Clothes can make us feel good, boost our confidence and improve our mood.
Everyone deserves to have a wardrobe filled with clothes that reflect their personal style that they love. We know that living with arthritis, it can sometimes be tricky to find those clothes you love to wear and are easy to put on and take off.
For that reason, The Able Label has created a range of stylish clothing with adaptations to make them more accessible. In this Arthritis Shop By Need Guide you'll find dressing tips, resources, blog posts, clothing collections and more to help you grow in dressing confidence.
Our Clothing & Dressing Tips
From easier clothes maintenance to a dressing routine that works for you, here are a few tips to start with:
Take your time. Rushing can lead to stress which may make putting on and taking off clothes more difficult.
Make maintaining your clothes as simple as possible. Choose easy care fabrics & hang clothes to dry to minimise the amount of ironing needed.
Wear layers if temperature regulation is important for you. Choose breathable fabrics that layer well and clothes with adapted fastenings or can easily slip on and off when layering.
Create a new dressing routine & sit down when dressing. With practice, you'll learn what works best for you to make dressing easier. We'd always recommend dressing as much as you can while sat down. Choose a chair with firm support and arms. Avoid sitting on the edge of the bed as that can lead to loss of balance.
Discover more about our clothing for Arthritis and our top tips for easier dressing in the blog post below:
As an arts and crafts enthusiast, Debbie has lived with Rheumatoid Arthritis since the age of 12, yet she has not let the condition get in her way.
When it comes to clothing, arthritis can make overhead dressing and bending down into clothes uncomfortable. From the original Able Label collection, Debbie was particularly drawn to the fully opening Linda jersey velcro wrap tops as “they are easily velcro’d open and closed and are easy to wear” with no overhead dressing.
Read our interview with Debbie on all things hobbies, fashion and adaptive clothing.
Tips for dressing in the winter months
During the winter and wet weather months, arthritis symptoms can sometimes worsen. The severity varies from person to person, and even from day to day. However there are ways to ease symptoms and in our blog, we share a few tips to help make these colder months more comfortable.
"Beautifully made clothes in the softest feeling material and all well made. I am wearing the Claudia Jersey top today. The Lilly knitted cape is so pretty."
"I received my coat this morning and am delighted with it. It’s a perfect fit and the Velcro is firm without being too fierce- thank you so much!"
"Because the shirt doesn't have cuffs and is slightly stretchy, I can wear them with ease over my splints even with the sleeves down. No more having to roll them up, or discomfort from them being too tight!"