Accessible clothing THE FASHION INDUSTRY’S FAUX PAS? With the current conversation about accessible clothing extending past social media, there are more options on the market than ever before. But, we investigate if enough is really being done to make the fashion industry inclusive for all
he lack of affordable, high street clothing options for disabled people has left many feeling forgotten or ignored by the fashion industry. Despite an increase in high-street brands taking accessibility into account when designing their clothes, there’s still a distinct lack on the market. However, there are companies out there, striving to deliver stylish and functional clothing for all types of disabilities.
A staple piece in any wardrobe, jeans can often be a problem due to their tight and restrictive nature. I Am Denim is the first clothing brand to make jeans for people who have had any kind of abdominal surgery, including ostomy surgery, an appendectomy, hernia repair or even a c-section. The jeans are made from a supersoft denim. Cut lower at the front, so
as not to interfere with the abdomen, and higher at the back for support. The jeans are functional, but also stylish. “After my abdominal surgery, I found trying to wear jeans just impossible,” explains I Am Denim founder, Sophie Cooper. “I loved wearing jeans – I had so many pairs hanging up in my wardrobe and after my surgery, it didn’t matter how many I tried on, I just couldn’t get them to fit comfortably. I didn’t want people to be ruled out from wearing society’s most-worn garment: we all love chucking on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, don’t we?” The jeans also have a second skin, which provides coverage when bending and reaching and also supports the abdomen, encouraging muscle recovery. The skin includes an inner pocket, which can be used to store drains or ostomy bags, and can even be opened to empty bags, without having to take the jeans off.
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