If you use a wheelchair, or other kinds of mobility aids or medical equipment, you might find people staring at your gear instead of looking at you. Elsie Tellier has two fantastic videos about how to dress up yourself and your gear, whether it’s to reorient people’s eyes or just to have fun.
In the video above, she gives tips on wheelchair fashion. A few things you’ll learn:
- Your feet are often more visible in a wheelchair than when you’re walking, so you have a great opportunity to wear fancy shoes, including heels that would be impractical if you had to walk all day.
- Skirts and shorts ride up when you sit, so plan hemlines accordingly.
- If you push your wheels by hand, leather gloves can save your hands, and rubber bracelets (Livestrong style) can give extra traction.
Her follow-up video expands on the idea of disability and chronic illness fashion to give advice for all your other equipment, whether you use a chair or not. (Tellier herself has cystic fibrosis and uses a chair part-time.)
Some things you’ll learn in this video:
- Where to find cute canes and crutches, and how to decorate the ones you have
- How to decorate your oxygen tank and cannula (she has a whole video of DIY cannula ideas, by the way)
- Where to find cute lingerie that holds an ostomy bag in place (she recommends Jasmine Stacey)
- How to dress when you’re bloated and don’t want people asking if you’re pregnant (high waisted pants and skirts help)
- How to cover a catheter in your chest while keeping it easy to access – wear a scoop or V-neck shirt with a scarf or shawl over the top
There’s more, so check out the whole thing for more tips and to see her links for where to buy some of the hard-to-find items she recommends.