Believe it or not, September is here and another school year is underway! From school supplies to new clothes, back-to-school shopping gives kids the chance to start the new year fresh. However, finding clothes that are easy to get on, comfortable to wear all day, and that match your child’s personality can be a challenge. To make things a little easier, here are five places where you’ll find adaptive clothing that is both functional and fashionable.
1. J.C. Penney
J.C. Penney launched its first inclusive clothing collection, Thereabouts™, in July of 2021. Whether you’re shopping for a toddler or a “big kid,” you’re sure to find pieces that meet your child’s needs. Clothing featured in the collection is available with adaptive features including easy-access openings and sensory-friendly seaming. You can even find adaptive accessories like easy pull-on socks and belts designed for one-handed closure.
Adaptive apparel is available in the three largest kids’ brands at Kohl’s, with features like abdominal access and wheelchair-friendly options. Their website even allows you to shop by design if you’re looking for a specific option, like hidden leg openings or diaper-friendly bottoms.
Target brand Cat & Jack™ released their first collection of sensory-friendly clothing back in 2017. It has since evolved into a full line of adaptive pieces with options for abdominal access, side vents, flexible drawstrings, and more.
Not only is this collection comfortable for children of all abilities but it’s stylish, too! You can even find festive pieces for Halloween:
Tommy Hilfiger was among the first major clothing brands to launch an adaptive clothing line. Their collection includes pieces designed for wheelchair users, those with prosthetics, or those seeking sensory-friendly fabrics and easy closures.
Their denim jeans, for example, are designed for ease of use with Velcro closures, discreetly hidden magnets at the buttons and seams, and a wide leg opening to accommodate braces or casts.
Online retailer Zappos has been around since 1999 but they changed the game in 2020 when they began offering single and different-sized shoe pairings from brands like Reebok, Converse, and Vans. They also offer easy on/easy-off sneakers as well as different width sizes. The retailer also sells adaptive clothing and accessories, making it a great one-stop shop for your back-to-school needs!
Clothes shopping is more exciting for children when they are able to pick outfits that not only make them feel good, but look good, too! Companies continue to expand their inclusive collections, making the back-to-school shopping season easier than ever.
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