Scoliosis can have a significant impact on your frame, silhouette and self-confidence. This can make it difficult to find clothes that complement your body – particularly if you have an uneven rib cage, lopsided hips, and/or uneven shoulders.
When it comes to winter clothes, most people wrap up in warm, cosy layers. This is great news for scoliosis patients who are conscious about showing too much skin or wearing tight-fitting clothes that emphasise their spinal curves. Here are a few winter-appropriate layering options:
1. Padded Blazer
Choosing a blazer with shoulder pads, like the one shown above, is a great way to make your shoulders look more symmetrical. Plus, a blazer adds an all-important extra layer to any winter outfit. A warm, padded blazer can complement dressy and casual outfits; pair it with jeans and t-shirt for a casual look, or a midi dress and heels for a cosy going-out ensemble. However you style it, you can rest assured that your padded blazer will make you feel a million dollars.
2. Chunky Knit Scarves
To make a cosy fashion statement and draw attention away from any differences in your shoulders, you could also opt for a chunky knit scarf. There are hundreds of different options available, so you can choose a scarf that complements your personal style perfectly. Plus, these cosy wardrobe additions will keep you delightfully warm while you’re out and about during the winter months.
Most of us spend our winter days and nights tucked up in comfy loungewear, but you will occasionally have to ditch your pyjamas for a more sophisticated look. Don’t worry, though – there are plenty of scoliosis-friendly options out there. With these simple tips, you can rock the ‘effortlessly put-together’ look while still staying nice and warm.
1. T-Shirt / Jumper Dresses
A loose-fitting jumper dress or tunic can provide a bit of extra coverage for self-conscious scoliosis patients. Jumper dresses are a great option if you have a party, winter celebration or dinner date that you want to look classy for without feeling exposed. Black is always a great colour option – it’s slimming and looks great with every skin tone – but there’s nothing to stop you from expressing yourself with a brightly-coloured or patterned dress. Don’t let your scoliosis hold you back!
It might sound silly, but choosing the right accessories can really elevate an otherwise plain outfit and make you feel better about the way you look. Bold accessories will help you to express your personal style while drawing attention away from your scoliosis curvature. Choose a large clutch or cross-body bag to balance out a prominent hip, or statement shoes to draw the eye down the body. Accessories can be a great addition to any wardrobe all year round, so choose your winter accessories wisely and you’re sure to feel great.
If you have scoliosis, why not get in touch with the team here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic? We provide exercise-based treatment courses that can help you to achieve noticeable differences in your appearance. Contact us today to find out more.
For people with scoliosis, low self-confidence and insecurities about one’s physical appearance are all too common. Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, we want to promote positive body image and inspire everyone with scoliosis to wear whatever they feel comfortable in.
That being said, we understand that finding clothes to fit your body can be a struggle when you have a curved spine. You may have uneven shoulders, prominent ribs, or some other kind of asymmetry, and as a result, you might find that standard skirts and trousers don’t sit properly, or that dresses and shirts fit your body in a strange way.
But there are ways to overcome these problems. Here are some summer clothing tips for people with scoliosis!
One of the easiest ways to accessorise your summer outfit so that your curvature is less noticeable is to throw on a jacket or casual shirt. This is a great option if you already own some clothing that you don’t feel 100% confident wearing.
For the time being, you can use your jacket to give you a little bit of extra coverage, and if you find yourself feeling adventurous and decide to show off your new T-shirt or cute crop top, your jacket can easily be removed! Lightweight flannel shirts, denim jackets, soft leather jackets or a shawl are all ideal options for warm summer days.
Loose and Floaty
Another good way to help reduce the visibility your curve is to wear clothes that don’t cling to your body. This works in your favour when the temperature is high – loose, floaty clothes are the best at keeping you cool while still looking effortlessly stylish!
For ladies, babydoll dresses, T-shirt dresses, wide leg trousers, and lightweight blouses are all perfect options (and they’re always on-trend). For men, linen tops and oversized T-shirts are sure to do the trick. Choose a print, colour or design that makes you feel good and you’ll be suitably covered without looking frumpy or boring.
Comfortable summer footwear is a must if you have scoliosis – or even if you don’t! Try and choose something cushioned that offers support whilst still being breathable. If you’re heading out with family or friends, you don’t want to jolt your spine and potentially cause yourself severe pain because you’ve chosen inappropriate footwear.
Flip-flops and sliders don’t offer very much support, and your feet can slip around in them a lot. They also tend to have very thin soles, which don’t provide ample cushioning. Ideally, you want to choose a shoe that covers your whole foot and also has a cushioned sole to reduce the likelihood of a harsh jolt.
Canvas slip-on shoes like those pictured above are ideal and look great on both men and women. Similarly, good quality sandals with chunky ankle straps will support your feet and ankles while still letting your feet breathe. Another excellent choice for both men and women.
We hope that these summer clothing tips will help you to feel like your best self when temperatures soar this summer. Of course, if you would like to start working towards reducing your scoliosis curve using exercise-based therapy, we can also help with that!
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