigans or jackets with Velcro or snap closures can add some warmth without weighing you down. Look for garments with adjustable closures and stretchy materials that can adapt to your body temperature and comfort. Consider where any closures or seams on the garment will be placed to avoid rubbing against any delicate regions or devices, such as chest straps.
Embrace versatile pieces:
When building a fashionable summer wardrobe, it's important to invest in versatile pieces that can be worn in a variety of ways. Look for items like sundresses, rompers, and jumpsuits that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For adaptive clothing, consider pieces with adjustable features like drawstrings or elastic waistbands that can accommodate changes in weight or body shape.
June Adaptive carries lots of adaptive clothing, shoes, and accessories that will make your summer wardrobe stylish while still being comfortable. Remember to prioritize your comfort and preferences when selecting clothing, accessories and footwear, and look for adaptive options that are designed to meet your specific needs. With the help of June Adaptive, you’ll be able to find your summer wardrobe favourites in no time.