This post has been sponsored by Zappos but all opinions are my own.
One of the biggest struggles when it comes to parenting an autistic child, is finding sensory friendly clothing. My daughter, for example, does not like tags and prefers to wear her clothes inside out. Not a big deal. I don’t really care (nor does her school) if she’s wearing her clothes inside out. Still, we wanted to find options for her that would look the same and still be comfortable. This conversation is sponsored by Zappos – where we found some awesome new sensory friendly clothing options.
In addition to being sensory friendly, I also look for clothing that is easy for her to put on. We’re working hard on increasing her independent living skills. And being able to get dressed by herself is a huge step.
Choosing her clothes is another thing that we’re working on.
I’m hesitant to say that her clothing options are limited, but it’s true. While she may not care very much if she’s “stylish” or wearing clothes that are “in season” – I want her to be comfortable.
To this point, it’s meant:
- Removing tags
- Finding clothes with limited fasteners
- Elastic waistbands
- Velcro or zippers for shoes
- Limited seams
Suffice it to say, the struggle is real.
Let me tell you: this is a dream come true. Instead of having to shop at multiple stores or waiting for multiple online orders to arrive; I have a one-stop shop.
And for this introverted mom? I can shop in the comfort of my own home. Win!
And just look at these shirts! Would you be able to tell if they’re inside or outside?
That’s the beauty of the functionality of them. My daughter can wear this any way that she pleases and still be comfortable. The seams are minimal and the material is soft.
I also mentioned above that we look for shoes that either have zippers or velcro instead of laces. It’s easier for her and while she has several pairs of sneakers, I wanted to get her something that was more suitable for the warmer weather.
She can’t tolerate regular flip flops but I wanted to get her something that she could wear around the house or for shorter walks around the neighborhood.
But why Zappos? And did you even know that they offered this type of clothing?
Zappos Adaptive: Functional and Fashionable Products to Make Life Easier started with a single phone call—a customer need that highlighted a huge gap for the brand: adaptive clothing and footwear for men, women, and kids with special needs. This call sparked Zappos desire to serve their customers better by offering adaptive shoes and clothing that are BOTH functional and fashionable to those who need it most.
The intent of the assortment is to foster independence. Zappos truly believes that mainstream fashion can be adapted to a wide variety of special needs, minimizing mistakes when dressing. Two key adaptive brands are offering specialized clothing; 4way – a Zappos private label brand, and Independence Day Clothing. The array of offerings is expanding, but for now Zappos is focusing on 4-way reversible clothing, which gives a solution for dressing – anyway the clothing is put on, it’s on right, and easy access to shoes with alternative closures (no laces), such as hook-and-loop, slip-ons and bungee.
If you are need of clothing like this, be sure to check out this new line.